The Princeton Review Names USF a Best Midwestern College

Joliet, Ill. – The University of St. Francis (USF) is one of the 158 best colleges in the Midwest according to The Princeton Review. The education services company lists USF in the Best in the Midwest section of its 2023 Best Colleges: Region by Region website. The honor marks the fifteenth consecutive year USF has been named to this national listing.

Arranged according to five regional categories (Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West and International), The Princeton Review’s “2023 Best Colleges: Region by Region” recognizes 655 colleges and universities that the organization considers both academically outstanding and a valuable collegiate option.

“USF is dedicated to preparing women and men to contribute to the world through service and leadership, and continues to work together build a Franciscan future in our second century as an institution of higher education. National recognition such as this – a fifteenth consecutive year of recognition by The Princeton Review – demonstrates the University of St. Francis’ longstanding and ongoing commitment to student success in terms of retention to graduation rates to in-field job placement,” USF President Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D., said.

Rob Franek, The Princeton Review’s Editor-in-Chief, indicated that academics and overall campus experience play an important role in assembling this annual listing.

“We chose the University of St. Francis and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their academics,” Franek said. He noted that the company considered data from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region, information from staff visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of college counselors and advisors whose perspectives the company solicits. “We also consider what students enrolled at the schools reported to us on our student survey about their campus experiences,” Franek added.

To learn more about The Princeton Review or to view the listing, please visit princetonreview.com/bestMWcolleges.

National Recognition Continues

USF continues to receive high praise from a variety of national ranking agencies. Most recently, Niche.com released its 2023 Best Colleges in America rankings and placed USF as the #4 Best Value College in Illinois and #112 Best Value College in the nation. Additionally, Niche.com ranked USF as the #49 Best Catholic Colleges in the nation, and among the top 200 schools in the in a variety of majors and programs.

Visit niche.com/colleges/search/best-colleges/ for more information the 2023 Best Colleges in America rankings by Niche.com.

Visit stfrancis.edu/nationally-ranked for more information on additional national accolades earned by USF.

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The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide and offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 53,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

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USF Ranked in Top Five in Illinois for Bachelor’s Degree Programs

University HQ - Best Bachelor's Degree Programs 2022

Joliet, Ill. – The University of St. Francis (USF) was ranked at number four on a list of colleges and universities with the top bachelor’s degree programs in Illinois according to University Headquarters (University HQ), an industry-leading, independent educational organization. The list, Best Bachelor’s Degree Colleges in Illinois 2022, cites the top higher education institutions across Illinois through a ranking system that considers program and faculty quality, return on investment, and other criteria.

“This is a great way to start the new year. The best universities in Illinois also happen to be some of the best in the country, and the Chicago region is home to some of the finest. Being ranked in the top five by University HQ is another honor for the university that we are proud to share with our community and students,” said USF vice president for admissions Eric Wignall.

Wignall offered that USF’s bachelor’s degree programs cover an array of areas of study.

“Our top bachelor’s programs, by enrollment, include business, nursing, education, health administration, management, and the biological and biomedical sciences. USF is accredited to offer 52 bachelor’s degrees and has 11 specialized accreditations for programs as wide-ranging as radiation therapy to substance abuse counseling to recreation and sports management,” Wignall said.

“Our undergraduate students have access to learning resources on our campus, in the library and through a rich set of online resources. We want to offer the best learning and teaching resources to our students no matter where they are,” he added.

To view the complete listing, visit universityhq.org/best-colleges/illinois/#bachelors.

University Headquarters is an independent educational organization that lists and reviews higher education institutions around the United States. It is one of several online resources students can use to find information on colleges, college entrance requirements, and career paths. Visit universityhq.org for more information.

USF has tallied eleven different state, regional, and national rankings for undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs in the past year, including accolades from publications including U.S. News & World Report, Money magazine, and the Princeton Review.

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The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide and offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 52,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

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WalletHub Ranks USF as a Top University in Illinois

Joliet, Ill. – The University of St. Francis (USF) continues to be recognized by national ranking agencies as one of the top institutions of higher education in Illinois. WalletHub recently released its 2022 Best Colleges and Universities Rankings in which the agency ranked USF as one of the best schools in Illinois.

The rankings, which were compiled by comparing more than 1,000 higher-education institutions across 30 different measures within seven categories that included Student Selectivity, Cost & Financing and Career Outcomes, named the University of St. Francis one of the top six overall higher-education institutes in Illinois. WalletHub’s rankings also placed USF at #32 in the Midwest rankings, and ranked USF #1 in Illinois in the “Campus Safety” category. To view the list in its entirety, visit wallethub.com/edu/e/college-rankings/40750.

