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.

University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.

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USF Named a Top Ten Midwest University by College Consensus

Joliet, Ill. – As it nears its centennial in 2020, the University of St. Francis (USF) continues to be recognized as a top university by various respected national college ranking systems. The Joliet-based University recently learned that it has been named as a “Best Regional University – Midwest” by College Consensus in its 2019 rankings. USF ranked seventh in the Midwest and second in Illinois on the list.

“The University of St. Francis is honored to be named by College Consensus as one of the top universities in both Illinois and the Midwest,” said USF President Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D. “As a welcoming community of learners, USF is pleased that its commitment to student success continues to be recognized. The University’s commitment to prepare women and men – our students – to contribute to the world through service and leadership is realized through challenging academic programs that provide our students with the depth and breadth of knowledge that they will need to be ready to hit the ground running both today and in the future. Recognition such as this serves as validation of the efforts of our students, our faculty, and the entire USF community.”

College Consensus also named USF in its 2019 “Best Catholic Colleges and Universities” (#24 in the U.S. and #1 in Illinois), “Best Small Colleges” (#54 in the U.S.) and overall “Best Colleges and Universities” (#191 in the U.S.) lists.

“We are in some pretty good company in this listing, and we are being added to other top ten and top 100 rankings for our degree programs as well. Our enrollment is growing, we are adding new programs, and we are serving a diverse population of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students,” said Eric Wignall, USF Vice President of Admissions, Enrollment Services and Marketing.

“Offering rigorous educational programs in the spirit of St. Francis has always been our path to student success. USF is a small school with a very large footprint. For almost 100 years, the university has made an impact on students, their families, and their communities. The education and experiences they gain really do have a transformative effect on their lives and the lives of others,” Wignall added.

According to collegeconsensus.com, “The College Consensus only utilizes reputable national and international college ranking systems which publish the raw scores behind their rankings. By combining the results of all of the most reputable college ranking publishers and thousands of real student reviews from around the web, College Consensus provides the most accurate and comprehensive ranking of a school’s reputation and quality available anywhere.” College Consensus uses publisher ratings sources such as U.S. News & World Report, Wall Street Journal And Times Higher Education and Wallethub, and student review sources such as Cappex, Niche, My Plan, Students Review and Unigo to calculate its annual rankings.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves over 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.

University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.

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Princeton Review Names USF a Best Midwestern College

Joliet, Ill. – The Princeton Review recently named the University of St. Francis (USF) on its “2020 Best Colleges: Region by Region” list’s Midwestern category. This is the twelfth consecutive year USF has been named to this national listing.

Listed according to five regional categories (Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West and International), The Princeton Review’s “2020 Best Colleges: Region by Region” recognizes over 650 colleges and universities that the organization considers both academically outstanding and a valuable collegiate option.

“As a welcoming community of learners, the University of St. Francis prepares its students to contribute to the world through service and leadership. We are pleased that our ongoing commitment to student success – whether in terms of retention and graduation rates or in terms of in-field job placement– continues to be recognized in national rankings such as these,” USF President Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D., said.

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

The University of St. Francis is consistently ranked among the best colleges and universities across the Illinois and the nation when it comes to quality education, affordability, and accessibility. To learn more about USF’s other recent rankings, please visit stfrancis.edu/nationally-ranked/.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves over 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.

University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.

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