``Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build.`` - Psalm 127:1
Fall 2021 Orientation
August 19-23, 2021

Welcome to Franciscan University of Steubenville! The faculty and staff of Franciscan are excited to support our new students as they navigate the next phase of their lives. The Franciscan community’s ultimate goal as an academically excellent and passionately Catholic institution is to send forth our students as joyful, knowledgeable disciples who will rebuild the Church during their time here and ever after. We are dedicated to helping students sharpen their minds, enlighten their hearts, and refresh their souls.

 

With these goals in mind, let’s get the 2021-2022 academic year off to a great start!

For New Students

Community life in the residence halls teaches many valuable lessons, opportunities for growth, and ongoing conversion. Managing your schedule and newfound freedoms while also developing your communication and conflict management skills are aspects of the college experiences that will benefit you for years to come. While some students experience “growing pains,” our staff is here to support them to communicate, be accountable, and live harmoniously as they grow in Christian virtue and maturity.

For Parents

An important part of Student Life’s impact on the Franciscan community is our parent partners. As students move into the next stages of their lives, it can be difficult, not just for the, but also for parents. Encouraging growth in intellectual, emotional, and spiritual maturity requires students to become more independent. Your encouragement, support, and advice are an integral part of this process, while allowing students to take responsibility for their actions, academics, and health. Progress towards true Christian maturity is made when a student is able to accept responsibility and resolve an issue. Along the way, the entire Franciscan family from the Wellness Center to Residence Life to the professors are dedicated to the success of every student at Franciscan University.

Fall 2021 Schedule

Parents Info

Note: Unless otherwise noted, parents are invited and encouraged to attend Orientation events. Visit the Parents & Families Schedule for a look at just those events.

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Meals During Orientation

The University provides meals for the new students beginning with Thursday dinner in Antonian Hall.

Parents & Families may purchase meals in Antonian Hall.

Grab-and-go food and beverages will be available for sale in the J.C. Williams Center on Thursday-Sunday.

Full Schedule:

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Thursday, August 19, 2021

10:00am–5:00pm New Resident Students Move In (per account last name*)
Residence Halls
* A-D New Students Move In after 10:00 am * E-H New Students Move In after 11:00 am * I-L New Students Move In after 12:00 pm * M-P New Students Move In after 1:00 pm * Q-T New Students Move In after 2:00 pm * U-Z New Students Move In after 3:00 pm 
10:00am–4:30pm Off-Campus, Commuter, & Graduate/Non-traditional Students Check In
J.C. Williams Center
Receive orientation materials & meal passes
10:00am–4:30pm New Student Services
J.C. Williams Center/Ground Floor
ID Cards, Email Accounts, Cell Phones, Meal Plans, Health Center and Campus Counseling Services, Local Banks, Student Employment (SWOP), Parking Permits, Parkhurst Dining, Mail Center
10:00am–4:30pm Enrollment Services Staff
Starvaggi Hall
(Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Accounts) Available to Meet With New Students and Parents
10:30am–3:30pm Campus Tours
Christ the King Chapel Plaza
Available every hour
4:30pm–7:00pm Dinner
Antonian Hall
7:30pm–8:45pm  

Grand Opening
Finnegan Fieldhouse

 

9:00pm–10:00pm Parent Social With Admissions Staff
Finnegan Fieldhouse/Aerobics Room
9:00pm–10:00pm Graduate Student Wine and Cheese Reception With Program Faculty
JCWC/International Lounge
9:00pm Commuter Student Meet & Greet
Bennigan’s Franciscan Square
9:00pm New Student Meetings With Residence Life Staff
TBA
10:00pm. New Student Small Group Sessions
TBA

Friday, August 20, 2021

7:30am Breakfast
Antonian Hall
9:00am Academics at Franciscan: Vice President of Academic Affairs
Finnegan Fieldhouse
(Students and Parents)
9:30am Planning for Academic Success
Finnegan Fieldhouse
(Students and Parents)
10:30am-2:00pm Student Academic Advising by Appointment
10:00am–3:30pm Enrollment Services Staff (Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Accounts)
Available to Meet With New Students and Parents
Starvaggi Hall 
10:00am–3:30pm New Student Services
J.C. Williams Center/Ground Floor
ID Cards, Email Accounts, Cell Phones, Meal Plans, Health Center and Campus Counseling Services, Local Banks, Student Employment (SWOP), Parking Permits, Parkhurst Dining, Mail Center
12:00pm–2:30pm Lunch
Antonian Hall
10:30am–11:00am Informational Mini-Sessions

Austria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cosmas & Damian G16

Health & Wellness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J.C. Williams Center/International Room

