Nationally Recognized

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 (2005-2016)
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 – Best Colleges for Veterans (2015)
U.S. News & World Report – A+ School for B Students (2010-2016)
Princeton Review (2008-2016)
G.I. Jobs/Victory Media – Military Friendly School (2011-2017) – 7th consecutive year
Military Advanced Education (2014-2017) – 3rd consecutive year
Colleges of Distinction (2011-2016)
Social Work Degree Guide – Best Value Christian Colleges with CSWE-Accredited Program – #5 (2015)
Economist College Rankings – #263 in U.S./#7 in Illinois (2015) – Best Catholic Colleges Online – #8 (2016)


Other Accolades

  • Learn How to Become ranked USF 7th 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)
  • 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 nursing school 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)
  • A Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program report named USF as one of 15 Illinois colleges with the “best added values” based on the mid-career salaries of their graduates. (2015)
  • After an assessment of thousands of online master’s programs, USF’s online healthcare administration program was named one of the best in the U.S. by Only 48 programs made the list, and USF was one of only three programs in Illinois to be recognized. (2015)
  • USF was named as one of the Most Affordable Online Colleges by AC Online. (2014)