#12 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

University of St Francis

Joliet, Illinois

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University of St Francis overview
Location Joliet, Illinois
Online stfrancis.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
University of St Francis overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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University of St. Francis, rooted in the liberal arts and located in Joliet, Illinois, is a private, Catholic institution founded in 1920. The university's campus exudes a quaint atmosphere, with architectural hallmarks of the early 20th century providing a historical backdrop for academic pursuits. Situated approximately 35 miles southwest of Chicago, the institution offers a range of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs, with a noted emphasis on health care fields, business, and education. Application to the University of St. Francis is moderately selective. On-campus housing is available, catering to a portion of the student body seeking a residential collegiate experience. While the university places a strong emphasis on academics, it also competes in the NAIA as the Fighting Saints, with particular recognition in sports such as baseball and football.

In the most recent statistical year 2,198 prospective students applied, and 1,284 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 216 enrolled in the school.  1,414 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,883 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $36,000 plus fees of $0. University of St Francis is ranked 339 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












University of St Francis is rated within the top 38% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

University of St Francis overview
SAT 1030/1240
ACT 21/30
GPA 3.47

Applications Accepted

University of St Francis overview
Applications Due Aug 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Average
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for University of St Francis
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$800
Other Fees$0
Room and Board $11,430
Budget for Other Expenses$3,000
Total One Year Cost$51,230

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$50,600 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

63% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by University of St Francis students
Subject Percent of Class
Health Professions 41%
Education 16%
Business 14%
Biology 4%
Psychology 3%

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