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2017-02-24 / Top 100 Organizations

Saint Francis University

Est. 1847

As the first Franciscan University in the nation, Saint Francis University has been impacting lives for nearly 175 years. Every student at Saint Francis benefits from a top-tier holistic education while surrounded by compassionate faculty and opportunities for service-learning, internships and educational travel. The values of generosity, respect, discovery and joy run deep in the Saint Francis culture and prepare students to contribute not only within their chosen field of study but also in a broader sense.

The university offers more than 50 undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Signature graduate programs include MBA, human resource management, occupational therapy, physician assistant sciences and physical therapy. The university also boasts comprehensive career-building degree programs in its undergraduate business, STEM, health science and humanities portfolios.

In 2016, the university unveiled the new home for the Shields School of Business. Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends, the university funded the $7 million renovation and expansion of historic Schwab Hall without government funding. The Shields School of Business currently offers eight undergraduate programs and two graduate programs, the MBA and Master of Human Resource Management programs. It also oversees three outreach centers: The Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation (CSOR), and the Francis in the Marketplace Executive Education Center. It enrolls 475 students and has differentiated itself from other business schools by leveraging its use of high impact academic practices, such as Enactus, student research and consulting projects, study abroad, several active student clubs, etc. Some of the funding for these opportunities come from the Dr. Albert A. Zanazuccki Endowed Chair in Business Administration Fund and other alumni gifts.

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