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Saint Francis University

Loretto, PA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate73%
Acceptance Rate73%

About Saint Francis University

Saint Francis University Overview

Saint Francis University is a private, religious school in a rural setting in Loretto, Pennsylvania. Saint Francis University was founded in 1847 and the school now enrolls around 2,108 students per year, including 1,647 undergraduates. Saint Francis University provides housing for up to 1,500 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 69% of students stay on-campus and participate in campus events and social life.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Saint Francis University!

Interested in music or performing? At Saint Francis University you can join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Saint Francis University students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life? Saint Francis University has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Saint Francis University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Saint Francis University on the Student Life page.

2022 Saint Francis University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 73%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.7
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 69%
Tuition $39,820
Percent of Need Met 74.11%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $29,720

Is Saint Francis University a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" varies. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is.

Let's take a closer look at these areas to get a better idea of what Saint Francis University offers and if the college might be a good fit for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Saint Francis University

Saint Francis University is moderately difficult to get into. Around 73% of applicants get into Saint Francis University each year. Out of 2,063 applications received in 2022, 1,513 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Saint Francis University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. Retention measures how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Around 90% of students who start at Saint Francis University come back for their second year of college. 76% of Saint Francis University undergrads graduate within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for Saint Francis University Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. 70% of graduates from Saint Francis University recieve at least one full-time job offer within six months of graduating.

The average starting salary for recent Saint Francis University grads is $55,000 a year. Average starting salaries vary by discipline, but the average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year.

Saint Francis University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

Saint Francis University's endowment was valued at $64.3 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Saint Francis University

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Saint Francis University meets 74.11% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Saint Francis University full-time are awarded $29,720 a year in financial aid, on average.

Students in the class of 2022 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $39,860 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Saint Francis University.

Based on this information, how does Saint Francis University sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Saint Francis University a good school for you?

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Where is Saint Francis University?

Saint Francis University is located in the rural setting of Loretto, Pennsylvania.

If you are interested in seeing Saint Francis University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take U.S. Highway 22 to Loretto, or book a flight to the nearest airport, John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Saint Francis University and Loretto are like without leaving home.

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College Info

117 Evergreen Drive PO Box 600 Loretto, PA 15940-0600

Campus Setting: Rural

Saint Francis University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Saint Francis University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Saint Francis University is Continuous processing.

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Saint Francis University ACT Scores


ACT Range

20 - 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Saint Francis University is 23. Students with an ACT score of 26 and above have a good chance of getting into Saint Francis University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 20 and 26 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 20 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Saint Francis University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1030 - 1230


Math SAT Range

510 - 610


Reading SAT Range

520 - 620

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1230 and Above


1030 to 1230


1030 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Saint Francis University students is 1120. Applicants with SAT scores of 1230 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Saint Francis University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1030 to 1230 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1030 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Saint Francis University.

Saint Francis University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Saint Francis University is like? There are approximately 2,108 students enrolled at Saint Francis University, including 1,647 undergraduate students and 461 graduate students. 90% percent of students attend school full-time, 80% percent are from PA and 20% percent of students are from other states.


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