Statement of Accreditation Status

    The Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS) is the official statement of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) about each institution’s current accreditation status and scope of accreditation. The SAS also provides a brief history of the actions taken by the Commission.

  • Institution:
    Saint Francis University
    Loretto, PA
  • Address:
    110 Franciscan Way
    Loretto, PA 15940-0600
  • Phone:
    (814) 472-3001
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Dr. Peter Skoner
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Kushnood Haq, Vice President

Accreditation Summary

For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures.

  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1939
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2016
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2024-2025
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2021

Alternative Delivery Methods

The following represents approved alternative delivery methods included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Distance Education
Approved to offer programs by this delivery method

Correspondence Education
Not approved for this delivery method

Credential Levels

Approved Credential Levels

The following represents credential levels included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

  • Postsecondary award (1-2 yrs) Included within the scope:
  • Associate's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate Included within the scope:
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Doctor's Degree - Professional Practice Included within the scope to offer ONE program: Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Doctor's Degree- Research/Scholarship Included within the scope to offer ONE program: Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Locations

The following represents branch campuses, additional locations, and other instructional sites that are included within the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Location Type
Altoona Career Technology Center
Altoona
Altoona, PA 16601
Additional Location
Clearfield Career & Technology Center
1620 River Road
Clearfield, PA 16830
Additional Location
Concurrent Technologies Corporation
100 CTC Drive
Johnstown, PA 15904
Additional Location
Glendale High School
1466 Beaver Valley Road
Flinton, PA 16640
Additional Location
Greater Johnstown Area Vo-Tech
Johnstown
Johnstown, PA 15901
Additional Location
IU08 Richland Office
445 School House Road Suite E-212
Johnstown, PA 15904
Additional Location
Mt. Union High School
706 N. Shaver Street
Mt. Union, PA 17066
Additional Location
Sheetz Corporate Complex
5700 6th Avenue
Altoona, PA 16602
Additional Location
Altoona Area High School
1415 Sixth Avenue
Altoona, PA 16602
Other Instructional Site
Bellefonte Area High School
830 East Bishop Street
Bellefonte, PA 16823
Other Instructional Site
Bellwood-Antis High School
400 Martin Street
Bellwood, PA 16617
Other Instructional Site
Bishop Carroll High School
728 Ben Franklin Highway
Ebensburg, PA 15931
Other Instructional Site
Bishop Guilfoyle High School
2400 Pleasant Valley Boulevard
Altoona, PA 16602
Other Instructional Site
Bishop McCort Catholic High School
25 Osborne Street
Johnstown, PA 15905
Other Instructional Site
Blacklick Valley School District
555 Birch Street
Nanty Glo, PA 15943
Other Instructional Site
Blair County Chamber of Commerce
3900 Industrial Park Drive
Altoona, PA 16602
Other Instructional Site
California Area High School
40 Trojan Way
Coal Center, PA 15423
Other Instructional Site
Cambria Heights High School
426 Glendale Lake Road
Patton, PA 16668
Other Instructional Site
Central Cambria High School
208 Schoolhouse Road
Ebensburg, PA 15931
Other Instructional Site
Central High School
718 Central High Road
Martinsburg, PA 16662
Other Instructional Site
Chartiers Houston High School
2050 West Pike Street
Houston, PA 15342
Other Instructional Site
Chestnut Ridge School District
3281 Valley Road
Fishertown, PA 15539
Other Instructional Site
Clarion Area High School
219 Liberty Street
Clarion, PA 16214
Other Instructional Site
Claysburg Kimmel High School
531 Bedford Street
Claysburg, PA 16625
Other Instructional Site
Commodore Perry High School
3002 Perry Highway
Hadley, PA 16130
Other Instructional Site
Conemaugh Township High School
300 W. Campus Avenue
Davidsville, PA 15928
