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Newman Guide Selects Franciscan University of Steubenville Among Top Catholic Universities

10/29/2012 - 7:21 AM PST

Catholic PRWire

STEUBENVILLE, OH (October 29, 2012) - Franciscan University of Steubenville is one of only 28 Catholic colleges, universities, and online programs chosen for "fidelity and excellence" to be included in the latest edition of The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College.

A project of the Cardinal Newman Society, the Newman Guide goes where most college guides don't by examining how a Catholic institution's academic, intellectual, spiritual, and moral environment fit within the tenets of the Catholic Church.

"I have long admired the Cardinal Newman Society's steady efforts to help all Catholic colleges fulfill their destiny as laid out in Pope John Paul II's timeless teaching on Catholic higher education, Ex Corde Ecclesiae," said Franciscan University President Father Terence Henry, TOR. "Franciscan University is honored to be included once again in The Newman Guide. I am certain parents and students will find the Newman Guide invaluable in making one of the most important decisions in their lives."

Noting that Franciscan University offers "a solid education and vibrant campus life," the Newman Guide's profile highlighted the new core curriculum adopted by Franciscan University in fall 2012: "Undergraduates at Franciscan complete an integrated liberal arts core curriculum, based on the Western intellectual tradition and the Franciscan character of education and in accord with the Catholic mission of Franciscan University."

The guide also includes information on Franciscan's student activities and spiritual life. The Quick Facts box lists the median SAT scores and high school GPAs of Franciscan's admitted students (both well above the national averages), and other useful information.

The guide details how Franciscan University's academic programs maintain and strengthen the University's Catholic identity. It mentions that all theology faculty have a mandatum on file with the bishop of Steubenville and have taken the Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity, and identifies other ways the University imbues Catholic ethical formation into all areas of study.

In its descriptions of the spiritual life at Franciscan University, the guide highlights attendance by students at Sunday Mass (98%), daily Mass (over 700 attend one of three daily Masses on campus), the ready availability of confession and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and the many ways the faith life is integrated in the residence halls, athletic programs, clubs and other student activities.

In its summation, the Newman Guide says, "There's no place quite like Franciscan University of Steubenville, and its students' enthusiasm for serving God both during and after their college years is most refreshing. ... Few institutions share Franciscan University's reputation for strong Catholic identity, including a powerful witness to the pro-life cause and evangelization, which penetrates everything the institution does."

The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College is available in full color, online and in print at


Franciscan University of Steubenville  OH, 43952 US
Tom Sofio - Associate Director of Public Relations, 


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