Saint Francis University

Saint Francis University (SFU), located in Loretto, Pennsylvania, is a Catholic Franciscan liberal arts college offering undergraduate and postgraduate degrees through its four Schools of Arts & Letters, Business, Health Sciences, and Sciences.

  • Average Tuition USD 31,078
  • Acceptance Rate 69%
  • Students 2,381
  • International Students 6%
  • Campus Setting Rural

School Description

Saint Francis University (SFU), established in 1847, started with six friars from Ireland (Brother Giles Carroll and five others) who built the school that would eventually become Saint Francis University. SFU started out as a boys academy in the mountain hamlet of Loretto, Pennsylvania. The University today occupies the same location.

Saint Francis University received the power to grant degrees by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Today it enrolls over 2,300 students. The University has accreditations with the Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education; Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physical Assistant, Inc.; American Chemical Society, Certified Chemistry Degree; Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs; Commission of Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; Council on Social Work Education; Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Environmental Engineering; International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education; Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing; and Pennsylvania State Department of Education for approved programs in Teacher Education.

Bachelor Programs

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    Accountancy

    USD 31,078 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals for the profession or duties of an accountant. The curriculum focuses on the process by which financial information about a business is recorded, classified, summarised, interpreted and communicated

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    Biology

    USD 31,078 Tuition Fee

    A general program of biology at the introductory, basic level or a program in biology or the biological sciences that is undifferentiated as to title or content. Includes instruction in general biology and programs covering a variety of biological specializations.

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    Chemistry

    USD 31,078 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the scientific study of the composition and behavior of matter, including its micro- and macro-structure, the processes of chemical change, and the theoretical description and laboratory simulation of these phenomena.

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    Computer Science

    USD 31,078 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on computer theory, computing problems and solutions, and the design of computer systems and user interfaces from a scientific perspective. Includes instruction in the principles of computational science, computer development and programming, and applications to a variety of end-use situations.

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    Criminal Justice

    USD 31,078 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to apply theories and practices of organization management and criminal justice to the administration of public law enforcement agencies and operations. Includes instruction in law enforcement history and theory, operational command leadership, administration of public police organizations, labor relations, incident response strategies, legal and regulatory responsibilities, budgeting, public relations, and organizational leadership.

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    Economics

    USD 31,078 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the systematic study of the production, conservation and allocation of resources in conditions of scarcity, together with the organizational frameworks related to these processes. Includes instruction in economic theory, micro- and macroeconomics, comparative economic systems, money and banking systems, international economics, quantitative analytical methods, and applications to specific industries and public policy issues.

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    Education

    USD 31,078 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the theory and practice of learning and teaching, and related research, administrative and support services.

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    Engineering

    USD 31,078 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that prepare individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the solution of practical problems.

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    English

    USD 31,078 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the structure and use of the English language and dialects, speech, writing, and various aspects of the literatures and cultures of the English-speaking peoples.

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    Environmental Studies

    USD 31,078 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on environment-related issues using scientific, social scientific, or humanistic approaches or a combination. Includes instruction in the basic principles of ecology and environmental science and related subjects such as policy, politics, law, economics, social aspects, planning, pollution control, natural resources, and the interactions of human beings and nature.

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    Finance

    USD 31,078 Tuition Fee

    An integrated or combined program in accounting and finance that prepares individuals to function as accountants and financial managers or analysts.

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    Fine Arts

    USD 31,078 Tuition Fee

    Any instructional program in fine arts and art studies not listed above.

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    Health Administration

    USD 31,078 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to develop, plan, and manage health care operations and services within health care facilities and across health care systems. Includes instruction in planning, business management, financial management, public relations, human resources management, health care systems operation and management, health care resource allocation and policy making, health law and regulations, and applications to specific types of health care services.

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    History

    USD 31,078 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the study and interpretation of past events, institutions, issues, and cultures.

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    Information System Management

    USD 31,078 Tuition Fee

    A program that generally prepares individuals to provide and manage data systems and related facilities for processing and retrieving internal business information; select systems and train personnel; and respond to external data requests. Includes instruction in cost and accounting information systems, management control systems, personnel information systems, data storage and security, business systems networking, report preparation, computer facilities and equipment operation and maintenance, operator supervision and training, and management information systems policy and planning.

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    International Relations

    USD 31,078 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the systematic study of international politics and institutions, and the conduct of diplomacy and foreign policy. Includes instruction in international relations theory, foreign policy analysis, international law and organization, the comparative study of specific countries and regions, and the theory and practice of diplomacy.

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    Management

    USD 31,078 Tuition Fee

    A program that provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to adapt in a rapidly changing, dynamic, and competitive global marketplace

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    Marketing

    USD 31,078 Tuition Fee

    A program that generally prepares individuals to undertake and manage the process of developing consumer audiences and moving products from producers to consumers. Includes instruction in buyer behavior and dynamics, principle of marketing research, demand analysis, cost-volume and profit relationships, pricing theory, marketing campaign and strategic planning, market segments, advertising methods, sales operations and management, consumer relations, retailing, and applications to specific products and markets.

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    Mathematics

    USD 31,078 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the analysis of quantities, magnitudes, forms, and their relationships, using symbolic logic and language. Includes instruction in algebra, calculus, functional analysis, geometry, number theory, logic, topology and other mathematical specializations.

