University of Saint Francis (Indiana)

Not to be confused with University of St. Francis.

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

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Type private liberal arts
Established 1890 (details)
Affiliation Catholic Church (Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration)
President Sister M. Elise Krirs
Students 2,329[1]
Undergraduates 1,978
Postgraduates 351
Location Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
Campus suburban: 107 acres (43 ha)
Athletics 13 NAIA teams
Colors Royal Blue and Green
Nickname Cougars
Affiliations NCA

The University of Saint Francis 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 currently enrolls over 1,800 undergraduate students and almost 300 graduate students, the majority of which come from states in the American Midwest, primarily Indiana, Michigan, Illinois and Ohio.


History at a glance
Saint Francis College Established 1890
Location Lafayette IN United States
Relocated 1943
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 year 1998.


The university's campus covers 118 acres (0.48 km2) and has some 20 buildings, including four residence halls.

Brookside Mansion

Brookside in 2014.

Brookside Mansion, a castle-like building that was originally the home of the John H. Bass family, is a focal point of the university and is 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 Center

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 Center

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 facilities

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[2] 86

School of Creative Arts


Art History
Education: Visual Art (All Grade & Secondary Programs Available)
Communication, Concentrations: Public Relations, Organizational Communication, Film/Video/Media Production
Communication Arts and Graphic Design, Concentrations: Illustration, Photography and Computer Graphics
Computer Art, Concentrations: Multimedia Design, 3/D Computer Animation
Music Technology, Concentrations: Music Technology Sales/Marketing/Management, Recording, Engineering and Production, Audio for the Creative Arts
Studio Art, Concentrations: Painting, Sculpture, Crafts, Photography, Ceramics, Drawing and Printmaking
SOCA also offers coursework in music, dance, and theatre.

NASAD accreditation

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 Sciences


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 Sciences


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
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 Leadership


Business Administration
EPIC – Accounting
EPIC – Business Administration

EPIC Program

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.


Main article: Saint Francis Cougars

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.


  1. National Center for Education Statistics. University of Saint Francis-Ft Wayne.
  2. "Best Colleges 2017: Regional Universities Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. September 12, 2016.
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