Franciscan University of Steubenville

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Steubenville OH 43952 

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Franciscan University of Steubenville

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Franciscan University of Steubenville
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Motto Fortitudo et Prudentia
Established 1946
Type Private
Religious affiliation Third Order Regular of St. Francis of Penance (Catholic Church)
Endowment $27.9 million[1]
President Rev. (Fr.) Sean Sheridan, J.C.D., J.D., M.Div., B.Pharm.T.O.R.
Academic staff 224
Undergraduates 2,088
Postgraduates 653
Location Steubenville, Ohio, USA
Campus Suburban
Colors Green and Gold          
Athletics NCAA Division III
Nickname Barons
Mascot Baron von Steuben

Franciscan University of Steubenville is a Catholic institution located in Steubenville, Ohio, 37.4 miles (60.2 km) 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, T.O.R., 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 "University of Steubenville," and finally to "Franciscan University of Steubenville."[5]


The school offers 41 undergraduate majors (seven pre-professional programs), 34 minors, 6 special minor programs (not available as majors), and seven graduate degree programs.[6] The University maintains a 15:1 student-faculty ratio.[7]

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, catechists (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, music (sacred music), philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, Spanish, and theology.

Bachelor of Science degrees are awarded in accounting, anthropology, biology, chemistry, international business, economics, finance, management, marketing, computer information science, computer science, education (with 14 different licensure programs), mathematical science, mental health and human services, nursing, and social work.

Special programs

The Army ROTC program was approved in 2010 and currently has 13 cadets. Air Force ROTC classes are offered through the University of Pittsburgh.

The University offers the following pre-professional programs: dentistry, law, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, 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.[8]

The Priestly Discernment Program offers human, academic, spiritual, pastoral and fraternal formation for men discerning the priesthood.[9]

Graduate programs

The University offers Masters of Arts degrees in Counseling, Philosophy, Theology and Christian Ministry; Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Education; Masters of Science in Educational Administration, and Nursing. The Master of Arts in Theology and Christian Ministry is offered both on campus and through the Distance Learning Program, with most courses available via audio-taped lectures.[citation needed]

In Fall 2011, the University began to offer an on-line MS in Education through a new on-line educational system. In January 2012, an online MBA in Business Ethics and Law and an online MBA in Managerial Accounting were made available. The university is planning to have all MBA-related classes available by the end of the 2012-2013 academic year.[10][citation needed]

Austrian program

Since 1991, up to 180 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 Gaming Charterhouse,[11] in the foothills of the Austrian Alps.[12]

The old monastery serves as a hotel during summer months.

The Austrian Program features a four-day class schedule, Monday through Thursday, so students may spend extended time visiting religious, cultural, and historical sites throughout Europe. The program sponsors trips throughout Europe.[13]

In 2011 Franciscan University launched a summer mini program[14] in Austria. The session lasted from May 21 to June 30, 2011.[15]

Student life

Students are encouraged to join in faith households, small groups of students whose members study, recreate, and pray with one another. Typically, these student groups are attached to a particular dormitory on campus and are centered around particular devotions or charismatic gifts. In 2011, there were 43 active households.[citation needed]

There is one nationally recognized fraternity, though not recognized by the school, Alpha Phi Delta.[citation needed] There is one nationally recognized sorority active on campus, Theta Phi Alpha. It is a historically Catholic Fraternity.[16]

The campus is also known for its liturgies, retreats and spiritual talks. Hundreds of students make a weekly commitment to Eucharistic adoration, and most Masses have standing room only, even on weekdays.[17][citation needed] 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 28-member student government.[18]

Student-run clubs and academic organizations include Computer Science Club, Tennis Club, Students for Life, Francis Films, Philosophy Club, St. Jerome Debate Society, Ut Unim Sint club for ecumenism, and Biology Club.[19]



Franciscan University's athletics teams, nicknamed the Barons, compete in NCAA Division III as a member of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.[20] The men's rugby team competes in Division III with the Allegheny Rugby Union. In July 2011, Franciscan signed a three-year sponsorship agreement with Adidas.[21] The university sponsors 14 sports, six for men and eight for women:


  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Tennis. The 2012-2013 Men's Tennis team earned an entry into the NCAA DIII national tournament, becoming the first Baron team in any sport to qualify for NCAA postseason play. That team defeated Elizabethtown College in the first round before falling to #2 ranked Kenyon.
  • Track and Field



Franciscan University offers a variety of intramural sports throughout the academic year. Flag football and volleyball are held during the fall semester, and basketball and ultimate Frisbee in the spring. A co-ed Sunday futsal soccer league runs through both semesters, and there are several one-day tournaments held periodically, such as co-ed softball, sand volleyball, and 3-on-3 basketball.

The campus

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

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 Stafford Hall, a simulated clinic gives nursing students the opportunity to practice their skills. Stafford Hall also contains classrooms and offices.

Saints Cosmas and Damian Hall is the main science building. It houses biology and chemistry laboratories, classrooms, and the campus' largest lecture hall. It also serves as additional laboratory space for the Nursing Department, and contains two computer science labs with advanced software for programming.

Starvaggi Hall is the main administrative building on campus. It also houses Admissions, Financial Aid, Career Services, and the Registrar.

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 many research databases and more than 7 million books and journals.[22]

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. Assisi Heights, a small neighborhood of apartments, is also available for upperclassman and graduate student housing.

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 the golf course which borders the main campus from the city of Steubenville for future development. It is currently used by the cross country team for practice.

Christ the King Chapel is the center of the spiritual life of the campus. There are three Masses every weekday while classes are in session, four Masses on Sundays, vespers on Sunday evening, praise & worship every Tuesday, and confessions held at least four times per week. Weekday Masses are routinely standing room only, while Sunday Masses during the school year require extra chairs to be arranged in the foyer and the Eucharistic chapel.

The Portiuncula chapel, a 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 are the Tomb of the Unborn Child, which contains the remains of seven aborted fetuses, a Creche, Stations of the Cross, and Marian Grotto. In 2009 the Vatican designated the Portiuncula as 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.[23]

The J.C. Willams Center is the student center on campus. It contains a coffee shop and eatery, the campus bookstore, student mailboxes, several meeting rooms, four lecture halls, and areas for studying or socializing. It also houses the Tom and Nina Gentile Gallery, which contains numerous works of art donated to the University.

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

At the far north end of campus is the Steel Cross. This cross, made of two steel I-beams, is 35 feet tall and visible from afar.


The University is ranked in the top tier in its category (Masters Colleges in the Midwest) in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report’s list of America’s Best Colleges.[24] Young America's Foundation rates Franciscan as one of the top 10 conservative colleges in the nation, and the Cardinal Newman Society ranks it as one of the 21 top Catholic colleges and universities in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College.

Recent Franciscan University of Steubenville graduates have gained admission to such post-graduate institutions as Yale Law School, Notre Dame Law School, Boston University School of Law, UCLA Medical Center, and the Mendoza College of Business at Notre Dame. [25]


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