Saint Francis University Named a 2023-2024 Catholic College of Distinction

University Communications & Marketing | 08/15/2023

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Saint Francis University, a distinguished institution known for its commitment to academic excellence and Catholic values, has been honored as a Catholic College of Distinction for 2023.

The designation as a Catholic College of Distinction highlights Saint Francis University's dedication to providing students with a transformative education rooted in Catholic traditions, values, and intellectual inquiry. With a rich history of blending academic excellence and faith-based education, SFU offers a distinctive college experience that fosters spiritual growth, ethical leadership, and service to others.

Saint Francis University’s vision is one that provides high quality education and innovative learning experiences so students have the opportunity to become that someone that God calls them to be. As the oldest Franciscan institution of higher learning in the United States, SFU draws great inspiration from Saint Francis of Assisi and applies it to the modern world. This is achieved by promoting an inclusive learning community and a lifelong path to virtue, truth, and compassion.

How universities are selected by Colleges of Distinction: 
High school counselors and educators nominate colleges and universities for recognition by Colleges of Distinction, which then evaluates each school based on both qualitative and quantitative research. The process is both objective and in-depth.

To be designated a "college of distinction," a school's curriculum must emphasize such core competencies as critical thinking, writing, oral skills, research, and global perspectives. They must also offer dynamic out-of-classroom learning and study abroad programs.

Colleges of Distinction looks beyond rankings and test scores to find colleges that are the ideal places to learn, grow, and succeed. The selection process reviews factors such as the school's first year experience, general education program, experiential components of the curriculum, the strategic plan and alumni success and satisfaction. 

About Colleges of Distinction
Since 2000, Colleges of Distinction has been committed to honoring schools with a dedicated focus on the undergraduate experience. Its website provides dynamic college profiles, customized tools, and resources for students, parents, and high school counselors. For more information, and to learn how to become a College of Distinction, visit