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USF is a private, Catholic university founded in 1920 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate (Joliet Franciscans)
USF’s main campus is located 35 miles southwest of Chicago in Joliet, Illinois. The campus is situated in the historic Cathedral Area on the west side of the city. Joliet is easily accessible by major
interstates (I-55 & I-80), by rail and by air through Chicago’s Midway and O’Hare Airports.
The main St. Francis Campus consists of about 24 acres located in a residential area. There are three residence halls and six major buildings that contain classrooms and academic, library, recreational and administrative offices. The St. Clare Campus is located less than two miles northwest of the main campus. This campus houses administrative offices and is home to state-of-the-art nursing facilities and classrooms. Finally, the St. Bonaventure Campus in downtown Joliet now includes the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center, which supports programs from the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Business & Health Administration, and the USF Art & Design department and USF Gallery across the street. USF also operates a campus in Albuquerque, N.M. and offers satelite courses nationwide.
Undergraduate, graduate & doctoral students:
Total Enrollment 3,729
-On-Campus Enrollment 1,612
Undergrad Full-time 1,302
Undergrad Part-time 61
Graduate Students 249
-Off-campus Enrollment 2,117
Adult Undergraduate 254
Graduate Students 1,863
Traditional undergraduate students:
Gender: 38% Men; 62% Women
Race: 8% African American; 20% Hispanic/Latino; 2% Asian American; 63% Caucasian;7% other/unknown/international
Religious Denomination: 50% Catholic; 25% Christian; 25% other/none/unknown
Residence Status: 30% of undergraduate students and 50% of freshmen live on campus
424 beds (singles, doubles, suites,apartments) in three residence halls.
Residence halls offer wireless and wired Internet in rooms and free, coin-less laundry. Student Resident Assistants provide support and encouragement to residents. Meal plans provided to those living on campus.
100 full-time faculty members (69% have a terminal degree) and 210 part-time faculty members
Average class size is 15 students
54% of classes have 15 or less students
75% of classes have 20 or less
89% of classes have 25 or less
3% of classes have more than 30