University Of St Francis

University Of St Francis

The University of St. Francis, also referred to as USF, was named after St. Francis of Assisi. Founded in 1920 by the Congregation of the Third Order of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate, the main campus of the university is located in Joliet, Illinois. USF offers its students degree and certificate programs in varied study areas through its 5 colleges, which are:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Nursing and Allied Health
  • College of Professional Studies

The male students of USF participate in sports such as basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis and football, while the female students participate in sports such as basketball, softball, cross country, golf and tennis. The students publish a newspaper called USF Encounter, broadcast a TV station called USF TV and also operate a WCSF radio station 88.7 FM on campus.

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University of St Francis
500 N Wilcox St
Joliet , IL 60435-6188
General Phone: (815) 740-3360

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University of St Francis Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts436English, liberal arts and sciences, interdisciplinary studies, political science, history
Education and Teaching323curriculum and instruction, educational administration, instructional media design, special ed, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, English teaching, math teaching, music teaching, ...
Medical Administration252health care administration
Nursing and Emergency Medicine111registered nursing, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist
Business and Management109business management, accounting, finance, human resources, organizational behavior, management science, marketing
Family and Social Work38social work
Medical Support and Technology34nuclear medical tech, radiation therapist, radiographer, physician assistant, clinical lab tech
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy17parks and recreation management
Media17mass communication
Therapy and Counseling16psychology
Art Studies11visual and performing arts
Mathematics10mathematics, mathematics and computer science
Computer Science and Engineering3information technology, computer science, webmastering
Conservation and Resource Management2environmental science
Religion and Philosophy0theology
Music0music, music performance

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree78939
Master's degree60617
Post-master's certificate02

University of St Francis Student Body

In 2007-2008, University of St Francis had a total enrollment of 3,503 students (2,504 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 38%
Women 62%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 54%
Graduate 47%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 75%
Black 8%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 3%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 8%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 9%
20-21 11%
22-24 13%
25-29 13%
30-34 9%
35-39 9%
40-49 22%
50-64 13%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%
New Mexico1%
South Carolina1%

University of St Francis Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 74 %

University of St Francis Room and Board (2007)

University of St Francis offers campus housing for 394 of its 2,504 (full-time) students.

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

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

University of St Francis Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal2025
ACT Math1925
ACT Composite2024

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT100%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

University of St Francis Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 21,860
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 21,860
Room and board $ 7,439
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 1,500

Financial Aid:
University of St Francis participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 166400)

University of St Francis Faculty

University of St Francis has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1223
Non-tenured and not on tenure track33

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year2*1*
Associate professorcalendar year1*1*
Assistant professorcalendar year1*2*
Instructorcalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year5$77,6954$74,935

*: 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$74,3727$72,662
Associate professoracademic year6$63,9209$62,854
Assistant professoracademic year15$53,48031$54,671
Instructoracademic year1*3$47,500
All faculty totalacademic year34$62,50550$58,232

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

University of St Francis Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Mid-States Football Association
Basketball Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference
Baseball Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference
Track Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports4369112

University of St Francis Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Management Science, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Organizational Behavior Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Information Technology
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Education And Teaching
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Studies Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Family And Social Work
Social Work

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

Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics, General

Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist
Physician Assistant
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management

Religion And Philosophy
Theology/Theological Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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