Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

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Equal Education Opportunity

Franciscan University of Steubenville admits qualified students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, disability, and sex, to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school as required by Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments.

Since no single factor determines admission, the University bases its decision on satisfactory high school records and entrance examination scores. Outstanding applicants may be given careful consideration even though their secondary school curriculum does not conform to the required course pattern.

Students admitted to the University are encouraged to make residential life on the campus a rewarding experience and to cultivate an interest in maintaining the ideals of a Church-related, independent, liberal arts college.

Basic Requirements and Procedures


All applicants must have a high school diploma or the equivalent from an accredited institution. A student must have completed a minimum of 15 high school units with at least 10 units in four of the following fields: English, foreign language, social science, mathematics, and natural science. The remaining 5 units may be in other subjects counted toward graduation.


Seniors in high school must meet the following requirements for admission:

  • Achieved a high school GPA of 2.4 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Received an SAT score of 1000 or higher (with only Critical Reading and Math sections), or an ACT composite score of 21 or higher.
NOTE: We do not combine section scores from different test dates.

If you do not meet one or more of these requirements, please contact your admissions counselor to discuss your available options.

Seniors must receive a high school diploma or the equivalent from an accredited institution before officially enrolling at the university. An admission decision is usually made before this occurs, but we still need your final and official high school transcript after graduating.


Franciscan University encourages students who have been homeschooled to apply for admission. Homeschooled students must meet the regular criteria above for high school seniors and provide:

  • SAT or ACT score report;
  • Evidence of participation in an approved homeschool program, including official seal and signature, OR
  • Documentation showing which courses fulfill the University's high school course requirements. Homeschool Transcript Forms are available here. This documentation must be notarized and signed by the student’s homeschool representative.


Transfer students who have attended other colleges and universities must submit a final official high school transcript and meet the following requirements:

  • Received a cumulative college GPA of 2.2 or higher after completing at least 24 college-level credits from an accredited institution. (SAT/ACT not required)
  • If you have not yet received 24 college-level credits, your high school GPA and SAT or ACT score will be considered along with your college GPA. Midterm grade reports may be required.

If you do not meet one or more of these requirements, please contact your admissions counselor to discuss your available options.


If you are an international student, please follow the requirements on the International Students page. You may also contact the director of International Student Services at 740-283-6441 or


Students who attend classes for credits to be transferred to another college or university in which they are regularly enrolled are classified as transient students. Such students must file a transient application form, which includes a statement granting them permission from the college or university that they are attending.


Area high school students may come to Franciscan University of Steubenville campus for regular courses on a space available basis. The cost is $100 per course for up to two courses per semester (Fall and Spring) and an additional two courses spread over the summer sessions.


High school students must be 16 years of age by the last day of add/drop for the semester they will enroll and have completed their sophomore year of high school. Students must have a current high school grade point average of 2.4 or a C+ average to participate in this program. A maximum of twelve (12) courses at Franciscan University at $100 per course may be taken.

Processes and Procedures

Course selection is limited to 100 and 200 level courses as space allows. Students must submit to the Admissions Office a Post-Secondary Application with the signature and title of the approving high school official. For each semester after the initial application, the student will need to register for their course(s) online at MyFranciscan. Students will receive an email from the local Admissions Counselor before each semester begins informing them when Post-Secondary Online Registration is open. High school students will be issued a Franciscan University ID coded “high school” that will enable them to purchase meals in the cafeteria. High school students are not charged an activity fee and may not participate in intramural sports.

Post-secondary classes are not available after high school graduation.


Students who have already obtained a degree from Franciscan University of Steubenville or from another college or university and wish to attend classes for credit must file an application and indicate that they are not seeking a second degree (non-degree student). A transcript that indicates the degree and date of graduation must be sent from the school that awarded the degree. To change from non-degree status to degree-seeking status, a student must apply through the Admissions Office.

Students wishing to attend Franciscan University as non-degree students who have not already obtained a college degree must follow the same procedure as a first-time or transfer student, submitting all high school and college transcripts. To become a degree-seeking student at a later date, students must submit all final, official transcripts and a new application to the Admissions Office.


Students who wish to enroll in a course or courses on a non-credit basis are classified as auditor students. Individuals who would like to audit courses for personal enrichment and who are not enrolled in courses for credit should contact the Registrar to complete a brief application form.

International students wishing to attend class as audit students must complete the regular admissions procedure for international students.


Former students desiring readmission after withdrawing from Franciscan University of Steubenville are required to file an application for readmission with the Admissions Office.

Applicants for readmission who have enrolled at another college or university since their departure from Franciscan University of Steubenville are required to provide official transcripts of their additional academic study.

Students who have been dismissed from Franciscan University of Steubenville are ineligible to apply for readmission until one semester or its equivalent, excluding summer school, expires. If students desire readmission after this period, they should submit an application for readmission and complete a reinstatement questionnaire obtained from the Admissions Office.

NOTE: Students who have been dismissed a second time from Franciscan University are ineligible to apply for readmission.

Students who have financial obligations to the University may be denied readmission until these obligations are satisfied.


  1. Complete the application for admission.
    • If filling out a paper form, enclose $20 for evaluation of your application and mail it with the application directly to the Admissions Office.

    • If filling out the online application, the $20 application fee is waived.
  2. Send an official copy of your high school transcript to the Admissions Office. A final official transcript is required of transfers and high school students upon graduating. If SAT or ACT scores are not part of your high school transcript, then see #3 below.

  3. Request that SAT or ACT scores be sent to the Admissions Office. If forms are not available at your high school, a copy may be obtained by writing directly to the testing agency:

    Scholastic Aptitude Tests
    College Entrance Examination Board
    PO Box 881
    Princeton, NJ 08540

    American College Tests
    PO Box 414
    Iowa City, IA 52240

  4. Transfers – must submit official transcripts from every institution you have attended.

You may have all paper applications, transcripts, test scores, and other documents sent to:

Franciscan University Admissions
1235 University Boulevard
Steubenville, OH 43952

Upon notification of acceptance, a student who intends to enroll must submit:

  • A non-refundable enrollment deposit of $300
  • A Confidential Health Record Form
  • Final official transcripts of all high school and college course work
  • Housing contract and roommate form (on-campus students only)
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