Franciscan University of Steubenville Reviews
Franciscan University is great university for those seeking an education in a Catholic environment. The campus is safe, beautiful, and only a short drive from Pittsburgh. The Humanities and Catholic Culture degree is by far the most challenging and rewarding degree offered. It is perfect for those wishing to ground themselves in history, philosophy, and logic before going on to graduate studies. I am currently in law school, but I have classmates who work as teachers, architects (went to Notre Dame school of Architecture), financial planners, and political thinkers / writers. I would suggest the Humanities and Catholic Culture degree to anyone, regardless of their religion, because it provides a world view that is cognizant of the history and culture which has shaped our modern world.
This school is unlike any other. The community is welcoming, warm and calls you on to be the best person you can be. It encourages the development of mind, body, and soul through truth, beauty and goodness. It is a smaller school, with a lot of character. The teacher to student ratio is very low 1:15. The largest programs are Theology, Philosophy, Nursing and Education. The Humanities and Catholic Culture major is a hidden gem of the school. I do not regret coming here, it has given me a strong foundation stone to which I can build the rest of my life thanks to many great role models and mentors.
I always wanted to go to Franciscan University and was very happy there. I found student life very welcoming and my classes challenging and rewarding. They also have some very good study abroad programs. It's also a traditional Catholic environment, which may not be for everyone, but if that's something you're looking for then it's a big plus. Academic advising felt lacking. It was something I had to do pretty much on my own, because my advisor was a professor with lots of other things to do and he seemed to understand my course requirements even less than I did. You are living in a bubble up there, and it's not for everyone. The surrounding neighborhoods can also be unsafe. Overall, however, for academic matters and student life, I give it ten out of ten.