Saint Francis University

Saint Francis University

Saint Francis University, also known as SFU, was established in 1847, and is a co-educational Catholic university of liberal arts located in Loretto, Pennsylvania. The campus of the university is spread across an area of 600 acres. The university offers various graduate and undergraduate programs. Several continuing education programs are also provided at SFU.

SFU's athletics department sponsors more than 20 varsity teams. They compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I. The teams are nicknamed as Red Flash. They participate in sports including basketball, field hockey, cross country, swimming, and track & field. Some of the notable alumni of SFU are Charles M. Schwab, Industrialist; Maurice Stokes, Basketball player; and Robert Conway, Vice Admiral United States Navy.

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Contacting Saint Francis University

Saint Francis University
117 Evergreen Dr
Loretto , PA 15940
General Phone: (814) 472-3000

Saint Francis University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Medical Support and Technology155allied health and medical assisting, physician assistant, clinical lab tech
Business and Management153business management, business administration, accounting, managerial economics, human resources, organizational behavior, human resources management, international business, MIS, ...
Education and Teaching96education, educational administration, elementary school teaching, English teaching, math teaching, social studies teaching, biology teaching, chemistry teaching, French language teaching, ...
Therapy and Counseling61psychology, physical therapy
Liberal Arts31French language, Spanish language, English, interdisciplinary studies, political science, sociology, history
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy31occupational therapy
Science27biology, molecular biology, ecology, marine biology, chemistry, chemistry courses
Family and Social Work11public administration, social work
Nursing and Emergency Medicine10registered nursing, various nursing
Computer Science and Engineering6computer and info science
Media6communication studies
Religion and Philosophy3philosophy, religion, religious education
Mathematics2mathematics, mathematics and computer science
Medicine1medical preparatory, health professions
Security and Law Enforcement0criminal justice and safety
Engineering Technician0electromechanical tech, mechanical engineering tech

Number of programs and degrees for Saint Francis University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree32846
Associate's degree47
Master's degree2457
Postbaccalaureate certificate01
Doctor's degree171

Saint Francis University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Saint Francis University had a total enrollment of 2,125 students (1,998 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 46%
Women 54%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 66%
Graduate 34%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 83%
Black 4%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 9%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 32%
20-21 26%
22-24 13%
25-29 7%
30-34 4%
35-39 4%
40-49 4%
50-64 1%

Saint Francis University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 81 %

Saint Francis University Room and Board (2007)

Saint Francis University offers campus housing for 1,095 of its 1,998 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Loretto, Pennsylvania for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Pennsylvania Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Saint Francis University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal470570
SAT Math470590
ACT Composite2127

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT85%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT15%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Saint Francis University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 24,840
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 24,840
Room and board $ 8,422
Room charge $ 4,232
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,190
Books and supplies $ 1,500
Other expenses $ 1,500

Financial Aid:
Saint Francis University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 336600)

Saint Francis University Faculty

Saint Francis University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*0*
Associate professorcalendar year3$84,4872*
Assistant professorcalendar year1*8$72,589
Instructorcalendar year1*4$60,260
All faculty totalcalendar year6$83,70814$72,294

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year12$75,9446$69,378
Associate professoracademic year18$63,1487$57,138
Assistant professoracademic year15$51,29415$45,626
Instructoracademic year2*7$36,478
All faculty totalacademic year47$61,61535$50,171

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Saint Francis University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Northeast Conference
Basketball Northeast Conference
Track Northeast Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports47112159

Saint Francis University Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business/Managerial Economics
Human Resources Management and Services, Other
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Organizational Behavior Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Education And Teaching
Biology Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
French Language Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education

Engineering, General

Engineering Technician
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Tech
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
History, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Support And Technology
Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Physician Assistant

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Occupational Therapy/Therapist

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies
Religious Education

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Chemistry, Other
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Molecular Biology

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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What Sets Saint Francis University Apart:

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% students on athletic fin. aid
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% of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
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Top 15%Saint Francis University % of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
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Top 17%Saint Francis University Number of degree programs
% of degrees in business and management
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Top 18%Saint Francis University % of degrees in business and management
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
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Top 19%Saint Francis University Faculty/student ratio (full-time)

checked Roman Catholic affiliation
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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