University of St. Francis

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500 Wilcox Street

Joliet, IL 60435

Phone: (800) 735-7500
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Aug. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#38 Overall Score: 55 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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University of St. Francis is a private institution that was founded in 1920. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,423, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 24 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of St. Francis's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 38. Its tuition and fees are $27,950 (2013-14).

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

The University of St. Francis (USF) is committed to providing a quality education, nurturing students and enhancing its local and global communities. Founded in 1920, USF's mission is to educate "the whole person" in mind and spirit, and to prepare women and men to contribute to the world through service and leadership. The success of students as individuals is paramount at USF, and academic excellence is the focus at every level of the educational process.

As a Catholic university rooted in the liberal arts, USF is a community of learners challenged by the Franciscan values of respect, integrity, compassion and service. USF also instills the value of lifelong learning in students through real-world experience. Relevant, competitive programming reaffirms the ideal that a liberal education provides the comprehensive cultural background necessary for every profession. Numerous student groups and organizations offer a multitude of activities outside the classroom to further enhance learning, and students may participate in study abroad programs or domestic and international service work to broaden their horizons.

The University of St. Francis is consistently ranked in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in U.S. News & World Report's edition of "Best Colleges." It was named a best Midwestern college by The Princeton Review and a "College of Distinction" by Because of services it offers military veterans, USF has been recognized as a "Military Friendly School" by G.I. Jobs magazine.

The university's main campus is in Joliet, Ill. with a second campus in Albuquerque, N.M. USF offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in arts and science, business, education, social work, nursing and health care, with new programs and courses being developed each year to meet the needs and interests of students. USF's reputation for producing top educators and skilled nurses has earned national accreditations in both areas. A leader in offering educational opportunities to working health care professionals, University of St. Francis offers courses of study for aspiring nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinical specialists and health care administrators, and recently launched masters programs in Nursing Administration and Health Administration and a doctorate in Nursing Practice.

For four decades, USF has been focused on serving adult learners with innovative programming and course delivery. The University of St. Francis has been one of the largest providers of online education in Illinois since it piloted its online business program 15 years ago, and was among the first higher education institutions to offer its MBA completely online. USF was recently honored in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Online Education Programs" edition for its outstanding online bachelor's programs and online graduate nursing, education and business programs.

From summer camps for youth and teens to adult continuing education courses for adults, USF actively promotes learning for all. USF reaches to a diverse constituency, serving as a cultural, social, spiritual and intellectual resource for the community and a partner in local business and industry. USF's commitment to the local community was strengthened when it moved its Art & Design Department to the historic Rialto Square Theater building in downtown Joliet, to provide students with an urban experience in state-of-the-art facilities. More expansion followed with the recent acquisition of another building and an art gallery space in the downtown area.

University of St. Francis serves approximately 3,400 students nationwide and has more than 43,000 alumni. For more information, call (800) 735-7500 or visit

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1920
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $6,583,126


When applying to University of St. Francis, it's important to note the application deadline is August 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at University of St. Francis is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 51.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 51.6%
Application deadline August 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of St. Francis is 12:1, and the school has 61.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of St. Francis include: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Elementary Education and Teaching; Management Science; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; and Social Work. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 79.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 34%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 21%
Elementary Education and Teaching 12%
Management Science 6%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 5%
Social Work 5%

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Student Life

University of St. Francis has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,423, with a gender distribution of 32 percent male students and 68 percent female students. At this school, 26 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 74 percent of students live off campus. University of St. Francis is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,345
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 NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

University of St. Francis offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring and health insurance. University of St. Francis 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, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of St. Francis, 90 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of St. Francis.

Students who have cars on campus 90%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of St. Francis, 85.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,860.

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Tuition and fees $27,950 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,520 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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