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Franciscan University among 'top colleges' in the nation

Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, has been named one of 15 "Top Conservative Colleges" by the Young America's Foundation, an organization that promotes conservative values in the spirit of former President Ronald Reagan.

 
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Contact: Margaret J. Weber, Director of Admissions Franciscan University of Steubenville
Phone: 800-783-6220
Website: www.franciscan.edu
 
To be included in the list, colleges must be dedicated to discovering, maintaining and strengthening the conservative values of their students, and offer coursework grounded in conservative thought and traditional values.

"As a devoutly Catholic institution, Franciscan lives by a conservative intellectual and social philosophy based on the strong liberal arts tradition and the teachings of the Catholic church," the YAF profile of Franciscan University stated. "A factor that distinguishes Franciscan is the student body's devotion to activism on traditional religious values."

Among its special offerings is a four-year leadership program that exposes students to lectures, readings, discussion, mentorship and experiential learning while they pursue their degree and engage in other academic, spiritual, and extra-curricular activities. Students selected to participate in the program receive a Leadership Grant of $2,000 a year. Students are selected based on their academic achievements and demonstrated leadership skills during their high school years.

The Center for Leadership launched in August 2011 with an inaugural class of 32 freshmen. The center is preparing young Catholic men and women to serve their country and the Church in the fields of business, politics, media, education, health care, and every occupation that is proper to the Christian laity. The Center for Leadership is also promoting a practical knowledge of authentic Catholic social teaching along with the timeless and timely principles of the American founding.

David Schmiesing, the center's director and vice president of Student Life, says the program fosters the virtues and teaches the knowledge and skills necessary for long-term, effective Christian leadership, all in the context of the student's vocation to serve others.

"The Christian leader understands his or her life as a vocation, a calling from God that is actively discerned and cheerfully accepted," says Schmiesing. "The call to lead in a family, in an organization, or in society as a whole is an integral part of this vocation. These students will be prepared to be bold, courageous, virtuous, and effective leaders."

Located in southeastern Ohio, Franciscan University is a Catholic liberal arts school that integrates strong academic programs and a lively faith environment, educating and forming men and women of hope to be a transforming presence in the Church and the world. Franciscan attracts more than 2,500 students from all 50 states and 12 foreign countries with its 40 undergraduate and seven graduate programs, and a popular study abroad program in Austria.

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