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Become that Someone at 水果派AV

水果派AV in Loretto, Pa. is the oldest Catholic-Franciscan college in the United States.
Our mission is to help students grow into compassionate, successful professionals through a culture of
Virtue, Truth, and Compassion. 


 

Career-Directed Studies
Focused on Ethical Leadership 

Our University has earned a reputation for creating innovative learning experiences and being a place where students grow to become that someone that God calls them to be. Saint Francis prepares students for more than just success in their chosen professions.  Our vision is for our graduates to be leaders who carry their Franciscan values with them.
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Academics


A Breadth of Offerings

Whether you pursue your educational journey online or on-campus, part-time or full-time, we will arm you with the knowledge to succeed as an ethical leader in your profession. Explore our broad portfolio of undergraduate, graduate, and professional & continuing studies programs.

Academic Homes

Explore Campus Life: Become & Belong

Saint Francis isn't just near the great outdoors, it is the great outdoors. High in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania, you'll find a home away from home in this vibrant and safe campus community full of student activities, leadership opportunities, and spiritual programs. 

The best way to experience campus is to schedule a visit!


 

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Come On Up!

 

No matter where you are in your college search, our visit opportunities allow you to connect with us and to find out what life is like as a member of the Red Flash Family!

 

Our visit experiences offer you the chance to learn about admissions and financial aid, meet faculty and students, enjoy the beauty of our 600-acre campus, and find out how SFU will help you become that someone. 

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Founded on Catholic Franciscan Values

 

In an age of complexity, the simplicity of the message of St. Francis of Assisi has more appeal than ever before:
Catholic Faith. Humility. Generosity. Reverence. Service. Respect. Prayer. Joy. Love.
These guiding principles of the Franciscans are the values we embrace at 水果派AV.


Our Mission

As the oldest Franciscan institution of higher learning in the United States, 水果派AV draws inspiration from our Catholic tradition and expresses the lived example of Saint Francis of Assisi in the modern world. 水果派AV promotes an inclusive learning community and a lifelong path to virtue, truth, and compassion. Within a culture that seeks understanding through innovation and collaboration, we champion both the inherent dignity of the individual person and the common good. 

Blog

水果派AV's Aviation Maintenance Technician Program Achieves FAA Certification

University Communications & Marketing | 07/17/2024
Loretto, PA (07/17/2024) 鈥 水果派AV proudly announces that its new Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) certificate program received formal Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification in late May. This milestone makes the AMT program the only FAA Part 147 aviation maintenance technician school in Cambria County and the only offering of its kind in the surrounding counties. SFU's new AMT program provides a comprehensive FAA-aligned, 21-month curriculum emphasizing specialized hands-on training. Students gain expertise in precision, detail-oriented maintenance, and

Spring 2024 President's & Dean's Lists Announced

University Communications & Marketing | 06/05/2024
Both the President's & Dean's Lists were announced on Friday, June 7, 2024. A total of 736 students were named; 232 to the President's List and 504 to the Dean's List.

IACBE reaffirms specialized business accreditation in Shields School of Business

Shields School of Business | 05/31/2024
On April 2, 2024, the Board of Commissioners of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) approved 水果派AV鈥檚 reaffirmation of specialized business accreditation for its business-related degree programs offered through its Shields College of Business. According to a news release issued by IACBE, 鈥淭he Shields School of Business at 水果派AV has demonstrated compliance of its business programs with the IACBE Accreditation Principles through a rigorous process of self-evaluation and independent peer review. In addition, the College of

Go Baby Go! offers cool wheels and big smiles

Rachel (Vasilko) Heckman 鈥13 | 05/09/2024
Interdisciplinary, community-engaged program, Go Baby Go! benefits children with disabilities and offers hands-on experience for OT, PA, and engineering students at 水果派AV.

Occupational Therapy in Action: Eating it All Up

Rachel (Vasilko) Heckman 鈥13 | 05/03/2024
4-year-old Ava鈥檚 weekly feeding treatments offer hands-on experience for OT students. Since fall 2022, she has been attending these feeding sessions as part of a hands-on, community-engaged lab with the students in the pediatrics course.

SFU Nursing BSN student receives international recognition award

Nursing Department | 05/03/2024
Kelsey Crittendon, senior 水果派AV nursing BSN student, received a DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students on April 22, 2024. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students recognizes and celebrates nursing students for the above-and-beyond care and compassion shown to patients and their families.

May Virtual FAFSA Help Nights sponsored by PHEAA

Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistant Agency | 05/02/2024
Pennsylvania students and families who need help completing their 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can sign up for a virtual, one-on-one session sponsored by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistant Agency ( PHEAA).

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Welcome to Loretto, Pennsylvania!

Our scenic campus sits on a mountain top near Pittsburgh. We鈥檙e just five miles from a major interstate highway (U.S. Route 22), which makes a road trip to major cities like New York, D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia an easy drive. 

 

 

 

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