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    Nursing

    USD 31,078 Tuition Fee

    A program that generally prepares individuals in the knowledge, techniques and procedures for promoting health, providing care for sick, disabled, infirmed, or other individuals or groups. Includes instruction in the administration of medication and treatments, assisting a physician during treatments and examinations, Referring patients to physicians and other health care specialists, and planning education for health maintenance.

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    Occupational Therapy

    USD 31,078 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to assist patients limited by physical, cognitive, psychosocial, mental, developmental, and learning disabilities, as well as adverse environmental conditions, to maximize their independence and maintain optimum health through a planned mix of acquired skills, performance motivation, environmental adaptations, assistive technologies, and physical agents. Includes instruction in the basic medical sciences, psychology, sociology, patient assessment and evaluation, standardized and non-standardized tests and measurements, assistive and rehabilitative technologies, ergonomics, environmental health, special education, vocational counseling, health education and promotion, and professional standards and ethics.

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    Philosophy

    USD 31,078 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on ideas and their logical structure, including arguments and investigations about abstract and real phenomena. Includes instruction in logic, ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, metaphysics, symbolism, and history of philosophy, and applications to the theoretical foundations and methods of other disciplines.

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    Physical Therapy

    USD 31,078 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to alleviate physical and functional impairments and limitations caused by injury or disease through the design and implementation of therapeutic interventions to promote fitness and health. Includes instruction in functional anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, neuroscience, pathological physiology, analysis of dysfunction, movement dynamics, physical growth process, management of musculoskeletal disorders, clinical evaluation and measurement, client assessment and supervision, care plan development and documentation, physical therapy modalities, rehabilitation psychology, physical therapy administration, and professional standards and ethics.

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    Political Science

    USD 31,078 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the systematic study of political institutions and behavior. Includes instruction in political philosophy, political theory, comparative government and politics, political parties and interest groups, public opinion, political research methods, studies of the government and politics of specific countries, and studies of specific political institutions and processes.

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    Pre-Medicine

    USD 31,078 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals for admission to a professional program in medicine, osteopathic medicine, or podiatric medicine.

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    Psychology

    USD 31,078 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the scientific study of the behavior of individuals, independently or collectively, and the physical and environmental bases of mental, emotional, and neurological activity.

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    Public Health

    USD 31,078 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares registered nurses to promote health and provide preventive and curative nursing services for groups or communities under the supervision of a public health agency. Includes instruction in community and rural health, family therapy and intervention, disease prevention, health education, and community health assessment.

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    Public Relations

    USD 31,078 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the theories and methods for managing the media image of a business, organization, or individual and the communication process with stakeholders, constituencies, audiences, and the general public; and that prepares individuals to function as public relations assistants, technicians, and managers. Includes instruction in public relations theory; related principles of advertising, marketing, and journalism; message/image design; image management; special event management; media relations; community relations; public affairs; and internal communications.

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    Religious Education

    USD 31,078 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the theory and practice of providing educational services to members of faith communities, within the context of a particular religion, and that prepares individuals to serve as religious educators. Includes instruction in planning and teaching lessons, organizing and supervising instructional activities, designing and developing instructional materials, and administering religious education programs and facilities.

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    Social Work

    USD 31,078 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals for the professional practice of social welfare administration and counseling, and that focus on the study of organized means of providing basic support services for vulnerable individuals and groups. Includes instruction in social welfare policy; case work planning; social counseling and intervention strategies; administrative procedures and regulations; and specific applications in areas such as child welfare and family services, probation, employment services, and disability counseling.

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    Sociology

    USD 31,078 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the systematic study of human social institutions and social relationships. Includes instruction in social theory, sociological research methods, social organization and structure, social stratification and hierarchies, dynamics of social change, family structures, social deviance and control, and applications to the study of specific social groups, social institutions, and social problems.

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    Spanish

    USD 31,078 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the Spanish language and related dialects. Includes instruction in philology; Modern Castillan; Latin American and regional Spanish dialects; and applications in business, science/technology, and other settings.

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Admission Requirements

  • Avg Aid to Undergraduate 20299
  • Minimum GPA 2.50
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 6.00
  • Minimum SAT 1390
  • Minimum ACT 20

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    Established in 1847

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    Saint Francis University has been among the first in many respects; it was one of the first 20 Catholic universities in the US; one the first Catholic universities to become co-educational; and the first Franciscan college in the United States.

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          • Testimony
            1973-1977, BA, English

            The Small University for Big GrowthA true example of getting out what you put in...Most accredited schools will give you an educationBut St. Francis allows you to get so much more out of college because of it's unique setting and great teachers that enable you to become the thinking adult that todays world needs and wants.

          • Testimony
            1969-1973, BA, Sociology

            SFU was "my home away from home!"Where do I begin to tell the story of what "the college among the pines" means to me? The friendships.....after all these years they continue to grow and deepen. And they are cherished far beyond words. Saint Francis is my "family" - not by heritage but by choosing. I feel so lucky that fate drew me to Loretto. But love keeps me coming back!

          • Testimony
            1986-1990, BA, English/Fine Art

            Great People Then, Great People NowThe faculty and staff were so good to me back in my college days, to the point where I still keep in touch with one of my teachers to this day. I now work in the Higher Ed field and I have had the opportunity to be in contact with some the staff there today. They do nothing but remind me what a great institution St. Francis is. Life is about the people you are with each step of your journey, and St Francis is that light and salt we all seek and enjoy.