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Become that Someone at Saint Francis University

Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pa. is the oldest Catholic-Franciscan college in the United States.
Our mission is to help students grow into compassionate, successful professionals through a culture of
Catholic faith, generosity, respect, discovery, and joy


 

Career-Directed Studies
Focused on Ethical Leadership 

Our University has earned a reputation for creating innovative learning experiences and being a place where students grow to become that someone that God calls them to be. Saint Francis prepares students for more than just success in their chosen professions.  Our vision is for our graduates to be leaders who carry their Franciscan values with them.

Academics


A Breadth of Offerings

Whether you pursue your educational journey online or on-campus, part-time or full-time, we will arm you with the knowledge to succeed as an ethical leader in your profession. Explore our broad portfolio of undergraduate, graduate, and continuing studies programs.

Schools of Study

Explore Campus Life: Become & Belong

Saint Francis isn't just near the great outdoors, it is the great outdoors. High in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania, you'll find a home away from home in this vibrant and safe campus community full of student activities, leadership opportunities, and spiritual programs. 

The best way to experience campus is to schedule a visit!


 

Come On Up!

 

No matter where you are in your college search, our visit opportunities allow you to connect with us and to find out what life is like as a member of the Red Flash Family!

 

Our visit experiences offer you the chance to learn about admissions and financial aid, meet faculty and students, enjoy the beauty of our 600-acre campus, and find out how SFU will help you become that someone. 

Founded on Catholic Franciscan Values

 

In an age of complexity, the simplicity of the message of St. Francis of Assisi has more appeal than ever before:
Catholic Faith. Humility. Generosity. Reverence. Service. Respect. Prayer. Joy. Love.
These guiding principles of the Franciscans are the values we embrace at Saint Francis University.


Our Mission

As the oldest Franciscan institution of higher learning in the United States, Saint Francis University draws inspiration from our Catholic tradition and expresses the lived example of Saint Francis of Assisi in the modern world. Saint Francis University promotes an inclusive learning community and a lifelong path to virtue, truth, and compassion. Within a culture that seeks understanding through innovation and collaboration, we champion both the inherent dignity of the individual person and the common good. 

Latest News

2023 March on the Mountain

University Communications & Marketing | 01/24/2023
Saint Francis University students, faculty, and staff gathered amongst local community members on the campus mall for the 10th annual March on the Mountain, held Monday, January 23, 2023.

Doctoral Degrees: Ph.D. vs. Ed.D.

Dr. Tricia McFadden, Francis Worldwide School of Continuing Studies | 01/18/2023
Many who are interested in a doctoral degree ask the question which degree is the path for me. This post walks readers through the differences between Ph.D and Ed.D programs.

Soft Launch of Earth to Moon Exhibit

Erin Lischerelli, University Communications and Marketing | 01/16/2023
A group of students from St. Michaels School were the first to experience the NASA-funded Space Sciences and Engineering Mobile Interactive Exhibit for Rural Areas: Earth to Moon exhibit during a soft opening on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at Saint Francis University.

Athletics in a Flash: Fall 2022

University Communications & Marketing | 01/04/2023
This past athletic season has been deemed historic at Saint Francis University. For the first time in Red Flash history, all five Fall teams competed in Northeast Conference (NEC) postseason play after their respective 2022 season with one team clinching an NEC championship title.

Social Media Strategies Winners Selected

University Communications & Marketing | 12/07/2022
Abby Zambruno and Riley Smith were selected as the winners from Dr. Rhodes' Social Media Strategies course collaboration with University Communications and Marketing. Students were tasked with creating evergreen content that supports the SFU brand voice. Outstanding work! The goal of the assignment was to use Mentorship Week as an opportunity to create content for SFU social media pages that highlighted the connection between students and mentors as well as the overall influence Mentorship Week holds. The students were tasked with using pictures of students interacting with mentors, remaining

Exercise Oncology is Medicine

University Communications & Marketing | 12/06/2022
Alexis Bradfield is an exercise physiologist working at a hospital in Aspen, CO. While her primary focus is cardiac rehabilitation, the hospital has also begun an exercise oncology rehabilitation service. Lexi is one of the exercise physiologists who treat individuals living with or beyond a cancer diagnosis. Hearing about our Cancer Care program through one of our graduates, Lexi was excited to increase her education in the field of exercise oncology, through matriculation in our hybrid MS in Exercise Oncology degree. One component that distinguishes our program is the hands-on experience our

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Explore our Location

Welcome to Loretto, Pennsylvania!

Our scenic campus sits on a mountain top near Pittsburgh. We’re just five miles from a major interstate highway (U.S. Route 22), which makes a road trip to major cities like New York, D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia an easy drive. 

 

 

 

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