University of St. Francis (IL)


University of St. Francis (IL)

Founded in 1920, the University of St. Francis is a nationally ranked, Catholic, Franciscan university. Located in the Chicago metro area, the university is a diverse,A welcoming community enrolling almost 4,000 students from bachelor to doctoral degrees. Utilizing our location, students engage in experiential learning opportunities, internships and cultural opportunities which enable our graduates to consistently get or advance in jobs or enroll in graduate school within six months of obtaining their degrees. We offer a high-quality private college education at a public university cost!

Academic Programs

  • Design
  • Research
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Liberal Arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • Nursing
  • Communication
  • Music
  • Art & Design
  • Economics
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Government/Political Science
  • Health Science
  • Performing Arts
  • Social Science
  • Visual Arts

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Greek Life
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • Military/Veteran Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Religious Affiliation
  • Study Abroad
  • Veteran Fee Waiver

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


A first-year student is a traditional undergraduate student who graduates from high school and attends the university. As a University of St. Francis freshman, you can be sure that your college experience will start on the right foot. We work closely with you through the application, admissions, and financial aid processes, so you can relax and fully enjoy the experience of becoming a new college student. Students interested in applying to the University of St. Francis can apply at


Transfer students are undergraduate students with some college credit or an associate degree. The University of St. Francis accepts college credit from accredited two-year and four-year institutions and from military training. We will work with you to ensure you have a smooth and efficient transition to the program of your choice. Interested in applying? Visit

Additional Information

The University of St. Francis is a private, Catholic, four-year institution that serves nearly 4,000 students nationwide. Undergraduate and graduate programs are offered in arts and science, business, education, nursing, health care and social work.

Students at USF benefit from small class sizes that allow for greater learning. The average class size at USF is just 16 students. With nearly 50 undergraduate majors and over 40 clubs (including Greek life), there’s something for everyone at the University of St. Francis.

Studying at USF can be affordable thanks to USF’s 88 scholarships and grants. Freshman students can earn scholarships up to full tuition annually, and transfer scholarships are awarded up $21,000 annually. 100 percent of incoming freshmen received some financial assistance, with $19.3 million total in St. Francis scholarships and grants being awarded in 2018-19.

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Visit us

The best way to get to know the University of St. Francis is to visit. Come to campus and visit with current students, tour campus, meet with an admission counselor, sit in on a class or talk with a coach.

We are a welcoming community of learners! Whether in the classroom, at a co-curricular event or in the way we treat each other, we strive to ensure everyone feels a sense of belonging -- a sense of welcome. Welcome to St. Francis!

Arvid Johnson, President

Admissions office

Visit us

School location

500 N Wilcox St
Joliet, IL 60435-6188, United States of America

Phone number

(800) 735-7500