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Franciscan University of Steubenville


Franciscan University was born on December 10, 1946, a product of the optimism in the country that accompanied victory in World War II. Indeed, most members of the first class were veterans of the war and were making use of the GI Bill to pay for their education.


Franciscan offers a dynamic Catholic curriculum integrating faith and reason, in an environment in which students, faculty, and staff seek ongoing personal conversion in the power of the Holy Spirit.


At Franciscan, research is not just reserved for a select few. Nearly 70 percent of Franciscan undergraduate science students participate in scientific research—an essential prerequisite for getting into and excelling in graduate school, medical school, and the scientific workforce.

Student services

Student Academic Support Services (SASS) exists to address the individual academic needs of students and cultivate a community-wide attitude of welcome and inclusiveness for students with disabilities. It strives to develop the God-given strengths of each student and provides services both for students needing academic enrichment and for those dealing with learning, physical, or mental health challenges.

Housing services

Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, visiting a friend in Steubenville or visiting Franciscan University, you’re invited to experience true Franciscan hospitality at the Inn at Franciscan Square.

Nestled against the Ohio River’s soaring bluffs, the newly built Inn at Franciscan Square is situated immediately off U.S. Route 22 and just steps away from Franciscan University’s tranquil, tree-lined campus.

Library services

The St. John Paul II Library is a member of OPAL (Ohio Private Academic Libraries) and OhioLINK. Through these memberships students, faculty and staff have borrowing privileges at libraries in Ohio including public and private universities/colleges and the State Library of Ohio as well as some public libraries. 

Medical services

Located on the lowermost level of Finnegan Fieldhouse, the Wellness Center is available for enrolled students. Whether you have a health concern or questions regarding your health, you are encouraged to drop by or call for an appointment. 

To serve your needs, we have two branches at the Wellness Center. #

Campus life

Living on campus at Franciscan allows you to immerse yourself in a unique, vibrant Catholic community like no other. You will be supported and challenge to strive for Christian maturity. Every aspect of our life together is guided by the Law of Love.

Sports facilities

The Finnegan Fieldhouse is home to the Franciscan varsity men's and women's basketball teams and the women's volleyball team. The recently renovated fieldhouse features a state-of-the-art weight room, a large aerobics room, two varsity locker rooms, and a flexibility and training room.

The court inside Finnegan Fieldhouse is named for the late Henry "Hank" Kuzma, former Baron basketball coach and administrator. 

Student clubs

A vital part of any learning experience is the practical application of classroom theory. There are a wide variety of student-led clubs available at Franciscan University. Participating in a club can yield many tools beneficial to leadership development as well as professional and personal success.

The American Red Cross Club is a student organization that seeks to promote the work of the American Red Cross and provide opportunities for students to serve locally and nationally in the mission of the Red Cross. Opportunities for service include: disaster relief services, safety services (First Aid, CPR, etc.), service to the armed forces members and their families, and blood donations.

Following an extensive preparation effort, Franciscan University of Steubenville has been formally reaffirmed as an institution of higher learning by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Steubenville, Ohio, United States

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