Fitness & Athletics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Finnegan Fieldhouse Aerobics Room

Residence Life & Households . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J.C. Williams Center/Fireside Lounge

International Study Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J.C. Williams Center/Margaret Room

11:15am–11:45am Austria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cosmas & Damian G16

Leadership Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J.C. Williams Center/Margaret Room

Ministry, Evangelization, & Outreach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J.C. Williams Center/International Room

Residence Life & Households . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J.C. Williams Center/Fireside Lounge

12:00pm–12:30pm Austria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cosmas & Damian G16

Campus Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J.C. Williams Center/Margaret Room

Ministry, Evangelization, & Outreach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J.C. Williams Center/International Room

Parkhurst Dining (Special Dietary Needs) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J.C. Williams Center/Fireside Lounge

1:00pm–1:30pm Honors Program Presentation (Parents and Students in Honors Program) . . . . . . . Cosmas & Damian G16

Campus Safety and Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J.C. Williams Center/International Room

Fitness & Athletics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Finnegan Fieldhouse Aerobics Room

Leadership Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J.C. Williams Center/Fireside Lounge

1:45pm–2:15pm Honors Program Presentation (Parents and Students in Honors Program) . . . . . . . Cosmas & Damian G16

Health & Wellness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J.C. Williams Center/International Room

Fitness & Athletics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Finnegan Fieldhouse Aerobics Room

Residence Life & Households . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J.C. Williams Center/Fireside Lounge

2:30pm–3:00pm Commuter Student Success . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J.C. Williams Center/Fireside Lounge

Transfer Students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J.C. Williams Center/Margaret Room

Library Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J.C. Williams Center/International Room

4:00pm Opening Mass and Oath of Fidelity
(Students and Families)
Bishop Jeffrey Monforton, Celebrant and Homilist
Finnegan Fieldhouse
5:30pm–7:00pm Dinner
Antonian Hall
7:30pm–9:00pm Welcome to Life at Franciscan (Students and Families)
Finnegan Fieldhouse
9:00pm New Student Small Groups Sessions
TBA
9:00pm Legacy Reception – Alumni Parent Social
Bennigan’s Franciscan Square
10:00pm Session for New Students: New Student Formation I: Transitioning to Life at Franciscan
Residence Halls

Saturday, August 21, 2021

8:30am Breakfast
Antonian Hall
8:30am Parent and Student Session: What Every Parent and New Student Needs to Know
Finnegan Fieldhouse
9:15am Session for Parents: A New Chapter for Parents
J.C. Williams Center/Galley
10:30am-11:15am Session for Parents: New Franciscan University Initiatives and Plans
J.C. Williams Center/Gallery
12:00pm Mass
Finnegan Fieldhouse
12:00pm–2:00pm Lunch
Antonian Hall
2:00pm Priestly Discernment Program
Students and Parents Meeting and Lord’s Day
St. Junipero Serra Hall
2:00pm Free Time Options

Shuttle to Fort Steuben Mall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Meet at Circle

Bookstore Open. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . .J.C. Williams Center

FUS Theatre Program Showcase: Mr. Efficiency. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Anathan Theatre

3:30pm–4:30pm Lord’s Day Celebration (Students and Families)
TBA
4:30pm–7:00pm Dinner
Antonian Hall
7:00pm Graduate/Non-Traditional Student Welcome Social
J.C. Williams Center/Atrium
7:00pm–10:00pm President’s Reception & Semi-Formal Dance
(Semi-Formal Attire)
Finnegan Fieldhouse
10:00pm After Party
Piazza

Sunday, August 22, 2021

9:00am–2:00pm Brunch
Antonian Hall
10:30am Mass
Finnegan Fieldhouse
4:30pm–7:00pm Dinner
Antonian Hall
7:00pm Picnic Concert
Anathan Theatre
8:00pm FUS Theatre Program Showcase: Mr. Efficiency
J.C. Williams Center Porch Plaza
9:00pm–10:30pm A Sundae for Your Sunday (Hosted by Franciscan University Student Government)
J.C. Williams Center Porch Plaza
Midnight FUS Theatre Program Showcase: Mr. Efficiency
Anathan Theatre

Monday, August 23, 2021

9:00am–11:00am Job Fair for New Students (ticket required)
Finnegan Fieldhouse
1:30pm What Ya Otta Know
Finnegan Fieldhouse
4:00pm Convocation & Opening of the School Year Mass
Finnegan Fieldhouse
7:00pm Ministry Fair
J.C. Williams Center
8:30pm Session for New Students: New Student Formation II: Academics in College
J.C. Williams Center/Gallery

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

8:00am Classes Begin