Saint Francis University

Loretto, PA

Saint Francis University of Pennsylvania, founded in 1847, is a church-affiliated college of liberal arts and sciences. Its 600-acre campus is located in Loretto, 90 miles east of Pittsburgh.

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Saint Francis University

Loretto, PA

Become that someone you were meant to be.


Saint Francis University is a private, coeducational Franciscan Catholic institution founded in 1847 by six friars from Ireland. The University offers accredited undergraduate and g raduate education within the context of a liberal arts foundation. The student experience places particular emphasis on developing individuals who will lead or serve with character in their chosen professions and communities. 

Located in the heart of the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania on 600 wooded acres, our scenic campus is just half an hour from Altoona and Johnstown and less than two hours from Pittsburgh. 

Our diverse student body consists of approximately 1,700 undergraduates and 2,600 total students. 

Placement Rate
99% of graduates are employed or in graduate school within nine months of graduation. 

Our 23-building campus features 10 residence halls and an athletics center that houses a pool, a fully equipped weight room, and courts for basketball, volleyball, and racquetball. An outdoor athletic complex features a multipurpose, artificially surfaced field and all-weather track. Recent building projects include the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness, housing 4,500 square feet of fitness space, and a state-of-the-art Science Center. 

Student Organizations
Students can become involved with more than 75 clubs and organizations and attend activities year-round, such as film series, lectures, concerts, and theater productions. 

Our intercollegiate athletics program features 21 NCAA Division I sports for men (eight) and women (13) as well as a popular intramural program and club baseball. 

Programs of Study
We offer over 50 high-demand majors and programs in three academic schools: the School of STEAM, School of Business, and School of Health Sciences and Education. Top-enrolling programs include Accounting, Economics and Finance, Education, Environmental Engineering, Nursing, Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant Science.

Solid core curriculum
No matter which major you choose, the foundation of your education at Saint Francis University will be liberal arts, a core of courses that train you to think critically, communicate clearly, and develop into an independent learner. To become that someone, you need the kind of strong foundation you’ll receive at Saint Francis University.

A scenic campus
Western Pennsylvania continually amazes people for being one of the friendliest and most beautiful places in the country. Among our own 600 acres, you can enjoy several hiking and biking trails, a lake, a nature trail, and a nine-hole championship golf course in your own backyard! Looking for even more adventure? Join one of the many clubs, organizations, and activities offered to students, or explore even more recreational opportunities located within minutes of your residence hall.

As a coeducational, Franciscan Catholic liberal arts institution, Saint Francis University has chosen the road of mission, purpose, and values. Franciscan values run deep in our culture and attract students with a desire to become that someone who makes a difference in the lives of others.

As a student, we want you to put your talents toward the diligent work of making the world better for everyone. Students participate in outreach programs through our own Dorothy Day Outreach Center, go on life-changing service trips abroad, and serve their community by providing assistance locally.