Nationally Ranked

It’s one thing when a school tells everyone how wonderful they are, but it’s something else when professional groups and publishers across the country speak so highly. We’re happy that so many people think so highly of USF. Quality can be seen in the huge number of USF graduates that earn jobs within six months of graduation. It can be found in our national accreditations for our Business, Education, Nursing, and Arts & Sciences colleges. And it can be found in the stories our alumni tell about what our degree programs meant to them.

Maybe it’s best put simply: The University of St. Francis is consistently ranked among the best when it comes to quality education, affordability, and accessibility.


USF appeared on Money Magazine’s “2017 Best Colleges for Your Money” list as the #1 private master’s institution in Illinois.



The Princeton Review has ranked USF on its annual “Best Colleges: Region by Region” list in the Midwestern category for eleven consecutive years, beginning in 2008. The university was most recently named on the 2019 list.



U.S. News & World Report has placed USF on several of its annual listings, year after year, since 2008. USF appears on the “Best Regional Universities,” “Best Value Schools” and “Best Online Programs” lists where five separate programs appear.



Colleges of Distinction has placed USF on its Illinois and Catholic lists since 2011. For 2018-19, USF also received designations for the colleges of business, education and nursing.



G.I. Jobs/Victory Media named USF a “2018 Military Friendly School” for the eighth consecutive year.



For four consecutive years, USF has been deemed a “Top University” by Military Advanced Education & Transition. placed USF in the top ten on its “2017-18 Best Colleges in Illinois” list; in the top 20 on its “Best Catholic Colleges and Universities” list, and 160th best college, nation-wide, in its ranking of “Best Colleges & Universities.” Most recently, USF was ranked 5th on CC’s “Best Midwest Universities-Midwest” list. named USF as a 2018 “Best Online College in Illinois” and “Most Affordable Online College in Illinois.” The USF College of Business & Health Administration ranked #5 out of 30 in’s 2018 “Best Online Bachelor’s in Healthcare Management” list. In 2017, the Leach College of Nursing was #2 on the “Best Online Master’s for Nursing Administration” list. ranked USF’s online healthcare management master’s degree #24 on its 2017 “Top Online Health Administration Programs” list, citing that the program was designed to reflect current trends and issues facing the health and business world.



Master’s Program Guide placed the M.S. in Education-Reading Specialist program at USF among its top 50 colleges and universities offering online master’s degrees in education for 2017.



The 2017 “Best 4 Year Colleges in Illinois” list by placed USF among the top ten best colleges and universities in the state. named the Leach College of Nursing second in the state for the best online nursing programs on its “Best Nursing Schools in the Central Region” list. placed the University of St. Francis #7 on the “2018 list of Best Colleges and Universities in Illinois” list.



Online MBA Today ranked USF’s online MBA as a top contender in Illinois on its “Top Online MBA Programs in Illinois” list. The University of St. Francis was ranked #7 overall based on factors like affordability, accreditation and prestige.



Learn How to Become ranked USF 7th on its 2017 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.

In its 2016 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 as the #63 nursing school in the country.

Eduventures named the University of St. Francis among the Top 20 National Private Masters Institutions in the U.S. in 2016.