Franciscan Ranked in Top 20 by U.S. News & World Report | Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Franciscan University Ranked in Top 20 of Regional Universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report

    This is the highest Franciscan has ever been in this ranking, and it comes as more and more organizations are recognizing Franciscan's excellence.

    September 13, 2017

    STEUBENVILLE, OHIO—Franciscan University of Steubenville ranked 19th out of 165 Regional Universities in the Midwest in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2018 guidebook—its highest ranking ever. 

    The U.S. News & World Report guidebook has listed Franciscan University in the top-tier of  Regional Universities in the Midwest every year since 1998. The ranking factors 12 indicators of college success, including first-year retention rates, graduation rates, and strength of the faculty.

    “The top-tier ranking from U.S. News & World Report, coupled with high rankings earlier this year by other national organizations, demonstrates the effectiveness of a mission that combines academic excellence in a passionately Catholic environment. Our move up into the top 20 is the result of our dedication to ongoing institutional renewal in service to the Catholic Church,” said Father Sean O. Sheridan, TOR, president of Franciscan University of Steubenville.

    In August, Franciscan University was included in the Forbes list of America’s 650 Top Colleges, ranking in the top 10 percent of all degree-granting institutions. Forbes used outcome-based criteria that included academic success, high graduation rate, and post-graduate success. 

    In July, Franciscan was cited in Money Magazine’s “Best Colleges for Your Money 2017.”

    In April, Franciscan University was among only 18 colleges to be included in the Cardinal Newman Society’s Guide to Choosing a Catholic College 2017-18. Newman schools demonstrate strong Catholic identity in academic quality, faculty, theology, core curriculum, campus ministry, and other areas.

    Franciscan University is also ranked in the top 50 of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s  list of the Top 300 Best College Values of 2017.

    Located in southeastern Ohio, Franciscan University of Steubenville offers an academically excellent education rooted in passionate Catholicism for 2,500 students who choose from more than 40 undergraduate and 8 graduate programs, both on campus and online. To find out more, contact the Admissions Office at 800-783-6220 or

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Steubenville, Ohio 43952

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