Academically Excellent


Student Concentrating in Class

In the Unparalleled Catholic Intellectual Tradition

Franciscan University embraces the rigorous academic demands of the Catholic intellectual tradition, “consecrating itself without reserve to the cause of truth,"(Ex Corde Ecclesiae). Our professors encourage and expect the highest academic achievement in every discipline, seeing faith and reason as allies, not enemies. Truth from any source is from the Holy Spirit, St. Thomas Aquinas tells us, so our faculty boldly pursue every truth, guiding and encouraging our students along that ennobling path.

High-Achieving Students

This uncompromising pursuit of high academic standards shows in the performance and accomplishment of the students. Our incoming freshman consistently score well above average on the ACT and SAT, and carry high GPAs. Once on campus, our students are encouraged not merely to learn the material our faculty presents, but to take ownership of it and move on to new areas and new discoveries.

Sound Instruction, Real-World Experience

Students conduct ground-breaking scientific research in biology and chemistry labs and in the field. They present papers at philosophical conferences. They bring a pro-life presence to U.N. proceedings. They produce television programming for EWTN, the world's largest religious media network. In every pursuit they confront the problems facing humanity today with respect for the latest scholarship, the wisdom of the ages, and a profound awareness of the dignity of every human person.

Prepared to Contribute

More than 90 percent of our graduates successfully enter the next phase of life--employment, further education, the priesthood, or religious life--within one year of graduation.

A Franciscan University education is Academically Excellent and Passionately Catholic.

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