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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 and 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.

Profile of Saint Francis University

The main campus of Saint Francis University is in Loretto, PA (a rural site not far from an urban area). The school is a Roman Catholic institution. Saint Francis University is a private, not-for-profit school. The school offers degrees up to the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

Saint Francis University offers a wide array of programs of study, compared to other schools of its size. The school students most commonly major in a field related to business and management.

Saint Francis University Selectivity

Saint Francis University does not accept everyone who applies. In 2007, SAT verbal scores of half of students were 460 to 550. Three-fourths of students accepted in 2007 had SAT math scores of 460 or more. Students attending Saint Francis University come from a variety of places, in and out of state.


The school offers tenure to reward and retain some professors.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, Saint Francis University had 2, 125 enrolled students.

Student Life

The school is generally not a school for part-time students. Many students at Saint Francis University live in campus housing. The school makes available a lot of student housing. Meal plans are available. Student athletes at the school belong to the Northeast Conference for major sports. Saint Francis University takes athletics seriously enough to offer athletic financial aid to a significant portion of its students.

Saint Francis University Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Business and Management157business administration, accounting, human resources, business management, MIS, organizational behavior, marketing, managerial economics, . . .
Medical Support and Technology139physician assistant, allied health and medical assisting, clinical lab tech
Education and Teaching71education, elementary school teaching, educational administration, math teaching, history teaching, biology teaching, social studies teaching, English teaching, . . .
Therapy and Counselling41physical therapy, psychology
Liberal Arts31sociology, history, political science, interdisciplinary studies, English, French language, Spanish language
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy28occupational therapy
Science25biology, ecology, chemistry courses, chemistry, marine biology
Nursing and Emergency Medicine13registered nursing, various nursing
Media9communication studies
Family and Social Work7social work, public administration
Computer Science and Engineering6computer and info science
Religion and Philosophy4philosophy, religion, religious Education
Mathematics1mathematics, mathematics and computer science
Security and Law Enforcement0criminal justice and safety
Engineering Technician0electromechanical tech, mechanical engineering tech
Medicine0health professions, medical preparatory

Contact: Saint Francis University

Saint Francis University

117 Evergreen Dr

Loretto, PA 15940

General Phone: (814) 472-3000


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