Saint Francis University

117 Evergreen Drive
Loretto, PA 15940 [ map ] [ website ]
Phone: 814-472-3000


Saint Francis University is a Catholic, coeducational liberal arts University sponsored by the Franciscans of the Third Order Regular. As a liberal arts institution, it is committed to transmitting the knowledge, culture, and values of the past, not as historical curiosities, but as vital factors in facing the realities of life in the 21st century. The university strives to confront students with the full force of the diverse developments taking place in all aspects of modern life, to draw on the experiences of their predecessors and to help students chart a realistic course for the future --- their own and that of society.

The seeds of what has become Saint Francis University were planted by six Franciscan friars from Ireland who founded a boys' academy in the mountain hamlet of Loretto, Pennsylvania, in 1847. Saint Francis University was soon given the power to grant degrees by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and was one of the first Catholic co-ed colleges in the nation.

An extensive building program was begun after World War II and continued through the 50's and 60's. Today the campus includes nine residence halls, a student union, classroom and administrative buildings, athletics center, dining hall, library and chapel --- all aesthetically located on the 600-acre campus. In 1976, the Southern Alleghenies Museum Of Art was opened in the former gymnasium, Doyle Hall, and now offers extensive artistic opportunities for students and area residents. The nearby Mount Assisi Gardens, Lake Saint Francis, and Immergrün Golf Course further enhance the setting of Saint Francis University, making it an exceptional environment for living and learning.

Hours of operation

Varies per event or program.


On-site parking is available.

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