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...
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Use your degree to make a difference with Saint Francis University.
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.
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
- Shields School of Business
- School of Health Sciences and Education
- School of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Mathematics (STEAM)
- Francis Worldwide School of Continuing Studies
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!
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.
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.
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.