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How To Apply

Admission Requirements

At USF, our focus is on you — your goals, your potential, and your ultimate future. We understand you are at the start of your journey. So yes, we want to see your transcripts and test scores, but we are equally interested in who you are outside the classroom. We want to know your interests, passions, ideas, activities, and more.

Why? Because we know education is more than getting a degree and you are more than “just another student on campus.” The truth is, you will be a vital part of our community and your education will shape you into the person you want to be.

That’s our way of saying we will look deeply at your application, so let us get to know you. And remember, we are here to assist throughout the process.

How to Apply to USF, Fort Wayne

  1. Choose an Application
  2. Submit application, along with:
    • Transcripts
      First Year Applicants: High School Transcripts
      Transfer Applicants: College and High School Transcripts
    • Test Scores
      ACT – USF Code: 1238
      SAT – USF Code: 1693
    • Reference Request Form
  3. If you are required to submit an essay, please describe how you have used or plan to use one or more of the Franciscan values in your life. USF’s Franciscan values emphasize: respect for each individual, joyful service, a trusting community, a deeper awareness of peace and justice issues, respect and care for creation.
  4. If you are a Homeschooled student, you must also submit:
    • Summary of curriculum studies
    • Bibliography of books read in high school
    • List of extracurricular activities
    • Letter of recommendation (from an adult; non-family member)
    • Student essay (refer to Item 3 above)
  5. Once submitted, check your email for information on how to log in to My Cougar Connection and take the next step.

All forms may be submitted electronically to admis@sf.edu or mailed to:

University of Saint Francis
Office of Admissions
2701 Spring Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46808

Program-Specific Information & Requirements

If you are applying to one of our more selective programs, you may be required to submit additional material.

Coordinated Program in Dietetics

Admission into the Coordinated Program in Dietetics is limited. Applications will be reviewed and recommended by the Review Committee, Department of Exercise Science and Health. The minimum criteria for admission include:

  • Academic Record: An overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (out of 4.0) or higher is required to apply. Also, a B in all nutrition classes (NTRN 215, 250, 275, 325 and 332) is required. Once accepted, additional grade requirements are specified under the requirements for continuing in the program.
  • Pre-Admission Exam: A test covering information related to prerequisite courses is part of the admission process. Scores will be ranked in consideration with grades and other requirements.
  • Other Criteria: Each applicant must submit the following: a completed application form, a resume, a formal letter of application, a self-evaluation form, evaluation forms from two references, and official transcripts of all college courses.

The academic performance of any student earning a grade of less than B in any of the courses listed above will necessitate the student repeating the course. A course may not be taken more than twice, and a maximum of two different courses may be repeated for the applicant to be considered for admission to the CPD and continuance in the program, once a student is admitted to the program. If a grade is not corrected to policy requirements upon repeating a course, the student will not be considered for admission or will be withdrawn from the CPD. All cases will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine whether or not the student may proceed with the next course in the academic sequence.

EPIC: Experiential Program with Integrated Cooperatives

Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Management, Marketing, and Risk Management and Insurance majors may apply as an incoming first-year or sophomore student. To be admitted, students must:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Submit an application for admission to USF
  • Complete a 300-word essay on why you should be selected for the Busse EPIC program at USF.
    • Format: Essays should be typed or printed on white paper, using one side only, 300-350 words. The body of the essay must be double-spaced with one-inch margins. Please save electronic files as Microsoft Word documents.
    • Content: Please include your name, address, email, and phone number on the first page. Please tell the EPIC Admissions Committee why you are interested in the EPIC program and why you feel you would be successful if admitted into the program. Also include an explanation of how the program will help you in your future career.
  • Two EPIC reference request forms
  • Complete an entrance interview with EPIC program coordinator

Submit your essay by any of the following methods:

  • In person to the Office of Admissions, Trinity Hall
  • Via email to sunger@sf.edu
  • Via postal mail to:
    Office of Admissions, University of Saint Francis
    2701 Spring Street
    Fort Wayne, IN 46808

