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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. 

Latest News

Saint Francis University unveils new high-tech anatomy lab

Marie Young, University Communications & Marketing | 11/18/2022
The university unveiled its new anatomy lab which combines the university's traditional cadaver lab with a high-tech simulation space within the Experiential Learning Commons.

2022 Puppy Graduation

University Communications & Marketing | 11/17/2022
It was graduation night this past Tuesday for three of our four-legged students! Belle, Vickey and Midnight graduated from Saint Francis University this past Tuesday! The trio of shelter dogs from the Humane Society of Cambria County received an SFU collar tag, a diploma and an AKC Canine Good Citizen certification. The Ceremony included an introduction of the graduating dogs, their students, community partners and adopting families. Now they are ready to find their "furever" homes. The dogs were part of a semester-long Psychology course, “Canine Learning and Behavior." The class is a

Blanket Collection Reaches Record High

University Communications and Marketing | 11/09/2022
First Row: Lois Schultz, Nurse Family Partnership Supervisor; (Very Rev.) Malachi Van Tassel, T.O.R., Ph.D., University President; Melody Ray, Healing Patch Coordinator; and Dr. Lisa Beiswenger. Second Row: Bernie Storm, Dr. Robin Cadwallader, Melita O’Donnell, and Abbie Malloy. The Saint Francis University Community Blanketeer group set a record high this fall with the collection of 381 beautiful quilted, crocheted, knitted, and tied blankets that will be distributed to sick and needy children through the Healing Patch and Nurse Family Partnership (Home Nursing Agency); blankets will also

Neuro Wellness Clinics

Mitchell Jubas | 11/04/2022
The Occupational and Physical Therapy Departments have collaborated this year to host their annual Neuro Wellness Clinics. The Neuro Wellness Clinics were introduced under the supervision of Dr. Lorie Rowles, Shelley Mazzetti (MOT Class of ’17) and Dr. Robyn Redline, Dr. Brittany Kennedy, and Dr. Jessica Cammarata. The clinics are held annually for 6 weeks. The purpose of the clinics is for the students to engage with local community members and offer them specialized services such as Occupational and Physical Therapy. The students work with clients who have suffered various neurological

Scenes from First Responders Day 2022

University Communications & Marketing | 10/28/2022
Thank you to all of the First Responders who attended our First Responders Day, organized by the Criminal Justice Club and Residence Life. First Responders attending this event included, local volunteer fire departments (Cresson & Loretto), EMS, police agencies, PA State Police, and the PA Attorney General's Office. Mass was held for those First responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty, and all First Responder participants were treated to a complimentary lunch at Torvian Dining Hall. We hope you enjoy these photos taken during the event!

World Drum and Dance Winter Performance

Center for Fine Arts | 10/27/2022
The public is invited to join the Saint Francis University World Drum and Dance Present Annual Winter Performance, to be presented at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. The event will be held at John F. Kennedy Student Center Lounge at Saint Francis University at 117 Evergreen Drive, in Loretto, PA. The 1 hour concert is free for all and family-friendly. Concert goers will witness students, faculty, staff and local community members performing traditional drum and dance pieces from around the world, including West and Central Africa. The World Drum and Dance ensembles are directed by Saint

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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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