Other Instructional Site
Conemaugh Valley High School
1342 William Penn Avenue
Johnstown, PA 15906
Other Instructional Site
Curry Innovation Center
1425 11th Avenue
Altoona, PA 16601
Other Instructional Site
Derry Area High School
988 N. Chestnut Street Ext.
Derry, PA 15627
Other Instructional Site
Dover Area High School
101 Edgeway Road
Dover, PA 17315
Other Instructional Site
DuBois Central Catholic High School
210 Central Christian Road
Dubois, PA 15801
Other Instructional Site
Everett Area High School
427 East South Street
Everett, PA 15537
Other Instructional Site
Ferndale Area High School
100 Dartmouth Avenue
Johnstown, PA 15905
Other Instructional Site
Forest Hills High School
P.O. Box 325, 489 Locust Street
Sidman, PA 15955
Other Instructional Site
Frazier High School
142 Constitution Street
Perryopolis, PA 15473
Other Instructional Site
Greater Latrobe High School
1816 Lincoln Avenue
Latrobe, PA 15650
Other Instructional Site
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
326 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
Other Instructional Site
Hollidaysburg Area High School
1510 N. Montgomery Street
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648
Other Instructional Site
John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport
479 Airport Road
Johnstown, PA 15904
Other Instructional Site
Juniata Valley High School
7775 Juniata Valley Pike
Alexandria, PA 16611
Other Instructional Site
Lake Raystown Field Station
14322 Field Station Lane
Entrekin, PA 16638
Other Instructional Site
Laurel Highlands High School
300 Bailey Avenue
Uniontown, PA 15401
Other Instructional Site
Ligonier Valley High School
40 Springer Road
Ligonier, PA 15658
Other Instructional Site
Mercer Area High School
545 W. Butler Street
Mercer, PA 16137
Other Instructional Site
Moshannon Valley High School
4934 Green Acre Road
Houtzdale, PA 16651
Other Instructional Site
North Star High School
400 Ohio Street
Boswell, PA 15531
Other Instructional Site
Northern Bedford High School
152 NBC Drive
Loysburg, PA 16659
Other Instructional Site
Northern Cambria High School
601 St. Joseph Street
Northern Cambria, PA 15714
Other Instructional Site
Nulton Aviation Services, Inc.
469 Airport Road
Johnstown, PA 15904
Other Instructional Site
Penn Cambria High School
401 Linden Avenue
Cresson, PA 16630
Other Instructional Site
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
101 Community College Way
Johnstown, PA 15904
Other Instructional Site
Pennsylvania State University (The)
201 Old Main Building
University Park, PA 16802
Other Instructional Site
Philipsburg Osceoa Area High School
200 Short Street
Philipsburg, PA 16866
Other Instructional Site
Purchase Line High School
16559 Rt. 296 Highway East
Commodore, PA 15729
Other Instructional Site
Richland Area High School
1 Academic Drive
Johnstown, PA 15904
Other Instructional Site
Rockwood Area Jr/Sr High School
437 Somerset Avenue
Rockwood, PA 15557
Other Instructional Site
Saint Francis University in Ambialet
Ambialet, France
France
Other Instructional Site
Saint Francis University in Parma
Parma, Italy
Italy
Other Instructional Site
Saint Joseph's Catholic Academy
901 Boalsburg Pike
Boalsburg, PA 16827
Other Instructional Site
Saint Marys Area High School
977 South St. Mary's Road
Saint Marys, PA 15857
Other Instructional Site
Serra Catholic High School
200 Hershey Drive
McKeesport, PA 15132
Other Instructional Site
Shanksville Stoneycreek High School
1325 Cornerstone Road
Friedens, PA 15541
Other Instructional Site
Somerset Area High School
645 South Columbia Avenue
Somerset, PA 15501
Other Instructional Site
South Hills School of Business and Technology
480 Waupelani Drive
State College, PA 16801
Other Instructional Site
South Hills School of Business and Technology
508 58th Street
Altoona, PA 16602
Other Instructional Site
State College Area High School
131 West Nittany Avenue
State College, PA 16801
Other Instructional Site
Tussey Mountain High School
199 Front Street
Saxton, PA 16678
Other Instructional Site
Tyrone Area High School
1001 Clay Avenue
Tyrone, PA 16686
Other Instructional Site
United High School
10780 Rte. 56, Highway East
Armagh, PA 15920
Other Instructional Site
Washington High School
201 Allison Avenue
Washington, PA 15301
Other Instructional Site
Westmont Hilltop High School
200 Fair Oaks Drive
Johnstown, PA 15905
Other Instructional Site
Windber Area School District
2301 Graham Avenue
Windber, PA 15963
Other Instructional Site

