September 13, 2012
Saint Francis University ranks in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” list
Saint Francis University made the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges 2013" survey list, ranking in the top third of institutions in the Tier I: North Regional Universities category. The university placed 61 out of the 188 institutions in that group. The schools consist of mostly Masters I, private institutions. U.S. News ranks schools in 16 weighted areas to develop an overall score.
The report also mentions Saint Francis’ increase in rates for retention and graduation based on a four year average. From last year, the freshmen retention rate increased from 84% to 85% and the six year graduation rate increased from 63% to 65%.
In addition to increasing retention and graduation rates, Saint Francis had a big year as it added six new academic programs and a new marching band. The band debuted with 57 students performing at the first home football game on September 8.
This fall, Saint Francis welcomed its largest class since 1972. This diverse group of students comes from 29 states and countries, including New Mexico, Oklahoma, Hawaii, Arizona, Florida, Brazil, Nigeria, and Vietnam.
Other major changes on campus include Saint Francis began construction of a new 70,000 square-foot Science Center. The building will be a flagship facility for science and technology programs on campus. It will house state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories and research facilities (including an aquatic research facility, advanced chemical instrumentation and youth outreach areas, in addition to places for students and faculty to gather, study, and learn. It is expected to be completed in spring 2013.