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Things to do at SFU

The region surrounding Saint Francis is a giant playground. Almost everywhere you turn, you’ll find nature, adventure, sports and history. Just beyond campus is the highest skiable mountain in Pennsylvania, the former personal golf course of Charles M. Schwab, a sparkling 1,600-acre lake, some of the best white water rafting in the East and dozens of miles of hiking and biking trails. The following is a list created by our students of things to do on and around campus throughout the year.

  • Lake Saint Francis

    Explore Nature  
    Take a walk on the nature trail around the lake or just sit by the lake to relax with some friends. 

    Cru service

    Strengthen your faith  
    Regardless of your denomination, Saint Francis offers countless opportunities to get involved with fellow Christians.  Cru, Campus Ministry, Bible Studies, and the Overflow service all host weekly events and services that allow college students to stay connected and grow their faith. 

    Snow Tubing

    Snow Tubing  
    Race your friends down the slope at the Lakeview snow tubing park on campus. 

    Pirates Game

    Catch a game in the 'Burgh 
    Participate in an organized bus trip to see the Pittsburgh Pirates play at PNC Park.  It is a fun, inexpensive way to take a trip with friends off campus.  

    Tailgating RedFlash

    Tailgate before a RedFlash game
    Food, friends and e a game of corn hole in the JFK parking lot is the perfect warm-up before attending the Red Flash football game, even on a rainy day.

    Study Abroad France

    Study abroad in an eleventh-century monastery
    SFU has many options for traveling and studying abroad, one of which being their site in Ambialet, France. Students live in this cozy town in the south of France, but also get to travel to Paris, Barcelona, and many other exciting places! 


    Attend conferences with the student organizations
    The Business School's Enactus group competes annually in National competitions judged by CEOs and Fortune 500 leaders.

      Rent Puppy

    Bond with a puppy
    Classes can be stressful. SFU invites the local Humane Society to visit with adorable puppies to play with.

    Schwab Hall Ribbon Cutting

    Celebrate new beginnings
    SFU often has new and exciting additions and renovations to be celebrated, such as the recent ribbon-cutting ceremony of Schwab Hall.

    Scuba Diving

    Learn to SCUBA dive
    SFU offers many diving courses, which is perfect for anyone in the marine biology field, or anyone who just wants to pick up a fun hobby!


    Publish your work
    SFU has many mediums in which students’ work is published and celebrated! From photography being showcased in the library to articles being published on the Troubadour’s website, there is no shortage of artistic expression being encouraged and acknowledged here at SFU.

      Go Greek

    Go Greek! 
    SFU has 12 fraternities and sororities, and they participate in many events together throughout the school year. Greek week takes place in the spring, and has competitions such as Greek Sing, dodgeball, flag football, and more! 

     Welcome new students

    Welcome new students!
    Upperclassmen can serve as “Orientation Counselors,” who help students move in and adjust to college life here at SFU! There are many events during orientation weekend, one of which being a “welcome” speech by the Student Government Association president.

    Homecoming parade

    Celebrate Homecoming in Style
    The Homecoming parade takes place every year, rain or shine! The Homecoming court, band, and other clubs and organizations make floats that the whole town comes to see before the football game.

    Multicultural Fest

    Appreciate cultural diversity

    Bolstered by a large international student population, SFU encourages open-minded discussions in the classroom and holds events such as Multicultural week to highlight the different contributions that each country makes to Loretto, PA.  

      Haunted House

    Haunted House
    There is a haunted house and corn maze set up in Portage every year around Halloween. There are carnival games and chances to win a great pet fish for your dorm room.

    Carve Pumpkins

    Carve Pumpkins!
    In the fall, local farms sell pumpkins, which provides the opportunity to carve them! After selecting the perfect pumpkin, carving with friends and roasting the pumpkin seeds is always a good time.

    Climb a Tree

    Climb a tree!
    Here at SFU, we are the school among the pines. So go enjoy the outdoors with a couple friends, but be careful! 

    Spring Fest

    Spring Fest
    The Student Activities Organization always sets up a lot of fun activities for Spring Fest here on campus. Last year there was a petting zoo, this giant trampoline, and more.

    Visit the Oval Office

    Visit the Oval Office
    There are many leadership opportunities on campus, including the opportunity to serve on the Student Government Association. It is led by an Executive Board, who attend the Conference on Student Government Associations every year to sharpen their leadership skills and get new ideas to bring back to campus!

    Show School Spirit

    Join in the victory dance from the sidelines!
    The Red Flash Dance Team embodies school spirit at all home Football and Men’s and Women’s Basketball games.  These students have the opportunity to cheer on the teams both during the regular season and playoffs!

    DC Church tour

    Tour Beautiful Churches

    Students travel to Washington D.C. every year. This year they toured two large churches in D.C. During downtime, students were free to explore D.C. Here, a group of students snapped a photo in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

    Finals Week Food

    Finals Fuel!

    At Donut Heaven, the Student Government Association (SGA) provides donuts, coffee, ice cream, nachos, hot dogs, and more for the first three nights of finals week! Each semester, faculty members serve the food to their students in a show of solidarity and appreciation for their hard work!

      Schwab Gardens

    Explore the Schwab Estate

    One of the greatest things that SFU has to offer is its natural beauty.  The gardens are a lovely place to go alone to collect your thoughts, or to take a walk with a friend.

    Leadership Conference

    Attend a Leadership Conference
    The Student Government Association Leadership Conference, held every fall semester, is just one of many events aimed to educate and inspire SFU students to be the best leaders and citizens of a global community that they can be!


    Help Welcome Newcomers!

    Upperclassmen can serve as Orientation Counselors who help students move in and adjust to college life here at SFU! There are many events during orientation weekend, one of which being a welcome speech given by the SGA president. Two students are pictured here with University President Father Malachi Van Tassell.

    Service Trip

    Serve Those in Need

    SFU fosters many service opportunities, including mission trips over spring break. Groups such as H.U.G.S. United and Habitat for Humanity send a team to different areas of need every year!  Students pictured are in the Dominican Republic.


    Autumn at SFU

    Take a Drive in the Fall

    SFU's campus is quite the spectical in the fall. Every turn you take on Manor drive will reveal incredible scenes with vivid, fall colors.


    Become an RA

    Become a Resident Assistant

    Another leadership opportunity involves becoming an RA. This consists of assisting students in their residence halls through a variety of ways!

    Student Advocacy Day

    Lobby for fellow students

    SFU attends Student Advocacy Day in Harrisburg every year. Here students and Financial Aid employees meet with our representatives to discuss the importance of funds for higher education.

    Health Fair

    Share your knowledge with others

    SFU students frequently serve the surrounding community. One example is these Public Health students providing a health fair to the students of the Penn Cambria school district on R.E.D. Day, the University-wide day of service.


    London trip 2016

    Springtime in London

    Grouped with an Annual Course offering, the Shields School of Business conducts a trip to London every Spring Break. Over the course of ten days, students are given the opportunity to explore the financial heart of London and to gain a sense of British culture.

    March for Life

    Join March for Life

    SFU students travel to Washington D.C. to annually support pro-life efforts. It is a great way to come together as a community and stand up for what you believe in. 

    Jife 2016

    Attend a Job Fair

    At SFU, a JIFE (Job/Internship Fair Extravaganza) is held each year to give students the opportunity to network and market themselves to who could be a future employer.

    New York trip

    Take a Trip to New York!
    A bus trip to New York is offered in the fall for a small fee, which covers travel. The bus leaves early in the morning and returns late at night. Once in New York, students can shop, walk around, or do whatever catches their eye.