What is your dream?
No matter what it is, we believe that if you reach
higher, you’ll go far. This spirit of achievement and support is at the heart of the Saint Francis University experience. 


of Saint Francis graduates are in graduate school or employed within six months.

of students receive scholarships or grants.

Most highly sought-after majors:
Physician Assistant, Environmental Engineering, Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering, Accounting, Education, Nursing

#328 out of 1,500
“Best Value” institutions ranked by Time, Inc. Network’s Money

Selected as a John Templeton Foundation Character-Building College

Chosen as a Catholic College of Distinction

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.

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. 

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

Student-faculty ratio
A 15:1 student-faculty ratio assures personal attention, with more than 100 full-time professors, 79% of whom hold doctoral or terminal degrees.

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

Class size
Averaging just 22 students, all classes are taught by faculty members.

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.

Proven track record in placement
Ninety-five percent of all Saint Francis University graduates move on to employment or graduate school within six months. Whichever major you choose to pursue, we help you with solid career advice, assistance in finding internships, one-on-one counseling, and career exploration workshops.

Major choices
At Saint Francis University, we believe you can achieve anything you set your mind to. Having a host of high-demand majors to choose from will help you get there. Our students choose from over 50 majors in four academic schools: the School of Arts and Letters, School of Business, School of Health Science, and School of Science. With numerous minors and concentrations to complement your academic major, there is no doubt students will graduate prepared for not just their first job but their career. 

A tradition of excellence in sports
For participants as well as spectators, athletics are popular at Saint Francis University. We offer 23 NCAA Division I intercollegiate sports—nine for men and 14 for women. Saint Francis University ranks nationally, with 14 Academic All-Americans recognized during the past six years. You can also get involved in our extensive student-organized intramural program, which includes individual, team, and coeducational sports.

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 several clubs, organizations, and activities offered to students, or explore even more recreational opportunities located within minutes of your residence hall.

A welcome to all faiths
Saint Francis University offers higher education to individuals of all faiths in an environment inspired by Catholic values as expressed through the Franciscan tradition.