John Dun Scotus Honors Program

Students in all majors who meet the following qualifications are invited to apply:

  • Incoming freshmen must have a GPA of 3.5 or greater or a score of 1,200 on the SAT (Math and verbal) or 26 on the ACT
  • Current USF or transfer students must have a GPA of 3.5 or greater

To progress in the Honors Program, students must maintain a GPA of 3.5 or greater

To graduate with Honors Program distinction, students must

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater
  • Complete all requirements of the program and the degree requirements of the major

Media Entrepreneurship Training in the Arts

Students are encouraged to apply during their sophomore year. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. To apply:

  • Complete the application
  • Also submit a portfolio of work, as defined by your major

Once submitted, the META faculty team will contact you for an interview. For questions, contact Jane Martin at jmartin@sf.edu or 260-399-7700, ext. 8008.

Nursing, Associate of Science (ASN)

In addition to meeting all USF entry requirements, candidates must:

  • Have a GPA of 2.7 or higher from an accredited high school or university
    • If you graduated from a non-accredited school and meet all other admission requirements, you could be eligible for admission as a Pre-Nursing student.
  • Have completed the TEAS
    • Students will need to register for this test via ATI Testing. Search for “U of St Francis.” Should you need help registering, please call 800-667-7531 for assistance.

Nursing, Bachelor of Science (BSN)

To be admitted directly into the BSN program, the applicant must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Graduation from an accredited high school with a GPA of 3.5 or higher (on scale of 4.0)
  • SAT score of 1,100 or higher; ACT score of 22 or higher
  • 1 year of high school biology and algebra (with a grade of C or better); 1 year of high school Chemistry (with a grade of C or better)

To be admitted into the Pre-Nursing program, applicants must fulfill the following requirements

  • Graduation from an accredited high school with a GPA of 2.7 or higher (on scale of 4.0)
  • SAT score of 1,000 or higher; ACT score of 21 or higher
  • 1 year of high school biology and algebra (with a grade of C or better); 1 year of high school Chemistry (with a grade of C or better)

Additionally, it is recommended that Pre-Nursing candidates must take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) and submit their score as part of the application process. Students will need to register for this test via ATI Testing. Search for “U of St Francis.” Should you need help registering, please call 800-667-7531 for assistance.

Nursing, Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse (LPN-RN)

In addition to meeting all USF entry requirements, candidates must:

  • Submit a current active LPN license
  • Have a GPA of 2.7 or higher from the LPN program attended
    • If you graduated from a non-accredited LPN program and meet all other minimum admission requirements, you will be eligible for admission as a Pre-Nursing student.
  • Have completed the TEAS
    • Students will need to register for this test via ATI Testing. Search for “U of St Francis.” Should you need help registering, please call 800-667-7531 for assistance.

Physical Therapist Assistant, Associate of Science

A limited number of students are accepted into the academically competitive Physical Therapist Assistant program each year. Candidates are encouraged to submit their completed  application to the Physical Therapist Assistant Program no later than December 1 for enrollment the following August. To be considered for admission, applicants must meet all University of Saint Francis admission requirements, in addition to:

  • A high school record that includes a college preparatory curriculum with four years of English, three years of mathematics, two years of social sciences and three years of laboratory science, including one year of physics.
  • A high school record with at least one year of high school algebra, chemistry and biology, or its equivalent, with a grade of “C” or better
  • Exposure to work in the health care field through observation, volunteer service, or employment
  • Knowledge concerning the profession of physical therapy
  • Two of the following criteria:
    • High school cumulative GPA of “B” or better (3.0 on a 4.0 scale).
    • The following Test Scores*
      • For tests taken after May 2016: SAT (math and verbal) 1080; ACT composite 19
      • For tests taken before May 2016: SAT (math and verbal) 1000; ACT composite 21
      • For SAT test taken before April 1995: composite score of 800 is required
    • 12 or more credit hours in applicable college subjects with a cumulative GPA of 2.3 or higher; It is strongly suggested that at least three credit hours come from a physical or biological science course.
    • Associate or higher-level degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
    • 12 credit hours from USF with a GPA of 2.3 or higher in each class; It is strongly suggested that at least three credit hours come from a physical or biological science course.

