University of St. Francis

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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.

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