Franciscan University of Steubenville

A Catholic university providing undergraduate and graduate degrees in a vibrantly Catholic environment, guided by the example and teaching of St. Francis of Assisi.

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1235 University Blvd.
Steubenville, OH 43952
(740) 283-3771

Enrollment: 2,243, or 3,039 including online enrollment

Franciscan University of Steubenville Website

The Institution:

  • President’s Oath
  • Catholic Board
  • Catholic Faculty
  • Mandatum Required
  • Theologians’ Oath

Campus Culture:

  • Mass and Confession
  • Speakers Vetted
  • Unobjectionable Clubs
  • No Coed Dorms
  • Health Services Okay

School’s Comments:

Oath, Board and Faculty: The president and all members of the board of trustees of Franciscan University of Steubenville make a public “Profession of Faith” and take the “Oath of Fidelity” expressing their adherence to the teaching authority of the Catholic Church. In addition to the theology faculty and pastoral ministry personnel, who are required to do so, philosophy, education and sacred music faculty take the “Oath of Fidelity” and make a public “Profession of Faith.” 

Institution: Franciscan University of Steubenville offers an academically excellent education rooted in passionately Catholic faith formation and the search for truth. Students are not only educated but evangelized and then sent forth as joyful, Spirit-filled disciples of Jesus Christ ready to respond to God’s unique personal call on their lives and meet the challenges of a secular world. Ninety-seven percent of students are Catholic, as are 94% of faculty. 

Students are prepared for a wide range of careers and vocations through more than 80 programs of study, including the newest majors in biochemistry, criminal justice, engineering, human development and family studies, master of Catholic leadership and music ministry (minor).

Special programs include a study-abroad semester in a restored 14th-century Carthusian monastery in Austria, a priestly discernment program, science internships, Great Books Honors Program, and mission trips across the U.S. and five countries.

The Collegium

The Collegium is an independent institution of higher learning that pledges full fidelity to the unchanging Magisterium of the Catholic Church. Faculty and staff are practicing Catholics who are fully supportive of the Collegium’s mission and have signed the Oath Against Modernism.

Holy Spirit College

Holy Spirit seeks to educate and to form students who, as leaders in professional and civic life, will live by the highest intellectual and ethical standards. In service of this goal, Holy Spirit endeavors to create an environment in which integrated learning is a shared responsibility. Shared responsibility for the life and governance of the College should lead all its members to make the best of their own talents, to work together, to be sensitive to one another, to serve others, and to seek justice within and beyond the Holy Spirit community.