About Saint Francis University

Founded in 1847, Saint Francis University. is a Private college. Located in Pennsylvania, which is a city setting in Pennsylvania, the campus itself is Town. The campus is home to 2,120 full time undergraduate students, and 622 full time graduate students.

The Saint Francis University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 14:1. There are 135 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Saint Francis University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate67%
Application Deadline
Application Fee0
SAT Range960-1160
ACT Range20-27

Admissions at SFU are considered Selective, with ,18% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 19 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

84% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 53% were in the top quarter, and 24% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Saint Francis University.

11%
“We”re apathetic”
39%
“We know about current events and vote”
39%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
11%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
5%
“Sometimes, but not often”
63%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
32%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
6%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
94%
“I feel extremely safe”
0%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
26%
“We bought the gear”
74%
“We live for the big game”
11%
“It”s not really our thing”
33%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
44%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
11%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
26%
“They keep regular office hours”
74%
“They”re always available”
0%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
5%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
84%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
11%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
5%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
53%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
32%
“We only party on weekends”
11%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
21%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
63%
“There might be people who do”
16%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
11%
“We”re apathetic”
39%
“We know about current events and vote”
39%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
11%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
5%
“Sometimes, but not often”
63%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
32%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
6%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
94%
“I feel extremely safe”
0%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
26%
“We bought the gear”
74%
“We live for the big game”
11%
“It”s not really our thing”
33%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
44%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
11%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
26%
“They keep regular office hours”
74%
“They”re always available”
0%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
5%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
84%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
11%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
5%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
53%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
32%
“We only party on weekends”
11%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
21%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
63%
“There might be people who do”
16%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Saint Francis University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    80 Students rated on-campus housing 3.5 stars. 13 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    66 Students rated off-campus housing 2.7 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    82 Students rated campus food 3.3 stars. 12 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    82 Students rated campus facilities 3.9 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    83 Students rated class size 4.6 stars. 66 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    82 Students rated school activities 3.7 stars. 22 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    82 Students rated local services 2.7 stars. 6 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    84 Students rated academics 3.9 stars. 39 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Saint Francis University?

19 Students rated Saint Francis University

Megan

It is a really great place!

Shay

There are plenty of opportunities if you look for them here, teachers are very helpful and the students are typically very nice and welcoming.

Kristin

Don't go here. The school is money hungry and the adminstration treats you like crap and is only worried about saving their own skin. I'd transfer if I could, but I wouldn't graduate on time if I did. Here are 5 main reasons not to go here: 1. They favor athletes. There's a no-open-flame policy in the dorms. A girl in my graduating class got a candle for her birthday, left it UNUSED and STILL WRAPPED in her desk drawer to take home over break. Res Life found it during inspections and made her do 10 hrs. of community service. There's also a no-alcohol policy on campus. The soccer team threw a party, got busted, but got left off. There was also a football player who got as close as you possibly can to the dictionary definition of rape, but only got a 3-day suspension. 2. They don't cancel classes for anything. It was -10 deg F here last week and they only cancelled classes 1 day. The student health center then ran out of crutches because of how many people slipped on ice. 3. The student health center is a joke. I've ben misdiagnosed/received improper treatment 5 times. 4. They bounce around who's responsibility it is to deal with your situation. Personally experienced it with transferring summer community college credits, scheduling rooms for events, and trying to launch programming to help students (which I never completed, I was so tired of being ping-ponged between people). 5. If they send you to the hospital for any reason, they just ship you off and don't make any arrangements for transporting you back to campus. I was forced to go for a panic attack and when I got to the hospital, none of the four faculty involved were present. I had to call the director of Res Life and ask what arrangements were. He was just like "we'll figure that out if it gets to that point". Happened to me and a friend.

Jennifer

As a commuter who wasn't involved in Greek life or athletics, I tended to feel a little isolated from my peers and it tends to be difficult to meet up with peers who are involved with these things (which is the majority of people). Often, I found that people forgot that there were even people who went there who didn't live on campus. Overall, my education was pretty good and the professors were amazing! There are some who aren't, but that's everywhere. Mostly the professors are always willing to help out with anything you need and many of them are incredibly passionate about what they're teaching. Commuter life on campus isn't great because there are no facilities for us and they tend to limit our parking if there are ever events on campus, and there isn't much parking to begin with. This school is in the middle of nowhere with very little off campus for enjoyment, so become friends with someone who has a car on campus. The school tries to provide transportation and events on campus to keep you busy though!

