Jul 16, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog


First-Time Freshmen

Admission of First-Time Freshmen

While no set pattern of high school subjects is required, candidates for admission should pursue the university preparatory curriculum offered by their secondary school. Indiana students are strongly encouraged to complete the Indiana Core 40 with Academic or Technical Honors or academic honors high school curriculum. Students considering courses in the medical sciences, including nursing, should successfully complete at least one year each of high school chemistry, biology and algebra. High school students who take advanced placement (AP) courses are encouraged to take the CEEB (College Entrance Examination Board) advanced placement examinations and have their scores sent to the University of Saint Francis. The university grants college credit for CEEB examinations (See Prior Learning Assessment in Academic Policies). International Baccalaureate credits will be evaluated on an individual basis. Dual Credit courses will be evaluated for credit when posted to a University or College transcript.

Entrance Requirements

For admission to the University of Saint Francis, incoming students should meet the following requirements:

  • Graduate from an accredited high school.
  • Rank in the upper ½ of the high school graduation class.
  • Have a 2.3 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and/or the American College Test (ACT) are not required for general admission to the University; however, submitting scores may increase the applicant’s Academic Scholarship.

Students who did not graduate from an accredited high school must have completed the General Educational Development (GED) tests or High School Equivalency exam (TASC).

TASC exam/ High School Equivalency exam: Students must provide proof of Indiana High School Equivalency Diploma and TASC exam scores.

GED Scores: Students who have taken the GED must receive a total score of 600 with no subsection score below 150. Students who took the exam between 2002-2014 must have a total score of 2,500 with no sub score below 500. Prior to 2002, a composite score of at least 50 and no sub-score below 40 is required.

Candidates who do not meet the criteria for automatic admission to the University of Saint Francis may still apply for admission. Applications for admission will be reviewed by the Academic Review Committee.

Procedure for Admission

  • Submit a completed application to the Office of Admissions, at sf.edu/apply.
  • Provide official transcripts from all colleges or universities that you have attended including dual credit enrollment in high school.
  • An essay may be required if the above admissions requirements are not met per the Admissions Review Committee.
  • Request that an official copy of your GED score and/or high school transcript, showing rank in class, grade point average, SAT or ACT test results (optional) and/or GED score sheet be sent directly to the Office of Admissions.

After Notification of Admission

Once the applicant has been notified of admission to the University of Saint Francis, the following steps must be completed:

  • All degree-seeking undergraduate students are encouraged to submit a confirmation fee of $150. This deposit is applied toward the first semester’s bill at the University of Saint Francis.
  • Students seeking on-campus housing must submit a Housing Intent Form and $200 deposit which secure on-campus housing.
  • High school students must request that an official copy of their high school transcript showing senior-year grades and date of graduation and/or GED score be sent directly to the Office of Admissions upon high school graduation.

Placement Tests

A combination of student records and placement tests is used to place students in the appropriate level courses. Placement tests may be required.

Home Schooled Students

Transcripts from a homeschool curriculum may vary widely from one family to another. However, all applicants requesting admission must meet certain university standards. If the transcript is evaluated and verified by an independent school, the applicant will not need to submit other documentation. If the transcript is not associated with a school, the applicant must submit SAT and/or ACT scores to be reviewed for university admission.

There is no closing date for application, and notification of acceptance is made on a rolling basis. Preference in financial aid, housing and course selection may be given to those with early acceptance. Because certain competitive programs may fill, forming waitlists, early application is encouraged.

Transfer Students

Admission of Transfer Students

Candidates attending other colleges and universities may transfer to the University of Saint Francis at any time during their academic career.

To be considered for admission to the University of Saint Francis, a transfer student must:

  • Send a completed application to the Office of Admissions at sf.edu/apply.
  • Request that an official copy of the final high school transcript (must include date of graduation) and/or GED score be sent directly to the Office of Admissions.
  • Request that official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended be sent directly to the Office of Admissions.

International Students

Students from foreign countries who wish to study at the University of Saint Francis should start their correspondence several months prior to enrollment and be admitted no less than 60 days before the start of the semester. Students must also:

  • Submit a completed application and supporting documents.
  • Present official records of completion of academic work comparable to a secondary school program in the United States. All documentation in languages other than English must be accompanied by certified English translations and a course-by-course evaluation completed by World Education Services (WES) or a similar organization.
  • Provide certification of English proficiency by earning a score of 550 or above on the paper and pencil test, 80 or above on the internet-based test, or 213 or above on the computerized version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); a score of 6.5 on the IELTS; a Duolingo English test score of 105; two years of high school English with a grade of C or higher; or a semester of ESL coursework or college-level composition from an accredited U.S. institution with a grade of C or higher.
  • Show proof of financial capability sufficient to meet all expenses for one year. The applicant must show proof of persona or family funding for tuition, room and board, and expenses for the Fall and Spring semesters. This amout must be sufficient to cover tuition, fees, books, and living expenses for the first year. Once an applicant has provided this documentation, and after the applicant has been accepted for academic admission, a deposit of $150 in U.S. currency must be submitted to the University of Saint Francis. After the deposit is received, the I-20 form needed to obtain a student visa will be issued.
  • Show proof of adequate health and accident insurance coverage upon arrival in the U.S. or arrange for such coverage.

Non-Degree Students

Individuals who wish to enroll at the University of Saint Francis without working toward an academic degree are classified as non-degree students. Non-degree students may apply for regular admission.

