St. Francis University

2014 Quick Stats
PO Box 600

Loretto, PA 15940

Phone: (814) 472-3000
2012-2013 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jul. 30
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#43 Overall Score: 53 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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St. Francis University is a private institution that was founded in 1847. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,772, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 600 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. St. Francis University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 43. Its tuition and fees are $28,878 (2012-13).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Saint Francis University founded in 1847, is the oldest Franciscan college and one of the first Catholic colleges established in the United States. Saint Francis University offers higher education to individuals of all faiths through its 25 undergraduate and 7 graduate majors, in an environment inspired by Catholic values as expressed through the Franciscan tradition. All programs foster an understanding of ethical issues; promote respect for diversity of people; develop communication, mathematical, critical thinking and computer-based skills; offer a broad range of knowledge, providing an effective counterpoint to the majors, and provide a coordinated set of courses and experiences to meet the special needs of all students.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1847
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to St. Francis University, it's important to note the application deadline is July 30. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due June 1. The application fee at St. Francis University is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 74.1 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 74.1%
Application deadline July 30
SAT/ACT scores must be received by June 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at St. Francis University is 14:1, and the school has 53.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at St. Francis University include: Health Professions and Related Programs and Business Administration and Management, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 83.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 54%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 34%
Business Administration and Management, General 17%

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Student Life

St. Francis University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,772, with a gender distribution of 39.3 percent male students and 60.7 percent female students. At this school, 88 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 12 percent of students live off campus. St. Francis University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,451
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

St. Francis University offers a number of student services including health service. St. Francis University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at St. Francis University, 65 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at St. Francis University.

Students who have cars on campus 65%
Health insurance offered No

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Tuition and fees $28,878 (2012-13)
Room and board $9,900 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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