Saint Francis University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Saint Francis University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Saint Francis University is 67%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    I would tell myself to relax some. I would never change anything that has happened along this rollercoaster that is called my life since graduating but I would not allow myself to worry so much. Throughout my high school career and my first few years of high school I worried about everything. Many were stupid things as in if people liked me, were people talking about me, would I fit in, would I have to talk in front of these people that may or may not like me. It took many years and many experiences to understand that it does not matter. Getting an education matters, being a decent person matters and attempting to make a different in the world matters. Being concerned about people liking me or fitting in are not important because not everyone is always going to like me, no matter how hard I try, and nobody always fits in in every situation. I wish I would have known this much earlier in life and I could have just been me, truly and entirely, and been able to enjoy a normal college experience instead of torturing myself with doubt for such a long time.

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  3. What's unique about your campus?

    SFU is a beautiful university with helpful professor and students, the environment is peaceful and relaxing. All these things I consider to be good things about SFU

    Read all  18 answers
  4. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    The school at which i attend is small yet big enough to be considered a university. It is close enough to home but yet far enough away for me to focus on my life and my career ahead, is very much loacted in a snow globe on top of a mountain, winter here can be unbareable yet extremely beautiful, like our quote..."its just different up here."

    Read all  15 answers
  5. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Saint Francis University is known for their School of Health Sciences, which I am currently attending. Saint Francis is one of the top universities for Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Physician Assistant (which is my major).

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  6. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I had known how much drinking goes on. I am not a drinker, and as a result I tend to spend a lot of time in my room on the weekends. Had I known there was so much partying, I may have seriously considered another school.

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  7. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The Fine Arts are horribly nelected and nearly non-existant. There are a few are courses available, but that is the extent of it. Sure there is chorus, and a theater program, and lessons for voice or an instrument are offered, but thats about it. The theater club is small and doesn't do musicals and there are no actual theater classes. There are really no dance classes at all! There is a club, but that is student run. Plus there are never any reallly interesting classes offered. Nothing exciting or different. And for someone artsy like me, it sucks.

    Read all  14 answers
  8. What kind of person should attend this school?

    A independent person that likes to explore and become closer with others and themselves.

    Read all  12 answers
  9. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I say that my school has one of the nations top Physical Therapy program which is very competitive. I also mention the small class sizes and free academic tutoring.

    Read all  11 answers
  10. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    I would not be happy here if I was not a member of the soccer team simply because there isn't very much to do and that keeps me busy. I would not recommend coming to Saint Francis University if you are a "city" person because it is in the middle of nowhere and you are partially responsible to create your own fun.

    Read all  10 answers
  11. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The winters are hard on campus. There is ice everywhere and the grounds people don't always get all the spots that are the worst. It is truely a safety hazard and very frustrating when they don't even leave a bucket of salt out just incase they didn't get to a dorm yet. It is not a very large campus and with as many workers as the university says it has, the campus should always be de-iced before most students get up (earliest classes start at 8 am).

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  12. Describe the students at your school.

    Everyone at Saint Francis University is very nice, going to a small university let you become close with more of the student body.

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  13. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    This school offered a masters in OT--guaranteed placement in the progam by maintaing a cumulative GPA of 3.0 the end of Junior year--this is a 5 year program. There are only 3 such programs in the sate that I am aware of.

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Student Body

Students

63%

female

37%

male

2,120

Total Undergrad Enrollment

622

Total Grad Students

26%

Out-Of-State

71%

In-State

3%

International

Organizations

53

Student Organizations

6

Fraternities

7

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

56%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
3%
% Black or African-American
5%
% Hispanic/Latino
1%
% White or Caucasian
83%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

94% of students attending Saint Francis University receive some sort of financial aid. 31% were awarded federal grants. While 68% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$33,344

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$2,000

Books and Supplies

$11,000

Room and Board

46,344

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$19,279
$30 - $48K
$21,395
$48 - $75K
$22,628
$75 - $110K
$26,099
$110K & UP
$27,775

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