Saint Francis University

Introduction

Saint Francis University’s 600-acre campus sits atop a gorgeous mountaintopin Loretto, Pa. (near Pittsburgh). We’re one of the oldest Catholic universities in the country, and the oldest dedicated to Franciscan values.

Our University is an inclusive learning community that welcomes all people. We are each unique, yet we share a common bond: a desire to be a better person tomorrow than we are today.

Fuel your mind

Our university is ranked among the very best according to U.S. News and World Report. Choose from more than 50 academic programs of study that fuel your mind AND feed your soul.

Inspire your spirit

St. Francis of Assisi, through his Catholic Franciscan mission, left us an abundance of clues for living a meaningful life. Through his Faith and Franciscanism, he pointed the way in arts, business, healthcare, and the environment. Saint Francis is a 2015-16 Catholic College of Distinction.

Fast Facts

Founded in 1847, Saint Francis University is the oldest Franciscan institution of higher learning in the United States. Saint Francis University is a Catholic, coeducational liberal arts University sponsored by the Franciscans of the Third Order Regular. The seeds of what has become Saint Francis University were planted by six Franciscan friars from Ireland who founded a boys' academy in the mountain hamlet of Loretto, Pennsylvania. Saint Francis University was soon given the power to grant degrees by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and was one of the first Catholic co-ed colleges in the nation.

  • Location: Loretto, Pennsylvania with satellite offerings in Altoona, Johnstown, State College, and online as well as in Ambialet, France.
  • Enrollment: 2,668 (1,745 undergraduate, 619 graduate)
  • Gender: Female 61.0%, male 39.0% (Undergraduate)
  • First-Year Retention Rate: 86.7%
  • Average Graduation Rate: 70.8% Athlete Graduation Rate
  • Average Class Size: 18
  • Full-time Faculty: 130 (54 tenured faculty)
  • Numbers based on Fall 2015 Enrollment *

Mission Statement

A Mind for Excellence

Saint Francis University offers higher education in an environment guided by Catholic values and teachings, and inspired by the example of our patron, Saint Francis of Assisi. The oldest Franciscan institution of higher learning in the United States, Saint Francis University is an inclusive learning community that welcomes all people.

A Spirit for Peace and Justice

University programs and activities foster such Franciscan values as a humble and generous attitude toward learning, respect for diversity and the uniqueness of individual persons, understanding of ethical issues, and reverence for all life. With a spirit of simplicity and joy, we provide opportunities for the University community to think critically and analytically, communicate effectively, and integrate theory and practice.

A Heart for Service

Saint Francis University offers undergraduate programs in the liberal arts tradition, graduate and professional programs of study that emphasize personal and professional ethics, and continuing education opportunities for personal and career enhancement. We seek to inspire in all members of the University community a love of lifelong learning and a commitment to share their gifts and skills generously with others in a rapidly changing world.

From humble beginnings

It all started with six friars from Ireland.

In 1847, nearly fifteen years before the start of the Civil War, Brother Giles Carroll answered the call to leave Ireland to help his fellow countrymen who had fled a great famine at home. Along with five of his brothers, he cleared land in the forests of Loretto, Pennsylvania, to build a school that would one day become Saint Francis University.

Catholic Heritage

Historically, the university is one of the first 20 Catholic universities and the first Franciscan college to be founded in the United States. It is also one the first Catholic universities to become co-educational in the United States.

SFU Today

Today, the vibrant university campus sits on 600 scenic acres providing ideal setting not only for focused learning in harmony with nature. The magnificent former Charles M. Schwab Estate and Gardens (now Mount Assisi Friary), Lake Saint Francis and Immergrun Golf Club further complement the Saint Francis Campus.

In terms of academics, the university curriculum is delivered through four Schools (Arts & Letters, Business, Health Sciences, Sciences) Saint Francis University is governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of community leaders and Franciscan friars. Daily operation of the institution is under the direction of the President, who is supported by highly competent faculty, administrators, and other staff.

