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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.


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. 

Featured News

Saint Francis Announces New Fermentation Chemistry Program

Wednesday July 27, 2022

Saint Francis University is pleased to announce the launching of a new academic program - Fermentation Chemistry - with scholarships and industry partnerships to attract, support, and prepare students for careers in the growing craft beer, food, and wi...


Saint Francis University Named 2022-23 College of Distinction

Monday June 27, 2022

Saint Francis University has been recognized for its long-term commitment to helping undergraduate students learn, grow, and succeed by Colleges of Distinction, a unique guide for college-bound students. Based on SFU's demonstrated excellence in four ...


SFU releases Spring 2022 President's List and Dean's Lists

Thursday June 9, 2022

Congratulations to the 815 Saint Francis University students named to the Spring 2022 President's List or Dean's Lists. View students named to the SFU Honors Lists. To achieve either honor, students must have full-time status and attain a quality poi...


2022 President's Awards Convocation held at SFU

Thursday May 5, 2022

The President's Awards Convocation was held on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, in the Maurice Stokes Athletics Center. The opening prayer was led by Rev. Stephen Mary Waruszewski, T.O.R., Director of Campus Ministry, followed by the National Anthem by Isabell...


SFU announces commencement plans for 2022

Wednesday May 4, 2022

Saint Francis University is pleased to announce the plan for its in-person 171st Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 7, and Sunday, May 8, 2022. The in-person commencement exercises will be divided into three ceremonies by University School, all h...


Ribbon-cutting set for Friday at Curry Innovation Center

Thursday April 28, 2022

Saint Francis University's new presence in downtown Altoona inside the Curry Innovation Center will be officially recognized with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, April 29 at 10 a.m. The Saint Francis University Curry Innovation Center is located ...


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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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