University Rankings & Distinctions

Accolades are wonderful to receive (below are a few of our favorites rankings), yet the biggest success that we celebrate is seeing our graduates become talented, caring, and competent professionals who make a difference in this world. 


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Top 500 Nationally

SFU rose 60 spots on Forbes list of   “America’s Top 500 Colleges”  to earn the No. 440 spot for 2023. 

#25 Northeast

The University also increased its standing as a U.S. News and World Report  "Top Performer on Social Mobility,"  climbing three spots and landing at #25. 

Top 5 in Pennsylvania

Washington Monthly's annual list of colleges that offer the "Best Bang for Your Buck" ranked SFU #38 in the Northeast and #4 out of colleges in Pennsylvania.

Recent Highlights

Recent Distinctions


U.S. News & World Report Ranks Saint Francis University Among Best Online Programs

University Communications & Marketing | 02/07/2024
Saint Francis University has been ranked No. 138 among the 2024 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News & World Report. This ranking marks a 107-slot improvement over the University’s 2023 ranking of 245. A total of 348 Universities were evaluated as part of the ranking process. SFU ranks #5 in Pennsylvania.

Fall 2023 President's & Dean's Lists Announced

University Communications & Marketing | 02/07/2024
Both the President's & Dean's Lists were announced on Wednesday, February 7, 2024. A total of 801 students were named; 222 to the President's List and 579 to the Dean's List.

SFU one of 50 emerging research institutions to receive NSF funding

Marie Young, University Communications & Marketing | 10/10/2023
The U.S. National Science Foundation announced a $399,727 award to Saint Francis University as part of its first-ever Enabling Partnerships to Increase Innovation Capacity (EPIIC) grant program. The agency is investing $19.6 million to help nearly 50 emerging research institutions grow their capacity to participate in and drive regional innovation.

SFU ranks as #25 Best College in Pennsylvania

University Communications & Marketing | 09/05/2023
Saint Francis University landed the #25 spot on the list of Best Colleges in Pennsylvania, beating out more than 80 other institutions, according to the latest ranking list published by Niche, the popular college review site used by prospective students nationwide.

Finance alum named among Forbes Top Next-Wealth Advisors

University Communications & Marketing | 08/25/2023
Andrew Krout, a 2013 SFU alumni in Finance, has been recognized by Forbes as one of the Top Next-Gen Wealth Advisors: Best in State for 2023. Andrew is a Wealth Advisor and Co-Chief Investment Officer at DeGroote Financial Group in Boston.