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    Saint Francis University
    117 Evergreen Drive
    P.O. Box 600
    Loretto, PA 15940

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    Founded in 1847, Saint Francis University is the oldest Franciscan institution of higher learning in the United States.  Saint Francis University is a Catholic, coeducational liberal arts University sponsored by the Franciscans of the Third Order Regular. The seeds of what has become Saint Francis University were planted by six Franciscan friars from Ireland who founded a boys' academy in the mountain hamlet of Loretto, Pennsylvania. Saint Francis University was soon given the power to grant degrees by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and was one of the first Catholic co-ed colleges in the nation.

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    • Location: Loretto, Pennsylvania with satellite offerings in Altoona, Johnstown, State College, online and Ambialet, France.
    • Enrollment: 2,668 (1,745 undergraduate, 619 graduate)
    • Gender: Female 61.0%, male 39.0% (Undergraduate)
    • First-Year Retention Rate: 86.7%
    • Average Graduation Rate: 70.8%
    • Athlete Graduation Rate
    • Average Class Size: 18
    • Full-time Faculty: 130 (54 tenured faculty)

    Based on Fall 2015 enrollment. View more data.

  • Tuition & Fees

    The undergraduate education Saint Francis University provides is funded primarily from tuition, which is set annually. See current Tuition & Fees. 

  • Athletics

    SFU is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and the University's 23 men's and women's sports teams compete at the Division I level. The University is also a member of the Northeast Conference. The University's nickname is the Red Flash.

  • Facilities

    On the academic front our facilities includes academic buildings centered around both lecture and project/lab-based learning and a library and learning commons, and various student support offices. Campus life facilities includes on-campus residence halls and an off-campus transitional housing, a student union, athletics facilities, multiple dining areas, and student health services. The 600-acre campus is also home to The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Lake Saint Francis and Immergrün Golf Course. The nearby Mount Assisi Gardens, further enhance the setting. the nearby Mount Assisi Gardens.

    Learn more about our Campus Facilities.

  • Governing Structure

    The University is sponsored by the Franciscans of the Third Order Regular and governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of both lay people and Franciscans. The University's President receives input from faculty, administrators, and students who participate in advancing the University's mission.

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  • Accreditations

    • Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education
    • Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physical Assistant, Inc.
    • American Chemical Society, Certified Chemistry Degree
    • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
    • Commission of Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Council on Social Work Education
    • Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Environmental Engineering
    • International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education
    • Middle States Commission on Higher Education
    • Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing
    • Pennsylvania State Department of Education for approved programs in Teacher Education