A Resource for our Red Flash Parents

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Saying goodbye is hard; staying a family is easy.

Become that someone.


The Saint Francis University Nursing BSN program is ranked number one in the United States. The ranking was completed by rncareers.org, which examined 931 schools.

Top 10 For the tenth year, Saint Francis University has been named a “Military Friendly School” by VIQTORY. This year, the university earned the organization’s “Top 10 School” Award, which is the highest award a school can earn.

A+ Saint Francis University received an “A” rating for safety in the 2018 Safest College Campuses in America survey published by the college research site, Niche. Niche lists SFU as the 12th safest school in Pennsylvania, and the 124th safest school in the nation.

We know sending your student off to college is a big step, so we’re here to help. We ensure that the newest members of our Red Flash Family succeed in every way: academically, spiritually, socially, and personally.

Saint Francis University has fully-trained professional police on campus, locked and secure residence halls, video surveillance monitored around the clock, and professionally licensed counseling services.

But what sets SFU apart is that we have a staff and faculty who truly get to know and care for your student. Here’s how we help your student become that someone you believed they could be...


I have never felt unsafe on this campus. Our campus police is staffed with amazing people that can help anyone out at any time. Alexis Eckenrode, ‘23 Early Elementary Education/Special Education Major Lilly, PA

Be Safe

The Saint Francis University Rave Alert System is an emergency notification service available to all students, faculty, and staff. The service sends text and email messages in the event of an emergency on campus. The Saint Francis University Police Department is fully-staffed by trained professional law enforcement officers who are certified in First Aid, CPR & AED, who also receive extensive training including annual Act 120 police training updates. Officers are available 24 hours per day, 365 days per year creating a safe and secure environment by enforcing University regulations and state and federal laws as well as preventing crimes and promoting public safety.

Be Well Staffed by Franciscan friars and lay ministers, our Campus Ministry’s main goal is for members of all faith traditions to encounter God in their daily lives. There are numerous ways students can grow in and enrich their spiritual lives: Peer Ministry, Liturgical Ministry, FIRE Starters, CRU, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Knights of Columbus, and more. The Spiritual Wellness Center includes two peaceful spaces on campus: an outdoor labyrinth where students can walk to clear their heads, manage stress and self-reflect, and an indoor meditation room offering individuals and small groups an opportunity to meditate and pray. Students also enjoy hiking the Grotto, Stations of the Cross, and many nature trails around campus...or spend time in God’s presence in solemn adoration in our beautiful Immaculate Conception Chapel.

Be Healthy MyHealth@School at Saint Francis provides expert care and treatment for sudden, short term illness and injuries. The Health Center is staffed by a registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, and medical assistant. We have partnered with UPMC to provide telemedicine for acute illness and injury. The SFU Counseling Center is part of the University’s mission to help students develop into healthy, well-rounded individuals. We’ll assist students in meeting any personal or developmental challenges they may face during their time at Saint Francis. The DiSepio Institute Fitness Center features a 3,500 squarefoot gym for individual exercise and a 1,000 square-foot group exercise room with a full slate of group exercise and fitness classes to promote physical health and fitness.

Be Supported Our Residence Life staff of 50+ is committed to supporting students in academics, faith, civility, values, and personal development. The staff strives to make sure first-year students are involved members of our campus community. Resident Assistants provide leadership and programming that contribute to our mission.

SFU Dining is an experience unmatched anywhere else! Our chefs prepare exquisite meals with locally grown meats, dairies, and produce, not to mention desserts! Our chefs will even attempt to make some of your family’s homemade recipes to warm your heart and lift your spirits (Read about our famous French Toast here: francis.edu/armando/)! Food allergies are a specialty for our team as well so if your student has a food allergy or requires a special diet, our staff can provide resources and information needed to make healthy and safe food choices.

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Saint Francis University makes you feel like an individual, not a number. Success is contagious, and we are given all the resources to become that someone.

Paul Liebal, ‘23 Early Elementary Education/Special Education Major Lilly, PA

Be Successful Academic Advising The Center for Academic Success provides a comprehensive advising program for first-year students, including registration, advisor training and tracking of at-risk students. Testing Qualified undergraduate tutors are available to all students at no charge. The SFU tutoring program is certified through the International Tutor Certification Program sponsored by the College Reading and Learning Association.

Writing Center The Writing Center at SFU offers free resources and one-to-one consultations for students seeking assistance with their writing at any stage of the writing process on almost any type of assignment. Accessibility Services SFU is a community that welcomes and embraces students with physical and academic disabilities. Each disability is unique, and for this reason, services are individually tailored to the needs of each student. The Center for Academic Success basic services include:

-Assistance with the process of Instructor notification

-Assistance with note taking in the classroom

-Accommodations for taking exams

-Requests for adaptive classroom equipment

Student Acceleration: Gaining Excellence The SAGE Program is designed for students who are experiencing academic difficulties. The program provides students with a structured study environment for six hours weekly under the supervision of University faculty and staff who serve as their SAGE Coach.

At Saint Francis, there is something for everyone. Getting involved beyond your classes is a key to success here. SFU has become my home away from home.

Alison Mattes, ‘21 Physician Assistant Major Johnstown, PA

Be Involved Classes are only a part of the educational design at Saint Francis—we believe our students grow personally and professionally whenever they are active in the life of the University. Our clubs and organizations cover a wide range of activities and interests, from academic societies, the arts, club sports and intramurals, to activity and event coordinators, and leadership programs. In addition to all the experiences and educational excellence at SFU, your student will also meet a lot of great people from across the country and around the globe that are interested in what they’re interested in...At SFU we get involved and stay connected!

At Saint Francis University, we invest in things that matter the most‌ Learning without Boundaries - to foster immersive learning experiences that enliven the mind, heart, and spirit; Character Development - to guide and form lives of purpose and impact for a world in need; Creature Comforts - to create warm and inclusive spaces that teach, comfort, and inspire; Talent - to ensure the path to success is paved with seamless care and expertise; Career Success - to deploy graduates that exemplify competence and professionalism; Families - because our Catholic, Franciscan heritage honors families and you deserve nothing less.

Your investments in your child over the last 18 years are valued and appreciated here like nowhere else and we have crafted a unique recipe for both personal and professional success along with a consistent and proven return on those investments. Let Saint Francis University invest in your student and guide them to “Become that someone� that they were always meant to be.

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