Nationally Ranked

The University of St. Francis is consistently top-ranked among the best universities on both regional and national levels.

USF was listed in the top tier of U.S. News & World Report’s edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” and was also listed as a best college in The Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges: Region by Region” edition. The university has also been identified as a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs and a College of Distinction by While the national rankings are driven by quantitative data, the College of Distinction designation speaks to USF’s quality, particularly the ability to help students grow intellectually, become engaged in learning within and outside the classroom and succeed upon graduation. Learn more about these honors and the ranking organizations here:

U.S. News & World Report – Best Midwest Regional Universities (2005-2017)
U.S. News & World Report – Best Grad Schools (2016-2017)
U.S. News & World Report – Best Online Programs (2013-2017)
U.S. News & World Report – A+ School for B Students – #31 (2010-2017)
Princeton Review (2008-2018)
G.I. Jobs/Victory Media – Military Friendly School (2011-2017) – Seventh consecutive year
Military Advanced Education (2014-2017) – Third consecutive year
Colleges of Distinction (2011-2017) – #8 Best Catholic Colleges Online (2016)


Other Accolades

  • Learn How to Become ranked USF seventh on its list of Best 4-Year Colleges in Illinois. The list was calculated using important factors like tuition cost, alumni earnings, financial aid availability, student-to-teacher ratio, graduation rate and more. (2017)
  • ranked USF’s online health care management master’s degree #24, citing that the program was designed to reflect current trends and issues facing the health and business world. (2017)
  • Master’s Program Guide placed USF among the top 50 colleges and universities offering online master’s degrees in education, honoring USF’s M.S. in Education – Reading. (2017)
  • In its national ranking of U.S. nursing schools, ranks USF’s Leach College of Nursing in three separate listings, including #10 overall in the Great Lakes region, #31 among private nursing schools and #63 in the country. (2016)
  • In its Student Success Ratings, national research firm Eduventures named the University of St. Francis among the Top 20 National Private Masters Institutions in the U.S. (2016)
  • ranked St. Francis #4 of 25 Safest Colleges and #6 of 25 Best Small Colleges in Illinois. (2016)