South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium

South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium

Three Decades of Higher Education Excellence Through Collaboration

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Local Campus Locations

Main Campus: 500 Wilcox St., Joliet, IL 60435

Second Campus:

Albuquerque Center, 4401 Silver Ave. SE #B, Albuquerque, NM

USF also manages extension sites in eight states and administers online programming in more than 40 states

Major Programs of Study:

Arts and Science, Business and Health Administration, Education, Nursing and Health Care, Social Work

Annual Student Population:


Average Undergraduate Student Age: 23

Number of Degree Programs:

44 undergraduate programs

4 adult degree-completion programs

18 graduate programs

2 doctoral programs

8 graduate, post-master's and subsequent certificates

Nearly 50 continuing education courses and workshops

College Description/Overview:

Founded in 1920 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate, the University of St. Francis is a Catholic university rooted in the liberal arts. It prepares women and men to contribute to the world through service and leadership, and encourages the Franciscan values of respect, service, integrity and compassion in both spirit and deed. With numerous programs to choose from, USF offers something for every learner. Its educators are committed to developing learning opportunities that enrich students with real-world experiences for a fulfilling career and life. The University of St. Francis has received repeated high rankings from U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review for its quality educational programs, both online and on campus, and has been named a “Military-Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs magazine for its recruitment of and commitment to America’s veterans. USF has 42,000 alumni nationwide.

Contact Information

For admissions and general information, call 800-735-7500 or visit us on the web at