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Franciscan University of Steubenville
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Established 1946
Type Private/Catholic
Endowment $27.9 million[1]
President Rev. Terence Henry, T.O.R.
Staff 206
Undergraduates 2,049
Postgraduates 437
Location Steubenville, Ohio, USA
Campus Suburban
Colors Green and Gold          
Nickname Barons
Athletics NCAA Division III

Franciscan University of Steubenville is a Catholic institution located in Steubenville, Ohio, 40 miles west of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[2] The school (originally named the "College of Steubenville") was founded in 1946 by the Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular.[3] In 1974, Fr. Michael Scanlan, TOR, became president and began a series of major reforms to restore the school to its Catholic heritage.[4] In 1985, the University changed its name from "College of Steubenville" to "Franciscan University of Steubenville".[5]



The school offers five associate degree majors, thirty-five bachelor degree majors (eight preprofessional programs), and seven graduate degree programs. The University maintains a 15:1 student-faculty ratio.[6]

Students need a minimum of 124 credits for graduation. The number of electives varies with each major program. The University operates on the American semester system. Three summer sessions also are available.

Franciscan University of Steubenville participates in the Advanced Placement (AP) Program, the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) and gives credit by examination in a number of subjects.


Associate degree programs

Associate degrees are awarded in accounting, business administration, child development, general studies, and theology.

Undergraduate programs

Bachelor of Arts degrees are awarded in biology, catechetics (formerly known as religious education), chemistry, classics, communication arts (multimedia, journalism, and TV/radio), drama, economics, English (drama, British and American literature, Western and world literature, and writing), French, German, history, humanities and Catholic culture, legal studies, philosophy, political science, psychology,sacred music, sociology, Spanish, and theology.

Bachelor of Science degrees are awarded in accounting, anthropology, biology, business administration (international business, economics, finance, management, and marketing), computer information science, computer science, education (with twenty different licensure programs), mathematical science, mental health and human services, nursing, and social work.

Special programs

The University offers the following pre-professional programs: dentistry, law, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, theology, and veterinary medicine. For undergraduate business majors, a 4+1 program allows for accelerated completion of an MBA.

There is also an honors program in the Great Books of Western Civilization, offered to highly qualified undergraduate candidates.[7]

Graduate programs

In addition to its undergraduate programs, the University also offers a Master of Arts in Counseling, Master of Arts in Philosophy, Master of Arts in Theology and Christian Ministry, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Education, Master of Science in Educational Administration, and Master of Science in Nursing. The Master of Arts in Theology and Christian Ministry can be earned through the Distance Learning Program, with most courses available via audiotaped lectures.

Austrian program

Since 1991, up to 150 students per semester study at the University’s program in Gaming, Austria. The “campus” is located in a renovated fourteenth-century Carthusian monastery, known as the Kartause Maria Thron, in the foothills of the Austrian Alps.[8]

The Austrian Program features a four-day class schedule, so students may spend extended time visiting religious, cultural, and historical sites throughout Europe. The program sponsors trips throughout Europe including places such as: Vienna, Salzburg, and Munich. Along with the Poland pilgrimage, the program also includes a ten-day pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi.[9]

Student life

Students are encouraged to join in faith households, small groups of students whose members support, recreate, and pray with one another. Typically, these student groups are attached to a particular dormitory on campus.[10]

The campus is also known for its liturgies and support for retreats and spiritual talks. Hundreds make a weekly commitment to Eucharistic adoration, and most Masses have standing room only, even on weekdays.[11]

The Works of Mercy Program places students shoulder-to-shoulder with the poor and marginalized in inner city and rural communities. Over summer, winter, and spring breaks, students volunteer to help others and preach in the United States and in countries such as Ecuador, Haiti, Jamaica, and Thailand. Students join the pro-life group, Students for Life, while others sign up for evangelization and Christian outreach activities spearheaded by the Student Life Office, households, and other campus groups. There is a range of student-run academic clubs and an athletic program that offers varsity sports, intramural sports, recreational sports, and outdoor adventures.

The University’s Pre-Theologate Program is one of the few of its kind in the nation.[12]

Franciscan University of Steubenville has one of the strictest internet censorship policies of any college, restricting such common websites as and[13]

The campus

The academic buildings on campus include Egan Hall, Saints Cosmas and Damian Hall, and the Saint Joseph Center.

Egan Hall is primarily for non-science classes, with the exception of the Nursing wing. Egan Hall houses: classrooms, a theater, television and radio studios, special laboratories for the education, and psychology departments, and computer workstations on each floor. In the newly remodeled nursing wing, a simulated clinic gives nursing students the opportunity to practice their skills.

