Fall 2020 Orientation
August 20-23, 2020
Orientation Videos Page
Update Regarding Orientation
Updated Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Franciscan University is planning for the arrival of our new students for Orientation Weekend on August 20-23. We cannot wait to welcome our new students into Franciscan’s one-of-a-kind intellectual and faith community.

Thank you for your patience! As circumstances, regulations, and guidance from health authorities have developed over this summer, we have continued to discern the best ways that we can serve our new students and their families given our unprecedented circumstances.

Our comprehensive plan to welcome students to campus in a manner that facilitates health and safety is available at our Coming Home to Franciscan: A Guide to Campus Health and Safety pages.

Following are some important updates related to New Student Orientation.

  • We have made significant changes to our residence hall move-in process. New students will move-in to residence halls on a scheduled basis with the first check-in slots starting Wednesday evening, August 19 and continuing all day Thursday, August 20. Students will be receiving information on how to sign up for a move in time within the week at their University email address. For multiple reasons we are asking that parents/family refrain from entering the residence halls and allow members of the orientation team to serve you and the students by handling the moving in of the new students to the residence halls.
  • New students are asked to limit the number of parents/family members accompanying them to campus to 1 or 2.
  • Accompanying parents/family members are welcome to join their new student around campus on Thursday, August 20. Fr. Dave and the friars will be available around campus to meet and say hi. Financial aid and other new student services will be available. All University departments will be open, including the Bookstore.
  • Accompanying parents/family members are invited to a special Mass on Thursday, August 20 at 4:00 pm in Finnegan Fieldhouse. University president Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR, will be the main celebrant and homilist. This Mass will be for parents/family members of our new students only.
  • Parents/family members are asked to say goodbye to their new student by dinner time on Thursday. We are sorry that we are not able to invite parents to join us for the rest of our Orientation events. Some of the Orientation sessions will be live-streamed through the weekend.
  • Orientation programming will continue for the new students through Sunday, August 23. Classes start on Monday, August 24.
  • Social distancing will be observed in all settings; face coverings will be required in certain circumstances. Currently, the state of Ohio requires face coverings in all indoor public spaces and any outdoor spaces where 6-foot social distancing is not possible.
  • We will communicate more information throughout the rest of the summer as we adjust to changing circumstances and to evolving regulations and guidance from various entities.
  • We are very excited for our new students to arrive!

Please contact us at orientation@franciscan.edu with any questions. See you next month!

Welcome to Orientation!

Welcome to Franciscan University of Steubenville! Over the next few months each of you will experience many transitions, and the Student Life staff at Franciscan University is prepared to support new students as they begin this new phase of life. Franciscan University recognizes that “its ultimate purpose is to graduate men and women who are able to take a mature, responsible approach to life.” As a Catholic institution we recognize that this approach to life is ultimately about students conforming their minds, hearts, and actions to the mind, heart, and life of Christ through growth in virtue and holiness. To this end Student Life, especially the Residence Life staff, is committed to fostering a culture of ongoing conversion leading to Christian maturity.

For New Students

Many life lessons are learned in the residence halls. These lessons can be opportunities for growth and conversion. Students will face new challenges as they learn to manage schedules, handle conflict, live in community, and resolve issues that are part of daily life. Some students will experience “growing pains” as they navigate these transitions. The staff will support them by encouraging them to take responsibility for their actions, communicate effectively, and work through issues as they arise. Achieving self-responsibility is one of the most important things that a student learns on the road to Christian maturity.

For Parents

We hope that you will partner with the Student Life staff by supporting your student in mastering this important task. Your student is moving from dependence to interdependence: sometimes this can be more difficult for the parent than the student. As parents we may be used to “fixing” things for our children. Growth in Christian maturity requires that your student grow in self -responsibility. They need your encouragement, support and advice as they learn this important lesson, but generally, it is counterproductive to “fix” things for them. You can help them grow in maturity by allowing them to deal with day to day concerns: encourage them talk to the professor, contact the Wellness Center, or take responsibility for the consequences of an action. Please don’t do it for them. There are many people available to support and help them along the way. We are here to help your student develop into a healthy, responsible adult. Every time a student accepts responsibility to resolve an issue or correct a behavior, a small step on the path to Christian maturity occurs.

