Saint Francis University is located in Loretto, Pennsylvania, just 5 miles from a major interstate highway (U.S. Route 22), and a hop, skip and a jump away from major cities like Pittsburgh, New York, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia. Here you'll find links, maps, and helpful visitor information. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Visitor parking areas include the JFK lots, lower Stokes lot, along Lakeview Drive and Franciscan Way (chapel).

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Maps & Directions 

  • GPS/Google Maps
  • Driving Directions
  • Plane, Train, Or Bus
  • For directions, use the university address in your GPS, Google maps or Apple  maps.

    117 Evergreen Drive

    Loretto, PA

     

    Download a PDF of our campus map for when you arrive!

  • Located just 5 miles from a major interstate highway (U.S. Route 22), SFU is a hop, skip and a jump away from major cities like Pittsburgh, New York, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and many other urban centers. 

     

    • From Northwestern Pennsylvania
      • Take I-79 to Route 422 east to Ebensburg. In town, turn left at the traffic light onto High Street. Continue straight at next light. Turn left on to Manor Road. Saint Francis University is six miles on the right.
    • From Cleveland (Ohio area)
      • Take Ohio Turnpike east to I-80 east. Take I-680 south to Route 422 east (approximately 120 miles) to Ebensburg. In town, turn left at the traffic light onto High Street. Continue straight at next light. Turn left on to Manor Road. Follow this road for six miles to the Saint Francis University entrance on right.
    • From southwestern Pennsylvania and southeast Ohio
      • Take Route 22 east from Pittsburgh to second Ebensburg exit (Ebensburg/Loretto exit). Bear right at end of exit ramp. Proceed straight (crossing over Route 22). Turn right at the first light on to Manor Road. Follow this road for six miles to the Saint Francis University entrance on right.
    • From Northeastern Pennsylvania/Central New Jersey
      • Take I-80 south to I-80 west to exit 161 (Bellefonte). Take US99/Route 220 south approximately 50 miles to Altoona and Route 22 west. Take Route 22 west to Lilly/Portage exit. Turn right onto Route 53 north. Continue on Route 53 north approximately two miles to traffic light (Sheetz on left). Turn left at light and continue beneath railroad overpass. 200 yards beyond overpass, bear right at Saint Francis University sign onto St. Joseph Street. Take this road four miles to Loretto. At Village Cross monument on traffic circle, bear left. Saint Francis University entrance is 200 yards on left.
    • From Southeastern Pennsylvania and Baltimore, Maryland/Washington, D.C.
      • Take PA Turnpike (I-76) west to Bedford exit 146 (220 North/I-99 North). Turn left after toll booth. At top of hill, turn left onto US99/Route 220 north to Altoona. Travel approximately 30 miles to Route 22 west. Continue from Altoona -- previous paragraph.
  • By Airplane

    Flying to and from Saint Francis University is easy.  Most flights arrive at Pittsburgh International Airport. Some airlines may fly to Johnstown or Altoona and make your connection at either Pittsburgh (PIT), Washington-Dulles, or Baltimore-Washington (BWI). Be sure to check individual airlines  for detail. 

     

    By Train 

    AMTRAK serves both Altoona and Johnstown.

     

    By Bus

    Greyhound/Trailways serves Altoona, Johnstown, Cresson, and Ebensburg.

Amenities & Accommodations

Whether you are visiting for a day or considering spending the next four years with us, we'd like to welcome you to Loretto.

  • Places To Stay

    Preferred Vendors:

    Altoona, PA
    (Approximately 18 miles to campus)

    Hampton Inn
    180 Charlotte Dr.   
    814-941-3500  
    $99 SFU  rate
    (some blackout dates apply)

     

    Holiday Inn Express
    115 Convention Center Drive  
    814-693-1004 
    $99 SFU rate
    (some blackout dates apply)

     

    Courtyard Marriott
    2 Convention Center Drive  
    814-312-1800  
    (some blackout dates apply)

     

    Fairfield Inn & Suites
    2915 Pleasant Valley Boulevard  
    814-946-0422       
     18% off
    (some blackout dates apply)

     

    Cresson, PA 
    (Approximately 6 miles to campus) 

    Cresson House Bed & Breakfast
    417 Park Avenue  
    814-886-5014  
    (some blackout dates apply)

     

    Ebensburg, PA
    (Approximately 8 miles to campus)

    Quality Inn
    111 Cook St.  
    814-472-6100  
    (some blackout dates apply)

     

    Johnstown: 
    (Approximately 30 miles to campus)

    Hampton Inn
    129 Commerce Court  
    814-262-7700  
    (some blackout dates apply)

     

    Holiday Inn Express & Suites 
    1140 Scalp Avenue              
    814-266-8789      
    (some blackout dates apply)

     

    Additional Accommodations

    Altoona-Blair County Region Explore Altoona 

    Johnstown-Cambria County Region Visit Johnstown

  • Places to Eat

    On Campus

    Torvian Dining Hall (Wide variety of fare)
    Frankies (Wide variety of fare) Located on the bottom level of JFK Student Center
    Adamucci Café (Proudly serving Starbucks) Located on the bottom level of Schwab Hall

     

    Loretto (Less than a mile to campus)

    Smithmyer's Superette - Smithmyer's is a family owned and operated grocery store with an in-store meat department and in-store bakery!
    Turn right out of the main entrance of the University. Travel through Loretto (bear right at circle with monument) and Smithmyer's will be located on your left.


