Lourdes University

Sylvania, OH

Lourdes University

Sylvania, OH

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The Spirit of You

Rooted in Catholic and Franciscan traditions, Lourdes University provides a values-centered education that enriches lives and advances academic excellence through the integration of the liberal arts and professional studies. For several decades, Lourdes University has delivered an exceptional liberal arts education—one focused on student success. Lourdes graduates are the preferred candidates of employers. Each year, 99% of graduates secure employment or gain acceptance to graduate school.

Lourdes offers academic programs that are innovative and responsive to the needs of the workforce. The iWolf program provides a more technology-rich environment to increase student learning and engagement, offer 24/7 access to academic materials, and decrease student costs. Students benefit from quality academic programs and personalized attention.

Lourdes also offers a wide variety of community outreach programs. The Center for Science Education and the Environment is a great resource for educators seeking professional development opportunities. The center’s hands-on educational programming benefits youth of all ages. The Appold Planetarium, the Koester Greenhouse, and the Lifelong Learning Program offer events for all ages.

Lourdes University is on 127 acres of woodlands in Sylvania, Ohio, 10 miles west of Toledo in Lucas County. The California mission-style architecture reflects the rich history and heritage of the University. This peaceful atmosphere provides the environment for a vibrant, values-centered institution of higher education.

Founded by the Sisters of St. Francis, Lourdes is grounded in its Franciscan values. We are a community of learning, reverence, and service. To be truly appreciated, Lourdes’ strengths must be experienced. The beauty of the grounds, the grandeur of the buildings, and the spirit of the campus draw people back again and again, whether as a student, alumnus, visitor, or friend.



Named a “Best in the Midwest College” | The Princeton Review, 2005–2021


Named a Military-Friendly”University | Victory Media, 2009–2021


Champions of Character Bronze Star Institution, 2013–2014, 2015–2016


Champions of Character Five-Star Institution, 2016–2017


NAIA Gold Level 5-Star Institution, 2018–2020

University Mission

Lourdes University is first and foremost a community because community is fundamental to the Franciscan tradition. As a Franciscan institution, we acknowledge and celebrate our relationship to God, to self, to others, and to all of creation. The mission of Lourdes University is carried out in the context of a community that begins on the Lourdes campus among students, faculty, and staff and flows outward to embrace the religious and civic communities with whom we engage. As a community, we are called to grow, be hospitable and inclusive, and be peacemakers and justice seekers.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “I chose to study Business Administration at Lourdes University because it allowed me to gain the resources and skills necessary to succeed in the business world. Lourdes creates an environment where students can reach out to their instructors in a personal way.”

    • Nicolás Canalle
  • “Lourdes has always been my top choice due to its reputation as an amazing private university and the one-on-one attention. My education at Lourdes went beyond the classroom and is instrumental to my current job and motivation to serve others.”

    • Noelle Roth
  • “Lourdes University is a great place for students to thrive off small class sizes and individualized attention from professors. The small-scale community is such a massive support system.”

    • Amanda Vargas
  • “Lourdes has given me the opportunities to discover myself and learn what it means to be part of a community.”

    • Chelsea Klotz