Living in Fort Wayne

Your campus. Your community.

The University of Saint Francis is proud to call Fort Wayne, Indiana home. Whether you’re from the Hoosier State or coming to us from across the country or the globe, we know you’ll feel welcome in our corner of the world.

#2

As the second-largest city in the state, Fort Wayne is the economic and cultural hub of Northeast Indiana.

3 hours

… from Chicago and within driving distance to several Midwest metros, including Indianapolis, Detroit, Columbus, and Milwaukee.

99 blocks

Fort Wayne’s downtown features 99 blocks full of places to visit, like exceptional restaurants, world-class parks, a thriving arts and culture scene, and more.

Dining: Places to Eat and Socialize

Homestyle diners and hot dog joints. Brewpubs and bakeries. Pizza shops and sushi bars. Food trucks and farmer’s markets. Whether you’re looking for casual eats, grab-and-go meals, or something for a special occasion, foodies in Fort Wayne won’t be disappointed—there are hundreds of options from local flavor to national chains.

Shopping: Places to Browse and Buy

From clothing boutiques and vintage markets to stationery shops and bookstores, downtown Fort Wayne offers plenty of unique shopping destinations. Just beyond the bustling business district, you’ll find two large shopping malls—Jefferson Pointe and Glenbrook Square—full of the major retailers and brands you love.

Sports and Recreation: Where to Find Excitement and Adventure

In and around Fort Wayne, you’ll find more than 80 parks and 100+ miles of scenic trails for walking, running, or biking—plus boat and kayak rentals. Also named the #1 city for minor league sports, Fort Wayne is home to the TinCaps (baseball), Komets (hockey), and Fort Wayne Football Club (soccer). Other indoor and outdoor activities nearby include ice skating, mini-golf, laser tag, rock climbing, and arcades.

Alumni Night at the TinCaps Game

Arts and Entertainment: Places to Reflect and Enjoy

From public art installations to concert series in public parks, Fort Wayne is bursting with creativity. Arts Campus Fort Wayne is a state-designated cultural district where you can enjoy live theater and dance, music festivals and fine art exhibits—all on one block. Flagship venues and organizations include the Fort Wayne Museum of Fine Art, Civic Theater, Clyde Theatre, Embassy Theatre, and a professional ballet and philharmonic. You’ll also find independent studios and galleries galore.

Connecting Campus and Community

Our prime location in the greater Fort Wayne area opens our students up to countless opportunities for experiential learning and employment. Of note, the Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership has strong ties with the local business community, and our health sciences programs have long-standing relationships with many of the region’s leading healthcare facilities and systems. 

Service Learning and Volunteering

Faculty and staff members often build service learning into their classes, and the St. Benedict the Moor Justice Center also provides local volunteer opportunities.

Organizations and agencies we’ve partnered with include: 

  • Redemption House Ministries
  • Positive Resource Connection
  • Community Harvest Food Bank

Many student organizations also engage with local community benefit organizations. 

Internships, Practicums, and Experiential Learning

Students find complete internships or practicum hours with nearby companies and organizations—and sometimes, these experiences lead to full-time jobs. Sites include:

  • Franciscan Health
  • Ash Brokerage
  • L3 Harris
  • Franklin Electric
  • Fort Wayne Metals
  • Fort Wayne TinCaps
  • Alverno Laboratories
  • Steel Dynamics Inc.
  • Aerotek

Our proximity to so many interesting companies also leads to guest speakers, company tours, and even “clients” for class projects.

Networking and Career Opportunities

Local employers love hiring Saint Francis graduates. You’ll often find them at on-campus recruiting events or posting openings on our job search platform, Handshake. Top local employers include: 

  • Fort Wayne Community Schools
  • Parkview Health
  • Lutheran Health Network
  • IU Health
  • Lincoln Financial Group
  • Sweetwater Sound
  • Adams Health Network

Since so many of Saint Francis students stay in Fort Wayne after graduation, the local alumni base is strong and vibrant.

Fort Wayne: Career and Quality of Life

Fort Wayne is a family-friendly, affordable place to live, so it’s no surprise why many of our alumni stick around. The Northeast Indiana (NEI) Regional Partnership offers a wealth of industry, career, and quality-of-life information.

Learn more about what makes life at Saint Francis so special.