    Cresson (Approximately 6 miles to campus)

    Vito's Restaurant & Pizzaria - Cresson, PA
    Prices range from $6.00 - $10.00 (Italian fare)
    Turn right out of the main entrance of the University. Travel through Loretto (bear right at circle with monument) and travel approximately 4 miles to the first stop sign. Turn left into Cresson (Dollar General on left) onto Admiral Peary Highway (Rt. 53). Travel past the McDonald's on left and under the railroad overpass. Immediately following the railroad overpass turn left onto Front Street. Vito's is in the fourth block down on the right.

    Cresson Springs Restaurant - Cresson, PA
    Prices range from $5.00 - $9.00 (Wide variety of fare)
    Follow above directions to Vito's Restaurant & Pizzaria. Instead of turning left immediately after the railroad overpass continue straight on Admiral Peary Highway (Rt. 53). At the next intersection turn right. Cresson Springs sits on the corner.

     

    Ebensburg (Approximately 8 miles to campus)

    Off the Rak - Ebensburg, PA 
    Prices range from $7.00 - $15.00 (Wide variety of fare) 
    Turn left out ofthe main entrance of the University. Travel 7 miles to the first traffic light. Turn left at the light. Bear right onto the ramp leading to 22 East towards Blairsville, Pittsburgh. Travel approximately 3-4 miles, past the intersection to the Wal-Mart Plaza, to the next large intersection (McDonald's and Wendy's on right). Turn left at this light and follow sign to the Ebensburg Mini Mall. Travel to the next stop sign. Turn right at the stop sign onto New Germany Road. The Mini Mall is located directly on your right. Off the Rak is the last building on the right.

    Pour on Center - Ebensburg, PA
    Prices range from $8.00 - $20.00 (pub fare) 
    Turn left out of the main entrance of the University. Travel 7 miles to the first traffic light. Turn right at light onto Main Street. Follow Main Street towards the center of town and up the large hill. At the top of the hill is the main intersection. 

     

    Altoona (Approximately 18 miles to campus)

    There are a variety of restaurants located along the Plank Road Exit in Altoona To the right is Outback Steakhouse, T.G.I. Friday’s, Primanti's Bros. To the left is the mall (Applebee’s is in the mall), Cracker Barrel, Denny’s, and Eat-N-Park. If you are looking for fine dining we suggest The Allegro. This restaurant specializes in Italian cuisine. It is located on Broad Avenue and 40th street. To make reservations call 814-946-5216. Turn right out of main entrance of the University. Travel through Loretto (bear right at circle with monument) and travel approximately 5 miles to the first stop sign. Turn left into Cresson (Dollar General on left) onto Admiral Peary Highway (Rt. 53). Travel to the next traffic light at the Sheetz Gas Station. Continue straight through light up hill. At the top of the hill follow signs to 22 West, Hollidaysburg, Altoona. Enter 22 East and travel approximately ten miles. 22 East will split, follow signs to 220 North/I-99, Altoona. The first exit off of 220 North/I-99 is Plank Road Exit.

    Marzoni’s
    165 Patchway Road Duncansville, PA 16635
    Phone: 814-695-2931 

     

    Johnstown (Approximately 30 miles to campus)

    There are a variety of restaurants located in and around the mall in Johnstown. In the mall complex is Lone Star and Ponderosa. Located inside the mall is the Ground Round and the Italian Oven Restaurant. Turn left out of the main entrance of the University. Travel 7 miles to the first traffic light. Turn left at the light. Bear right onto the ramp leading to 22 East towards Blairsville, Pittsburgh. Travel approximately 4 miles, past the McDonald’s and Wendy’s. Bear right onto the ramp leading to 219 South towards Johnstown. Follow 219 South approximately 12 miles to the Galleria Drive Exit. Turn left at the top of the exit ramp. Red Lobster, Perkins, and Applebee’s are all located on Galleria Drive. The mall entrance is located off Galleria Drive.

    Chili’s
    Richland Town Center Johnstown Phone: 814-266-3884

    Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar
    425 Galleria Drive Phone: 814-269-4500

  • Campus Attractions

     

    Captain Michael McGuire Park

    A multi-use community facility to promote health and fitness while celebrating the historical, religious, and cultural heritage of Loretto.

     

    Chapel

    The Immaculate Conception Chapel hosts a daily public mass schedule.

     

    Dining

    Our dining facilities are open to the public. Check on the hours-of-operation and this week's menus!

     

    The Grotto

    This beautiful outdoor spiritual space includes a replica of Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto, the Pieta statue, a Nativity scene, in addition to the Stations of the Cross. It can be accessed from a paved path across from Cafe Gubbio.

     

    Immergrün 

    Our golf course is a short demanding course that serves as the on-campus home of the Red Flash golf and cross country teams. Located on the Saint Francis University campus, Immergrün has never been altered since it was built for Charles M. Schwab in 1917.

     

    The Keirn Family World War II Museum 

    The museum is a significant collection that captures the essence of the “Greatest Generation” and paints a picture of life in the 1940s that goes far beyond the battlefield as told through the stories of the men and women of Pennsylvania.

     

    Schwab Gardens 

    Schwab Gardens of the magnificent former Charles M. Schwab Estate (now Mount Assisi Friary) are open for public viewing. The Italian Renaissance style garden was created by Charles Wellford Leavitt Jr., a pioneering landscape engineer who also designed Forbes Field.

     

    Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art 

    SAMA exists to preserve, exhibit, and advance American art and is dedicated to making its programs and activities accessible to the people of the southwestern area of central Pennsylvania.

     

    Theatre 

    The theatre at Saint Francis University creates a unique avenue for students and area residents to come together as they learn and grow in their theatrical abilities.

     

    Stokes Athletics Center Natatorium

    The natatorium  features a 6 lane 25 yard pool that is used for competitive and recreational swimming.

     

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