Ever mindful of the spirit of St. Francis, Franciscan University of Steubenville takes to heart the divine voice that directed Francis to “rebuild my Church.” Toward that end, Franciscan University, founded in 1946 by Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular, integrates strong academic programs with a lively faith environment. This attractive combination draws over 2,400 students from all 50 states and 12 foreign countries.
Students choose from 39 undergraduate and 8 graduate degree programs. Theology, catechetics, nursing, education, and business administration are among the most popular majors in the curriculum. Its growing science programs are housed in a modern 43,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art science facility.
Those who love travel love Franciscan University’s study abroad program in Gaming, Austria, where students study and live in a restored medieval monastery in the foothills of the Austrian Alps. Both in Austria and Steubenville, faith households—small groups of male or female students—provide positive peer support and a family-like atmosphere.
Confession, daily Mass, round-the-clock eucharistic adoration, and Festivals of Praise are a few ways students seek ongoing personal conversion in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Other exciting opportunities include a Great Books Honors Program, NCAA Division III sports and an intensely competitive intramural athletics program, active Works of Mercy and Missions of Peace programs, and the country’s only Human Life Studies Minor.
Franciscan’s goal is to educate, evangelize, and send forth joyful disciples to restore all things in Christ. Its success in this has led to national recognition from sources including U.S. News & World Report’s list of America’s Best Colleges, Kiplinger Personal Finance Magazine’s “best values” in private higher education, FORBES’ list of America’s Top Colleges, and The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College, which characterized Franciscan as “joyfully Catholic.”
Franciscan University is Academically Excellent, Passionately Catholic.