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School of STEAM

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Mathematics

Why embrace STEAM at SFU?

Wherever your interests lie, we believe in helping every student develop a mind for exploration.


Graduates of Saint Francis University's School of STEAM address challenges and seize opportunities. They are compassionate, responsible, motivated, and confident citizens who:


  • Think critically and creatively

  • Respect life

  • Cherish continued learning

  • Promote moral, spiritual, and social development

  • Practice appropriate personal and professional ethical behavior

  • Communicate clearly in writing and speaking

  • Work effectively in teams

  • Leverage technology responsibly

  • Recognize their responsibilities to family, community, country, and world

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transformational experiences inside and outside of the classroom


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acquire unparalleled depth and breadth of knowledge, skills, and values

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liberal arts education grounded in Franciscan values


Why Saint Francis?

Tackle your future with confidence.

Our integrative approach results in accomplished professionals who consider the complex dimensions of our society - aesthetics, culture, economics, the environment, history, mathematics, morality, politics, science, society, and technology.

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Guiding Principles within STEAM:

  • undergraduate research, internships, and other experiential learning opportunities
  • real-world projects fieldwork, service projects, community engagement activities
  • leadership and mentorship experiences, membership in professional societies, presenting at professional conferences
  • Interdisciplinary learning, projects, and activities
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A personalized approach to learning and leading

Our faculty members have been highly successful in receiving external funding for the enhancement of undergraduate STEAM education, both in the classroom and in the laboratory.



Dr. Peter Skoner
Dean, School of STEAM


P: 814.472.3085


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Opportunities for growth. Support for your passion.

Our School of STEAM gives students the opportunity to conduct research as early as soon as their freshman year. Our students practice their new skills through outreach activities such as Science Day, Multicultural Week, Darwin Day,  Rural Outreach Chemistry for Kids (R.O.C.K.),  PA Statistics Poster Competition, Pi Day, and many more. Many students also take part in study abroad programs and immersive learning experiences.


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STEAM by the Numbers

407,120 dollars in external grants secured for the 2020-2021 academic year by STEAM faculty and staff
5,627 friends in the community engaged in 193 STEAM activities during the 2020-2021 academic year
353 students enrolled in STEAM programs during the Fall 2021 semester
54 faculty in STEAM to challenge, support, and mentor students
21 students completed STEAM undergraduate research in the summer of 2021, while being paid minimum wage, with free housing and meal plan funded by the university and school
17 students on average in each STEAM class, to ensure students are engaged and involved, able to ask and answer questions
7 students for each faculty member (student to faculty ratio), ensuring students get individual attention



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Several academic programs within the School of STEAM at Saint Francis University are accredited by their respective specialized accrediting agencies.
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Latest News

Applications are open for High School Summer Academies

University Communications & Marketing | 03/14/2023
Saint Francis University is currently accepting applications from high school students interested in attending the 2023 Summer Academies. SFU Summer Academies are one-week, residential, immersive programs for high school students who are currently in grades 10 and 11 (and are at least 15 years old) and are interested in pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering, arts, or mathematics. Thanks to generous funding, most academies are offered at the discounted rate of $550; the Environmental Science and Engineering Academy is $150. This includes all instruction materials, plus room and

Soft Launch of Earth to Moon Exhibit

Erin Lischerelli, University Communications and Marketing | 01/16/2023
A group of students from St. Michaels School were the first to experience the NASA-funded Space Sciences and Engineering Mobile Interactive Exhibit for Rural Areas: Earth to Moon exhibit during a soft opening on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at Saint Francis University.

World Drum and Dance Winter Performance

Center for Fine Arts | 10/27/2022
The public is invited to join the Saint Francis University World Drum and Dance Present Annual Winter Performance, to be presented at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8, 2022.

SFU Receives $1 Million Dollar ARC POWER Grant for Aviation Maintenance Technician School

University Marketing & Communications | 10/18/2022
Saint Francis University has been awarded a $1 million grant by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to launch an Aviation Maintenance Technician School. The new Aviation Maintenance Technician School will be sited at the John Murtha Johnstown Cambria County Airport and will offer a 14 CFR 147-certified training curriculum for Aviation Maintenance Technicians.