Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.

USF Mission Statement As a Catholic university rooted in the liberal arts, we are a welcoming community of learners challenged by Franciscan values and charism, engaged in a continuous pursuit of knowledge, faith, wisdom, and justice, and ever mindful of a tradition that emphasizes reverence for creation, compassion, and peacemaking. We strive for academic excellence in all programs, preparing women and men to contribute to the world through service and leadership.

Milestones

2012 Men's Cross Country Team Wins National Championship 1986 Recreation Center constructed 1977 First Brown & Gold night 1976 Gordie Gillespie hired 1972 Expansion of USF Athletics 1971 USF becomes co-ed 1970 Merger with Lewis College 1969 Kerins named as first lay president 1968 Library constructed 1966 Marian Hall constructed 1959 St. Albert Hall constructed 1958 USF hosts first Caritas 1955 Tower Hall expansion 1945 Student radio begins 1930 USF becomes a four-year college 1925 USF opens to lay, students,
"The Interlude" begins publication 1922 Tower Hall constructed

Key Facts

  • Year Established: 1920
  • Type of school: university, private (nonprofit)
  • Programs: Four-year undergraduate, graduate school
  • Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic Church (Franciscan Order)
  • Campus enrollment: 3,762 students
  • Student:Faculty ratio: 11:1
  • Full-time faculty: 103
  • *Average Freshman Graduation Rate (2006-2008): 56.4%
  • National Average: 59%
  • *Average Freshman Retention Rate (2011-2013): 79.8%
  • National Average: 79%
  • **Average Transfer Graduation Rate (2006-07 to 2008-09): 73%
  • **Average Transfer Retention Rate (2010-11 to 2012-13): 84%
  • **Average Graduate Graduation Rate (2006-07 to 2008-09): 77%
  • **Average Graduate Retention Rate (2010-11 to 2012-13): 84%

*Freshman measured by fall cohorts (e.g., F06-F07-F08 for graduation & retention).
**Other groups measured by Academic year cohort (e.g., AY0607-AY0708-AY0809 for graduation & retention).

Enrollment

On-Campus Enrollment: 1,668

  • Undergraduate full time: 1,316
  • Undergraduate part-time: 65
  • Graduate Students: 287

Off-Campus Enrollment: 2,094

  • Adult Undergraduate: 373
  • Graduate Students: 1,721

Total Enrollment: 3,762

Student Body

Traditional Undergraduate Students

  • Catholic: 53%
  • Male: 34% / Female: 64%
  • On campus residents: 26%

Campus Environment

  • Campus Size: 34 acres
  • City school is based in: Joliet, Illinois
  • Nearest Major City: Chicago – 35 miles
Programs taught in:
  • English (US)

This school also offers:

Bachelor

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Students in U.S.F.’s biology program don’t just study science, they DO science! ... [+]

Students in U.S.F.’s biology program don’t just study science, they DO science.

Hands-on learning tools and experience prepare students for a myriad of different careers —cadaver dissection; assisting faculty in research projects; classes and internships at nationally acclaimed research facilities are just some of the ways you will DO science at the University of St. Francis. Also, our Biology and Environmental Science Fellows Program represents a unique opportunity to get involved in the science activity at U.S.F. Many students present their research and local and national meetings such as the Associated Colleges of the Chicagoland Area Student Symposium held every year.

U.S.F. has teamed up with Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi Lab, the Shedd Aquarium and the Morton Arboretum to provide its students with true-life learning experiences in labs with advanced instrumentation.... [-]

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if you want a career in a field that is always new, always challenging and always growing, computer science is for you, and the University of St. Francis will help you be ... [+]

Why choose computer science at USF?

Computer Science is a career that continuously grows and changes, and it can be utilized in just about every field: business, medical, education, law enforcement/security, service industries, communication (voice, visual and print), science, engineering, gaming/simulations, manufacturing, and more. You name it, and computer science is right there, making it work in so many different ways. So, if you want a career in a field that is always new, always challenging and always growing, computer science is for you, and the University of St. Francis will help you be ready through unique learning experiences.

You will learn:

That you can attend seminars on topics from Bioinformatics to Human-Computer Interaction to Game Programming. To design a top-notch website and how to support the infrastructure it needs. To work on real-world projects that offer service opportunities in and out of the classroom. That you can study C++, Java, Visual Basic, and more. ... [-]
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The Criminal & Social Justice major at the University of St. Francis offers students an exciting alternative to a traditional criminal justice program by offering the opportunity to build a concentration in one of several specializations.

Writing skills, ethics, and integrity, service and social justice are emphasized to prepare students for a profession where these traits and skills are in high demand. The Criminal & Social Justice major educates students in the structure and process of the criminal justice system with a holistic Catholic Franciscan social justice perspective.

Concentrations: Forensics Languages & Cultural Diversity Leadership (for law enforcement officers) Politics and Law Psychology Social Work This program seeks to: Provide students with a broad liberal arts foundation challenged by Franciscan values and char-ism, engaged in a continuous pursuit of knowledge, faith, wisdom, and justice, and ever mindful of a tradition that emphasizes reverence for creation, compassion, and peacemaking. Provide a social justice perspective on criminal justice through the exploration and understanding of societal issues that lead to criminal behavior. Teach students theoretical and practical knowledge of the structures, processes, and functions of the criminal justice institutions and their relationship to other social systems. Provide students the opportunity to explore an area of Criminal & Social Justice in depth through concentration options. ... [-]
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The Information Technology/Network Specialist Major at USF is a TRANSER-ONLY option designed to capstone the A.A.S. degrees Network Specialist or Security Specialist from ... [+]

The Information Technology/Network Specialist Major at USF is a TRANSER-ONLY option designed to capstone the A.A.S. degrees Network Specialist or Security Specialist from Joliet Junior College. It focuses on effective operation and management of computer systems. You will learn to apply computer technology to the solution of business problems dealing with network technologies and management of data on networks from both the client and server perspectives. You will be acquiring knowledge, skills, and methods for the deployment of emerging technology, installation and maintenance of networks, management of data resources and security of systems.

Major Program (71-72 semester hours)

All students in this program are required to complete the AAS degree in Computer Information Systems – Network Specialist Option including 38 hours of USF specified CIS course work from Joliet Junior College... [-]

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The International Business program is designed to provide the student with an interdisciplinary degree combining courses in business, foreign language, and area studies. ... [+]

The International Business program is designed to provide the student with an interdisciplinary degree combining courses in business, foreign language, and area studies. Courses will be designed to emphasize applied practice thereby enhancing a student’s marketability in a variety of career options with global corporations, banks, government and non-governmental organizations, and other international organizations.

B.B.A./M.B.A. Five-Year Option

In the final two semesters before graduation, senior business majors who intend to continue with an M.B.A. at the University of St. Francis may take graduate level M.B.A. courses for undergraduate credit to meet undergraduate requirements. Students who take two M.B.A. courses in their senior year are eligible to complete their M.B.A. in one year (attending full-time). See course catalog for additional details.... [-]

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