Saint Francis University

Saint Francis University


As a Franciscan institution located in rural Pennsylvania, Saint Francis University strives to imbue its students with "a mind for excellence, a spirit for peace and justice [and] a mind for service." To this end, the university has opened the state-of-the-art DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness, an education and research center featuring physical training, conference, clinical, human performance laboratory and meditation spaces. It is used both to foster the science and health programs at the university and to help the school serve those suffering from illnesses common to rural areas. The oldest Franciscan institution of higher learning in the United States, Saint Francis University offers 25 undergraduate majors to nearly 2,000 students, and is an inclusive community that welcomes all people. By emphasizing values, skills and knowledge, each of its academic programs provides an understanding of Franciscan heritage, values and traditions.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Upward Bound

Saint Francis University participates in the federally funded Upward Bound program, a federal TRIO program funded through the U.S. Department of Education, which has prepared over 1,500 disadvantaged high school students for the rigors of postsecondary education since 1966. Provided at no cost to participants, the program offers a wide variety of academic, career, cultural, and social development activities for high school students from Blair and Cambria counties. Each participant must come from a low-income family and/or be a potential first-generation college student. From September through May, the students participate in follow-ups held on campus and tutorials held after-school in their communities. Additional academic year activities include college visits, SAT sessions, and college fairs. During a six-week residential summer program, students attend academic classes each day and participate in a wide variety of cultural and recreational activities. Each summer Upward Bound Bridge students take Saint Francis University courses for credit. Learn more about Upward Bound

Scholarship & Financial Aid Scholarship Opportunities

Saint Francis University believes every person who desires higher education has the right to pursue it. The university offers a variety of awards to supplement families' funds whenever possible, and aggressively seeks financial aid for those demonstrating need. The university offers a comprehensive program of merit-based scholarships, institutional grants, loans, part-time employment and federal and state financial assistance. Learn more about Scholarship Opportunities

First-Year Experience & Transition Opportunities for Academic Success in Studies Program

Students are expected to meet with their counselor on a monthly basis through the Opportunities for Academic Success in Studies program, which is designed to assist first-year students who have not yet fully developed their academic potential. The program provides academic assistance and support services to enhance student growth, success, and persistence towards attaining a college degree. Although the support programming and services are important factors for success, the motivation to take advantage of these workshops and tutorials comes from within the student.

Student Diversity

  • 1,696
  • 36/64
  • n/a
    First-generation college students
  • 1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 1%
  • 6%
    Black or African American
  • 2%
  • 1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 82%
  • 1%
    Two or more races
  • 5%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 4%

Student Success

  • 81%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 65%
    Six-year graduation
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 83%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 76%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 117
    Full-time faculty
  • 4
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 14:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Accounting, Aquarium & Zoo Science, Chemistry, Digital Media, Environmental Studies, Management Information Systems, Natural Gas & Petroleum Engineering, Public Health, Physical Therapy

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    ASL Club, Center for International Education and Outreach, International Student Union, Student Government Association, Student Activities Organization


Cost of Attendance

  • $32,244
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $1,100
    Required Fees
  • $11,524
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $18,867,341
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $22,918
    Average aid package
  • $27,113
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 33%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 80%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 56%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 20%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 1,548
    # of applicants
  • 75%
  • 3.57
    Average HS GPA
  • 23
    ACT Composite
  • 470—575
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 470—575
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • rolling
    Regular application closing date
  • $30
    Application Fee
  • $30
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date