WalletHub representative Adam McCann indicated that the website’s rankings are designed to help students identify both good schools and good deals.

“In a fierce global economy, a college degree can help secure employment and keep you ahead of the competition. Though success ultimately rests on students’ own determination and performance, the quality of the schools they choose can certainly have an impact. However, attending higher education requires more than just the grades to get in. You will also need the financial resources to attend. It varies depending on the school’s public or private status and whether it’s in-state. For those prices, students want to know they are getting a good deal,” McCann said.

USF has a long history of assisting students with the financial obligations that a college degree carries with it. Each year, the university provides need-based financial aid to approximately 96% of full-time undergraduate students. In 2020-2021 alone, USF invested over $23 million in institutional funds in scholarships for full-time undergraduate students.

“Inflation has hit people hard this year, and not just at the gas pump and grocery store. At St. Francis we have held the line on costs, keeping tuition at levels lower than most private colleges and as low as some state universities,” said Eric Wignall, USF Vice President for Admissions.

“Everyone, from high school to graduate students, continue to feel uncertain about the future. We wanted to make college more affordable and hold down costs while providing more scholarships and student support. We think we can do better as a university if our students are successful and have less debt. It’s a key goal at USF,” he added.

For more information on USF programs, financial assistance options or to learn more about registration, visit stfrancis.edu/admissions-aid.

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USF Named in U.S. News & World Report 2022 Best Colleges Rankings

Joliet, Ill. – U.S. News & World Report continues to recognize the University of St. Francis (USF) as a top university in the United States. This year’s recognition in the publication’s 2022 Best Colleges rankings marks USF’s third year in the “National Universities” category, and the eighteenth consecutive year that USF has been honored by U.S. News & World Report.

According to usnews.com/education, “Schools in the ‘National Universities’ category offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master’s and doctoral programs. These colleges also are committed to producing groundbreaking research.”

USF was ranked 249th in the “National Universities” category of this year’s publication. The ranking placed USF ninth among the seventeen Illinois schools included in the report, sixth among private Illinois schools, and third among Illinois’ ranked Catholic schools.

USF is also Will County’s only school included in U.S News & World Report’s 2022 “National University” rankings.

“Annual recognition by U.S. News & World Report acknowledges the quality of a University of St. Francis education,” said USF President Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D.  “Rankings such as this help to validate the efforts of our faculty and provide us with many points of pride. However, the most important indicators of our success as educators are that our students have a great learning experience, graduate, are considered top prospects by employers, and find jobs that launch their careers.”

U.S. News & World Report also ranked USF as one of the top 100 universities in the country in its “Top Performers on Social Mobility” list for a third consecutive year (up three ranking positions from 2021). The ranking recognizes USF as a school that supports and assists economically disadvantaged students. According to usnews.com, “Some colleges are more successful than others at advancing social mobility by enrolling and graduating large proportions of disadvantaged students awarded with Pell Grants. The vast majority of these federal grants are awarded to students whose adjusted gross family incomes are under $50,000.”

“Being recognized for Social Mobility is certainly a measure of which every staff and faculty member at USF can be proud,” said USF Vice President for Admissions and Marketing, Eric Wignall. “This accolade demonstrates our continued commitment to serve people from every background and income level, while also showing how solid our educational programs are that our graduates truly make more and do more to improve their lives.”

One new accolade for this year is USF’s inclusion in the publication’s Best Undergraduate Nursing rankings. USF was ranked at 432 out of close to 700 institutions.

“This year, U.S. News & World Report is publishing its first-ever undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) rankings. In the spring and summer of 2021, U.S. News surveyed deans and senior faculty members at each of the 694 undergraduate BSN degree granting nursing programs that met identified criteria,” a spokesperson for U.S. News & World Report said.

Visit usnews.com/colleges for more information on the U.S. News 2022 Best Colleges rankings.

Visit stfrancis.edu/nationally-ranked for more information on additional national accolades earned by USF.

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WalletHub Names USF One of Illinois’ Top Five Universities

Joliet, Ill. – While the calendar says that 2020 is preparing to wind down, it is already time for current high school seniors and last spring’s high school graduates who took a gap-year due to uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic to begin the process of selecting a higher-education institution to attend in fall 2021. To assist students with making that decision, personal finance website WalletHub (wallethub.com) recently released its 2021 College and University Rankings.

