Saint Francis University: Narrative Description

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PO Box 600, 117 Evergreen Dr.
Loretto, PA 15940-0600
Tel: (814)472-3000
Free: 800-342-5732
Admissions: (814)472-3100
Fax: (814)472-3044
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Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1847. Setting: 600-acre rural campus. Endowment: $16.5 million. Research spending 2003-04: $9.5 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $7037 per student. Total enrollment: 1,846. Faculty: 164 (89 full-time, 75 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 1,186 applied, 89% were admitted. 22% from top 10% of their high school class, 52% from top quarter, 78% from top half. 14 National Merit Scholars, 10 class presidents, 7 valedictorians, 70 student government officers. Full-time: 1,163 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 169 students, 74% women, 26% men. Students come from 34 states and territories, 33 other countries, 22% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 6% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 5% 25 or older, 72% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 70% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; health professions and related sciences; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Washington Center for Learning Alternatives. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, interview. Required for some: 3 recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $27,860 includes full-time tuition ($19,390), mandatory fees ($1050), and college room and board ($7420). College room only: $3600. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and location. Part-time tuition: $606 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $295 per credit hour, $36 per term.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 54 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local sororities; 17% of eligible men and 12% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Activities Organization, New Theatre, Student Government Association. Major annual events: Parents' Weekend, Winter Weekend, Spring Fest. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 983 college housing spaces available; 870 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Pasquerella Library with 118,333 books, 8,055 microform titles, 7,202 serials, 3,735 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $956,996. 60 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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