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Franciscan University of Steubenville

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About Franciscan University of Steubenville

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.

Since 1998, U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” guidebook 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 2014, the average ACT score of new freshman students was 25, which is 5 points higher than the national average. Their average SAT score was 1165, more than 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. In July 2014, FORBES Magazine named Franciscan University to its 2014 list of America’s Top Colleges, which put Franciscan in the top 8 percent of the 4,500-plus colleges in the United States. Since 2011, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has ranked Franciscan in the top 100 four-year private institutions that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost. 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.”

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Franciscan University remains one of the most respected Catholic universities in the United States. Since 2001, U.S. News & World Report’s guidebook on “America’s Best Colleges” has ranked Franciscan University in the elite “top tier” of Midwestern universities. In addition to a high overall ranking, Franciscan University is ranked among the top 10 Midwest universities for Overall Graduation Rate and Freshman Retention Rate, indicating a strong university community that welcomes and encourages the success of its students. Also notable is that U.S. News & World Report ranks Franciscan University in the top four percent of all U.S. universities for its study abroad program in Gaming, Austria, which draws over 150 students each semester, with additional study abroad opportunities in Avila, Spain, and Oxford, England. Franciscan has also achieved national recognition from the Cardinal Newman Society, which includes Franciscan University in each edition of its select guide to “faithfully Catholic” universities. Since 2011, Kiplinger Personal Finance Magazine has included Franciscan University of Steubenville as one of its “best values” in private higher education, ranking it 55th among the top 100 private universities in the nation for providing quality academics at a reasonable cost.

Franciscan has also achieved national recognition from Young America’s Foundation, which rates Franciscan as one of the top 15 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.” Five Franciscan faculty have received prestigious Fulbright Scholarships to conduct research or teach overseas; three recent Franciscan alumni have also won Fulbright grants.

Franciscan University of Steubenville is a private and coeducational Catholic university located in Steubenville, Ohio, 40 miles (64 km) west of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Franciscan University of Steubenville requires that all full-time students who are candidates for an undergraduate degree must live in University housing while enrolled at Franciscan University of Steubenville unless they meet one or more of the following conditions:

  1. They reside with a parent or guardian in the immediate area
  2. They are at least age 21 prior to September 15 of a given academic year and have more than 88 credits
  3. They have reached age 22 prior to September 15 of a given academic year


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 3 Applied, Pure Sciences 1 Business, Management 3 Computer Science, IT 2 Mass Communication & Media 1


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