About Franciscan University of Steubenville
Franciscan University embraces the rigorous academic demands of the Catholic intellectual tradition, “consecrating itself without reserve to the cause of truth," (Ex corde Ecclesiae). Our professors encourage and expect the highest academic achievement in every discipline, seeing faith and reason as allies, not enemies. Truth from any source is from the Holy Spirit, St. Thomas Aquinas tells us, so our faculty boldly pursue every truth, guiding and encouraging our students along that ennobling path.
Since 1998, U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” guidebook has ranked Franciscan University of Steubenville in the elite “top tier” of Midwestern universities, and the academic excellence of our incoming students continues to rise. In 2014, the average ACT score of new freshman students was 25, which is 5 points higher than the national average. Their average SAT score was 1165, more than 150 points higher than the national average.
For our excellent academics and conservative environment, Young America’s Foundation rates Franciscan one of the top 10 conservative colleges in the nation. In July 2014, FORBES Magazine named Franciscan University to its 2014 list of America’s Top Colleges, which put Franciscan in the top 8 percent of the 4,500-plus colleges in the United States. Since 2011, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has ranked Franciscan in the top 100 four-year private institutions that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost. And The Templeton Honor Roll for Education in a Free Society considers Franciscan one of the 13 colleges that are “best in liberal arts education.”