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The Franciscan University of Steubenville

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Quite BrightSociology
Google Franciscan cult. That will tell you everything.
1st Year Female -- Class 2010
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I spent two years at this university, andBright
I spent two years at this university, and I find myself regretting them more and more each day.

This school claims to be " Academically excellent" but this is far from the truth. The classes here are mediocre and taught at a high school level- I felt like I was just taking expensive high school classes. The vast majority of the students here were homeschooled up until college and it shows. many of them are socially inept and seem to be academically behind ( I had an English major once ask me how to spell the word miracle, she spelled it " merical".)


This school does admittedly have two good programs- theology and Catholicism. All of the other programs are essentially worthless and underfunded. the vast majority of the students double major in theology and Catholicism, they call themselves "TheoCats" and all have the vague ambition of becoming " youth group leaders."

The households are the only semi-interesting things that occur on campus. However, I found them to be creepy, cliquish, and downright cult-like. My friends would join them and then suddenly never have time anymore. They were all too busy with their new " sisters." The rituals that the houeholds do are just weird.


My final and biggest complaint about this so called university is that it is a breeding ground for elitist thinking. The people here are all essentially the same, they are all radically conservative catholic kids with no respect for other viewpoints. Franciscan University attracts and groups together student who all think the same way, and it leads to a very narrow outlook on life. Critical thinking skills are not encouraged, and all of the students seem to think that their ideologies are the only correct ones and that their viewpoints should be relevant to all people. This could be because about 99% of these students have spent their lives in the " Catholic bubble." In other words, these students have never before had the chance to experience people whose viewpoints and ideologies on life are different from their own.


I could go on for pages about all of the reasons why I hate this school, the points that I have mentioned are only a fraction of my reasons. I also hate this school because the food is bad, Steubenville is sketchy, and the campus life is extremely boring. Also because they are ridiculously strict and condescending towards the students ( they announce quiet hours every single night in case people " forget" and they fine you for anything, including watching an R rated film other than the passion.)

In conclusion, If you are an over enthusiastic catholic kid who wants to study theology then this place is perfect for you. However, if you are not then run away from here as fast as you can! If you must attend school here do so only briefly and then transfer out as I did. Good Luck.

2nd Year Female -- Class 2017
Campus Maintenance: B, Education Quality: F
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BrightReligion/Religious
Catholic, conservative university. Very happy with my education.
4th Year Female -- Class 1993
Education Quality: A+, Surrounding City: F
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