USF welcomes largest freshman class

The University of St. Francis Class of 2017 posed for a class photo Aug. 15 at the university’s Joliet campus. The class of more than 240 students is the largest freshman class in the school’s history.

The University of St. Francis Class of 2017 posed for a class photo Aug. 15 at the university’s Joliet campus. The class of more than 240 students is the largest freshman class in the school’s history.

 

The University of St. Francis (USF) welcomed its largest freshman class in the school’s history as the fall semester began Aug. 19.

More than 240 freshmen stepped foot onto the Joliet campus this week, said Charles Beutel, vice president for admission and enrollment services.

“Not only is the class large in numbers, but academically, they are of high caliber,” he said.

The new students have an average ACT score above a 23 and an average grade point average of 3.43. About 46 percent of the freshmen also were in the top quarter of their high school class.

The high schools with the most graduates in USF’s freshman class are Joliet Central High School, Joliet West High School, Minooka High School, Lockport Township High School, Plainfield South High School and Plainfield Central High School.

USF gives families and “exceptional educational value,” Beutel said. Students also benefit from small class sizes, one-on-one guidance from faculty members and the variety of internship opportunities with major companies in the Chicagoland area.

“Families are looking for not only high quality academic programs but also affordability,” he said. “They’re finding that at USF.

The freshmen were joined by nearly 200 new transfer students coming from Joliet Junior College, Moraine Valley Community College, College of DuPage, Waubonsee Community College and Illinois Valley Community College.

Popular majors for new students include the sciences, nursing, social work and recreation, sport and tourism management.

More than 900 full-time returning undergraduates also have resumed classes at USF this semester. Plus, more than 1,300 adult and graduate students are enrolled for the 2013-2014 academic year and are taking classes on campus in Joliet, at sites across the country and online from the comfort of their own homes.

The University of St. Francis in Joliet serves 3,400 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in arts and science, business, education, nursing, health care and social work. For information, call (800) 735-7500 or visit www.stfrancis.edu.