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Undergraduate Application Process & Requirements

  • Prospective First-Year Students, you will need:

    • a completed application form
    • official transcripts 
    • SAT or ACT scores  or
      Test Optional Alternative (details below)    

    When to apply: First-time students may apply anytime. Many apply the summer before entering their senior year. To receive full consideration for admission and merit scholarships, we suggest that you complete the application by May 1st of your senior year.  

    Already applied?  Update or track your application here.
    Need personalized help: contact the  Admissions Team.

    For International Students
    For Transfer Students

  • How do I know if I meet admission standards?

    The admissions process and requirements for various programs are outlined in our University catalog. You may also reach out to your admissions counselor at any time to help you find the answers. 

    University Catalog

    What standardized test scores do you accept?

    There are 3 ways that you can handle standardized testing:

    Option 1: Take your ACT exam on campus! You may even be able to combine the test date with a campus visit. Visit Act on Campus or ask your admissions counselor about this option. 

    Option 2: Submit your official scores from SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) or ACT test (American College Testing Program)

    Option 3: Request to apply "Test Optional" on your application. Read the criteria below to be sure your desired major accepts "test optional' admissions. 

    What is the Test Optional Alternative?

    SFU offers test-optional consideration to freshmen and transfer applicants for admission to most majors (and now including Occupational Therapy). 

    Majors that still REQUIRE SAT/ACT scores for admissions consideration: 

    • Accelerated MBA program in Accounting
    • Accelerated MBA program in Business Analytics
    • Accelerated MBA program in Economics
    • Accelerated MBA program in Finance
    • Accelerated MBA program in Management
    • Accelerated MBA program in Management Information Systems
    • Accelerated MBA program in Marketing
    • Accelerated MHRM program in Management
    • Nursing
    • Physical Therapy (4+3/3+3)
    • Physician Assistant Science

    How to Apply "Test Optional"

    SFU online application: Answer ‘Yes’ to the question, “Are you submitting your application for test-optional consideration?”

    Common Application:  email admissions@francis.edu to let us know that you are applying for test optional-admission.   


    Q: If I apply test-optional, what other items do I need to submit with my application?

    A: If you apply test-optional, we will need an official high school transcript from the high school (freshmen admission) or college/university (transfer admission) you are presently attending.  

    Q: If I apply test-optional, am I eligible for scholarships?

    A: Yes, test-optional admission will not impact your qualification for scholarships.  

    Q: I’m applying test-optional, but I have AP, IB scores - what should I do?

    A: Saint Francis University supports and rewards student accomplishments. Our policy for awarding credits can be found here.  While not required to receive an admission decision, we strongly encourage applicants to share with us any and all academic accomplishments they may have when submitting their application for admission.

    Q: Can I apply test-optional and submit a test at a later date?

    A: Yes, you can submit your standardized test scores later.  Simply provide them to the Office of Admissions and we can update your admission accordingly.  

    Application: How do I get started?

    Create an account:

    Step 1: Create a username and password. This will make it easy to save your app and register for SFU events all in one place.  P.S. Bookmark the SFU Application site while you're at it!  

    Step 2: Check your email. You should receive a link to click to confirm your new login.  

    Step 3: Complete your application here: SFU Online Application


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    How do I submit my transcripts?

    Q: Do I need complete transcripts to start the application process? 

    • You can start the process with a transcript of completed work through your junior year and a copy of your senior class schedule. 

    • Submit your mid-year grades from your senior year when available.

    • The official final high school transcript, indicating proof of graduation must be submitted before you start classes. 

    Q: How do I submit my transcripts?

    • From your high school to:
      • Saint Francis University
        Office of Admissions
        169 Lakeview Drive
        PO Box 600
        Loretto PA 15940
    • Through a secure electronic document system transfer  (such as Parchment).