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About the University of St. Francis

This private, Catholic liberal arts school operates three campuses in Joliet, Illinois, about 35 miles from Chicago; there is also a fourth campus located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 2012, U.S. News and World Report included the University of St. Francis on its list of 'Regional Universities (Midwest)'.


The university is comprised of four distinct colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Health Administration, the College of Education and the Leach College of Nursing. USF offers over 40 undergraduate programs in liberal arts areas such as music performance, psychology, English, mathematics and elementary education, as well as career-focused programs like radiography, social work, Web development and nuclear medicine technology. The undergraduate biology program offers specialization tracks in pre-veterinary medicine, pre-pharmacy, pre-medical and many more areas.

Master's degree programs include a Master of Science in Nursing, an MBA and several Master of Education programs with teaching certification. Ph.D. programs include a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and a Doctor of Nursing Practice.

The Academic Resource Center offers studying assistance, help with learning techniques and various learning workshops. Weekend and evening classes are available, and USF offers upwards of 120 online courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level. A program designed specifically for working adults who wish to complete their degrees offers credit for previous experience, tuition reimbursement options and accelerated courses (both online and classroom-based).


In order to meet automatic admission requirements for the university, potential students must possess a 2.5-4.0 cumulative grade average, a top-50% ranking in their graduating class and an ACT score of 20 or an SAT score of 1410. Students not meeting the above requirements can submit an essay to convince the admissions committee that they should be admitted. In terms of college prep curriculum, the requirements are four years of English, three years of math, two years of social studies, two years of science and three years of foreign language, computer science or music/art. Potential students may apply online or download the application and submit it by mail.

Graduate students must submit an application and transcripts along with verification of employment. Other admissions requirements, such as personal essays and letters of recommendation, vary by department. There is no application fee for undergraduate or graduate students.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For the 2012-2013 school year, the cost of tuition and fees for full-time students was $13,462 per semester. Tuition for part-time students taking up to 11 credit hours was $795 per credit hour in 2012-2013, and the overload tuition for additional hours over 18 was $795 per credit hour. Students who attended summer school in 2012-2013 were charged $400 per credit hour. Housing costs ranged from $3,967-$4,651 per semester in the 2012-2013 school year, depending on the type of living situation.

Full-time students at the University of St. Francis can apply for a variety of scholarships that may award anything from $100 to full tuition. Scholarships can often be renewed for up to four years. Incoming students should look into their scholarship options as early as possible, since each scholarship may have a specific deadline.

School Type Four-year, private, not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, certificate programs, doctorates*
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic Church (Franciscan Order)**
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Midsize city*
Student Body 3,321 total student in 2011 (1,822 undergraduates)*
Student Housing Three residence halls**
Schools and Programs Four colleges and about 40 undergraduate programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 12 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Registered nursing/registered nurse (103)
Master's: Health/health care administration/management (205)
Doctorate: Nursing practice (4)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 63% of students who began in fall 2005*
Admission Rate 44% in fall 2011*
Entering Class Size 659 in fall 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 79% of full-time students who began in 2010 and returned in 2011*
Average Composite ACT Scores of Incoming Students Middle 50% of students admitted in fall 2011 scored between 21 and 25*
Application Due Date August 1***
Tuition For full-time students: $26,374 per year (includes tuition and fees for the 2012-2013 school year)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) For beginning students attending full-time in 2010-2011: Federal grants (35%), state/local grants and scholarships (40%), institutional grants/scholarships (100%), student loans (77%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 100% of full-time beginning students in 2010-2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **University of St. Francis, ***U.S. News & World Report.

School Contact Information

  • Address: University of St. Francis, Office of Admission, 500 Wilcox St., Joliet, IL. 60435
  • Phone: 800-735-7500
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