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Mission and Values

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

  • Mission Statement

    A Mind for Excellence

    Saint Francis University offers higher education in an environment guided by Catholic values and teachings, and inspired by the example of our patron, Saint Francis of Assisi. The oldest Franciscan institution of higher learning in the United States, Saint Francis University is an inclusive learning community that welcomes all people.

    A Spirit for Peace and Justice

    University programs and activities foster such Franciscan values as a humble and generous attitude toward learning, respect for diversity and the uniqueness of individual persons, understanding of ethical issues, and reverence for all life. With a spirit of simplicity and joy, we provide opportunities for the University community to think critically and analytically, communicate effectively, and integrate theory and practice.

    A Heart for Service

    Saint Francis University offers undergraduate programs in the liberal arts tradition, graduate and professional programs of study that emphasize personal and professional ethics, and continuing education opportunities for personal and career enhancement. We seek to inspire in all members of the University community a love of lifelong learning and a commitment to share their gifts and skills generously with others in a rapidly changing world.

    Goals of Franciscan Higher Education

    • A Humble and Generous Attitude toward Learning
    • Reverence for All Life and for the Goodness of All Humanity
    • Respect for the Uniqueness of Individual Persons
    • A Global Vision
    • Service to the Poor and the Needy
    • A Community of Faith and Prayer,
    • A Spirit of Simplicity and Joy
    • Franciscan Presence.

    In an age of complexity, the simplicity of the message of St. Francis of Assisi has more appeal than ever before. These guiding principles of the Franciscans aren't just ideals to be admired, but values to be lived.

    Full version of the Goals of Franciscan Higher Education


    Saint Francis University is the Catholic university of choice for high-ability students who seek an authentic, academically rigorous, interactive learning experience where they can grow intellectually, spiritually, morally, and socially. Students seek out Saint Francis for its ability to combine the values and vision of a liberal arts education with learning goals that are relevant to the economic needs of society. 

    Saint Francis University is recognized as a vital strategic partner – regionally, nationally, and internationally – establishing strong relationships by seeking collaborators to nurture and expand the University’s mission, vision, and strategic goals while contributing to a global vision of societal good brought about by the exercise of effective servant-leadership principles. 

    Saint Francis University’s facilities are designed to enhance and raise to the highest level of capability its nationally-recognized leadership programs in business, health care, science, and the humanities. 

    Saint Francis University engages in continuous improvements in organizational effectiveness and efficiency at all levels – driven by internal and external assessments – to promote exceptional stewardship of its human and financial resources.

    Explore our strategic plan: Francis 2020