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Franciscan University of Steubenville: Narrative Description


1235 University Blvd.
Steubenville, OH 43952-1763
Tel: (740)283-3771
Free: 800-783-6220
Admissions: (740)283-6226
Fax: (740)283-6472
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1946. Setting: 124-acre suburban campus with easy access to Pittsburgh. Endowment: $16.5 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5958 per student. Total enrollment: 2,374. Faculty: (104 full-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 1,002 applied, 86% were admitted. 28% from top 10% of their high school class, 51% from top quarter, 82% from top half. 12 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,778 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 135 students, 59% women, 41% men. Students come from 52 states and territories, 24 other countries, 76% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 1% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 9% 25 or older, 56% live on campus, 11% transferred in. Retention: 84% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.4 high school GPA, recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 5/1. Notification: 9/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. Comprehensive fee: $21,050 includes full-time tuition ($15,320), mandatory fees ($380), and college room and board ($5350). Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $505 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $10 per credit. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to class time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 8 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities. Most popular organizations: Franciscan University Student Association, Student Activities Board, Human Life Concerns, Works of Mercy, Troubadour. Major annual events: SAB Winter Formal, Campus Olympics and Music Fest, Opening Semester Retreat. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. College housing designed to accommodate 1,041 students; 1,044 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. John Paul II Library with 231,176 books, 256,000 microform titles, 578 serials, 1,260 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $655,140. 126 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The county seat of Jefferson County, Steubenville is a city in eastern Ohio situated on the Ohio River. An unlimited supply of both deep-mine and strip coal is available in the Steubenville district. Because of the coal and the Ohio River, more steam electricity is generated within a 40-mile radius of the city than in any other area in the world. Steel, iron, and paper are some of the products of industries here.

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