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 Engineering (3+2)

Campus Full time 3 - 5 years August 2018 USA Loretto

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. [+]

Bachelor in Engineering (3+2) Dual Degree Engineering Program: a five-year program in any branch of engineering leading to a B.A. from SFU and a B.S. from the partner school. 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. Engineering, B.A. (3+2 program) See requirements: Visit our website to view degree requirements. 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 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 schools mentioned or to any school offering ABET (Accreditation Board for... [-]

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Bachelor in Accounting

Campus Full time 4 - 5 years August 2018 USA Loretto

Accounting is one of the Shields School of Business 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. [+]

Bachelor in Accounting Accounting is one of the Shields School of Business 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. 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 students with flexible and boundless career opportunities. Majors & Minors 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. Minor: Accounting, Minor Visit our website to view degree requirements. 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 Curriculum 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,... [-]

Bachelor in Economics

Campus Full time August 2018 USA Loretto

Economics at the Saint Francis University Shields School of Business 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. [+]

Bachelor in Economics Economics at the Saint Francis University Shields School of Business 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. 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. Majors & Minors Majors: Economics, B.S. Entrepreneurship Concentration (B.S. in Economics) Five-year Economics to MBA Program, B.S. Economics, Ph.D. Track Concentration Minors: Economics, Minor Visit our website to view degree requirements. 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,... [-]

Bachelor in Environmental Engineering

Campus Full time 4 years August 2018 USA Loretto

Environmental engineering is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States. Why? Because we help people and the environment 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. [+]

Bachelor in Environmental Engineering Environmental engineering is one of the fastest growing professions in the United States. Why? Because we help people and the environment 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. 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. Curriculum Environmental engineers design solutions to real-world problems. There is no better teacher than experience, so our curriculum is filled with project-based courses from freshman through senior year. These real-world projects sit atop a foundation of basic math, science, and liberal arts courses with applied engineering coursework serving as a bridge between the fundamentals and the applications. The curricular structure described above is presented visually in our color coded curriculum map. In addition to our ABET-accredited Environmental Engineering bachelor's degree, you can take a concentration in Renewable Energy or Ecological Engineering. Both concentrations prepare students to engage in up-and-coming growth areas within environmental engineering. Course descriptions and program requirements can be found in our online catalog. Real World Experiences Becoming an excellent environmental engineer involves more than just classroom... [-]

Bachelor in Finance

Campus Full time 4 years August 2018 USA Loretto

The Finance program at the Saint Francis University Shields School of Business prepares students for careers in Finance such as banking, investment analysts, financial planning, real estate, and portfolio management. [+]

Bachelor in Finance The Finance program at the Saint Francis University Shields School of Business prepares students for careers in Finance such as banking, investment analysts, financial planning, real estate, and portfolio management. Finance is the management of money. 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. The Finance program at SFU is intended to provide students with a wide-ranging knowledge base and skills that will increase their value to employers. Majors & Minors Majors: Finance, B.S. Entrepreneurship Concentration (B.S. in Finance) Five-year Finance to MBA Program, B.S. Minor: Finance, Minor Visit our website to view degree requirements. 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. Finance Curriculum Students in the Finance program develop critical thinking and decision-making skills while working closely with student in small group settings. The Saint Francis University Investment Club manages a stock portfolio that has grown an initial donation of $10,000 into approximately $40,000. Students interested in a career in Finance gain real world experiences, investing with the Investment Club and lending money through the Francis Fund. The program educates students in the... [-]

Bachelor in Management

Campus Full time 4 years August 2018 USA Loretto

The success of any organization ultimately lies in its people and management. Managers develop objectives, organize resources, and influence through leadership. Management is a challenging and dynamic field with limitless opportunities in industries of every size and type. [+]

Bachelor in Management At the Shields School of Business, the study of management prepares students to manage profit and non-profit organizations. Major thinkers and practitioners teach students to draw knowledge from classical principles of management, as well as through diverse fields such as psychology and sociology. Management, at its heart, is all about people. The success of any organization ultimately lies in its people and management. Managers develop objectives, organize resources, and influence through leadership. Management is a challenging and dynamic field with limitless opportunities in industries of every size and type. Majors & Minors 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. Minors: Management, Minor Healthcare Management, Minor Sports Management, Minor Visit our website to view degree requirements. 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... [-]

Bachelor in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

Campus Full time 4 years August 2018 USA Loretto

Saint Francis University (SFU) offers a four-year Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (PNGE). Our PNGE program incorporates a Franciscan approach with real world experience as an integral component of learning coupled with a vital liberal arts education. [+]

Bachelor in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Saint Francis University (SFU) offers a four-year Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (PNGE). Our PNGE program incorporates a Franciscan approach with real world experience as an integral component of learning coupled with a vital liberal arts education. Small size classes and strong relationships with faculty are signature advantages of the learning environments established for undergraduate students at SFU. Our students develop a wide variety of skills required to be successful in the rapidly growing field of engineering through classroom learning, field trips, lab operation, academic and industrial research project activities, leadership in professional student chapters, and more. Our graduates are qualified to either work in oil and gas operation companies, oil and gas service companies, government (e.g., Department of Energy), and academic/research institutes, or go to graduate school, or open their own business related to the oil and gas industry. Why take Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering at SFU? Undergraduate Research Our undergraduate students conduct research in small teams advised by PNGE faculty members. Many students begin research as freshmen. Students can work with multiple faculty on different projects over their four years. With finishing a good job, students can also receive funding to present their research at regional, national, and international conferences, and have the opportunity to publish their work in peer-view journals as a leading author. Small Classes Small classes mean more: One-on-one interactions with peers and faculty PhD-level faculty mentors who know your name... [-]