President’s Welcome

Sr. Elise KrissWelcome to the University of Saint Francis. Since 1890, we have focused on learning, leadership and service. Our sought-after graduates are progressive. They are engaged and often change-agents or entrepreneurs who make a difference in their communities. They are the kind of people who continue to learn and serve others long after they graduate. If that sounds like you, then the University of Saint Francis is the perfect place to be.

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. We strive to integrate these values into all aspects of the university’s academic programs and co-curricular activities. Through them, you will have the opportunity to develop personally and professionally by working with our talented and dedicated faculty. At the University of Saint Francis, you will get to know each of your professors, and they will know you.

The university’s academic programs will help you develop problem-solving skills, effective communication, technological competence and an understanding of our complex world. You will be enriched by meaningful learning experiences inside and outside the classroom to prepare you as a productive and competent leader. Aside from regional accreditation, we have 27 specialty accreditations that ensure the highest quality education. It is this foundation that makes our graduates highly valued by employers.

Part of our distinction is a culture of care and compassion. Our Center for Franciscan Life offers opportunities to engage with our university chaplain, Campus Ministry staff and student peer ministers who provide programming and informal opportunities for discussion, exploration and spiritual growth. Our Center for Service and Social Action establishes an even greater connection between campus and community through service and voluntarism. The center coordinates efforts of community partners, students, clubs and organizations, athletic teams and faculty to provide service opportunities and assist you with service-learning in course offerings and co-curricular programs.

We invite you to be a part of our community, where deeper and more meaningful conversations grow innate talents.

Yours in Christ,
Sister M. Elise Kriss, OSF
President