Required Medical Forms

Prior to coming to campus, all students must fill out a Confidential Health Record Form and, if applicable, Immunization Waiver form, which our Health Services Office keeps on file and uses for basic background on a student’s health history.

To fill out these forms, go to MyFranciscan and log in, then go to the “Student Life” tab, and find the forms under the “Wellness Center Forms” header.

Schedule & Meals

Get the Schedule Through the FranciscanU App

Since events are changing so rapidly, we will not be printing a schedule booklet beforehand. We will embed a calendar here as soon as it is built.

The calendar will also be available through the FranciscanU App, which you can find in your smart phone app store. Through it you can make a custom schedule for yourself and get notifications right in the app, or add events directly to your own calendar.

iOS App Store »
Android Google Play Store »

We also will use the app to send notifications about changes and updates, so you can be notified as soon as changes are finalized.

Meals During Orientation

The University provides meals for the new students beginning with Thursday morning breakfast.

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

Information for New Students and Parents
Information for Coming to Orientation and Move-in

Orientation starts with move-in which goes from Wednesday, August 19, at 6:00 p.m. through Thursday, August 20. Early move-in is not permitted.

Limited ground transportation will be provided during Orientation for new students and their families:

  • From the Pittsburgh International Airport, as well as from the Amtrak and Greyhound stations in Pittsburgh. Be sure to coordinate this need when you RSVP for Orientation.
  • From the University to nearby hotels will also be provided throughout the weekend.
  • From the University to certain nearby shopping centers, including the Hollywood City Center (Kroger, Office Max, TJ Maxx, JoAnn Fabric, etc.) and the Fort Steuben Mall area (Walmart, Lowes, JCPenney, Rural King, Aldi, etc.)

If you’d like to ship belongings to the University before you arrive you may do so one week before Orientation (so no earlier than August 14). The boxes will be placed in the University Mail Room and you will have to collect your boxes from there. Below is an example of how to address packages/boxes:

Student’s Name
New Fall Student
1235 University Blvd
Steubenville, Ohio 43952

Small dorm-sized refrigerators are available at Lowes, Walmart, or other area stores, but the University does not rent them. More on rooms in our residence halls, what to bring, and what not to bring »

Questions about financial aid, academic schedules, student ID, campus technology, and more will be addressed during Orientation.

Staying in Steubenville

Lodgings During Orientation

You can find information on the best places to stay while in town at our Accommodations Page »

Information for Living Here

Climate & Dress

Steubenville’s climate features cold, snowy winters and hot summers. Students should prepare for the extremes, with modesty in mind.

Shopping & Restaurants Nearby

Students can purchase many personal items at the University Bookstore. Within walking distance of campus students have access to the Hollywood City Center shopping center which includes a Kroger grocery store, Office Max, TJ Maxx, and other retail stores and restaurants. The Fort Steuben Mall area is a ten-minute drive from campus and includes Lowe’s, WalMart, JCPenney, Dollar Store, and many other retail stores and restaurants.

Sending Money to Students

The University has no system through which parents can send their children money. Parents should use an established bank account or a new account set up with a local bank. Local banks will be available on Friday during Orientation for parents and students to set up new accounts. An ATM is located in the J.C. Williams Center. If a student overpays his or her University account, a refund check will be issued to the student. This check will need to be cashed or deposited at a bank; the University will not cash refund checks. Personal checks written to students for up to $50.00 can be cashed with proper ID at the University’s cashier desk located in Starvaggi Hall.

Shuttle Service During the School Year

The University does not provide shuttle service for students traveling to the airport, train, or bus station at the beginning or end of breaks. Students should make their own arrangements with a friend or with an outside vendor for taxi or limousine service.

Campus Services Information

Campus Mail

Each resident student has a campus mailbox at the Campus Mail Center located on the ground floor of the J.C. Williams Center. Mail is delivered to student mailboxes Monday through Saturday, except for holidays. Packages and express items (FedEx, etc.) are delivered to the Mail Center and notifications are put into the student mailbox when the package is ready to be picked up. Box numbers can be obtained upon arrival at the Campus Mail Center during Orientation. Students may purchase stamps and mail letters or packages, including U.S. Postal Service express and overnight, from the Campus Mail Center. If you have additional questions regarding mail services, please visit the Campus Mail Center during Orientation.