*The Psychological Services Bureau (PSB) for Health Occupations Aptitude Examination may be substituted for the SAT or ACT. If you take the PSB, the Physical Therapist Assistant Admissions Committee will provide criteria for your results upon request.

Admissions Process & Timeline

In addition to a completed application, transcripts and test scores, candidates must submit:

  • Two professional references
  • Essay, based on the following prompt:
    Please tell the Physical Therapist Assistant Program Admissions Committee about how you relate to the following statements:

    • Describe your experience with or exposure to physical therapy
    • Explain how you became interested in a career in physical therapy
    • Identify and discuss a current issue affecting physical therapy
  • To build their applications, candidates may also submit documentation of three of physical therapy observations. Please follow the instructions on the form.

A rubric is used for reviewing each application and scored. 0 to 3 points are awarded in the following categories:

  • High School GPA: 0, 1, 2
  • Aptitude Test Scores: 0, 1, 2
  • Non-USF GPA 12 credits or >: 0, 1, 2 or USF GPA: 0, 1, 2, 3
  • College Degree: 0, 1, 2
  • Directed Essay: 0, 1, 2
  • Professional references*: 0, 1, 2

*from employer, teacher, counselor, coach or other professional

Persons who submit completed applications for the PTA Program no later than December 1 improve their chances of admission into the class starting the following August. Shortly after December 1, the PTA Program Admissions Committee will review all completed applications for admission to the program the following August.

The committee works to fill the upcoming cohort with the most qualified applicants. Once the class is filled, remaining qualified applicants will be placed on a Wait List and a position will be held for them in the next class. Movement of applicants from the Wait List into an earlier class may occur if positions become available. Completed applications received after December 1 will continue to be reviewed until the class and the Wait List for the following August start is filled.

Following acceptance into the program, an applicant will be advised that, in order to secure the position offered in the PTA class, no subsequent required general education credits can be taken until the applicant has begun taking courses at USF.

Pre-Physician Assistant Studies, Bachelor of Science

To be admitted into the Traditional track, it is recommended candidates:

  • Rank in the upper half of their high school graduating class
  • Have a GPA of at least 2.3 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Have the following test scores: Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) re-centered score of 1,000 or above (Verbal/Critical Reading and Math combined) or an American College Test (ACT) composite score of 21 or above

Radiologic Technology, Associate of Science

Standards for admission into the Radiologic Technology program include the following:

Completion of:

  • Three years of high school math with a minimum of two years of algebra or an equivalent college-level course in algebra
  • A college preparatory curriculum that includes four years of English, three years of mathematics, two years of social sciences and three years of laboratory science.
  • SAT score of 1,000 or higher (for SAT exam taken after March 2016: 1080 or higher); or an ACT composite score of 19 or higher (for ACT exam taken after March 2016: 21 or higher); or Three required sections of the Psychological Services Bureau’s Health Occupation Aptitude Examination with minimum scores of 40 in Composite Academic Aptitude, 30 in Reading Comprehension, and 30 in Natural Sciences. A fee is assessed for the standardized testing. Standardized tests may be completed once per year and permission will be granted to repeat the exam only one time.

Plus, one of the following:

  • Graduate from an accredited high school with a GPA of 2.7 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) or completion of the General Education Development (GED) tests with a score of 2,500 or higher and no subscore below 500.
  • Completed 12 or more credit hours in applicable college subjects as a Pre-Radiologic Technology student or a transfer student with a cumulative grade point average of 2.7 or higher (on a 4.0 scale). At least three credits must be from a biological or physical science course with a lab component.
  • Earned an associate or higher-level degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)

Surgical Technology, Associate of Science

USF accepts a limited number of applicants to its surgical technology program. It is recommended that applicants have previous college experience in English, math, laboratory science, and the social sciences. Applicants must submit official college transcripts and have a GPA of 2.4 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) in 12 credit hours of academic courses.

