New Ranking Says USF Grads Make More

Nov. 1, 2017 | Joliet, Ill.

Photo Caption: The University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill. made WalletHub’s top ten list for schools in Illinois whose graduates earn more post-graduation.

The University of St. Francis (USF) is thrilled to be named number nine on the top schools list in Illinois whose graduates earn more after graduation, according to consumer watchdog group WalletHub.com. USF has been named among some of the larger institutions in the state including Northwestern University, University of Chicago and University of Illinois-Champaign.

The rankings were based on student selectivity, tuition cost, financing and career outcomes.

Of the 35 Illinois schools that made WalletHub’s top earners list, the majority are private schools. A WalletHub analyst noted that students who attend private institutions in Illinois tend to make $20,000 to $30,000 more in the 10 years after graduation than students who attended public institutions.

At the University of St. Francis, students are not only earning more several years after graduation, but they are also graduating with less student debt thanks to the $19.4 million the university invests in student scholarships. “Ninety-six percent of undergraduates and 100% of our incoming freshman class receives financial aid assistance,” noted Vice President for Admissions and Enrollment Services Eric Wignall.

Those figures are in addition to the 81% of USF students who graduate with internship or hands-on learning experience and the 97% who are employed in their field of study within six months after graduation. “USF is committed to providing an affordable, quality education to students who then graduate and get jobs,” Wignall said.

Graduates are not getting hired by just anyone, either. Competitive industry leaders such as Abbott Laboratories, Argonne National Laboratory, CDW, Ecolab, Heartland Bank & Trust, IBM, Amazon, Kimberly Clark, Kraft Foods, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Mayo Clinic, and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago hire USF graduates because of the excellent reputation that precedes them.

“The average class size at USF is just 16.4 students. Smaller is better for personal learning and student interaction. USF students are not overlooked in massive lecture halls like they sometimes are at bigger schools,” Wignall said.

Small classes mean that students will better comprehend complex material with personal attention and guidance from faculty members, who help students get and keep an academic edge that will help them succeed and graduate. Students can also get assistance with homework, writing, testing, tutoring and more through the Academic Resource Center, he said.

USF students consistently say that USF “feels like home.” USF has built a welcoming campus community where people talk with and work alongside each other, and students get learning experiences both in and out of the classroom. They can create lifelong friendships in many ways—especially by joining one of more of the 70 clubs, organizations, and honor societies on campus or by competing on one of USF’s 22 athletic teams.

For almost 100 years, the University of St. Francis has helped students learn and achieve. USF is a Catholic university, open to everyone, of any culture or background, rooted in the finest traditions of Franciscan education. USF guides and supports students in the pursuit of knowledge, faith, and wisdom. We help prepare women and men to contribute to our world through service and leadership.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves 3,900 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 48,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu. University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.