Undergraduate Catalog: 2019-20

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.
  • Earn a Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score of 1000 or above (Verbal/Critical Reading and Math combined) or an American College Test (ACT) composite score of 21 or above. Information and application for either test may be obtained from your high school guidance counselor.

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

  • Request an application for admission from the Office of Admissions. A high school student may apply for admission any time after having completed six  semesters of high school and having taken either the SAT or ACT test.
  • Send the completed application to the Office of Admissions, or apply online at www.sf.edu for free.
  • Provide official transcripts from all colleges or universities that you have attended including dual enrollment in high school.
  • Provide a short essay telling why you wish to attend the University of Saint  Francis, specifically including the following:
    • What would make you a successful student at USF?
    • Why is USF a good fit for you?
    • Why have you chosen your intended major, and what do you know about the profession?
  • 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 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 within 30 days of acceptance. This deposit is applied toward the first semester’s bill at the University of Saint Francis.
  • Students seeking on-campus housing must submit a $200 deposit which guarantees on-campus housing.  Deposits are refundable until May 1 for fall applicants and December 1 for spring applicants.
  • 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.

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 for students who have not taken an SAT or ACT test. Transfer students may also need to take one or all of the placement tests.