For 160 years, St. Francis has provided an affordable, quality education to students of all racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. 97 percent of SFC students receive some form of financial aid, including federal and state grants, federal loans and newly increased amounts of institutional scholarships, making St. Francis one of the most affordable private colleges in New York City. Merit-and need-based scholarships are available for qualified students.

MORE THAN 2,600 STUDENTS AND 20,000 ALUMNI

The Franciscan approach to education:

the quest for knowledge was not to be an end in itself, but a quest to live more authentically within oneself and morally within the world community.

In the early nineteenth century, Franciscan Brothers in Ireland began schools for poor and ordinary people. Following that spirit, Brothers came to Brooklyn in 1858 to educate the large numbers of immigrants arriving in America. Those Brothers opened St. Francis Academy in 1859. The institution officially became St. Francis College in 1884 when New York State granted the school a charter.

Students participate on 21 NCAA Division I athletic teams, including our recent NEC Champion Men’s and Women’s Basketball team, two time NEC Champions Men’s Soccer team, Women’s Volleyball and the nationally ranked Men’s Water Polo and Women’s Bowling teams.

The Franciscan Tradition of the College ensures a welcoming environment that supports students and helps develop the whole person. St. Francis College challenges all students to expand their learning experience beyond the classroom and become an integral part of the community. They belong to more than 40 clubs, fraternities, sororities, and honor societies. Social responsibility and mutual respect are among the values that enable St. Francis students to achieve their dreams.

The Franciscan approach to education:

The quest for knowledge was not to be an end in itself, but a quest to live more authentically within oneself and morally within the world community.

In the early nineteenth century, Franciscan Brothers in Ireland began schools for poor and ordinary people. Following that spirit, Brothers came to Brooklyn in 1858 to educate the large numbers of immigrants arriving in America. Those Brothers opened St. Francis Academy in 1859. The institution officially became St. Francis College in 1884 when New York State granted the school a charter.

Since opening its doors, the College has been committed to the Franciscan tradition of service and development of the whole person. Study of the liberal arts, combined with career preparation in specific fields of study, remains a means of following the quest for truth and personal authenticity. This is the Franciscan Spirit that leads our students to take their place in the world as ethical persons committed to nurturing the Divine goodness within every human being and all that God has created.

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