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Bachelor in Accounting

Campus Full time 4 - 5 years September 2017 USA Loretto

Accounting is the “language of business”, the discipline of measuring, communicating, and interpreting financial activity. Accounting teaches students how financial information drives organizational strategy and decision-making, and provides student with flexible and boundless career opportunities. [+]

Accounting is the "language of business." Accounting is the “language of business”, the discipline of measuring, communicating, and interpreting financial activity. Accounting teaches students how financial information drives organizational strategy and decision-making, and provides student with flexible and boundless career opportunities. Majors Accounting, B.S. (with several options to obtain necessary credits for CPA exam) Entrepreneurship Concentration (B.S. in Accounting) Five-year Accounting to MBA Program, B.S. Career Opportunities Accounting provides students with uniquely broad career opportunities in the public, private, and government sectors. Potential professional certifications include the Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Public accounting provides students opportunities in auditing, taxes, information technology, financial analysis, and consulting. Governmental accounting opportunities abound at the local, state, and federal levels, including potential careers with the FBI or CIA. Saint Francis University accounting graduates are enjoying fruitful and rewarding careers in all areas of industry. Accounting at Saint Francis University Accounting is one of Saint Francis University’s legacy flagship programs with successful alumni populating some executive-level positions throughout industry and government. You will learn from professors who not only hold the highest levels of both academic and professional certification including the CPA and CMA but who also have years of professional experience. Our accounting program begins with comprehensive coverage of accounting principles and from there students will learn to develop critical thinking skills to analyze financial statements, control costs, prepare budgets, and make decisions based on accounting data. You will have the opportunity to work and thrive in small classes. Your professor will not just know your name, they will know YOU! The program offers students a wide-ranging knowledge base that increases their value to employers. [-]

Bachelor in Economics

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Loretto

Economics educates students to participate in the decision-making process of allocating scarce resources and prepares them to function as informed and responsible citizens in a free market economy. Students interested in the more quantitative aspects of business and public policy typically enjoy and thrive in economics classes. [+]

"Economics...it's much more than you think." Economics educates students to participate in the decision-making process of allocating scarce resources and prepares them to function as informed and responsible citizens in a free market economy. Students interested in the more quantitative aspects of business and public policy typically enjoy and thrive in economics classes. In the macroeconomic dimension, students learn the basic forces underlying the economic organization of society, the theory of national income, aggregate supply and demand, unemployment, inflation, taxation, money and banking, and governmental fiscal policy. In the microeconomic realm, students learn the theory of price under various market conditions, economic functions of government, the theory of the firm, economic functions of labor unions, and elements of international economics. Degree Options: Majors Economics, B.S. Entrepreneurship Concentration (B.S. in Economics) Five-year Economics to MBA Program, B.S. Career Opportunities You have the opportunity to differentiate yourself with the unique SFU experience. Internship opportunities will be made available from many economic policy organizations. The major will prepare you for a career in banking in private industry or as a researcher/regulator for the Federal Reserve. The major also would serve those interested in a career in public policy, other government agencies, as a financial analyst, or financial/economic consulting. Some recent Economic graduates are doing quite well: 2013: Director, Business Development BYD Company Ltd., Los Angeles, CA; Portfolio Administrator, Gibson Capital, Pittsburgh, PA 2014: Financial Control Analyst, JP Morgan Chase, Middletown, DE 2015: Teaching Assistant, Ph.D. Program in Economics, Department of Economics, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa; MA Fellow, MA Program in Economics, Mercatus Center, George Mason University, Arlington, VA 2016: Client Relationship Specialist, Vanguard, Malvern, PA Economics at Saint Francis University You will have the opportunity to learn economics in a small class environment. Your professor will not just know your name, they will know YOU! You will have many opportunities to work one-on-one or in small groups with the faculty. Students are encouraged to participate in the Society of Economic Analysis (SEA). The SEA provides students with the opportunity to compete in a national competition known as the College Federal Reserve Challenge as well as other regional competitions. The club also works on research projects, prepares editorials in local newspapers, organizes events to increase economic literacy on campus, and has taken trips to the New York stock exchange and the IMF in Washington, D.C. Select students have also participated in both undergraduate and professional research conferences. Students are required to complete an independent research project before graduation. Applied skills in analyzing and interpreting data, econometrics, and econometric software will be taught and practiced inside and outside of the classroom. These are all marketable skills in the job market. [-]

Bachelor in Environmental Engineering

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Loretto

Environmental engineering is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States. Why? Because we help people stay healthy. Environmental engineers use the principles of science and math to manage ecosystems, restore polluted lands, and protect our soil, air, and water resources. [+]

Is Environmental Engineering for you? Environmental engineering is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States. Why? Because we help people stay healthy. Environmental engineers use the principles of science and math to manage ecosystems, restore polluted lands, and protect our soil, air, and water resources. These natural resources are just what people need to lead healthy and productive lives and, so, environmental engineers are in high demand. Environmental Engineering, Ecological Engineering Concentration, B.S. Environmental Engineering, Renewable Energy Concentration, B.S. Why Environmental Engineering at SFU? Our students prepare to be leaders in the environmental engineering profession by focusing on five transferable skill sets: Lab-scale experimentation. Field-scale design. Theory and computer modeling. Written and oral communication. Ethical decision making. We seek to develop these skills through extra-curricular activities, summer research/internships, service-learning, and, of course, classes. The table in the Curriculum tab summarizes the general structure of our curriculum. Real World Projects Real world experience is the hallmark of environmental engineering at SFU. In our program you will learn to use math and science to solve some of the most important problems facing society today and we believe that you should start putting your skills to good use even before you graduate. Our students design projects for class, work through paid internships and summer research, and conduct engineering service both here in Pennsylvania and abroad. By combining classroom learning with authentic projects, our students develop the wide variety of skills needed to be successful in the rapidly growing field of environmental engineering. Program Educational Objectives Graduates of the Saint Francis University Environmental Engineering program are expected within a few years of graduation to have: Attained the certifications, registrations, and/or licenses needed to work effectively as environmental engineers. Established themselves as practicing professionals whether in the field of environmental engineering directly, or in related fields that draw on the knowledge, skills, and values of the environmental engineering profession. Advanced to positions of greater responsibility in their workplace, their profession, and their community. A Franciscan perspective as they shape culture in their workplace, their community, and civil society writ large. Accomplish objectives 1-4 with a commitment to life-long learning and continuous professional development. Career Opportunities According to the U.S. Department of Labor, we can expect the number of new job openings to increase faster for environmental engineers than for any other occupation. SFU engineering graduates have had excellent success in finding employment; nearly all find positions in their field within 12 months of graduation. Our society has a long-term need for environmental engineers as we face challenges in energy generation, drinking water supply and stewardship over natural resources. SFU environmental engineers will be well equipped not only to address the technical aspects of these challenges but also to assist others in understanding the complex ethical and societal context of each technical problem. [-]

Bachelor in Finance

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Loretto

The Finance program at Saint Francis University gives students the opportunity to gain knowledge from top-level professors in a small class environment. Students in the Finance program will develop critical thinking and decision-making skills while working closely with students or in small group settings. [+]

Is Finance for you? Finance is the science or study of managing money, banking, investments and credit. Finance can be broken into three different sub categories: public finance, corporate finance and personal finance. Finance provides the knowledge of how to allocate assets over time under conditions of certainty and uncertainty and the time value of money over a specific amount of time. Degree Options Finance Majors Finance, B.S. Entrepreneurship Concentration (B.S. in Finance) Five-year Finance to MBA Program, B.S. Why study Finance at SFU? The Finance program at Saint Francis University gives students the opportunity to gain knowledge from top-level professors in a small class environment. Students in the Finance program will develop critical thinking and decision-making skills while working closely with students or in small group settings. It is intended to provide students with a wide-ranging knowledge base that will increase their value to employers. The professors in the Finance program have real world professional experience and help students relate their education to the field. Saint Francis University has an Investment Club which manages a pool of money of approximately $15,000 which gives Finance students interested in a career in investments real world experiences. Professors create a direct relationship with students and will not just know your name, they will know YOU! The program will educate students in the art and science of managing resources, at both the personal and corporate levels. The education will begin with a foundation in accounting, corporate finance and investments and will expand with advanced courses in financial management, portfolio management, and other current topics in finance. Career Opportunities As our service-based economy expands, there is an increasing need for trained professionals to manage and oversee the financial decisions of all types of organizations. Finance is designed for students who seek careers in the financial services industry, such as investment and commercial banking; careers in corporate finance or real estate; and/or other areas of business world. [-]

Bachelor in Management

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Loretto

The success of any organization ultimately lies in its people, and management, at its heart, is all about people. Managers develop objectives for the organization to achieve and craft plans for how the people they manage will go about accomplishing those objectives. [+]

Is Management for you? The success of any organization ultimately lies in its people, and management, at its heart, is all about people. Managers develop objectives for the organization to achieve and craft plans for how the people they manage will go about accomplishing those objectives. Managers organize the resources of the organization so that the people have the money, tools, and information necessary to achieve those objectives. Managers also influence people’s desire to achieve the objectives through leadership and monitor progress towards the objectives, taking corrective action when necessary to ensure the objectives are met. The study of management prepares students to manage profit and non-profit organizations through an education in the classical principles of management provided by the field's major thinkers and practitioners, along with theories and concepts drawn from fields as diverse as psychology and sociology. Management is a challenging and dynamic field with limitless opportunities in organizations of every size and type. Degree Options Management Majors Management, B.S. Entrepreneurship Concentration (B.S. in Management) Healthcare Management Concentration (B.S. in Management) Five-year Management to MBA Program, B.S. Why study Management at SFU? The Management program at Saint Francis is designed to ensure that students have exposure to the broad base of knowledge necessary to be successful in their chosen field. The professors have a wide variety of real-world professional experience in their chosen fields and make it a priority to help students understand how various theoretical concepts apply to actual practice. Faculty members work closely with the students, whether in the classroom, in student organizations, or as advisors and maintain a constant focus on preparing students for their future careers. The program offers students a wide-ranging knowledge base that increases their value to employers, including: the history of management, business ethics, the legal environment of business, human resource management and labor relations, organizational behavior, production management, risk management, marketing, decision-making, statistics, quantitative methods, leadership, and strategic management. Career Opportunities As managers are needed in every organization at every level, career opportunities are plentiful and varied. Students can customize their education to better suit their career objectives in many ways, either by pairing their degree with one of the many options for minors or concentrations, or selectively choosing their electives in other ways so as to improve their marketability to future employers. In this respect, the students’ advisor will work closely with them to customize their education so as to prepare them for the career they desire. Saint Francis Management graduates begin careers in a wide range of organizations across the U.S. and internationally. Some also choose to continue their education and pursue their MBA degree either at Saint Francis, through our five year Management to MBA program, or at other institutions, while others pursue their own entrepreneurial ventures, starting the small businesses that are the engine of the U.S. economy. Regardless of their path, the faculty of the School of Business remains at their service to provide advice and guidance to support their continued success. [-]

Bachelor in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA Loretto

Our Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering program is a rigorous engineering program enhanced by a foundation of environmental stewardship. As Catholic Franciscans, we care deeply for the health and safety of all species, and environmental sustainability is one of our core values. [+]

