Applying for Admission

Apply to Franciscan to be part of a supportive Catholic university community that will prepare you to answer God’s calling for your life —here in Ohio or anywhere in the world. At Franciscan, Catholic faith and reason, wisdom and grace, mercy and truth, and action and contemplation are all woven into the curriculum. Each course, connection, and experience at Franciscan University sets you up to be successful and ethical in your future career — and to become a joyful disciple of Christ.

Basic Requirements for Admission
Academic Requirement

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;
  • natural science.

The remaining 5 units may be in other subjects counted toward graduation.

Specialized Requirements:

High School Seniors

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 Evidence Based Reading and Writing and Math sections), or an ACT composite score of 21 or higher, or a CLT Score of 68 or higher.
    • NOTE: We do not super score, or combine section scores from different test dates.
  • TESTING OPTIONAL FOR SPRING AND FALL 2021: Due to the recent disruptions to standardized testing, Franciscan University has elected to become test optional for new students. Franciscan University will allow students applying for admission in either Spring or Fall 2021 who are unable to take a standardized test to substitute a brief essay on the Mission of Franciscan University in lieu of the test requirement. The essay can be emailed to or to your admissions counselor with the subject line: “Undergraduate Admissions Essay.”If you have any questions about this policy or require any assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our admissions office at or you can contact your admissions counselor directly.

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.

Homeschooled Students

Franciscan University welcomes and 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, ACT, or CLT score report;
  • Evidence of participation in a homeschool program, including official seal and signature, OR
  • Documentation showing which courses fulfill the University’s high school course requirements. Transcripts may be submitted in either of two ways:
    1. Use, or
    2. Download and fill out this form. (Note: This documentation must be notarized and signed by the student’s homeschool representative.)

Transfer Students

Transfer students must 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/CLT not required)
  • If you have not yet received 24 college-level credits, your high school GPA and SAT, ACT, or CLT score will be considered along with your college GPA. Midterm grade reports may be required.

For more information visit the Transfer Student Requirements page.

Transfer students who have attended other colleges and universities must submit a final official high school transcript prior to enrolling.

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

International Students

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

Transient Students

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.

High School Transient Students

Through the Franciscan FastTrack program high school students can take college classes on campus or online!

For information about online classes visit the Franciscan FastTrack pages.

Area high school students may come to Franciscan University of Steubenville campus for regular courses on a space available basis. Students may take up to two courses per semester (Fall and Spring) and an additional two courses spread over the summer sessions. The cost is $50 per credit hour.


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 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.

Non-Degree Students

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.

Auditing Students

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.

Readmission of 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.

Equal Education Opportunity

Franciscan University of Steubenville does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, or veteran’s status (or any other criteria protected by applicable law) in its educational programs and activities or admissions.