Franciscan University of Steubenville

1235 University Blvd, Steubenville, OH 43952-1763

School Details

Franciscan University of Steubenville is a private not-for-profit, four-year institution of higher education, located in the city of Steubenville, Ohio.

The University was founded in 1946 by the Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular. Franciscan University of Steubenville is religiously affiliated with the Catholic Church. This University has small class sizes with a student/faculty ratio of 15:1 allowing students to build strong relationships with both their professors and their advisors. Franciscan is accredited through five agencies: The Council on Social Work Education and Accreditation, Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges, National League for Nursing, Ohio State Board of Nursing Education and Nurse Registration, and Ohio State Department of Education.

Franciscan offers 42 undergraduate majors and 32 minors. Additionally, there are seven graduate programs. The M.A. Graduate Theology program is offered as a distance learning program. This is helpful for those who are interested in the program but who are unable to come to the campus in Ohio. Classes are pre-recorded and students have access to them online. For this Distance Learning program, Franciscan employs a continuous enrollment policy which means that students can start their courses at any time. Students then have six months to complete their courses.

There are various extracurricular activities for students to participate in. Students can volunteer, go on missions trips, or do community service with the school. Students have the opportunity to study abroad in Austria, England, or Spain. In addition, students who wish to create their own study abroad experience in a different country have the opportunity to do so. Students can get involved with athletics by becoming part of Franciscan’s NCAA Division III teams or intramural sports. Chapel Ministries exist for students to expand on their appreciation for the Catholic faith. Various clubs and organization exist on campus including Student Government, Fine Arts Society, various associations or academic organizations, the school newspaper, and more. Students can also get involved with the Center for Leadership where they will gain real world experience, study, and gain mentoring relationships.

Individuals who wish to visit Franciscan have the unique opportunity to not only see the campus but also sit in on classes, meet with faculty and admissions counselors, and experience student life. There is also the opportunity to stay overnight with a current student. Admissions requirements to Franciscan differ depending on the status of the student however all students must hold a High School Diploma or equivalent from an accredited institution. In order to apply for an undergraduate program, students must complete the following steps:

  • Complete an application for admission including the $20 application fee for paper applications
  • Send an official copy of high school transcripts to the admissions office
  • Request that SAT or ACT scores be sent to the admissions office
  • Transfers must submit official transcripts from every institution they have been enrolled in

Students who wish to apply for a graduate program must submit letters of recommendation instead of SAT or ACT scores.

Students who wish to receive financial aid must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Aid is awarded on a first come first serve basis to students based on need and eligibility. Over 80% of students do receive some form of financial aid. In addition, there are scholarships and grants available. Grants are need-based and are dependent on many factors including course load, housing status, academic standing, and financial need. Scholarships are merit-based awards. No application is required. Instead, scholarships are granted to students upon acceptance to The University. Students who are located in the Ohio Valley may be eligible for a Commuter Grant Program. Students located in the Ohio and West Virginia counties that surround Steubenville who apply for this program may get as much as 50% of their program covered. Students have the opportunity to live on or off campus. 


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Roman Catholic

  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Post-master's certificate
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