Non-degree students fall into the following two categories: Non-Degree Students and Audit Students.

Non-Degree Students

Students interested in enrolling part time and taking courses for credit, for self-enrichment, and/or for job improvement may apply as non-degree students. Students must submit an official transcript from the last academic institution attended and an application at sf.edu/apply.

University transcripts are also recommended and/ or may be required for course placement.

Audit Students

Students who wish to enroll in a course or courses on a non-credit basis are classified as audit students and must complete an audit application form. No other credentials are required for admission, and no application fee is charged. Audit students receive a grade of “AU” and no college credit for their courses. Students registering as audit students are requested to consult the current semester schedule for the per-credit-hour audit fee. To audit, students must have met the prerequisites for courses or have the instructor’s permission to take the class. Audit students may register for open classes only and can register the day after current student registration. Audit students must reapply each semester. Contact the Office of Admissions for more information.


Students whose studies at the University of Saint Francis have been interrupted for one or more semesters must apply for readmission. All students readmitted to the university are readmitted under the degree requirements in effect at the time of readmission.

A student who left in good standing and is requesting readmission must:

  1. Submit a completed application to the Office of Admissions at sf.edu/apply.
  2. Request that official transcripts from all institutions attended be sent to the Office of Admissions. Transcripts will be evaluated and the cumulative GPA will be calculated for review.
  3. Students whose cumulative GPA is 2.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale will be notified of readmission by the Office of Admissions and will be sent an updated evaluation of all courses. Students who are currently on suspension from another institution will not be readmitted until the suspension is served and they are eligible to return to that institution.

A student who left the University of Saint Francis on suspension must:

  1. Submit a completed application to the Office of Admissions at sf.edu/apply.
  2. Request that official transcripts from all institutions attended be sent to the Office of Admissions. Transcripts will be evaluated and the cumulative GPA will be calculated for review.
  3. Submit an essay addressed to the Academic Progress Committee stating:
    • What factors led to the suspension
    • Why the student wishes to return to USF
    • What the student has done since leaving USF
    • Why the student feels he/she would be successful now at USF

The Academic Progress Committee will review all students that have been suspended from the University of Saint Francis to determine readmission.

Convicted of a Misdemeanor

An applicant’s admission on his/her application that he/she has been convicted of a misdemeanor (other than routine traffic offenses which do not involve property or personal injury) or felony will be considered along with other factors in determining whether the applicant meets the admissions criteria for becoming a student at the University of Saint Francis. The nature of the particular crime as well as the punishment will also be considered. Applicants who indicate their conviction of a misdemeanor or felony are required to provide details and documentation of the conviction(s), including but not limited to:

  • the nature of the crime
  • when it took place
  • where it took place
  • whether it was a crime of a violent or sexual nature
  • the sentencing or plea agreement (if applicable)
  • where the individual was incarcerated (if applicable)
  • statements from the applicable corrections department explaining the release, completion of sentence or rehabilitation program completed and terms of probation or parole

Two additional letters of professional reference will also be required for those applicants seeking admission with misdemeanor or felony convictions. If the applicant checks “yes,” but claims that the misdemeanor or felony has been expunged, then supporting documentation to prove that must be submitted to the Academic Progress Committee (APC) as well.

Health Sciences Clinical Experience Requirements

To ensure the safety of self and others, health science students are required to complete a variety of activities prior to participating in clinical/field experiences:

  • Submit proof of currency in CPR Certification for Health Professionals
  • Submit a completed health history and physical examination form
  • Provide documentation of immunizations*
  • Submit a negative TB skin test each year
  • Sign confidentiality forms: Verification of Health Insurance, Consent to Release Information, COHS Informed Consent, Student Confidentiality and Clinical Requirements & Technical Standards
  • Annually complete drug testing
  • Annually undergo a background check, which includes criminal history, driving history and Office of Inspector General’s list of excluded individuals
  • Meet technical standards related to: observation; communication; intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities; motor skills; behavioral and social attributes; tests and evaluations and clinical assessment.
  • Attend orientation and compliance sessions as required by clinical facilities
  • OSHA Respirator Medical Evaluation Clearance Questionnaire
  • OSHA Respirator Fit Testing Certificate

*Immunizations required: Diptheria/Tetanus or Tdap, Hepatitis B, Measles (Rubeola), Mumps, Rubella, Chicken Pox (Varicella) or History of Disease, flu, Covid-19.  Religious or personal exemption waivers are only available for Covid-19 vaccine.  Additional vaccine requirements may be required by the agencies in which students participate in clinical, field, or internship experiences as a part of their academic program.  Vaccine requirements are subject to change without notice as determined by clinical, field, or internship agencies.  Additional immunizations may be required by student affairs at the University. 

Affiliating agencies may withhold clinical/field experiences for students with the following records:

  • Positive drug screen
  • Crimes against the person such as battery or assault
  • Crimes based on dishonesty or untruthfulness such as theft or embezzlement
  • Drug and other substance abuse related crimes
  • History of recent DUI or other driving violations/penalties
  • Violation of organizational policies or code of conduct while involved in clinical/field education or employed at the organization
  • Failure to submit proof of all vaccinations and clinical requirements established by the partner agency

Without clinical/field experiences, the student cannot complete all aspects of the program and will be dismissed from the program.