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University of St. Francis: Narrative Description


500 Wilcox St.
Joliet, IL 60435-6169
Tel: (815)740-3360
Free: 800-735-3500
Admissions: (815)740-5031
Fax: (815)740-4285
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Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1920. Setting: 17-acre suburban campus with easy access to Chicago. Endowment: $11.5 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5707 per student. Total enrollment: 2,110. Faculty: 208 (72 full-time, 136 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 909 applied, 46% were admitted. 26% from top 10% of their high school class, 58% from top quarter, 92% from top half. Full-time: 1,076 students, 67% women, 33% men. Part-time: 173 students, 76% women, 24% men. Students come from 8 states and territories, 4 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 7% Hispanic, 8% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 21% 25 or older, 22% live on campus, 14% transferred in. Retention: 72% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Required for some: essay, 2 recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 8/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. Comprehensive fee: $23,850 includes full-time tuition ($17,310), mandatory fees ($360), and college room and board ($6180). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and degree level. Part-time tuition: $500 per semester hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $15 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and degree level.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 23 open to all. Most popular organizations: Ethnic Affairs Council, Student Activities Board, Student Government Association, Sometimes Thespians, Student Business Association. Major annual events: Homecoming, Family Celebration, Little Sibs Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, First Response trained security personnel. 433 college housing spaces available; 270 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: coed housing available. University of St. Francis Library with 106,346 books, 1,308 microform titles, 776 serials, 1,177 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $848,450. 250 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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