Saints Cosmas and Damian Hall is the science building on campus. It houses: High-tech classrooms, biology and chemistry laboratories, and the campus' largest lecture hall. It also serves as additional laboratory space for the Nursing Department. The hall also contains two computer science labs that have advanced software for programming.

The John Paul II Library’s collection includes more than 230,000 books and bound periodicals, and more than 390 current periodicals. The OPAL Catalog and OhioLINK Network provide access to countless Web sites and databases and more than 7 million books and journals.[14]

There are 12 residence buildings on campus: Saint Francis Hall, Trinity Hall, Marian Hall, Saint Thomas More Hall, Saint Louis Hall, Saint Elizabeth Hall, Kolbe Hall, Clare Hall, Padua Hall, Saint Bonaventure Hall, Vianney Hall, and Scotus Hall.

Franciscan University of Steubenville has two soccer fields, a rugby field, a baseball field, and a field designated primarily for intramural sports. In 2007, the university purchased a golf course (which borders the main campus) from the city of Steubenville. Although plans for the property are still unknown, it is currently used by the cross country team for practice and to host meets.

Christ the King Chapel is the center of the spiritual life of the campus. There are three Masses said every weekday while classes are in session, four Masses on Sundays, vespers on Sunday evening, Praise and Worship every Tuesday, and confession held at least four times per week. Attendance is usually high at each of these events.[citation needed]

The Portiuncula chapel, an exact replica of St. Francis' original chapel, sits on the edge of the main campus. It is home to perpetual adoration (at least two students volunteer to be present and adore The Blessed Sacrament during every hour of the week throughout the Fall and Spring semesters). Outside of this chapel is the Tomb of the Unborn Child, Creche, Stations of the Cross, and Marian Grotto. In 2009 the Vatican designated the Portiuncula a place of pilgrimage where the faithful can obtain a plenary indulgence on five certain days through the year and under certain conditions of prayer and a detachment from sin.[citation needed]

The J.C. Willams Center is the main recreational building on campus. It contains a cafe, the bookstore, student mailboxes, several meeting rooms, four lecture halls (at which guest speakers make their presentations), and areas for studying or socializing.

The Finnegan Fieldhouse is home to a basketball court, two racquetball courts, a weight room, two rooms for aerobic classes, and the campus health and counseling center.

At the far north end of campus is the "Steel Cross." This cross, made of two steel I-beams, is an image associated with the university, as it is present in advertising and visible from afar.[citation needed]


The University is ranked in the top tier in its category (Masters Colleges in the Midwest) in the 2007 U.S. News & World Report’s list of America’s Best Colleges.[15]


See also


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 16, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Google Map of Franciscan University of Steubenville". Google.,+Steubenville&sll=40.376367,-80.622354&sspn=0.003596,0.007253&ie=UTF8&t=h&om=1&z=16&ll=40.376481,-80.621667&spn=0.007192,0.014505. Retrieved 2006-11-07. 
  3. ^ "Franciscan University of Steubenville". Ohio Historical Society. Retrieved 2006-11-07. 
  4. ^ Benne, Robert (2006). Quality with Soul: How Six Premier Colleges and Universities Keep Faith with Their Religious Traditions. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. 
  5. ^ "A Brief History of Franciscan University of Steubenville". Retrieved 2006-11-07. 
  6. ^ "2006-07 Factbook: Quick Reference". Retrieved 2006-11-07. 
  7. ^ "2006–2007 Course Catalog: Honors Program". Retrieved 2006-11-07. 
  8. ^ "Gaming’s Kartause History". Retrieved 2006-11-07. 
  9. ^ "Gaming, Austria - Study Abroad Program". Retrieved 2006-11-07. 
  10. ^ "Franciscan University of Steubenville Community". Colleges of Distinction. Retrieved 2006-11-07. 
  11. ^ "Roman Catholicism: 'Hail Mary' Is More Than a Football Play". Newsweek. Retrieved 2006-11-07. 
  12. ^ "Pre-Theologate Program". Retrieved 2006-11-07. 
  13. ^ "Residence Halls Content Filtering Policy". Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  14. ^ "John Paul II Library - Franciscan University of Steubenville". Retrieved 2006-11-07. 
  15. ^ " America's Best Colleges 2007: Franciscan University of Steubenville: At a glance". U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved 2006-11-07. 
  16. ^ "Meet the Bishop", Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan, Retrieved February 16, 2010

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