Alta Via is a dynamic opportunity for incoming Saint Francis University students to deepen in their Catholic faith and benefit from curricular and co-curricular experiences aligned with the teachings of St. Francis of Assisi.
Alta Via (The Highway) is an intentionally Catholic college community at Saint Francis University designed for students who want to deepen their faith.
Join like minded students in a life-changing journey:
Fr. James Puglis, T.O.R.
Director of Campus Ministry
The community will be open to a select group of incoming first-year SFU students. An application process is underway.
Refer Potential Members
Apply to Alta Via
Students who are outstanding representatives in their high schools, communities and parishes as demonstrated through an application process and resume and/or activities summary. Students should have held one or more positions in organizations.
Fill out the application form (apply here). You will need to answer these two essay questions as part of your application.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received. Successful candidates will be invited to conduct an interview on campus or via Skype. The Alta via application is a supplemental program application. Students are still required to complete the full application for admission.
Ten (10) Alta Via participants will receive scholarships which are renewed annually as long as the student remains in good standing. Awardees will receive $2,000 the first year, $2,500 sophomore year, $3,000 junior year and $3,500 in their senior year. This amount is in addition to other Saint Francis University institutional scholarships.
Founded in 1847, Saint Francis University is an institution rich in history and tradition. From our first founding fathers who traveled from the Archdiocese of Tuam in Ireland to the faculty and staff who today work to keep our Catholic Franciscan mission thriving inside and outside the classroom. Continuing the heart of Saint Francis University's mission and developing students to embrace and uphold our mission in their own pathways forward is the driving force behind the Alta Via experience.
Participation will develop and strengthen your ability to follow, ever deeply, Christ crucified and accompany others as they do the same.
You will enjoy a residential experience among a group of peers sharing in the same intentionally Catholic experience
Seminar series for program participants will be offered each semester focused on the virtues of beauty, goodness, truth and unity.
Franciscan Experience Series (FES) offerings are carefully crafted for program participants and the community at-large. FES offerings are designed to enrich spiritual development and compliment the ethos of the Alta Via program.
Liturgy participation, fellowship experiences, Bible study
Participants will work with other Alta Via classmates to design and implement a Legacy Project. Retreats will be held annually at minimum. Senior year culminating pilgrimage experience.
Directed community service with Diocesan partners, youth events (Shycon, Firestarters, etc)
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