Applicants without college experience must meet two of the following criteria:

  • Rank in the upper half of high school graduating class
  • Have a high school GPA of 2.4 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Earn a Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score of 1,000 on Verbal/Critical Reading and Math combined or an ACT composite score of 21 or higher.
    If you took the SAT prior to April 1995, a score of 800 is required.
  • Possess a General Educational Development (GED) total score of 2,500, with no subscore below 500.
  • If you earned your GED prior to 2002, a composite score of at least 50 and no subscore below 40 is required.
  • Previous healthcare experience is helpful, but not required.

Applications will be reviewed on an individual basis. Final consideration for acceptance will be made by the Surgical Technology Admissions Committee and exceptions to the stated requirements may be made at the discretion of the committee.

Get Ahead with Our Dual-Accept Programs

If you know you want to work as a physician, chiropractor, or pharmacist, our Dual Accept programs will give you a distinct advantage, including direct admission or a guaranteed interview to a top-level graduate program.

Certain conditions apply (specific GPA and curriculum guidelines) and deadlines vary per program.

Pre-Chiropractic to Doctor of Chiropractic at Logan University

USF’s 3+3 program with Logan University allows students to save a full year off a Doctor of Chiropractic degree: after three years in USF’s Pre-Chiropractic program, students transition to Logan University to complete their bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in 4 years, for a total of seven years instead of eight.Students will matriculate at USF for a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 95 credit hours in coursework from USF and a minimum of 33 hours at Logan. For every subject required by Logan (completed at either institution) no grade below a 2.0 will be accepted for credit. All 3+3 students must have a GPA of 2.75 or greater for the 90 credit hours at USF.

Students are admitted to Logan only as first year Doctor of Chiropractic students. Upon completion of the required coursework, 33 Logan credit hours may be transferred toward the completion of the USF bachelor’s degree.

To be accepted by Logan University, students must:

  • Complete the USF Pre-Chiropractic program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and meet all criteria for admission, including core competencies described in the Council on Chiropractic Education’s “Doctor of Chiropractic Program Requirements for Institutional Standards.”
  • Students with a GPA between 2.75 and 3.0 may be eligible for admission to Logan at the discretion of the vice president for enrollment management
  • Candidates must complete an application for admission (the fee is waived) to Logan six months to a year in advance and must complete all required application material including:
    • Professional reference
    • Chiropractor’s letter of recommendation
    • Satisfactory interview

Pre-Law to Juris Doctor with the following partner Law Schools: University of St. Thomas School of Law, University of Dayton School of Law, and Capital University Law School

The University of Saint Francis has entered into articulation agreements with three law schools in the Midwest: University of St. Thomas School of Law, University of Dayton School of Law, and Capital University Law School. The primary goal of these agreements is to create a seamless progression of academic degrees from the undergraduate to the professional level.USF and its partner law schools recognize that certain students have the capacity and readiness to complete their undergraduate education and their legal training in less than the normally required seven years of study.

USF and its partners desire to encourage these students by providing an opportunity for them to accelerate their course of study. Participating students can earn a bachelor of arts degree in Political Science – Pre-Law and a juris doctor degree in six years of full-time study, thus saving them a year of tuition costs and allowing them to advance more quickly in their education and professional career.

At Dayton there is an additional option: a student’s law school classes may begin with a “summer start” and, so long as a satisfactory GPA is maintained, proceed continuously—that is, through the following summer—so that JD courses can be completed in approximately 24 months, for a total of five years of study. (Alternatively, a student may opt to begin in the fall term and complete the JD courses in approximately 33 months, for a total of six years of study.)

USF will accept as transfer credits applicable to the bachelor’s degree up to 30 credit hours of coursework taken during the student’s first year of law school. The student is responsible for completing all of USF’s requirements for the awarding of the undergraduate degree. The student must also satisfy all requirements for admission to the law school that he or she wishes to enroll in.

