University of St. Francis

country rank  879
world rank  2860

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University Overview

Founded in 1920, University of St. Francis is a non-profit private higher education institution located in the suburban setting of the large town of Joliet (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), Illinois. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Higher Learning Commission, University of St. Francis (USF) is a small (uniRank enrollment range: 3,000-3,999 students) coeducational higher education institution formally affiliated with the Christian-Catholic religion. University of St. Francis (USF) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 99 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 50-60% making this US higher education organization a averagely selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment.

University Identity

Acronym USF
Founded 1920
Motto Primo Unctio et Postea Speculatio
Holiness First and Then Learning
Colours Brown and gold

University Location

Address 500 N Wilcox Street
Joliet (population range: 50,000-249,999)
60435-6188 Illinois
United States
T +1 (815) 740 3400
F +1 (815) 740 4285

Study Areas and Degree Levels

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Yearly Tuition Range

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Undergraduate Postgraduate
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
10,000-12,500 US$
(7,400-9,200 Euro)
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
10,000-12,500 US$
(7,400-9,200 Euro)

University Admissions

Gender Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Selection Type Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades
Admission Rate 50-60%
Admission Office 500 Wilcox Street
Joliet 60435
+1 (815) 740 5037
800 735 7500

Size and Profile

Student Enrollment 3,000-3,999
Academic Staff 500-599
Control Type Private
Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Semesters
Campus Setting Suburban
Religious Affiliation Christian-Catholic Christian-Catholic Franciscan -

Facilities and Services

Library Yes Go to University of St. Francis's Library
Housing Yes
Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids Yes
Study Abroad Yes
Distance Learning Yes


Institutional Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission

Other Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

  • Illinois State Board of Education
  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc.
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
  • Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT)
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • Illinois Certification Board (ICB)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Council of Independent Colleges (CIC)
  • Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities (AFCU)
  • Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU)
  • National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)

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Site last updated: Wednesday, 8 May 2019