The rankings, which were compiled by comparing more than 1,000 higher-education institutions across 30 different measures within seven categories that included Student Selectivity, Cost & Financing and Career Outcomes, named the University of St. Francis one of the top five overall higher-education institutes in Illinois (#5). WalletHub’s rankings also placed USF in the top 25 overall in the Midwest (#25), and ranked USF #1 in Illinois in the “Campus Safety” category. To view the list in its entirety, visit wallethub.com/edu/e/college-rankings/40750.

WalletHub representative Adam McCann indicated that the website’s rankings are designed to help students identify both good schools and good deals.

“In a fierce global economy, a college degree can help secure employment and keep you ahead of the competition. Though success ultimately rests on students’ own determination and performance, the quality of the schools they choose can certainly have an impact. However, attending higher education requires more than just the grades to get in. You will also need the financial resources to attend. It varies depending on the school’s public or private status and whether it’s in-state. For those prices, students want to know they are getting a good deal,” McCann said.

USF has a long history of assisting students with the financial obligations that a college degree carries with it. Each year, the university provides need-based financial aid to approximately 96% of full-time undergraduate students. In 2019-2020 alone, USF invested over $23 million in institutional funds in scholarships for full-time undergraduate students. Last month, USF also announced that it was freezing all tuition and housing prices at the current level until fall of 2022.

“2020 has been a challenging year unlike any other,” said Eric Wignall, USF Vice President for Admissions. “High school students are feeling isolated and uncertain about the future. Freezing our tuition, room, and board costs provides some stability for planning an educational path for the students and their families.”

Wignall added that investing in the right college degree program at USF could pay dividends over the long run.

“High school students looking at college, parents, and adults looking at graduate school are right to be cautious about investing time and money into an educational program. A college degree can be worth millions of dollars over the course of one’s career. We have designed degree programs that help our graduates launch truly valuable, meaningful careers,”

For more information on USF programs, financial assistance options or to learn more about registration, visit stfrancis.edu/admissions-aid.

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Currently celebrating 100 years of higher education rooted in Franciscan values, the University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide and offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 51,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

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Five USF Online Programs Recognized by U.S. News & World Report

Joliet, Ill. – U.S. News & World Report released its 2020 Best Online Programs rankings today, and the University of St. Francis (USF) is proud to announce that five of its online programs were recognized in the publication.

Recognized USF programs included:

  • Online Bachelor’s Program – top 16 percent nationally (3rd highest ranked private program in Illinois)
  • Online Graduate Education Program – top 19 percent nationally (top-ranked private program in Illinois)
  • Online Graduate Business Program (excluding MBA) – top 34 percent nationally (top-ranked private program in Illinois)
  • Online MBA Program – top 44 percent nationally (top-ranked private program in Illinois)
  • Online Nursing Program – top 45 percent nationally (4th highest ranked private program in Illinois)

USF introduced its first online courses and degree programs in 1998 and has since served as one of higher education’s online learning pioneers. USF President Arvid C. Johnson believes that twenty years of offering programs of this type has allowed the University to share them with as wide of a variety of students as possible.

“Since first entering the online education field over twenty years ago, the University has continued to expand its comprehensive online programs and is now recognized for offering many of the State’s top private, online programs. We largely credit this to a faculty committed to high-quality teaching via all delivery methods, which enables the University to provide highly-valued degrees to busy students who appreciate the flexibility that online education offers them,” Johnson said.

The variety and availability of quality online education program options continues to increase annually as more and more colleges and universities across the U.S. expand their academic offerings. While that competition increases from year to year, USF continues to stand out among its peers.

“With more competition, and more schools trying to provide online programs, USF quality continues to rise and our ranking shows that,” said Eric Wignall, USF Vice President of Admissions, Enrollment Services and Marketing.

Wignall pointed to the University’s focus on students as the driving reason for higher rankings.

“We’ve created a university where students learn in small groups, using high-tech labs, with shared student-faculty research experiences, and in hundreds of internships. We have faculty and staff who are fully engaged in student learning. It’s not a secondary concern at USF—it’s the primary focus,” he said.

According to usnews.com, “At both the undergraduate and graduate levels, U.S. News calculates rankings based on a variety of factors, which hold different weights depending on the ranking category. A program’s score for each factor, or ranking indicator, is calculated using data that online programs report to U.S. News in an annual survey. The rankings methodologies for online programs are different and separate from those for U.S. News’ Best Colleges and Best Graduate Schools rankings. Ranking methodologies are updated on an annual basis.”

Visit stfrancis.edu/admissions-aid/online for more information on USF’s online programs.

Visit usnews.com/education/online-education for more information on U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Online Programs rankings.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 50,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

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