University of St. Francis

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School Overview

The University of St. Francis is a Franciscan Catholic university with locations throughout the country. Also known as USF, the main campus is in Joliet, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.

USF is divided into four different academic colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education, the College of Business and Health Administration and the College of Nursing. Annually, over 90% of students attend graduate school or find career placement.

Graduates of USF’s nursing school routinely earn passing rates above the 90th percentile. The mock trial program, where students compete as trial attorneys, is a nationally ranked program and has advanced to the national championship twice in recent years.

The school’s athletic teams are known as the Fighting Saints, and their mascot is a Saint Bernard named Bernie. Women’s athletic programs include softball, basketball, volleyball, tennis, golf, track and field and cross country. Men’s programs include football, basketball, baseball, tennis, soccer, cross country and track and field. The Fighting Saints compete in Division I of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

General Information

Admission Office

500 Wilcox Street

Joliet, IL 60435

(815) 740-5037

(800) 735-7500

Fax: (815) 740-5032

Contact: Julie Klinzing

Director Undergraduate Admissions
Main Address

500 Wilcox Street

Joliet, IL 60435

(815) 740-3400

Total undergrads: 1,273

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 203

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,255

Graduate enrollment: 873


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $30

Online application fee: $30
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 60%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 77%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Arts – General B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Actuarial Science B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Human Resources Management B
Management Science B
Marketing Management B
Organizational Behavior Studies B

Communications & Journalism

Advertising B
Broadcast Journalism B
Mass Communications/Media Studies B
Public Relations B
Radio/Television B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Information Technology B
Web/Multimedia Management B


Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Special Education B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Health System Administration B
Medical Radiologic Technology B
Nuclear Medical Technology B
Nursing (RN) B
Predentistry B
Premedicine B
Preveterinary Medicine B
Radiologic Technology/Medical Imaging B
Recreational Therapy B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Mathematics/Computer Science B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Parks/Leisure Facilities Management B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Law Enforcement Administration B

Social Sciences

Political Science/Government B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations

Theology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

University of St Francis Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (815) 740-3400
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 500 N Wilcox St, Joliet, IL 60435-6188
Setting: Suburb: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 3,776
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 63%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 13 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 1,401 (37% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $34,000
Out-of-state Tuition: $34,000
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $24,242

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

University of St Francis Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at University of St Francis.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 2
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 693
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 11
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 3
Education 28101
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 384
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 11
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 211
Social Sciences 1
Theology and Religious Vocations 1
Visual and Performing Arts 4
Grand total 1648181

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at University of St Francis and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $34,000
Out-of-state $34,000
Books and supplies $800

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $13,839
Out-of-state $13,839

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 213 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 213 100% $24,242
Student loan aid 142 66% $6,089

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,457 89% $18,734
Federal student loans 1,097 67% $7,398

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for University of St Francis. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled University of St Francis students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 2,273 818 1,455
Percent admitted 100% 45% 46%
Percent admitted who enrolled 10% 13% 9%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

University of St Francis Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 3,776
Undergraduate enrollment 1,744
Graduate enrollment 2,032

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

University of St Francis Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Radiologic Technology (RADTT) - Programs for radiation therapists
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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