Lourdes University

Sylvania, OH

Lourdes University

Sylvania, OH

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A Catholic university in the Franciscan tradition, Lourdes University proudly delivers a vibrant, diverse, student-centered education. Guided by the vision and ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio, Lourdes provides a living and learning environment based on values and focused on creating a better world.

As a university grounded in the liberal arts, with application to professional studies, Lourdes University prepares our graduates to be leaders of high integrity in their professions and communities. Lourdes alumni seek to heal those who suffer, teach those who search for knowledge, and provide innovative leadership in business and nonprofit sectors. Our alumni are global citizens working diligently to be a positive, creative force in their communities and the world.

Lourdes students appreciate the strong academic, athletic, and student life programs offered on our beautiful and safe 127-acre suburban campus. 

Academic programs and recognition
Lourdes University’s academic programs are accredited by nine national, regional, and professional associations. Students can choose from a wide range of degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Study abroad opportunities, honors, and deans scholars programs are also available.

Career success
Lourdes graduates launch their careers and many alumni choose to pursue graduate school. In fact, more than 90% of Business, Education, Nursing, and Social Work graduates who pass state-administered exams secure jobs in their profession within 12 months.

Service learning
At the heart of Lourdes University’s Franciscan tradition is a belief that learning must extend outside of the classroom into action that benefits the world. Lourdes students give back to their community by completing a minimum of 20 service learning hours through their undergraduate curriculum. As generous community stewards and global citizens, they take part in mission trips, outreach projects, and international immersions.

Become part of the Gray Wolves community
Regardless of the academic and career path you and your fellow students choose, Lourdes is dedicated to your success. As a member of the Lourdes Gray Wolves community, you will gain a new appreciation for the power you possess—the power to change your own life and to benefit your community and the world.



“Best in the Midwest College” | Princeton Review (2005-2021)


“Military-Friendly” university | Victory Media (2009-2021)


NAIA Gold Level 5-Star Institution (2019-2020, 2018-2019)

Gray Wolves Country

• 1,383 students from 31 states, Puerto Rico, and 9 countries
• Undergraduate and graduate degrees offered
• 15:1 student-faculty ratio
• One- and two-bedroom apartment-style campus housing
• $8.5 million awarded in institutional scholarships, grants, and awards each year
• 17 NAIA teams play in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference

A Values-Centered University

• Vibrant campus ministry program
• 15,300 community service hours provided by students

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