The University of Saint Francis was founded as Saint Francis College in 1890 in Lafayette, Indiana, by the Sisters of Saint Francis of Perpetual Adoration as a teacher-training school for the sisters. It was accredited in 1923 by the Indiana State Department of Public Instruction to offer a two-year normal course in education. In 1937 the curriculum was expanded to a four-year program, and in September 1939, the first laywomen were admitted. In 1940 a charter was obtained from the State of Indiana empowering St. Francis College to grant degrees in various fields.
We invite you to share in our Catholic and Franciscan traditions of faith and reason. Our Franciscan values emphasize respect for each individual, service to humanity, a trusting community, a deeper awareness of peace and justice issues, and respect and care for creation. Our educational values stress professionalism, scholarship, leadership, social responsibility, faith and spiritual development.
The Office for Service and Social Action offers many great ways for students to get involved and serve in the community, locally, nationally and globally. Annually, USF students provide over 25,000 hours of service to the community through community service and service-learning.
USF offers three options for living on campus: traditional rooms, suites and apartments.Here at the University of Saint Francis, we are passionate about building relationships within a vibrant community. Engaging with others enhances your USF experience by providing an exciting and unique living environment.
The new Rittenhouse R2 Digital Library collection is a database of full-text e-books for nursing, medicine, and allied health. Content includes titles from STM (scientific, technical, and medical) publishers with emphasis on Doody's core titles and Brandon Hill titles.
Living in a residence hall will allow you to take advantage of a variety of educational, cultural, spiritual and social opportunities while enjoying the convenience of being only minutes away from classrooms, athletic facilities, campus activities, the library and labs.
The University of Saint Francis is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Open Pathway. Academic programs can also be accredited.