Student Life

Make your life at Franciscan University the best ever

Find your home-away-from-home family and discover your best friends for life in one of our faith households. When you join a small group of your peers who choose to live as brothers or sisters, you’ll openly share your ideas, faith, and fun.

Meet new people and develop your leadership skills and character through Franciscan’s intramural sports programs or NCAA Division III varsity athletics. Participate year-round with the majority of your FUS peers in intramural sports such as Ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, and basketball, among others. Or join a varsity team to pursue your personal formation and evangelize others through intercollegiate programs that include soccer, basketball, cross country, volleyball, rugby, and more.

Contribute your God-given talents and build up the Body of Christ on campus through Chapel Ministries. Expand your understanding and appreciation of the Catholic faith through liturgies, Festivals of Praise, and retreats.

Get involved with co-curricular academic organizations and clubs where you use your talents while gaining valuable leadership skills and work experience in groups that range from the Fine Arts Society, Students for Life, Club de Español, Franciscan University Student Government, and Instruments of Peace to Mathematics Club, Psi Chi national psychology honor society, Political Science Association, Commuter Student Association, Lumen Vicens campus magazine, The Troubadour student newspaper, and National Student Nurses Association, and when it comes to fun, the Office of Student Activities — better known as Exc!te — has you covered!

Grow in holiness as you share the Gospel with others off campus through evangelistic outreach and service to the poor; it’s a particularly Franciscan expression of the Catholic faith. Spread the Word through local community projects with Works of Mercy, or take advantage of the domestic and international mission trips during semester breaks coordinated by Missions of Peace,.

Life at Franciscan and beyond? Best. Ever.

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Fast Facts

  • Franciscan student/faculty ratio = 15:1
  • Nearly 75 percent of faculty hold the highest degree in their field.
  • Designated in the top 10 percent for graduation and retention rates by U.S. News & World Report.


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