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

Locations

Joliet

Address
500 Wilcox Street
60435 Joliet, Illinois, USA