University of St. Francis

from email dated 4/9/19

Hello there on this fine Spring day,

I have written and spoken about how the University of St. Francis provides a valuable education. But, with news headlines about soaring student debt and graduates without jobs, it’s probably hard to believe what we say.

So let’s look at some real data...

Illinois tracks graduation and employment statistics for public and private colleges here while the federal government tracks student loan and debt information for universities across the country. Here’s the short version:

·        The University of St. Francis has a higher than average graduation rate for both universities here and across the country.
·        Students who graduate, and graduate on time, earn more money and earn it faster.
·        USF has a lower average student debt for graduates for both the state and the entire country. (Our average student graduate debt totals actually went down last year!)
·        USF graduates earn more than students from top private universities in our region!

And, just in case you think we’ve cooked the books, university grads with engineering degrees do make more money than almost any other bachelor’s degree graduates. We aren’t comparing ourselves to engineering programs because we don’t have any yet.

We are strong in Nursing, Education, Business, and traditional liberal arts degrees. Please keep this in mind when you look at the annual earning numbers…

Dominican University         $ 33,358
North Central University   $ 37,351
Aurora University               $ 41,450
Saint Xavier University       $ 44,553
Benedictine University        $ 49,280
Lewis University                  $ 49,645
Olivet University                 $ 49,860
University of St. Francis       $51,400

These calculations are based on average annual earnings calculated in the second year after graduation (for grads who worked for at least three quarters for the same employer).

This is an average – It actually goes up in categories like Finance and Nursing! USF graduates join an alumni network of almost 50,000 professionals, CEOs, educators, and others who often help connect our grads with amazing opportunities across the country.

A university founded on values – Yes, since 1920 that is the University of St. Francis.

A valuable education – Yes, that is what students get at USF.

Please let your students know about who we are and what we do.

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

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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