Franciscan University of Steubenville is no ordinary university, and a Franciscan education is no ordinary education. 


Academic Programs 

Bachelor’s Degrees
• Accounting
• Anthropology
• Art
• Biology
• British and American Literature
• Business
• Catechetics
• Chemistry
• Classics
• Communication Arts
• Computer Information Science
• Computer Science
• Digital Broadcasting and Production
• Economics
• Education
• Engineering
• English
• Finance
• French
• German
• History
• Humanities and Catholic Culture
• International Business
• Journalism
• Law School Preparation
• Management
• Marketing
• Mathematical Science
• Multimedia
• Music (Sacred Music)
• Nursing
• Pharmacy
• Philosophy
• Political Science
• Psychology-Clinical
• Psychology-Experimental
• Social Work
• Sociology
• Spanish
• Theatre
• Theology
• Western and World Literature
• Writing

Minor Programs
• Exercise Science
• Film Studies
• Franciscan Studies
• Greek
• Human Life Studies
• Latin, Classical
• Latin, Ecclesiastical
• Legal Studies

Pre-professional Programs
• Pre-dentistry
• Pre-engineering
• Pre-med
• Pre-law
• Pre-optometry
• Pre-pharmacy
• Pre-physical Therapy
• Pre-physician’s Assistant
• Pre-veterinary

Special Programs
• MBA 4+1: Five-year program for entering freshmen
• Priestly Discernment Program: Preparation for the seminary

Associate Degrees
• Accounting
• Business Administration
• Child Development
• General Studies
• Theology

Honors Program
Based on the close reading and vigorous discussion of a Great Books curriculum, Franciscan’s Honors Program challenges students to analyze complex issues and develop insight into the human experience.

Graduate Degrees
• Master of Arts in Catechetics and Evangelization
• Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
• Master of Arts in Philosophy
• Master of Arts in Theology and Christian Ministry
• Master of Science in Education
• Master of Science in Educational Administration
• Master of Science in Nursing

Rather, it’s an education that challenges you intellectually, forms you professionally, and strengthens you spiritually.

Founded in 1946 by Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular, Franciscan University integrates strong academic programs with a lively faith environment. The result? An extraordinary education that draws more than 2,400 students from all 50 states and 12 foreign countries.

Academic excellence
At Franciscan, you choose from more than 70 programs, including 41 undergraduate and eight graduate programs, with Theology, Nursing, Psychology, Education, Biology, Philosophy, Communication Arts, and Business among the most popular majors.

You are taught by world-class scholars, including four winners of the prestigious Fulbright Grant. Your professors integrate faith and reason in the classroom and prepare you well for the next phase of your life. More than 90% of Franciscan graduates successfully enter employment, further education, the priesthood, or religious life within one year of graduation.

Franciscan University’s liberal arts core curriculum is based on the Western intellectual tradition, the Franciscan educational heritage, and the University’s Catholic mission. The core equips you for the tasks of faithful citizenship for fruitful and effective engagement in the public square.

Franciscan’s science programs provide plenty of opportunities for hands-on research and internships in regenerative medicine, marine biology, rare diseases, and other research that gives you a distinct advantage when applying to grad schools or starting your career.

Many other majors provide internships and opportunities to put what you learn in the classroom into practice.

Passionately Catholic life
Confession, daily Mass, round-the-clock eucharistic adoration, local volunteer service work, pro-life outreaches, and praise and worship are a few ways students seek ongoing personal conversion in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Over 450 students participate in 23 spring break and other mission trips, traveling to nine countries and numerous cities across the US, bringing the light of Christ to homeless shelters, orphanages, and remote jungle villages.

Faith households—small groups of male or female students—provide you with positive peer support and a family-like atmosphere. Very Catholic and joyfully Franciscan, each household has its own patron saint or spiritual devotion and guidance from a faculty, staff, or alumni advisor.

You don’t have to join a household, but more than 900 students do each year. Alumni say it’s a great way to make friends for life and go deeper in the faith. 

Franciscan offers NCAA Division III sports and a popular intramural athletics program. Franciscan currently fields seven men’s intercollegiate teams and nine women’s intercollegiate teams—with baseball and women’s golf coming soon—that provide a virtue-driven, faith-based approach to athletics that transforms lives on and off the field.

European adventure
Franciscan University’s exciting study abroad program based in Gaming, Austria, brings more than 175 students to study and live in a restored medieval monastery in the foothills of the Austrian Alps each semester. From there, you can travel to Rome, Assisi, Paris, Geneva, Lourdes, Munich—any of the historic sites and Catholic shrines of Europe.

Set the world ablaze!
Franciscan University’s mission is to educate, evangelize, and send forth joyful disciples of Jesus Christ to be a transforming presence in the Church and the world. Are you ready to join us?

Schedule your visit
Words and pictures alone can’t convey the life-changing experience of a Franciscan University of Steubenville education. To schedule a visit, including an overnight stay in a residence hall, contact Admissions at 1-800-783-6220 or