University of St. Francis

from email dated 3/1/19

Hello from Joliet,

Students are right to be careful with college choices. The overall cost of college, the debt they may have to take on, and the value of the degree they want to earn are all huge questions to consider.

A lot of parents, and quite a few school counselors, think private universities are too expensive and offer the same education that public universities do.

The University of St. Francis offers more value, higher quality, extra support, and options that are more valuable to students than ever before.

How do we provide value?

St. Francis offers award-winning degree programs taught by exceptional faculty. We’ve kept costs low by investing in our campus, labs, and faculty, not consultants and crowds of teaching assistants.

Serious scholarships: We didn’t just expand our scholarships -- This year we cut student fees in half and continue to keep our tuition costs lower than our peers. All of our freshmen receive some form of financial aid in either grants or scholarships and scholarships at USF are guaranteed. We don’t pull a scholarship from a student who has a bad semester or cut money from a student-athlete who is injured.

Low student debt: The students who do borrow money for their education graduate from USF with debt that is actually lower than the average for even state universities (who offer lower tuition!).

Graduation matters: We have a high four-year graduation rate, which can ultimately cut the overall cost of college by 20% or more. Students who go to college but not graduate face serious financial and career difficulties.

We help our students succeed: Our freshmen retention rate (80%) tells the story. We invest time and effort in helping students succeed with academic support services, student events, tutoring, campus life activities, counseling services, and student placement. They become part of a community at USF.

Valuable degree programs: Almost 98% of our graduates are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. In some programs, like nursing, there’s a 100% placement rate.

Size matters: With one faculty member for every 13 students your students can’t get lost on our campus. They have access to internships, mentors, experts, and personal learning experiences everywhere.

For 99 years, the University of St. Francis has enrolled and educated generations of teachers, nurses, leaders, and community members who made lives for themselves based on the knowledge and relationships they created here.

We are still accepting applications for fall 2019.  We would love for your students to join us.

Eric Wignall

Vice President
Admissions, Enrollment & Marketing
University of St. Francis
500 Wilcox Street, Joliet, IL 60435

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