USF begins year with record number of new undergraduates

The University of St. Francis welcomed to campus nearly 450 new students—a record number of new undergrad students and the largest transfer class in the university’s history.

Charles Beutel, vice president of Admissions, said overall undergraduate enrollment this year is expected to increase by 6 percent, which he attributes to the university’s “exceptional educational value.”

“Families are looking for not only high quality academic programs but also affordability,” he said. “They’re finding that at USF. With scholarships and grant assistance, the average cost of tuition for an entering freshman is just under $10,000—less than the cost of tuition at most state universities.”

In addition to affordability, Beutel said USF stands out among the other universities because of its small average class size of 16, one-on-one student and faculty member interaction, large number of specialized accreditations and the variety of internship opportunities with major companies in the Chicagoland area.

Of this year’s freshman class, almost 20 percent are majoring in the sciences, pre-med or pre-professional programs and 18 percent will be majoring in nursing. Out-of-state students total 14 percent of the class, and there are three international students—one from Russia and two from Austria.

This year’s transfer class comes primarily from community colleges, especially Joliet Junior College, Moraine Valley and College of DuPage. Among the most popular majors for the transfer students are: nursing, elementary education, special education, sciences and recreation administration.