University of St. Francis

Introduction

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
This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

This school also offers:

MSc

Master of Science in Education (Teacher-Leader Concentration)

Campus Full time 5 semesters September 2017 USA Joliet

The degree leads to a Teacher Leader Endorsement. It is intended for teachers who want to be a school leader other than a principal or assistant principal, such as department chairs, program leaders, curriculum specialist, and others. [+]

The program consists of 30 credit hours and can be completed in five (5) semesters. Courses are offered in a cohort setting. There is a one semester practicum with the support of a Cooperating Administrator and Faculty Supervisor. No teacher release time is required. The degree leads to a Teacher Leader Endorsement. It is intended for teachers who want to be a school leader other than a principal or assistant principal, such as department chairs, program leaders, curriculum specialist, and others. For admission information, please contact Maggie Stevenson at (815)740-3389 or mstevenson@stfrancis.edu. For questions regarding the new program, please contact Dr. June Grivetti at (815)740-3649 or jgrivetti@stfrancis.edu. Educational Leadership Major (30-33 semester hours) Required Core Corses (21 semester hours) MSED 603 Instructional Leadership (3) MSED 610 Methods of Educational Research (3) MSED 645 Organization and Development of Curriculum (3) MSED 655 Supervisory Behavior (3) MSED 661 School and Community Relations (3) MSED 664 Educational Organization and Administration (3) MSED 670 Serving Special Populations (3) Teacher Leader Concentration (9 semester hours) MSED 674 Teacher Leader Practicum (3) MSED XXX Two MSED Elective Courses (6) [-]

Master

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 USA Joliet + 1 more

USF’s MSW program is designed for working professionals because it offers convenient Friday/Saturday classes. Full-time students attending classes on Fridays and Saturdays can expect to complete the degree in two years or four semesters. Advance standing students (those with a BSW from an accredited program) should anticipate one academic year for completion. Part-time students are welcome. [+]

Now more than ever, a Master of Social Work (MSW) is critical to professional success in the social work field. Those earning an MSW degree have increased professional competency and job satisfaction, along with opportunities for career advancement. The field that has shown an increased demand for individuals with the MSW degree, making it a must! USF’s MSW program is designed for working professionals because it offers convenient Friday/Saturday classes. Full-time students attending classes on Fridays and Saturdays can expect to complete the degree in two years or four semesters. Advance standing students (those with a BSW from an accredited program) should anticipate one academic year for completion. Part-time students are welcome. The MSW program combines both theoretical and practical knowledge so that students earn a degree that is highly respected in the workplace. The program’s foundation courses contain content and learning experiences that all MSW graduates need for competent, generalist social work practice. Supervised field work is required in the first and second years. Graduate Certificate Gerontology Graduate Certificate – Post Masters Forensic Social Work Certificate Degree Requirements The Master of Social Work degree requires students to complete 62 semester credit hours of course work. This includes specified credit hours per week of supervised field work in the first year, followed by specified credit hours per week of supervised field work in the second year, plus related integrated seminars. These practicum experiences will provide the required total hours of supervised practice experience in selected social service agencies. Two-year, full-time... [-]