Campus Health and Counseling Services

The Wellness Center, located on the lower level of the Finnegan Fieldhouse, has two branches of medical care: the Health Service and the Counseling Service.

A student may make appointments with other local physicians, health care providers, and other professionals in cooperation with his or her own insurance. Our staff can assist the student with these arrangements. All emergency care is referred to Trinity Health Systems or Weirton Medical Center, both are local health care providers within a 10-minute drive from campus.

Residence Life and Residence Halls

Housing Assignments and Roomates

At Franciscan University, our goal is to assign you the best possible roommate.

Admitted students are given access to MyFranciscan via AccessFUS and should complete their New Student Housing Contract as soon as possible. This form will provide you the opportunity to request a roommate by name or to prioritize a type of roommate you would like to have (e.g. morning person, needs quiet to study, etc.) This form needs to be completed by May 1 for Fall and December 1 for Spring, it MUST be completed and before a student can live in campus housing.

Roommate assignments will be based on the date your $300 non-refundable enrollment deposit is received. The earliest deposits will have the best chance to have their priorities met.

Our goal is to house new freshmen with new freshmen. Transfers may be housed with transfers or returning students or freshmen. New students (freshmen or transfers) with late deposit dates may be assigned with an upperclassman.

Those new students attending one of our Baron Day events in June will receive their roommate assignment at that time. All others will be emailed in mid-July. You may be able to make changes to your roommate assignment during the roommate switch period at the beginning of the semester.

Once the assignments are made it is not possible to make a change prior to the start of school. After students arrive and check in to their assigned spaces, we allow a two-week period where students can change rooms with the permission of their residence director. Please check with your residence director for the dates that this will take place if you desire to change rooms.

If there are roommate conflicts, we encourage the residents to communicate with each other and their resident assistants to resolve the situation. If residents feel it necessary to change rooms they may do so ONLY during the room change period at the beginning of the semester. After this period is over, residents with concerns are encouraged to speak to the resident assistants (RA) or residence director (RD).

Kinds of Rooms Available
We offer double room accommodations, with some triples available in St. Junipero of Serra Hall. Triple rooms are charged at the same price as a double room. Apartment-style housing may be available to upperclassmen and non-traditional students in Assisi Heights. Please see the Housing Specialist, Student Life Office in the J.C. Williams Center for more information if you are eligible and interested.

If there is a high request for housing, the latest deposits received may initially be placed in temporary housing.

Campus Connectivity

All residence halls have wireless internet. Learn more about our Information Technology Services »

Moving Off Campus

The Residential Living Contract is binding for the entire academic year. Franciscan University of Steubenville requires that all full-time students who are candidates for an undergraduate degree live in University housing unless they meet one or more of the following conditions:

  1. They reside with a parent or guardian in the immediate area, or
  2. They are at least age 21 prior to September 15 of a given academic year and have more than 88 credits, or
  3. They have reached age 22 prior to September 15 of a given academic year.

Students who meet at least one of these requirements may move off campus between school years. If a student becomes eligible during the school year he or she may apply for a release during the academic year, however, only extenuating circumstances would warrant a release of contract. Contract cancellation fees would apply.

Staying On Campus During Breaks

Residence halls are open for Fall Break and Thanksgiving Break with no additional fees, but students must sign up to stay beforehand for Thanksgiving Break. Residence Halls are closed during Christmas Break and all residents must vacate the premises during this break. During Spring Break, students wishing to stay in the Residence Halls must sign up beforehand and pay an additional fee. Dining services are not available on campus during Thanksgiving, Christmas and Spring breaks.

Checking Out After Finals

Students must check out of their residence hall room within 24 hours of their final final exam. Exam schedules are usually distributed during the first week of classes. Please do not make travel plans or flight arrangements prior to receiving your exam schedule so you will know when you can travel.

Storage During Summer

There is no storage on campus during the break, but there are many nearby self-storage options »

If, after reading through this page and the linked pages, you still have questions, please contact the Student Life Office by email at orientation@franciscan.edu or by phone at (740) 283-6441.

We’ll see you soon!