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    University of St. Francis ::: Joliet, Illinois ::: Midwest U.S.

    The University of St. Francis is a private, Catholic, Franciscan university with the following key features:

    • Ranked in the top tier of U.S. News & World Report's edition of "America's Best Colleges"
    • One of The Princeton Review's "Best Colleges: Region by Region"
    • Offers 48 undergraduate majors including unique offerings in nuclear medicine technology, radiation therapy, radiography and transportation and logistics management
    • 21 post-graduate programs
    • Comprehensive ESL program



    Campus Size

    26 acres (10 hectares)


    Temperate - 4 seasons, snow in winter

    Student Body

    3,160 students (1,600 undergraduates; 2% international students)

    Class Size

    18 students


    102 full-time professors; 126 adjunct faculty

    Student/Faculty Ratio


    Success Rate

    96% of graduates find employment in their discipline or enter graduate school within six months.

    Degrees Offered

    Undergraduate Degrees Offered: B.A., B.S., B.B.A. in Business, B.M. in Music, B.S.N. in Nursing, B.S.W. in Social Work

    Postgraduate Degrees offered: M.B.A., M.Ed. in Education, M.S. in Health Administration, Management, Training & Development, M.S.N. in Nursing, M.S.W. in Social Work

    Programs of Study

    Undergraduate Majors: Accounting, Art & Design (Graphic Design, Photography, Studio Art), Biology, Communication & Media Arts, Computer Science, Criminal & Social Justice, English, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Science, Elementary Education (K-9), Finance, History, Individualized Major, Information Technology, International Business, Liberal Studies, Management, Marketing, Mathematics (and Actuarial Science), Mathematics & Computer Science, Medial Technology, Music (and Digital Audio Recording Arts), Music Performance, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology, Radiation Therapy, Radiography, Recreation-Sport & Tourism Management, Social Work, Special Education (K-12), Theology, Transportation & Logistics Management, Web Application Development.

    Pre-professional Programs: Dentistry, Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Veterinary Medicine

    Postgraduate Programs: Masters of Education with Elementary, Secondary, Special Education, and Visual Arts Certification, M.S. Educational Leadership, M.S. Reading Speicalist, M.B.A. (concentrations in Accounting, Business Analytics, Finance, Health Administration, Human Resource Management, Logistics, Management, Training & Development), M.S. Training Development (concentrations in Management of Training & Development, Health Administration, Business Administration, e-learning, Human Resource Management, Self-Design), Masters of Social Work.


    The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; Illinois State Board of Education Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs; Council on Social Work Education; National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education; National Recreation and Parks Association Council on Accreditation.


    The University of St. Francis is ranked among the best universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review as well as being identified as a College of Distinction.  The College of Distinction designation testifies to the University's quality, particularly its ability to help students grow intellectually, become engaged in learning and experience success upon graduation.

    Campus Features

    Campus Features include: Anatomy & Physiology Cadaver Laboratory, Auditorium & Performing Arts Center, campus housing options include singles, doubles, suites and apartments, campus TV studio, radio station and news magazine, campus WiFi internet access in every residence hall, classroom and campus open spaces, Center for Art & Design, Computer Data Communications Laboratory, Digital Audio Recording Arts Studio, Mock Trial Courtroom, more than 100 public access computers throughout campus, Recreation Center and student membership to off-campus fitness center, Small Business Entrepreneurial Center, three campus dining options: Terrace Cafe, Three Oaks Bistro and Bernie's Pub.


    NAIA Division 1

    Men's Varsity sports: baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, track & field

    Woment's Varsity sports: basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball


    The English as a Second Language Program at the University of St. Francis is offered in 16 week sessions beginning in January, May and the end of August.  Full-time students take a minimum of 18 hours of instruction each week.  Students at the advanced level will be permitted to take introductory courses in their chosen discipline