It's what you do next that counts.

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


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

Washington Monthly names SFU to three distinction lists

Marie Young | 09/26/2022
Washington Monthly recently released its annual 2022 College Guide with Saint Francis University landing on three distinction lists: #23 Best Bang for the Buck in the Northeast #19 Top 200 Master's Universities Best Colleges for Student Voting Honor Roll Since 2005, the Washington Monthly has ranked colleges based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research, and promoting public service.

Ellison Defends Lacrosse Goals and her Country through ROTC

SFU Athletics | 08/15/2022
Senior Erika Ellison is an accounting major, a member of the Red Flash women's lacrosse team, and an ROTC cadet who just finished her 35-day Advanced Camp training in the top 20 percent of her platoon. The camp held at Fort Knox in Kentucky is designed to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills and to forge recruits into tough, adaptable leaders who can thrive in ambiguous and complex environments. Ellison was evaluated on her ability to lead at the squad and platoon levels, both in garrison and tactical environments. She and her fellow cadets were mentally and physically tested

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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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