New Home for School of Business at Saint Francis University


From business to brewing, Saint Francis University (SFU)continues to offer innovative programs for aspiring students.

A New Home for the School of Business

The newly-renovated Schwab Hall is now open providing a high-tech and modern home for the School of Business.

The updated facility features modern tools for business students, like the analysis lab designed to facilitate financial and statistical analysis. Each classroom also comes with lecture capture technology, and the School’s LED stock ticker greets visitors with stock quotes and business headlines. Furthermore, Schwab Hall houses the Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation, a unique economic think tank that will allow SFU students to work on national economic research projects.

With so many resources, the new Schwab Hall will promote and support creativity, research, and collaboration among all those who call it home.

Fermentation Arts

Entering its fourth year, the Fermentation Arts program is quickly expanding and seeing immediate success. As one of only a handful of colleges with such a program, Saint Francis University is invested in this booming market.

Students in last semester’s fermentation classes hosted faculty and administrators as they offered samples of their own unique creations, which ranged from blueberry wine to Brazilian I.P.A. beer. The University also opened a new laboratory space for fermentation students in Scotus Hall, home of the School of Arts & Letters.

The program celebrated its first graduate, Aaron Kirsch, accepting a position with Draai Laag Brewing Company in Pittsburgh, who were eager to hire Aaron after he completed an internship with the company.

Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

Elsewhere at the University, the School of Science’s Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering program is also entering its fourth year and continues to see strong growth. Of the colleges that offer degrees in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, Saint Francis University is one of the smallest and is the only Catholic institution among them, allowing the University to offer exceptionally small class sizes with a unique Franciscan perspective. That doesn’t mean the University’s program is lacking for resources; in fact, the department just received $58 million in oil and gas industry software, allowing its students to work with the best tools on the market.

100 Percent Pass Rate for Nursing

For the fourth straight year, the Nursing Department at Saint Francis University celebrated a 100 percent pass rate on the nursing boards for the graduate class. Such a streak is exceedingly rare among nursing programs, and it is a testament to the quality of the nursing program. With such success, it’s no surprise that the graduating class also had a 100 percent job placement rate.

Beekeeping with Environmental Studies

The University’s Environmental Studies major prepares students pursuing careers in green industries through business, education, conservation, advocacy, and philanthropy. 2015 saw the program’s successful launch of the Apiary on the Hill, the University’s own organic beekeeping initiative managed by Environmental Studies students and faculty. The honey was so popular that a year’s worth of product was sold in less than fifteen minutes to eager customers, with 100 percent of the funds going to upkeep and expansion of the apiary.

The SFU Success Rate

It’s clear that students are taking advantage of all that the University has to offer: the 2016 graduating class saw a 99 percent placement rate in careers or graduate school within nine months of graduation. Best of all, that number isn’t an anomaly — graduating classes average a 97.5 percent placement rate upon leaving SFU.

Founded in 1847 in Loretto, Pennsylvania, Saint Francis University is the oldest Franciscan institution of higher learning in the country and one of the oldest Catholic colleges in the nation. Located in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, the University boasts 600 acres complete with a nine-hole golf course, snow tubing hill and tow line, lake and island, outdoor ice rink, hiking trail, disc golf course, and the beautiful and historic Schwab gardens. For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions at (814) 472-3100 or visit francis.edu.