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Undergraduate Application Process


  • First-time students may submit an application anytime, usually after September 1 of their senior year. In order to receive full consideration for admission and merit scholarships, it is recommended that students submit a completed application by May 1st of their senior year. 

    Undergraduate applications for admission operates under a rolling admissions policy with the exception of the Physician Assistant majors who have an Priority Application Date of November 15th and Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy majors who have an Priority Application Date of January 15th

    Prospective First-Year may submit any of the following applications:

    Saint Francis University Online Application

    The Common Application 

    NOTE: A hard-copy application will be mailed to students upon request.

    Official High School Transcripts:

    Submit your official high school transcript showing work completed through your junior year in addition to a copy your senior class schedule. All applicants should submit mid-year grades from their senior year when available.

    Standardized Testing:

    Applicants are required to submit scores from either the SAT I or ACT. Use the codes below to have your official scores sent directly to SFU.

    SAT code #2797
    ACT code #3682

    Writing Sample:

    First-time students must submit an essay of no fewer than 250 words and may choose from Options 1-5 (The essay options in this application mirror those in The Common Application® and are used by permission.) You may choose to submit your essay as part of this application or submit them seperately.

    Option 1: Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. 
    Option 2: The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to future success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn? 
    Option 3: Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again? 
    Option 4: Describe a problem you've solved or would like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma- anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. 
    Option 5: Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

    Letter of Recommendation:

    You are required to submit at least one letter of recommendation from a teacher who has taught you in an academic subject (for example English, Mathematics, History, etc.) to the Office of Admissions. This may be submitted with your official high school transcripts via the options below or via our downloadable PDF form.
    Email: Admissions@francis.edu
    Faxed: 814-472-3335
    Mailed: Saint Francis University 
    Office of Admissions 
    PO Box 600
    Loretto, PA 15940