Faith + Reason

Preparing leaders for our world’s complex challenges demands new and flexible capacity. Additionally, teaching strategies, scientific research and technology are constantly changing. A new St. Francis Chapel and significant science building upgrades will enhance our core strengths of faith and reason.

“Faith awakens the critical sense by preventing research from being satisfied with its own formulae and helps it to realize that nature is always greater. By stimulating wonder before the profound mystery of creation, faith broadens the horizons of reason to shed greater light on the world which discloses itself to scientific investigation.” – Pope Francis

“Presenting my research has taught me how to defend myself gracefully, both in matters of science and matters of my Catholic faith. We have so many opportunities to teach and to learn, and I hope that future USF students have an even better chance to further this than I ever did.” – Melissa B., USF student

Side view rendering of the new Achatz Hall of Science

Students participating in a service project


Developing Future Leaders

As a Catholic University in the Franciscan Tradition, the University of Saint Francis can offer a fundamentally different experience to students than public or secular universities. Our focus on developing the whole person calls us to use Catholic Social Teaching and our Franciscan Values to understand and engage the world more profoundly. This personal development prepares students for fulfilling vocations and develops talent that will serve our community for years to come.

Through the integration of Faith and Reason, the university graduates students who are preferred by our community’s employers, as evidenced by our career success rate (percent of 2015 graduates employed or continuing their education). Our graduates are able to engage in critical thinking and complex problem solving, while also demonstrating outstanding interpersonal skills. These abilities are cultivated through a well-rounded education that encourages rigorous scientific inquiry alongside deep personal reflection.

A group of students after mass


How Can You Help?

We have been truly blessed by generous donors who have a passion for quality education and the impact that our university can make on our students’ future. We welcome a deeper conversation with you to discuss potential support for the Faith and Reason Campaign that provides spiritual and professional opportunities for students in Northeast Indiana.

Give to the Faith + Reason Campaign

Aerial View of Achatz and the Chapel

A student singing during bacalaureate mass