As a Catholic university rooted in the liberal arts, the University of St Francis is a welcoming community of learners challenged by Franciscan values and charism, engaged in a continuous pursuit of knowledge, faith, wisdom, and justice, and ever mindful of a tradition that emphasizes reverence for creation, compassion and peacemaking. For more information check the school website.
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The school strives for academic excellence in all programs, preparing women and men to contribute to the world through service and leadership.

About Location

The Main Campus of the University of St. Francis is in the Cathedral Areas Preservation District, amidst some of the city’s most elegant and historic homes, and within easy walking distance of the Cathedral of St. Raymond.The campus is 35 miles southwest from Chicago. Downtown Joliet and its Metra station are just minutes away, along with the university’s downtown campus, (St. Bonaventure Campus) which houses the Arts and Design Department at the historic Rialto Square Theatre building, the USF art gallery, located street side at the corner of Van Buren and Scott streets, and the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center (formerly the Mode Building) housing the History, Criminal Justice, and Political Science department, along with room for the College of Business and Health Administration.Tower Hall, the main academic building built in 1922, is the iconic image of the university. At the front of Tower Hall is a statue of Mother Alfred Moes, founder of the Sisters of St. Francis. The statue welcomes guests to campus and reminds all of the sisters’ many contributions to the Joliet community.


Tower Hall’s main entrance at Circle Drive is marked by a statue of St. Francis, the institution’s patron saint. Just inside the Circle Drive entrance is the Welcome Center.Tower Hall houses multimedia classrooms, labs and administrative offices, along with WCSF Radio, the campus television station and Terrace Cafe. The College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Health Administration and the College of Education are in Tower Hall. The south wing of Tower Hall contains residence rooms for 90 students. Music, theater, cultural and scholarly events are most often at home in the Harold and Margaret Moser Performing Arts Center. The Moser Center includes an art gallery, studio theater, choral room, music practice rooms and an auditorium.The library has more than 110,000 volumes, special collections, current periodical subscriptions, computer research areas and group and individual study areas. The Academic Resource Center (ARC), the Center for Instructional Delivery and the university archives are within the library.Marian Hall, a 250-bed student residence for freshman and sophomores. Each floor contains computer/study area and social lounges. A kitchen is also available to residents. A game room and the Abbey Lounge, where students can attend performances or watch television, are at the ground floor of Marian Hall.

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