Admission Checklist for Freshmen

be part of the University of St. Francis

At the University of St. Francis, your admission experience will be individualized and you will be assisted by a personal admission counselor each step of the way.

Admission Requirements

You need to provide high school transcripts, and these must show successful completion in a college prep curriculum which includes the following:

  • English – 4 years
  • Mathematics – 3 years (Geometry and two additional courses including one full year of Algebra I or its equivalent or any other courses above Algebra I)
  • Social Studies – 2 years
  • Science – 2 years (one with lab)
  • Foreign Language or Computer Science or Music/Art – 3 years (Courses from two of the three areas) Electives – 3 years

And then answer these questions:

  • Do you have a 2.5/4.0 cumulative grade point average?
  • Do you have a 20 ACT/1020 SAT score?

Congratulations! If all of the above are true, you meet the Automatic Admission requirements for the University of St. Francis. Don’t hesitate, apply right away.

If you do not meet the above requirements, there are other entrance options.  Please see more on provisional admission by clicking here.



If you are a high school student wanting to be considered for admission at University of St. Francis, you need to submit the following documents:

University of St. Francis
Office of Admission
500 Wilcox St.
Joliet, IL 60435

Provisional Admission

Students not meeting admission requirements can be considered for provisional admission by the Undergraduate Admissions Committee once they have submitted a personal statement and teacher recommendations. For more information on Provisional Admission, click here.


Contact Your Personal Admission Counselor

  • At USF, every prospective student is assigned a personal admission counselor. That counselor can be reached by email, phone, cell phone, text messaging, or instant messaging. They are here to answer any questions you might have, or issues you have going through the admission checklist.
  • For a list of personal admission counselors and their contact information, click here.


Visit Campus

  • Visit our campus to help ensure that USF is the best fit for your educational goals. We offer several options, and strongly encourage you to schedule a personal visit.
  • Click here for options to visit campus.


Finance your Education


Pay your Tuition Deposit

  • Please submit your tuition deposit prior to registering for classes. We ask for a $100 deposit that will solidify your spot in our new class, fully refundable through May 1
  • Pay Online
  • Pay by Check
    • Payable to University of St. Francis with “Tuition Deposit” and the student’s name in the memo section and submit to: University of St. Francis Office of Admission, 500 Wilcox St., Joliet, IL. 60435.


Arrange Housing

Want to live on campus? Complete a housing application and make a $50 deposit, fully refundable through May 1. You have two, convenient housing application/housing deposit options:



  • Download an Adobe PDF housing application
  • Mail the Completed housing application with a $50 check, payable to University of St. Francis with “Housing Deposit” and the student’s name in the memo section to: University of St. Francis Office of Admission, 500 Wilcox St., Joliet, IL. 60435.

***A student is guaranteed housing if both the application and deposit are submitted by June 1.***


Sign up for F.I.R.S.T. (Freshmen Invited to Register as Saints Today)

  • Submit final High School transcript confirming your diploma.
  • Submit Advance Placement (AP) test score transcripts. Please see the following for a listing of exams, scores needed, and college credit awarded. Click here.
  • F.I.R.S.T.(Freshmen Invited to Register as Saints Today) is our registration program. To attend registration, YOU MUST be admitted to the University of St. Francis and have submitted your $100 tuition deposit. Pay online.


Required Health Forms

One of the goals of the Health Service Office is to keep students healthy, while they pursue their education. All colleges and universities in the State of Illinois must comply with requirements based on the Illinois Department of Public Health, Part 694, College Immunization Code. All health forms must be completed by all students born on or after January 1, 1957 as required by Illinois State Law, Public Act 85-1315. The required forms can be obtained on the Counseling and Wellness Center web page.


Student Health Insurance

If you would like to waive your student insurance coverage, please follow the instructions on the Counseling and Wellness Center web page. YOU WILL NEED YOUR PORTAL ID AND PASSWORD in order to complete the waiver process. If you would like more information about the USF student insurance plan, please contact the Student Affairs office at 815-740-3399.


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