Pre-Medical Chemistry: USF-Manchester University Articulation Agreement: Pharmacogenomics

Each year, Manchester University reserves four seats for qualified USF students in its on-campus Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics program. Candidates must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree (in chemistry, biology medical technician, etc.) OR a professional degree (physician assistant, e.g.,) OR a master of arts/science degree in an appropriate field.
  • 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA with a 2.7 GPA in the sciences

To apply, candidates must submit an application to Manchester University M.S. in Pharmacogenomics program.

Pre-Medical Chemistry & Pre-Medical Biology: USF-Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

USF’s agreement with Marian University offers students two options for expedited admission to Marian’s College of Osteopathic Medicine:

  1. The Early Acceptance Track guarantees an admission interview in September of the student’s senior year and a final decision by September 30. Terms and qualifications include:
    • Minimum total GPA of 3.70 with a minimum science GPA of 3.50
    • Minimum MCAT score of 28 or 505, with a minimum biology score of 10 or 127
    • Acceptance is contingent upon maintain grades and completing pre-medicine requirements.
  2. The Guaranteed Interview Track offers an admission interview the October of the student’s senior year and a decision within one week. Terms and qualifications include:
    • Minimum total GPA of 3.30 with minimum science GPA of 3.30
    • Minimum MCAT score of 24 or 498, with a minimum biology score of 8 or 124
    • Acceptance is contingent upon maintaining grades and completing pre-medicine requirements.

Pre-Pharmacy: USF-Manchester University Articulation Agreement: Pharm.D.

Manchester University (MU) now has an articulation agreement with the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Ind. This agreement states that Manchester University will reserve two seats in each annual cohort of students entering its Doctor of Pharmacy program for qualified students of the University of Saint Francis (USF). Qualified students must complete the application process for admission to Manchester University’s Doctor of Pharmacy program according to the established deadlines.One advantage to applying to Manchester University compared to other pharmacy programs is that the PCAT is not required. For more information, please contact Dr. Andrea Geyer, Chair of the Chemistry Department.

To Apply

In order to be considered for admission to MU’s Pharmacy Program through the articulation agreement, candidates must complete the following steps:

  • Apply by the PharmCAS application deadline (early March) of the applicant’s final year of undergraduate coursework at USF.
    Applications must be submitted through PharmCAS
  • Each of the established prerequisite courses required by the program must be completed with a C letter grade or better by a date in the summer prior to the start date of that following academic year (date is determined each admission cycle).
  • Have a 3.3 minimum cumulative GPA
  • Complete the Manchester University Pharmacy Program interview process successfully.
  • Qualified USF applicants will be evaluated based on their applications and interview results. If offered a seat in the program, USF students must submit a $300 seat deposit and complete a set of requirements upon matriculation into the program. If a deposit isn’t received by a predetermined deadline, an offer will be made to the next eligible applicant.

For questions, please contact the Office of Student and Alumni Experience at pharmacy@manchester.edu or at 260-470-2703.

Pre-Pharmacy to USF-Midwestern University Dual Accept Program

This program provides guaranteed acceptance into Midwestern’s College of Pharmacy for a
Pharm.D. degree. Students accepted into this program complete two years of core science
courses at USF before transitioning to Midwestern to complete their doctoral degree.
Applications are due February 15; Candidates must apply during their senior year of high school
and submit the following:

  • A completed application
  • A non-refundable, non-waivable application fee of $25, payable to Midwestern University-CCP
  • Two completed and properly sealed letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from each high school attended, including grades from first half of senior year
  • Copy of Official ACT or SAT score report, along with a copy of the Exam report that includes a writing component score
  • A personal statement (to be submitted with application): Please respond to the following questions (one page per question).
    • Please explain why you are interested in a career in pharmacy.
    • In your own opinion, describe the concept of professionalism.
    • What are you plans if you are not accepted into the Dual Acceptance Program?

