Franciscan University of Steubenville

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1235 University Boulevard

Steubenville, OH 43952-1763

Phone: (740) 283-3771
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U.S. News Rankings

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#28 Overall Score: 61 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Franciscan University of Steubenville is a private institution that was founded in 1946. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,097, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 249 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Franciscan University of Steubenville's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 28. Its tuition and fees are $23,160 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

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.
Founded in 1946 by Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular, Franciscan University integrates strong academic programs with a lively faith environment. The result? An extraordinary education that draws more than 2,400 students from all 50 states and 15 foreign countries.
As part of our ongoing commitment to academic excellence, Franciscan University adopted a new liberal arts core curriculum based on the Western intellectual tradition, the Franciscan educational heritage, and the University's Catholic mission. The new core equips you to better engage in the issues that weigh upon our world today, preparing your head and your heart for the tasks of faithful citizenship--for fruitful and effective engagement in the public square.
At Franciscan University, you choose from more than 40 undergraduate and 7 graduate degree programs with theology, catechetics, nursing, education, and business administration among the most popular majors. You are taught by first-class teachers and world-class scholars including four winners of the prestigious Fulbright Grant. Your professors are dedicated to integrating faith and reason in the classroom and preparing you well for the next phase of your life. Indeed, more than 90 percent of Franciscan graduates successfully enter employment, further education, the priesthood, or religious life within one year of graduation.
A new engineering dual degree program recently joined Franciscan's outstanding science programs, housed in a modern 43,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art science facility. Students lay the foundation for future success in Franciscan University's excellent, faith-filled Catholic learning community, earning either an associate degree, a BA, or a BS, and then finish at one of our engineering partner schools: the University of Notre Dame, Gannon University, or the University of Dayton.
Franciscan University's exciting study abroad program in Gaming, Austria, brings more than 150 students each semester to study and live in a restored medieval monastery in the foothills of the Austrian Alps. From there, you can travel to Rome, Assisi, Paris, Geneva, Lourdes, Munich--any of the historic sites and Catholic shrines of Europe.
Faith households--small groups of male or female students--provide you with positive peer support and a family-like atmosphere. Very Catholic and joyfully Franciscan, each household has its own patron saint or spiritual devotion and guidance from a faculty, staff, or alumni advisor.
Confession, daily Mass, round-the-clock eucharistic adoration, Works of Mercy, pro-life outreaches, and Festivals of Praise are a few other ways students seek ongoing personal conversion in the power of the Holy Spirit. Over 300 students participated in Spring Break missions, traveling to five countries and seven U.S. cities, bringing the light of Christ to homeless shelters, orphanages, and remote jungle villages.
Franciscan offers NCAA Division III sports and an intensely competitive intramural athletics program. Franciscan fields seven men's intercollegiate teams--Basketball, Soccer, Lacrosse, Rugby, Track & Field, Tennis, and Cross Country--and nine women's intercollegiate teams--Basketball, Soccer, Lacrosse, Softball, Track & Field, Tennis, Cross Country, Swimming & Diving, and Volleyball.
Franciscan University is Academically Excellent and Passionately Catholic.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1946
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $39,485,781


When applying to Franciscan University of Steubenville, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 1. The application fee at Franciscan University of Steubenville is $20. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 76.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 76.1%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by May 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Franciscan University of Steubenville is 15:1, and the school has 47.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Franciscan University of Steubenville include: Theology/Theological Studies; Business Administration and Management, General; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Elementary Education and Teaching; and Philosophy. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 85.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 15:1
4-year graduation rate 70%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Theology/Theological Studies 31%
Business Administration and Management, General 10%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 10%
Elementary Education and Teaching 9%
Philosophy 6%

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Student Life

Franciscan University of Steubenville has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,097, with a gender distribution of 38.8 percent male students and 61.2 percent female students. At this school, 75 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 25 percent of students live off campus. Franciscan University of Steubenville is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,735
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Franciscan University of Steubenville offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring and health service. Franciscan University of Steubenville also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Franciscan University of Steubenville, 50 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Students who have cars on campus 50%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Franciscan University of Steubenville, 68 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $9,161.

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Tuition and fees $23,160 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,700 (2013-14)
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