Definitions: For definitions of branch campus, additional locations, or other instructional sites, see the Commission’s Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.

Accreditation Actions

The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years. For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures and the Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.

  • October 28, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close the additional location at 480 Waupelani Drive, State College, PA 16801 that has ceased operations. To remove the additional location from the institution's scope of accreditation. To note that the Commission reserves the right to rescindthis actionif any developments reveal additional information that might have affected the Commission's decision and/or the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action.
  • October 28, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close the additional location at 199 Front Street, Saxton, PA 16678 that has ceased operations. To remove the additional location from the institution's scope of accreditation. To note that the Commission reserves the right to rescindthis actionif any developments reveal additional information that might have affected the Commission's decision and/or the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2024-2025.
  • October 28, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close the additional location at 813 35th Street, Northern Cambria, PA 15714 that has ceased operations. To remove the additional location from the institution's scope of accreditation. To note that the Commission reserves the right to rescindthis actionif any developments reveal additional information that might have affected the Commission's decision and/or the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action.
  • October 28, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first Doctor's - Research/Scholarship, Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Organizational Leadership and Innovation within the institution's scope of accreditation. To note that the Commission reserves the right to rescind approval of this substantive change if any developments reveal additional information that might have affected the Commission's decision and/or the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2024-2025.
  • October 31, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close its additional locations at (1) Bellwood Antis School District, 400 Martin Street, Bellwood, PA 16617; and (2) Juniata Valley High School, 775 Juniata Valley Pike, Alexandria, PA 16611. The Commission requires notification within thirty days of the closure of these additional locations. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2024-2025.
  • June 23, 2016
    To reaffirm accreditation. The date for the next accreditation review will be determined by the Commission when it revises the accreditation cycle.
  • June 29, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To approve the relocation of the additional location from the Joseph and Elizabeth Shaw Public Library, 1 South Front Street, Clearfield, PA 16830 to the Clearfield Career & Technology Center, 1620 River Road, Clearfield, PA 16830 and to include the new additional location within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at this additional location and the closure of the old location. In the event that operations at the additional location do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2015-2016.
  • April 27, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To approve the relocation of the additional location from Bishop McCort High School, 25 Osborne Street, Johnstown, PA 15905 to IU08 Richland Office, 445 School House Road, Suite E-212, Johnstown, PA 15904 and to include the new additional location within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2015-2016.
  • March 2, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close its additional locations at (1) Dixon University Center, North Center Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110; (2) Somerset Area High School, 645 South Columbia Avenue, Somerset, PA 15501; and (3) Bedford County Technical Center, North Montgomery Street, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648. The Commission requires notification within thirty days of the closure of these additional locations.
  • March 2, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional locations at (1) Glendale High School, 1466 Beaver Valley Road, Flinton, PA 16640 and (2) Mt. Union High School, 706 N. Shaver Street, Mt. Union, PA 17066 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at these additional locations. In the event that operations at the additional locations do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse.
  • March 2, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To approve the reclassification of the instructional sites at (1) the Concurrent Technologies Corporation, 100 CTC Drive, Johnstown, PA 15904 and (2) the Sheetz Corporate Complex, 5700 6th Avenue, Altoona, PA 16602 as additional locations and to include the locations within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2015-2016.
  • November 21, 2013
    To accept the progress report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2015-2016.
  • March 7, 2013
    To accept the monitoring report. To request a progress report, due October 1, 2013, documenting further progress in the implementation of its recently developed institutional assessment plan and delineating how specific results have been used to improve processes and programs (Standard 7) and to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2015-2016.
  • August 27, 2012
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the online Master of Health Science degree program within the scope of the institution's accreditation.
  • August 27, 2012
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To re-classify the following instructional sites as additional locations: (1) Northern Cambria High School, 813 35th Street, Northern Cambria, PA 15714; and (2) Juniata Valley High School, 7775 Juniata Valley Pike, P.O. Box 318, Alexandria, PA 16611. To include the additional location at Bishop McCort Catholic High School, 25 Osbourne Street, Johnstown, PA 15905 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at the additional locations. In the event that operations at the additional locations do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse.
  • August 27, 2012
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request; to note the institution's decision to close the following additional locations: (1) Mt. Union High School, 706 N. Shaver Street, Mt. Union, PA 17066; (2) Hollidaysburg Area High School, North Montgomery Street, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648; and (3) East Side Elementary School, 220 Messenger Street, Johnstown, PA 15902; and to remove the additional locations from the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of the monitoring report, due November 1, 2012, documenting evidence of (1) the development of appropriate criteria for the selection and evaluation of trustees and the president, and the completion and implementation of a more formal process for the evaluation of the president (Standard 4); (2) development and implementation of a comprehensive, organized, and sustained process for the assessment of institutional effectiveness and the use of assessment results to improve processes and programs (Standard 7); and (3) development and implementation of an organized and sustained assessment process that utilizes results to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). A small team visit may follow submission of the monitoring report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2015-2016.
  • June 28, 2012
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative. To remind the institution of the monitoring report, due November 1, 2012, documenting evidence of (1) the development of appropriate criteria for the selection and evaluation of trustees and the president, and the completion and implementation of a more formal process for the evaluation of the president (Standard 4); (2) development and implementation of a comprehensive, organized, and sustained process for the assessment of institutional effectiveness and the use of assessment results to improve processes and programs (Standard 7); and (3) development and implementation of an organized and sustained assessment process that utilizes results to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). A small team visit may follow submission of the monitoring report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2015-2016.

Information about the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is one of seven institutional accrediting organizations in the United States and is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). MSCHE accreditation applies to an institution as a whole rather than the specific programs within an institution. MSCHE does not approve or accredit individual programs. The MSCHE accreditation review cycle is continuous and accreditation does not expire. Each institution is reevaluated and monitored on a regular and consistent basis in accordance with the institution’s assigned accreditation review cycle and Commission policy and procedures. An institution maintains its accreditation unless it is voluntarily surrendered or withdrawn by the Commission for cause, after the institution has been afforded due process. The institution’s current accreditation phase and accreditation status are displayed on the institution’s listing in the Institution Directory and in the Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS).