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Saint Francis University

Altoona, Pennsylvania, United States
The Saint Francis University educational experience leads you to “Reach Higher, Go Far.”  Building on that exhortation, the theme of my Pres. Inaugural year is “onwards toward the highest principles,” inspired by Pope Francis.  My prayer is that your experience at Saint Francis University will allow you to explore new ideas,  and, in the words of Pope Francis, “stake your lives on noble ideals.

Bachelor's programmes

Business & Management (4)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (3)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Education & Training (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Law (1)



Our university motto “become that someone” speaks to our Catholic-Franciscan mission to help students become compassionate, caring, successful professionals. The values of generosity, respect, discovery, and joy run deep in our culture and attract students with a desire to become that someone who makes a difference in the lives of others.  

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Housing services

On the academic front, our facilities includes academic buildings centered around both lecture and project/lab-based learning and a library and learning commons, and various student support offices.

Student Life

Campus life

Joining our resident community is guaranteed to be one of the most rewarding aspects of your time here. You’ll experience the highest standard of care from our staff. Each member of the 50-person Residence Life staff is committed to ensuring you have the resources needed to succeed in areas such as academics, faith, civility, values, and personal development.  

Sports facilities

Our clubs and organizations cover a wide range of activities and interests, from academic societies, the arts, club sports and intramurals, to activity and event coordinators, and leadership programs. 


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