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About Franciscan


Embrace your unique talents and gifts.
Spur your mind to enlightenment.
Help your convictions gain strength.
Let your life serve as a witness to the world.

Your knowledge — illuminated by faith — comes alive and leads you confidently into the world when you study at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Here, your exceptional education is grounded in a passionately Catholic faith tradition that takes you beyond yourself and into the community where you can evangelize and transform the culture.

Grow in wisdom, faith, maturity, strength, purpose, and dedication at Franciscan. How you live your life — where you go, what you do, who you are — builds on the life of Christ within you and what you embrace while you're here. With the solid foundation of faith and reason you create at Franciscan University, you are the message the world is waiting for!

Our History

In just over 60 years, Franciscan University of Steubenville has emerged as a leader in academically excellent and passionately Catholic education. By integrating faith and reason in the pursuit of truth and right living, the University has grown from a small facility serving local veterans of World War II to a beautiful hillside campus and an educational institution recognized nationally and internationally for its programs, faculty, and graduates. Learn more >>

Academically Excellent

For nine years in a row, U.S. News & World Report’s guidebook on “America’s Best Colleges” has ranked Franciscan University of Steubenville in the elite “top tier” of Midwestern universities, and the academic excellence of our incoming students continues to rise. In 2009, the average ACT score of new freshman students was 26, which is 5 points higher than the national average. Their average SAT score was 1161, almost 150 points higher than the national average. For our excellent academics and conservative environment, Young America’s Foundation rates Franciscan one of the top 10 conservative colleges in the nation. And The Templeton Honor Roll for Education in a Free Society considers Franciscan one of the 13 colleges that are “best in liberal arts education.”  Learn more>> 

Passionately Catholic

One of 21 “faithfully Catholic universities” cited by the Cardinal Newman Society,

Franciscan University follows the example of St. Francis of Assisi in finding its identity at the heart of the Catholic Church. We embrace the teachings of Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and the Magisterium with a spirit of Christian humanism that relates all learning to Jesus Christ. At Franciscan University, you’ll grow in mind, body, and spirit through the integration of faith and reason. Learn more>>

Caring Scholars, Professional Leaders

With a student/faculty ratio of 15 to 1, Franciscan’s faculty members know you by name and care about your success. Nearly three out of four professors hold the highest degrees in their fields, and our faculty includes four Fulbright Scholars, who teach around the world and return to share their wisdom with you. From the classroom to the laboratory and beyond, Franciscan faculty members lead their professions, challenge you in the pursuit of truth, and guide you to success.  Learn more>>

Why Franciscan? Get the Facts

Our 42 undergraduate majors and 32 minors, as well as seven graduate programs, offer a variety of academic challenges within the spirit of Christian humanism that educates you as a whole person. Inside and outside the classroom, you’ll experience the joy-filled Franciscan spirituality that enables you to answer the call of the Holy Father to evangelize the culture through volunteer work, mission trips, and community service. Our dynamic campus life, where unique faith “households” create a family away from home and lifelong connections, encourages your participation in everything from intramural sports and NCAA Division III athletics to Chapel Ministries, student government, clubs, and organizations for faith, fun, and friendship.  Learn more>>  

Schedule a Visit

Visit our beautiful campus on the hill in Steubenville and experience our dynamic and transformative community for yourself. Why wait? Contact Franciscan today!

Admissions Office
1235 University Boulevard
Steubenville, Ohio 43952
800-783-6220 toll-free
740-283-6226 voice
740-284-5456 fax
admissions@franciscan.edu
www.franciscan.edu

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Fast Facts

  • Franciscan student/faculty ratio = 15:1
  • Nearly 75 percent of faculty hold the highest degree in their field.
  • Designated in the top 10 percent for graduation and retention rates by U.S. News & World Report.

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