Is Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering for you? Virtually every component of our modern society requires energy and we depend on a complex array of energy sources including renewable (wind, solar) and non-renewable sources (coal, oil, shale gas) to fuel that worldwide demand. At Saint Francis University we are committed to researching the most balanced and responsible ways to approach resource extraction and energy production. Our Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering program is a rigorous engineering program enhanced by a foundation of environmental stewardship. As Catholic Franciscans, we care deeply for the health and safety of all species, and environmental sustainability is one of our core values. Over the years, we have built a strong educational curriculum that excels in preparing our students for careers that enable them to protect the public's health, heal the sick, and repair our damaged environment. Our goal with this program is to create the next generation of qualified engineers who can combine analytical skills with a Franciscan approach in order to find safer and better ways to supply our planet's energy needs. B.S. in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering This 4-year degree program prepares our students to be engaged, conscientious leaders in the energy industry through: a Franciscan approach to engineering with a strong stewardship component an integrated curriculum that taps into the expertise of our entire School of Sciences tailored classroom and lab spaces in our new 70,000 foot Science Center a "classrooms without walls" philosophy with extensive hands-on experience and service-learning work individualized instruction from passionate faculty dedicated to both teaching and research a grounded liberal arts education that helps students develop critical skills in areas such as ethics and communications Real World Projects Real world experience is the hallmark of a Saint Francis University education. Our students put their education into action by doing design projects for class, paid internships, summer research and engineering service projects both here in Pennsylvania and abroad. Unlike most existing programs in petroleum engineering which must typically use hypothetical design projects, the P&NG program at SFU will incorporate real world design projects with real clients as much as is feasible. Our smaller class sizes enhance our ability to provide these real experiences at multiple points in the curriculum. Curriculum Like other science majors at Saint Francis, the petroleum and natural gas engineering program will emphasize both theoretical and hands-on learning, project design and execution, communication skills, and service learning. The result will be a major with a holistic program that will create graduate engineers who bring a balanced, Franciscan approach to the field of energy extraction. The course curriculum will focus on: the engineering of resource extraction combined with course work from our environmental engineering program's renewable energy concentration knowledge and awareness of P&NG's importance not only as energy commodities, but their impact on a broader ecological landscape topics such as: land-use and environmental impacts, sociological and local economic impacts at the community level, and role in energy policies from local to national scale. basic coursework in geology along with significant computation skills including a mix of software packages and computer programming Career Opportunities Graduates of petroleum and natural gas engineering programs work as petroleum engineers, mining and geological engineers, environmental engineers, and geoscientists with median annual salaries ranging from $78,470 to $114, 080, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS projects healthy growth rates in all four occupation through 2020 both in Pennsylvania and nationally, according to the newly released 2010 to 2020 occupational projections. The development of the Marcellus Shale (natural gas producing) region is having a positive impact on the job opportunities for professional engineers and related professions with the BLS projecting a 75 percent increase in demand for petroleum engineers in Pennsylvania alone. [-]

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Bachelor in Engineering (3+2)

Campus Full time 3 - 5 years September 2017 USA Loretto

Through this accelerated “3+2” opportunity, you can earn two degrees in just five years. (Most students spend three years at Saint Francis, then transfer to an accredited engineering school, completing a B.A. in year four and a B.S. in year five.) [+]

Is Engineering for you? Engineering is the discipline of putting science and technology to work in designing, analyzing and building structures, machines, processes and systems. Supplementary disciplines ranging from economics and political science to literature and philosophy prepare flexible minds for dynamic and evolving careers. At Saint Francis, you can couple a liberal arts foundation with the right mathematical, scientific and analytical skills to pursue a career in engineering. Degree options Engineering, B.A. (3+2 program) Why study Engineering in the 3+2 option? Through this accelerated “3+2” opportunity, you can earn two degrees in just five years. (Most students spend three years at Saint Francis, then transfer to an accredited engineering school, completing a B.A. in year four and a B.S. in year five.) You may also be interested in the following 4-year options offered entirely at Saint Francis University: Environmental Engineering or Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering. Saint Francis University has cooperative engineering programs with Clarkson University of New York, The Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Pittsburgh. The programs are designed to prepare a student with a liberal arts background for a professional career in a branch of engineering. After successfully completing three years in the pre-engineering program at Saint Francis University, the qualified student transfers to any of the three schools mentioned or to any school offering ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology)-accredited B.S. program in engineering to complete the final two years of the program. After successful completion of one full year in an engineering program at another school, the student will receive the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Engineering from Saint Francis University. Career Opportunities Popular specialties pursued include: Aerospace Environmental Agricultural Industrial Ceramic Mechanical Chemical Metallurgical Civil Mining Computer Natural Gas Engineering Science Petroleum Engineering Articulation List The Engineering Articulation List includes G.P.A. requirements and a list of engineering degree options that are open to 3+2 students. [-]