In order to reach higher, sometimes you have to reach out. 


Saint Francis University is a private, Catholic, Franciscan, coeducational institution founded in 1847 by six friars from Ireland. The University offers accredited undergraduate and graduate 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, the scenic campus is just half an hour from the cities of Altoona and Johnstown and less than two hours from the city of Pittsburgh.

The diverse student body consists of approximately 1,800 undergraduate and 2,400 total students.

Placement Rate
95% of graduates are employed or in graduate school in six months.

The 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 year-round activities such as film series, lectures, concerts, and theater productions.

Our intercollegiate athletic program features 23 NCAA Division I sports for men (nine) and women (14), as well as a popular intramural program and club baseball.

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


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

It’s just different up here
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 many clubs, organizations, and activities offered to students, or explore even more recreational opportunities located within minutes of your residence hall. 

As a Catholic, Franciscan coeducational liberal arts institution, Saint Francis University has chosen the road of mission, purpose, and values. We encourage our students to reach higher—to go far into the world—carrying their own message of genuine concern for peace and justice wherever they go. And as a student, we want you to put your talents toward the diligent work of making the world better for everyone. Saint Francis University students participate in outreach through our own Dorothy Day Outreach Center, participate in life-changing service trips abroad, and serve their local community by providing assistance.