Unlike Anything Anywhere
Our Vision for Student Life

Students thrive in a one-of-a-kind, vibrantly Catholic culture where they are formed, through lives of charity and ongoing conversion, to lead and to evangelize each other and the world.

Living Your Faith

Based on the life of Christ, Student Life at Franciscan University is an integral part of how Franciscan forms you to be the child of God you were made to be.

Living on Campus

Life on Campus at Franciscan University provides your home away from home. Friends for life, activities and services that keep you on track, and so much more.

Leading and Serving

The world needs good leaders, and good leaders are good at serving others. Student Life at Franciscan University gives you opportunities to grow as a leader, and as one prepared to serve others.

Living Well

Your physical and mental wellness is an integral part of becoming whom God has called you to be. We provide dedicated professionals to help, plus opportunities to stay fit on your own or with friends.


Groups of students of the same sex who commit to help each other, hold each other accountable, pursue a common charism and prayer life.

Baron Athletics

NCAA D-III athletics mean our men's and women's teams compete against the best, while learning about virtue and team work.

The Mission of Student Life
  1. Promote the moral, spiritual, and religious values of our students and the integration of Christian faith and right reason into their daily lives.
  2. Support students in their primary academic vocation by encouraging and fostering intellectual development and progress towards their degree.
  3. Foster the development of friendships and community life as essential aspects of personal development.
  4. Develop leaders who will engage society through humble service and evangelization.
  5. Promote and support physical and mental wellness as essential components of the human person’s well-being.
  6. Assist students with discerning their unique calling from God and living out that calling.
  7. Support student development by supporting the work of other University departments and helping them to fulfill their roles in serving the University and its students.
2020-21 University Theme
``Now the one who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a first installment. So we are always courageous . . . for we walk by faith, not by sight``

2 Corinthians 5:5-7

Peace and Blessings!

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I became University president—and what a year it’s been. Never could I have imagined all the highs and lows along the way, especially given everything that’s taken place since this past March alone. The student handbook covers a lot of useful information about campus activities, student services, and codes of conduct. Turns out, though, it doesn’t have a section about how to handle a pandemic.

Yet, I have been so encouraged by how the Holy Spirit has worked through our University community. The overwhelming support, generosity, and joy I’ve witnessed from our students prove just how remarkable you are. You truly live your Catholic faith. Your example is inspiring and humbling, and our students are why, ever since I was a student here myself, Franciscan University has felt like home.

Truth is, even after this latest crisis is far behind us, we will continue to experience times of difficulty. Whether this new academic year is your first, your last, or somewhere in between, there will be moments when the anxiety or uncertainty can seem overwhelming.  Sometimes college is hard. Heck, life is hard.  But we can be confident and meet the difficulties with courage and grace knowing that God is in control.

It’s fitting that this year we focus on words of St. Paul: “Now the one who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a first installment. So we are always courageous . . . for we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:5-7). You’ve already taken a step in faith by responding to God’s call and being here at Franciscan University at this time. Let us continue to invite Jesus Christ to be our guiding light and listen to the promptings of his Holy Spirit.

We are on this journey together and as long as we stay close to God and to each other we are going to do great. It’s going to be an amazing year.


Father Dave Pivonka, TOR
President, Franciscan University of Steubenville

New Student Orientation

A great first year at Franciscan begins with a great start at Orientation. Our Residence Life staff, move-in teams, and Orientation staff will make your first days at Franciscan some of the most memorable and easy days of your life.