Students Say

According to undergraduates, the University of St. Francis gives its students “a quality education in a safe and warm learning environment.” Students single out the “good education, nursing, and history” programs as well as professors who treat each student “with individual respect” and “really want to see you do well.” “The teachers are here because they obviously love to teach,” one student says. Another Fighting Saint adds, “The courses are interesting, well-taught, and relevant.”

Overview

Applicants
1,706
Acceptance Rate
51%
Average HS GPA
3.40

GPA Breakdown

32%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
18%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
480 - 600
SAT Math
440 - 620
ACT Composite
21 - 25

Deadlines


Regular
August 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

According to undergraduates, the University of St. Francis gives its students “a quality education in a safe and warm learning environment.” Students single out the “good education, nursing, and history” programs as well as professors who treat each student “with individual respect” and “really want to see you do well.” “The teachers are here because they obviously love to teach,” one student says. Another Fighting Saint adds, “The courses are interesting, well-taught, and relevant.” Thanks to the “small” class sizes and “intimate” campus environment, students “really get to know” their professors, making it “hard to skip class”. Some students joke that St. Francis “is a school of dinosaurs”---while the faculty is “excellent,” “there are very few young teachers.” Though the university’s higher-ups are lauded as “genuinely” caring for students---especially the “gentle-hearted” president---the administration gets lesser marks. “I’m not sure anyone in administration knows what is going on,” complains a student. That said, it may just be the price to pay for attending a school one student refers to as “Nirvana.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
276
with Terminal Degree
105

164
Women
112
Men
35
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
56%
Graduate in 5 years
96%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral Other
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Carey Villegas
Visual Effects Supervisor (and Oscar nominee) - Sony Picture Imageworks

Jeanne Bessette
President of DePaul Cristo Rey High School in Cincinnati

Bill Bellah
CEO, Founder Compass Chemical Intl LLC

Candice Rosen
Author, Owner of Candice Rosen Health Counseling, LLC

Roniece Weaver
Executive Director, Co-Founder Hebni Nutrition Consultants, Inc.

Kelly Edwards
Host, Co-Host and Designer on HGTV, Style Network, AOL Living, Editor at La

Jason Kolb
Founder and Chief Data Officer, Applied Data Labs, Inc., Data Scientist, So

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
85
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,914

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,213

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,589

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,373

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
93%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$19,900

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$27,400
Required Fees
$570
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$800

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$2,120

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

“The majority of the students at USF are relatively local,” meaning that many of them can easily “commute.” However the proximity to Chicago draws a “very diverse population, including middle-class students and lower-class students.” And many of these undergrads are “highly motivated” and “know their educational goals.” Among the university’s fresh-from-high-school populace, “there are a lot of athletes.” There is also a lot of ethnic diversity.” Ultimately though, “everyone gets along very well” If you’re looking for that one thing that defines the typical USF undergrad, here it is: Very few have any problem wearing “pajamas to class.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,422
Out of State
5%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
16

Demographics

65% female
35% male
5% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Overview

Students Say

“Since our school is mainly commuters, the nightlife at our school is minimal,” says an undergrad. Many of the residential students “leave on the weekend.” The upshot is that, “generally speaking, it’s a pretty quiet school.” All the same, “There is usually a decent-sized party off campus about once a weekend.” One faithful partier even goes so far as to declare St. Francis “the biggest little party school in the world.” For those less inclined to imbibe, there are “a lot of sports teams” and “a lot of athletes.” Every fall, most students join in the “Camaraderie!” of watching Fighting Saints football. Students tend to be “involved in many extracurricular activities” when they aren’t “studying.” The student body’s commitment to community improvement reflects the university’s motto: “Respect. Service. Integrity. Compassion.” As one student puts its, USF is all about “education through experience and virtue.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
26%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
71
First-Year Students living on campus
53%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
89

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Office of Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Documentation required includes an Individual Education Plan and Psychiatric Evaluation.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
A statement from the diagnosing physician stating the type and severity of disability, functional limitation in the academic setting, medictations and possible side effects, and possible accommodations needed.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
36
Number of Honor Societies
16

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations

Sports

Athletic Division
NAIA

4% participate in intramural sports
24% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Fighting Saints)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Bowling
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Lady Saints)
11 Sports

Basketball
Bowling
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Wheaton College

Sustainability

Green Rating
74

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
42

Average Number of PC's per Lab
35

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
CDWG, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Ms. Annette Jelinek
Welcome Center Coordinator

Address
500 Wilcox Street
Joliet, IL 60435

Phone
800-735-7500

Email
welcomecenter@stfrancis.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Rialto City Center Campus
Fireside Lounge in Motherhouse
Bernie's Pub, Motherhouse
Moser Performing Arts Center
Recreation Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Silver Cross Field (minor league baseball)
Chicagoland Speedway
Movie Theaters (2)
Challenge Park Extreme
Rialto Square Theater

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Mon - Thurs 9-8, Fri 9-3, Sat 9-1

800-735-7500

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon - Thurs 9-8, Fri 9-3, Sat 9-1
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
welcomecenter@stfrancis.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Preference to accepted applicants

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
City buses and trains nearby. Nearby airports: O'Hare and Midway.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-55: Weber Road exit, turn left at light. Take Weber 7 miles to Plainfield Road/Rt 30 (turn left). Take Plainfield Road to Wilcox Street (turn right). USF is 1 1/2 blocks ahead on the right.

Local Accommodations
Holiday Inn, Wingate Inn, Hampton Inn North, Fairfield Inn, Ramada Limited
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Key Stats

1,706
Applicants
1,422
Size
51%
Acceptance Rate
1070
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists