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Maps & Directions

Saint Francis University sits high in the Laurel Highlands, making our 600-acre campus the heart of the great outdoors!  Located in Loretto, Pennsylvania, SFU is just 5 miles from U.S. Route 22. 
Explore our page to find various links, maps, and other helpful visitor information. Start planning your visit today, we look forward to seeing you on campus!

Welcome - Main Gates

 

 

For directions to the university, use the following address in your GPS, Google maps or Apple maps:

117 Evergreen Drive, Loretto, PA

 

For directions to the Admissions Office, use the following address in your GPS, Google maps or Apple maps:

132 Franciscan Way, Loretto, PA

 


Parking

Visitor parking areas include the JFK lots, lower Stokes lot, along Lakeview Drive and Franciscan Way (chapel). 
There is ample parking for visitors of the Admissions Welcome Center located adjacent to the Welcome Center. Our warm and friendly admissions staff will be there to greet you and your family!
View all designated parking areas on the Virtual Map >

Directions 

  • Driving Directions
  • Plane, Train, Or Bus
    • 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 onto 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

    Fly United Express at the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport. With daily direct flights to Washington D.C. Dulles and Chicago O'Hare, you are one connection away from almost any destination! To book a flight, visit www.united.com or www.flyjst.com

     

    *SFU Transportation regularly services the Johnstown-Cambria County Airport. Click here for more information on student shuttle services. 

     

    Location: 479 Airport Road, Johnstown, PA 15904. Call 814-536-0002. 

    Free parking

    Free wifi

    Short TSA lines

    TSA pre-check

    Earn United miles

    Hertz rental located in terminal

     

    Driving distance from Saint Francis University to the Johnstown Airport:
    Drive time: 30 minutes
    General directions: South 219 Galleria Drive Exit, then follow Airport Road to Terminal Building.

    Driving distance from the Johnstown Airport to hotels in Ebensburg:
    19 minutes to Comfort Inn - 111 Cook Rd, Ebensburg, PA, 15931
    24 minutes to The Fairview Bed and Breakfast - 1096 N. Center Street, Ebensburg, PA 15931
    22 minutes to The Noon-Collins Inn - 114 E. High Street, Ebensburg, PA 15931

    Alternative airports: Pittsburgh International Airport, Altoona-Blair County Airport, and University Park 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 details. 

    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
    • Holiday Inn Express
    • Courtyard Marriott
    • Fairfield Inn & Suites
     
    Cresson, PA (Approximately 6 miles to campus) 
    • Cresson House Bed & Breakfast
     
    Ebensburg, PA (Approximately 8 miles to campus)
    • Quality Inn
     
    Johnstown (Approximately 30 miles to campus)
    • Hampton Inn
    • Holiday Inn Express & Suites 

     

    Additional Accommodations

  • 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)

     

    Ebensburg (Approximately 8 miles to campus)
    • Off the Rak - Ebensburg, PA (Wide variety of fare) 
    • Pour on Center - Ebensburg, PA (Pub fare) 

     

    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 (Italian cuisine). 
     
    Johnstown (Approximately 30 miles to campus)
    There are a variety of restaurants located in and around the mall in Johnstown such as Applebees's, Red Lobster, Perkins, Primanti's Bros., Kabuki Japanese Cuisine, Chili's and more. 
     
  • 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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Upcoming Events

If there's an event on campus, you'll find it here! From youth camps to athletic events to special masses, browse around and see all that Saint Francis University has going on! View the full event calendar.