USF ranks tops in U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review

For the 10th consecutive year, the University of St. Francis (USF) has been ranked in the top tier of U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 edition of “Best Colleges.”

For the fourth consecutive year, USF has also been given the distinction of an “A+ SCHOOL for B STUDENTS” from U.S. News & World Report. USF is one of only 45 Master’s Midwest schools to receive this distinction.

“While being recognized for our quality in these rankings is exciting, the most important indicators of our success as educators are that our students have a great learning experience, graduate and find jobs that launch their careers,” said USF’s new president Arvid Johnson, who took office in June.

USF’s ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” rose by two spots, from 40 to 38.

Earlier in the year, USF was also ranked among the best online education programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. In its “Best Online Education Programs 2013”, USF was 28th of 237 schools for its online bachelor’s programs and 33rd of 101 schools for online graduate nursing programs. The university also was ranked 65th of 208 for online graduate education programs and 80th of 213 for online graduate business programs.

Among Illinois schools ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s listing, USF has the top ranking online graduate nursing programs of any public or private school. Among private schools in Illinois, USF has the top ranked online bachelor’s programs and top ranked online graduate business programs. USF was the second ranked online graduate education program among private schools in Illinois.

A pioneer in online learning, USF has been one of the largest providers of online education in Illinois since it piloted its online business program 15 years ago.

USF is also one of the 155 colleges and universities rated “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review. The “regional best” colleges list constitutes only 25% of the nation’s four-year colleges. “Regional best” colleges and universities were selected primarily for their excellent academic programs, but also based on what students reported in a survey about their campus experiences.

The University of St. Francis has been named a “College of Distinction” by, dedicated to honoring schools nationwide for their excellence in student-focused higher education, as well as a Military Friendly School. The university has also been listed as one of the Most Affordable Online Colleges by AC Online.

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