Unlike Anything Anywhere
Our Vision for Student Life

Students thrive in a one-of-a-kind, vibrantly Catholic culture where they are formed, through lives of charity and ongoing conversion, to lead and to evangelize each other and the world.

Living Your Faith

Based on the life of Christ, Student Life at Franciscan University is an integral part of how Franciscan forms you to be the child of God you were made to be.

Living on Campus

Life on Campus at Franciscan University provides your home away from home. Friends for life, activities and services that keep you on track, and so much more.

Leading and Serving

The world needs good leaders, and good leaders are good at serving others. Student Life at Franciscan University gives you opportunities to grow as a leader, and as one prepared to serve others.

Living Well

Your physical and mental wellness is an integral part of becoming whom God has called you to be. We provide dedicated professionals to help, plus opportunities to stay fit on your own or with friends.


Groups of students of the same sex who commit to help each other, hold each other accountable, pursue a common charism and prayer life.

Baron Athletics

NCAA D-III athletics mean our men's and women's teams compete against the best, while learning about virtue and team work.

The Mission of Student Life
  1. Promote the moral, spiritual, and religious values of our students and the integration of Christian faith and right reason into their daily lives.
  2. Support students in their primary academic vocation by encouraging and fostering intellectual development and progress towards their degree.
  3. Foster the development of friendships and community life as essential aspects of personal development.
  4. Develop leaders who will engage society through humble service and evangelization.
  5. Promote and support physical and mental wellness as essential components of the human person’s well-being.
  6. Assist students with discerning their unique calling from God and living out that calling.
  7. Support student development by supporting the work of other University departments and helping them to fulfill their roles in serving the University and its students.
2019-20 University Theme:
``I Am the Bread of Life``.

John 6:35

“This year, we focus on Jesus as the “Bread of Life” (cf. John 6:35). He gives this great gift of himself as food for our journey, and what a blessed food it is! Strength, healing, hope, conversion, consolation—Jesus provides every grace we need to become who he created us to be in the Eucharist.  So, instead of seeking to fill ourselves with crusts that can never satisfy, let us receive Jesus in the Eucharist frequently and come before him gratefully in Eucharistic adoration. If we do this as a community, it’s going to be an amazing year!” —From the Welcome Letter by our president, Father Dave Pivonka, TOR ’89. Read the whole letter.

New Student Orientation

A great first year at Franciscan begins with a great start at Orientation. Our Residence Life staff, move-in teams, and Orientation staff will make your first days at Franciscan some of the most memorable and easy days of your life.