Mail Transcripts & Letters of Recommendation to:

Undergraduate Admissions Office
University of Saint Francis
2701 Spring St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46808

Doctor of Physical Therapy at Midwestern University

Students in can apply for dual acceptance into Midwestern’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Enroll in a baccalaureate program at USF (Health/Exercise Science)
  • Complete a Dual Acceptance Program Application of Intent no later than October 1 of the junior year at USF. Midwestern University would appreciate earlier completion and submission of the form in order to plan for anticipated enrollment of USF students.
  • Complete all MWU PT pre-requisite coursework and obtain a bachelor’s degree at USF (a grade of “C” or better is required in all pre-requisite courses). The bachelor’s degree must be completed before the start of the academic year of the MWU PTP.
  • Earn and maintain a 3.1 cumulative GPA and 2.8 Science GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Complete the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) by August 30th of the senior year and submit scores to Midwestern University.
  • Submit an application to the MWU PT Program through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) by October 1, of the senior year of undergraduate studies at USF (application fee required).
  • Successfully complete an interview within six months of the DAP application date. The interview day will include meeting with faculty and admissions staff and information on the PTP curriculum, financial aid and campus facilities will be included.
  • Meet additional admission requirements as identified by MWUPT Program, including but not limited to requirements for technical standards, CPR and First Aid certification, and a satisfactory criminal background check.
  • Sign and submit to MWUPTP, the official matriculation agreement, with standard deposit, within two weeks of receipt of the matriculation agreement. Please note this is the one and only fee associated with the dual acceptance process. It confirms your commitment to matriculate at MWU.

Doctor of Physical Therapy at Trine University

Trine University holds two seats (per class) for USF students in its Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a baccalaureate degree from USF prior to entering Trine (Health/Exercise Science)
  • Completed the following prerequisite courses with no grade lower than a C
    • Two courses in biology (excluding botany and zoology)
    • Two courses in general chemistry with las
    • One course in human anatomy with lab
    • One course in human physiology with lab
    • Two courses in general physics with lab
    • One course in psychology
    • One course in statistics
  • Have a 3.4 minimum overall GPA
  • Submit a completed application for the Trine DPT program including all required documentation as indicated on the DPT program application web page
  • Submit articulation program application to Trine and USF by October 1

Qualified applicants will be ranked first according to their overall GPA, then by their GPA for the prerequisite courses listed above. Letters offering admission to the DPT program will be sent by Trine to the two highest ranked applicants no later than October 15

Pre-Physician Assistant to M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies Dual Accept Program

USF’s Pre-Physician Assistant bachelor of science program offers direct entrance into the University’s graduate Physician Assistant Studies master of science program. Candidates must:

  • Apply and be accepted to both USF and the Physician Assistant Studies program
  • Have a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent
  • Earn an ACT composite score of 26 or higher or earn a SAT re-centered score of 1280 or higher

In addition to the normal application process, candidates must submit:

  • A short paper (1-2-pages) about your experience shadowing a physician assistant for a total of 10 hours
  • A short paper (1-2-pages) about your medical interest in voluntary work, organization activity, or training
  • One reference from a certified physician assistant (PA-C)
  • One reference from a physician
  • Complete an interview with and be approved by the Physician Assistant Studies Admissions Committee

Pre-Pharmacy: USF-Midwestern University Dual Accept Program

This program provides guaranteed acceptance into Midwestern’s College of Pharmacy for a Pharm.D. degree. Students accepted into this program complete two years of core science courses at USF before transitioning to Midwestern to complete their doctoral degree.Applications are due February 15; Candidates must apply during their senior year of high school and submit the following:

  • A completed application
  • A non-refundable, non-waivable application fee of $25, payable to Midwestern University-CCP
  • Two completed and properly sealed letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from each high school attended, including grades from first half of senior year
  • Copy of Official ACT or SAT score report, along with a copy of the Exam report that includes a writing component score
  • A personal statement (to be submitted with application): Please respond to the following questions (one page per question).
    • Please explain why you are interested in a career in pharmacy.
    • In your own opinion, describe the concept of professionalism.
    • What are you plans if you are not accepted into the Dual Acceptance Program?

Mail Transcripts & Letters of Recommendation to:

Undergraduate Admissions Office
University of Saint Francis
2701 Spring St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46808

Honestly, choosing USF has been the best decision of my life.
Tiarra Hackbush ’19
Animation Major