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University of Saint Francis

Located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the University of Saint Francis is a private, Catholic university enrolling 2,300 students in majors ranging from the liberal arts, to the creative arts, to the health sciences. Small class sizes, personal attention, and the freedom to explore your options—a USF education has a lot to offer. Visit our beautiful campus and see for yourself how you can be a part of the University of Saint Francis.

Master's Programmes

Education & Training (3)
Business & Management (2)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Social Sciences (1)



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.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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Student services

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. 

Housing services

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.

Library services

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. 

Student Life

Campus life

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.

Sports facilities

  • Bishop John D’Arcy Stadium on the west side of the campus is home to the only collegiate football program in Fort Wayne and became the first collegiate field in Indiana to utilize Sporturf in 2004, thanks to generous contributions from private donors.
  • R. Bruce Dye Football Training Center is the home for strength training at USF. Dedicated in the Fall of 2013, the facility also offers a locker room (2,100 square feet) to go with the training center (3,900 square feet).

Student clubs

  • The USF Intramural Staff works to foster a competitive environment for a wide range of athletic abilities.
  • The Student Activities Council is responsible for planning and coordinating campus activities.
  • The Student Government Association represents the student body of the University of Saint Francis through integrity, leadership and servitude.


The University of Saint Francis is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Open Pathway. Academic programs can also be accredited.

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