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These questions were submitted by parents of current students.
The primary purpose of the
academic advising program is to assist students in the development of
meaningful educational plans which are compatible with their life goals. At
Saint Francis University, academic advising is viewed as a continuous process
of clarification and evaluation. The Center for
Academic Success and First-Year Experience works in conjunction with the academic
advisor and the student to help support educational needs and goals. The office
is open to all students as an additional and/or supplemental academic resource.
As part of
the University’s First-Year Advising Program, entering students are assigned to
advisors during the Summer Orientation and Academic Registration (SOAR) Program
the summer prior to their freshman year. These academic advisors help students
with academic and transition issues by providing guidance and support
throughout their freshman year.
academic advising conferences are available to students each semester. The
advisor will review and utilize and available data about the student’s academic
and educational needs, performance, goals, and problems. The ultimate
responsibility for making decisions about life goals and educational plans rests
with the student. The advisor will assist by helping to identify and assess
alternatives and the consequences of decisions.If you need additional help
beyond your assigned academic advisor, individual and walk-in appointments are
available at the Center of Academics Success & First Year Experience in
Saint Francis Hall.
Yes. Students must complete
the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year using updated
tax information to be considered for maximum institutional, federal and state
eligibility. Merit based financial aid
is renewed annually provided the students adheres to the terms and conditions
of the award.
Yes, all full time students must
have health insurance. They can be covered under parent or spouse
insurance plans, under their own plan or they can enroll in Saint Francis
University's student health insurance plan. The student will be given information
at the beginning of the fall semester on the University's health insurance
plan. It will be up to the student to decide if the University's plan is
the right option for them.
Students are required to either
enroll or waive in the Saint Francis University health insurance EACH year.
Campus Ministry Department provides worship and prayer along with fellowship
and service opportunities for members of all faith traditions. A non-denominational Christian Praise and
Worship Service is offered on campus every Sunday. There are also numerous
quaint locations on campus for quiet prayer and reflection including a
spiritual wellness room in the DiSepio Institute. Fellowship opportunities
exist such as Cru, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Bible study.
Ministry program consists of students who are witnesses to their Christian
faith. They provide pastoral care and retreats, prayer and service
opportunities to fellow students. This
group of dynamic young people host roughly one-hundred and thirty programs per
year including four to five retreats which are open to all university students.
addition to the faith life on campus is the F.I.S.H. (Faith Inspired Student
Housing) program. This living and
learning community provides an opportunity where Christian students can strive
for healthy, balanced, interpersonal relationships and challenge each other to
develop spiritually, emotionally and academically. Those students involved in the faith based
housing program offer various programs throughout the year.
your child can have a car on campus. However we encourage freshman to carefully
consider their need for a vehicle.
Parking is limited and parking is assigned upon obtaining a Saint
Francis University parking permit.
Permits for resident students are approximately $100.00 per year. Commuter rates may be obtained from
The Saint Francis University Transportation Services
Program is available to assist students in connecting to local transportation
centers for bus, train, or airline transportation to get back and forth from
home during academic breaks (i.e. mid-semester breaks, Thanksgiving and Easter
breaks, and beginning and end of academic semesters).
SFU Transportation regularly services the
Johnstown/Cambria County Airport and the Altoona-Blair County Airport for
flights and the Altoona Transportation Center for Amtrak train and Greyhound
bus. Additionally, SFU Transportation
also services the Pittsburgh International Airport. Low standard rates are charged for students
who utilize regularly-scheduled shuttles; a more competitive, premium rate is
charged for students who desire a more customized services outside the regular
Additional services provided by the Center for Student
Engagement includes weeknight shopping to local stores including the Ebensburg
Walmart, and shopping malls and plazas in both Johnstown and Altoona. This service is free of charge and available
on a first-come, first-served basis.
Students and families can find a full schedule
(printable) posted to our Transportation link at http://life.francis.edu/Transportation along with our policies and rates.
The Center for Student Engagement also maintains a
partnership with Enterprise Rent-A-Car and their exciting CarShare program that
provides students access to safe, reliable Enterprise vehicles for a low hourly
rate. More information can be seen about
this program at https://www.enterprisecarshare.com/us/en/programs/university/francis.html.
All full-time undergraduate students are required to purchase a laptop through the Laptop Program, which grants students access to the most up-to-date academic software, Internet, email, and printing services.
Learn more about the Laptop Program
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