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    • Franciscan University of Steubenville placed in the elite top tier of U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best College Rankings, Midwest Universities. Included in this prestigious list since 1998, Franciscan was ranked 17th overall this year, placing it in the top 20 for the second year in a row. Franciscan ranked among the top five universities for graduation and retention rates—the guide’s most heavily factored indicators of academic success.

      STEUBENVILLE, OHIO—Five members of the Franciscan Friars, TOR, Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, will be ordained deacons—their final step before the priesthood—on September 14 at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

      The Diaconate Ordination Mass will begin at 10:00 a.m. in Finnegan Fieldhouse on the Franciscan campus, followed by a reception in the J.C. Williams Center. The public is invited to both events. Tickets are not required.

      The main celebrant and homilist will be Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton of the Diocese of Steubenville.

      The business programs at Franciscan University of Steubenville were recently granted accreditation by the Board of Commissioners of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).  It is the first time these programs have earned this distinction from the IACBE.
    • September
      September 27, 2019 | 3:00 p.m.

      The Gentile Gallery

      Dr. Daniel Kuebler, Dr. Michael Sirilla, and Dr. Paul Symington will speak as part of a discussion panel on entitled "Transhumanism" as part of the Friday Academic Lecture Series. The speech is sponsored by the School of Natural and Applied Sciences and the Disciplinary Intersection Lecture Series

      Father Dave Pivonka, TOR, was elected president of Franciscan University of Steubenville on May 21, 2019. The first Franciscan University alumnus to assume the school’s top pastoral leadership role. He will be officially inaugurated on the Solemnity of Our Holy Father St. Francis of Assisi, during our homecoming festivities. 

      October 11, 2019 | 3:00 p.m.

      The Gentile Gallery

      Dr. Patrick Lee will speak on "Man and Woman: No Big Deal or Vive la Différence?" as part of the Friday Academic Lecture Series. The speech is co-sponsored by the Catholic Social Workers’ National Association and the Department of Counseling and Social Work in partnership with the School of Professional Programs

  • 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!

  • An Extraordinary Education

    Franciscan University is no ordinary university, and the education you’ll receive here is no ordinary education. 

    At Franciscan, we know that God wants you to grow in wisdom and understanding, discovering more about who he is, who you are, and how you’re called to live. We also know that God has called you to serve him in this world in some particular way—as a scientist, economist, teacher, or social worker—and you need to acquire the skills necessary for answering that call. 

    A Franciscan University education will help you achieve both.

    Our strong core curriculum for undergraduates will root you in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, providing you with a solid liberal arts education and helping you discover the truth about God, man, and the created world. 

    At the same time, our broad range of majors and specialized programs will allow you to pursue almost any field of study, from chemistry and nursing to psychology, political science, sacred music, engineering, and many, many more. 

    With a student/faculty ratio of 15:1, you’ll study under world-class scholars who know you by name and care about your success, both as a student and as a person. You’ll also work closely with a faculty advisor who can help you make informed decisions about the courses you take at Franciscan, as well as internships, professional development opportunities, and graduate studies. One of Franciscan’s greatest strengths is the sense of Catholic community it fosters, and that hold true inside Franciscan’s classrooms as much as it does in any other area of University life.

    At Franciscan University, faith and reason, knowledge and experience, past and present all meet, giving rise to an education that is as intellectually challenging and spiritually enriching as it is professionally formative. This type of education will stay with you always, transforming every aspect of your life—how you work, how you play, how you pray, and how you love. 

    To learn more about Franciscan University’s majors and programs, reach out to one of our admissions counselors, or visit our beautiful hilltop campus in Steubenville, Ohio, and discover the Franciscan difference for yourself. 


  • Faith transforms. It heals wounds, and it heals cultures. Faith gives life, joy, strength, peace, compassion, and courage. Faith makes all things new.

    This is why putting faith into action is the great task of every Christian’s life. It’s how we show our love for Christ. It’s how we thank him, praise him, glorify him, and honor him. It’s how, with the help of grace, we become saints.

    This is also why, at Franciscan University, we don’t just teach the Faith in our classrooms. Rather we strive to live it everyday, in a thousand little ways.

    That holds true on campus, where the Faith comes alive in our chapel, bonds men and women together as brothers and sisters in faith households, and informs the cutting edge research that takes place in the laboratories of the Franciscan Institute for World Health and the Franciscan Institute for Science and Health.

    Franciscan University’s desire to translate our Catholic Faith into action also propels both students and faculty off-campus to serve the poor at home and abroad through Missions of Peace and Works of Mercy.

    Our faith likewise calls us into the public square to engage in the most pressing debates of the day through the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life.

    And it charges us to use all the tools of modern communication—from television shows (Franciscan University Presents), magazines (Franciscan Way), and scholarly journals (The Catechetical Review) to Facebook and our online media portal FaithandReason.com —to bring the Good News to the highways and byways of the culture.

    Through conferences, pilgrimages, media, social outreach, and cultural engagement, Franciscan University strives to leave no corner of the culture untouched by the love of Christ. During their time here, our students partner with us in that mission, and when they leave Franciscan University, they continue to make it their own, putting their faith into action wherever Christ calls them. 

    That’s the Franciscan legacy: a lived faith, a shared faith, a faith alive.


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1235 University Boulevard

Steubenville, Ohio 43952

(740) 283-3771


Franciscan University of Steubenville is no ordinary university, and a Franciscan education is no ordinary education. Rather, it's an education as rigorous and demanding as it is faithful--an education that challenges you intellectually, forms you professionally, and feeds you spiritually.


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