The University of St. Francis, located in St. Joliet, Illinois, was founded 1920 by the congregation of the Third Order of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate to educated women in the congregation,. The school as originally known as Assisi Junior College, and by 1925 had opened its doors to women beyond the congregation. By 1930 a senior level curriculum was established and the school changed its name to College of St. Francis. By the early 1970's the school became coeducational, and during that time continued to expand its program offerings, introducing master degree curriculums to the school by 1980. In 1997 the school became affiliated with Saint Joseph College of Nursing, and by 1998 had changed its name once more to University of St. Francis.
University of St. Francis offers a number of academic majors resulting in a bachelor's degree and typically taking four years to complete. All students will participate in the necessary general education courses, taken in conjunction lower and upper division courses related to their major. The variety of majors ensures that students will be able to pursue the major that best suits their interests. In addition, students may pursue a minor in a different field based on personal interest or relation to their major. Master degree programs or more limited in number and require a separate admissions process with its own requirements.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
Students who have earned a 2.5 GPA, at 20 on the ACT exam, or a 1410 on the SAT and have completed the standard high school curriculum or equivalent are eligible for enrollment at University of St. Francis. Students may apply online, supplying pertinent documents such as transcripts and test scores,. Students will be assisted by an admissions counselor, and if they do not meet the minimum requirements for entry, may be admitted under a provisional basis.
Financial Aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships. Students in need of financial assistance must complete a USF Profile at the school and submit the completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), after which both documents will be used to determine a student's financial need, aid program eligibility, and monetary awards.
Admission Requirements & Details
The information regarding admissions below may provide a better idea of the applicants University of St Francis accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred.
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- Life Experience Credits
- AP Course Credits
Total enrollment at University of St Francis is around 4,000 students, with undergraduate students making up about 42% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition is estimated to range between $30,000-$36,000 for both in-state and out-of-state students
- Part time students pay in the range of $830 to $990 per unit
- on campus dorms & meals are estimated to cost around $11,000, the amount includes the serving of nineteen meals every week
Financial Aid Details
The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||100%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||100%||$20,207|
|Receiving Student Loans||79%||$7,274|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo help students and recent graduates, University of St Francis may offer services to students like those listed below:
- Online classes
- Night and weekend classes available
- Remedial instructional courses
- Career path counseling
- Student employment
- Assisting students to find work
University of St Francis has an overall graduation rate which is close to 57%.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||32%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||22%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||3%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
- Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program
- Radiation Therapist Program
- Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
University of St Francis is a Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), with many of the sports being in the NAIA Division I classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:
- Baseball (Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conf)
- Basketball (Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conf)
- Track and Field (Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conf)
- Football (Mid-States Football Association)
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by University of St Francis by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Family and Consumer Sciences
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Theology and Religious Vocations
Visual and Performing Arts
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Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2010-2016. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact University of St Francis for official up-to-date information.