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University of Saint Francis (Indiana)

Coordinates: 41°5′14.25″N 85°10′34.04″W / 41.0872917°N 85.1761222°W / 41.0872917; -85.1761222

University of Saint Francis
University of Saint Francis, Indiana seal.svg
Typeprivate liberal arts
Established1890 (details)
Religious affiliation
Catholic Church
(Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration)
PresidentSister M. Elise Kriss, OSF
Students2,212 (Fall 2016)[1]
Undergraduates1,810 (Fall 2016)
Postgraduates402 (Fall 2016)
Location, ,
United States
Campussuburban: 107 acres (43 ha)[2]
Athletics13 NAIA teams
ColorsRoyal Blue and White
University of Saint Francis, Indiana wordmark.svg

The University of Saint Francis (USF) is a liberal arts university located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States. Affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church, the university promotes Catholic and Franciscan values. The school's 2017–18 enrollment was 2,364 undergraduate and graduate students, the majority of whom come from states in the American Midwest, primarily Indiana, Michigan, Illinois and Ohio.[3]


History at a glance
Saint Francis College Established 1890
Location Lafayette IN United States
Relocated 1944
Location Fort Wayne IN United States
University of Saint Francis Renamed 1998

The University of Saint Francis was founded by the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration in Lafayette, Indiana, in 1890. The campus moved to its current Fort Wayne location in 1944 to the estate of the former industrialist John H. Bass. The school, originally known as Saint Francis College, has remained in Fort Wayne and gradually expanded, adding a graduate school in 1960. Increased athletic programs for the Cougars, primarily football, as well as construction of athletic fields and residence halls and acquisition of the Lutheran College of Health Professions in the 1990s produced remarkable enrollment growth. It was renamed University of Saint Francis in 1998.


The university's campus covers 107 acres (0.43 km2) and has some 40 buildings, including four residence halls.

Brookside MansionEdit

Brookside in 2014.

Brookside Mansion, a castle-like mansion that was originally the home of the John H. Bass family, is a focal point of the university and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building originally housed the entire college, and has served as the university's library, as well as dorms and a dining area. The mansion is now primarily used for offices, although special events and meetings often take place in the building as well. In 2009, the building was renovated, including interior and exterior touch-ups of the original artwork and design.

Pope John Paul II CenterEdit

The Pope John Paul II Center is also a main place of activity at the university. Completed in 2006, the building houses the Lee and Jim Vann Library, Registrar's Office, faculty offices, the Campus Shoppe, and classrooms.

The Mimi and Ian Rolland Art and Visual Communication CenterEdit

In the summer of 1998, the university purchased the former property of the Standard Oil warehouse, which had become polluted with oil residue. In the spring of 1999, the university—with a grant from the City of Fort Wayne and the State of Indiana—cleaned the ground, water, and surrounding area.

Satellite facilitiesEdit

The university maintains a satellite campus in Crown Point, Indiana, about 120 miles (190 km) northwest of the main campus in Fort Wayne.


University rankings
U.S. News & World Report[4] 86

School of Creative ArtsEdit


Animation (B.A.), Concentrations: Multimedia Design, 3/D Computer Animation
Art History (B.A.)
Communication (B.A.), Concentrations: Film/Video/Media Production, Public Relations, and Theatre
Dance (B.F.A., A.A)
Education (B.S.): Visual Art (All Grade & Secondary Programs Available)
Graphic Design (B.A., A.A.), Concentrations: Web Design, Photography, and Illustration
Museum Studies (B.A., A.A.)
Music Technology (B.S., A.S.), Concentrations: Recording/Engineering/Production, Audio for the Creative Arts, and Music Technology Sales/Marketing/Management
Pre-Art Therapy (B.A.), Concentrations: 3D Art, 2D Art, Photography
Studio Art (B.A., A.A.), Concentrations: 2-D Studio: Drawing/Painting/Printmaking/Illustration, 3-D Studio: Ceramics/Metalcraft/Fibers/Sculpture, and Photography: Digital/Traditional Darkroom/Lighting/Digital Imaging

SOCA also offers coursework in music, dance, and theatre.

NASAD accreditationEdit

In October 2004, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) voted to grant membership to the School of Creative Arts at the University of Saint Francis. SOCA shares this honor with only 240 other schools in the country.

School of Health SciencesEdit


Nursing (ASN, BSN, LPN to ASN, MSN)
Physical Therapist Assistant (Associate of Science)
Radiologic Technology (Associate of Science)
Surgical Technology (Associate of Science)
Physician Assistant (Dual Acceptance/ Masters of Science)

School of Liberal Arts and SciencesEdit


Biology, Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology, Environmental Science
Pre-Medicine, Pre-Veterinary, Pre-Physicians Assistant, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Physical Therapy
Chemistry, Forensic Chemistry
Exercise Science
English, History, Political Science/Pre-Law, Sociology/Criminology, Sociology/Social Justice
Franciscan Studies, Ministry, Philosophy, Theology
Education (Secondary Education/Mild Intervention in Biology, Business, Chemistry, Health and Physical Education, Language Arts, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Science, Social Studies)
Exceptional needs/Mild Intervention (MSEd)
Exceptional Needs/Intense Intervention (MSEd)
Teacher Licensure
Leadership Studies
School Counseling (MSEd)
Pastoral Counseling (Graduate Certificate, Master of Arts)
Social Welfare (Associate)
Social Work

Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial LeadershipEdit


Business Administration
EPIC – Accounting
EPIC – Business Administration

EPIC ProgramEdit

The Busse EPIC programs give students the opportunity to earn 2+ years of paid, for-credit work experience and graduate in 4 years. EPIC students spend 4-6 month rotations in each of the key functional areas of successful businesses while taking a reduced course load.


USF's mascot is the Cougars. The university competes at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) (NAIA Division II level for basketball) as a member of the Crossroads League, formerly known as the Mid-Central College Conference (MCCC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cheerleading, cross country, dance, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ National Center for Education Statistics. University of Saint Francis-Ft Wayne.
  2. ^ "Locations". University of Saint Francis. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  3. ^ "IPFW Enrollment Declines". The Journal Gazette. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  4. ^ "Best Colleges 2020: Regional Universities Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  5. ^ "School of Creative Arts". University of Saint Francis. Retrieved May 13, 2019.

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