Saint Francis University

Loretto, PA

Saint Francis University

Loretto, PA

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Become that someone

St. Francis of Assisi found peace and harmony among the wonders and beauty of the natural world. We think you will too—right here at Saint Francis University. 

Saint Francis University’s 600-acre campus sits on a beautiful mountaintop vista in Loretto, Pennsylvania (near Pittsburgh). Founded in 1847, SFU is one of the oldest Catholic universities in the country and the oldest dedicated to Franciscan values. 

You should know that while we embrace nature, it’s without compromising on the creature comforts of a life well lived. From lattés at Starbucks to quick and easy access to the post office, we’ve got your daily needs covered. And when you want an urban getaway, we’re a hop, skip, and a jump away from major cities like Pittsburgh, New York, DC, Baltimore, and Philadelphia. 

No matter what academic major you choose, the foundation of your education at Saint Francis University will prepare you for responsible and ethical citizenship within a complex world. A strong core of courses and cocurricular experiences will help you expand your perspectives while grounding you in the skills and knowledge traditionally expected of university graduates. 

In fact, 99% of our students move on to employment or graduate school within just nine months of graduation—proof that your chances of ending up in a good place are much better if you start from a good place. 

This is the perfect place to start your lifelong journey to become that someone you were always meant to be.


Once again, Saint Francis made the prestigious cut as one of the “Best Regional Universities” in the North, jumping up to #23 out of nearly 200 schools. The University also made the “A+ Schools for B Students” and “Best Overall Engineering Programs” lists while ranking as the #1 Nursing program in Pennsylvania and the #11 “Best College for Veterans” in the North. 

Saint Francis University may be a relative newcomer to competitive collegiate eSports, yet the University is staking its claim with success in both the gaming arena and in the field of academics. The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced its eSports All-Academic Honors list for the spring 2020 semester, with 23 SFU players recognized for their academic achievements in the classroom.  

Saint Francis University has been recognized for its honorable commitment to engaged, experiential education by Colleges of Distinction, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary as a one-of-a-kind guide for college-bound students. 

Saint Francis was named the safest college campus in Pennsylvania by Niche, ranking #6 out of 92 schools. Top-ranked colleges on this list offer a safe and healthy environment with little or no campus crime, drugs, or alcohol usage. 

By the Numbers

19 students per class on average

400 first-time freshmen 

2,000+ total students 

65% female, 35% male 

35+ countries represented

85% first-year retention rate

23 NCAA Division I athletic teams

100% of admitted students receiving institutional aid for their first undergraduate degree  

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “At Saint Francis, there’s something for everyone. Getting involved beyond your classes is key to success here.”

    • Allison M. ’21
      Physician Assistant Science
  • “SFU is my home away from home. It has everything I need, and the staff is really supportive.”

    • Ryan R. ’23
      Physician Assistant Science
  • “When my daughter came back from her first open house, she said, ‘I love it. This is where I’m going.’”

    • Paula H.
      SFU parent
  • “As a parent of an athlete, we love the academic support he’ll receive, and we were impressed by the graduation rate.”

    • Larry S.
      SFU parent
  • “The faculty invest in your success. They’re the reason I’m able to be a critical care flight nurse serving in Afghanistan.”

    • Captain Abby C. ’12