Student Life Clubs

A vital part of any learning experience is the practical application of classroom theory. There are a wide variety of student-led clubs available at Franciscan University. Participating in a club can yield many tools beneficial to leadership development as well as professional and personal success.

The American Red Cross Club is a student organization that seeks to promote the work of the American Red Cross and provide opportunities for students to serve locally and nationally in the mission of the Red Cross. Opportunities for service include: disaster relief services, safety services (First Aid, CPR, etc.), service to the armed forces members and their families, and blood donations. For more information, contact the American Red Cross Club at

The purpose of the Anime Club is to relieve the stress of university life with friends who share interests in Anime.   The club will organize regular screenings of Anime films on campus, ensuring that the content is suitable.  We also intend to spread appreciation for traditional Japanese food and deserts by serving them at festivals.    For more information, contact the Anime Club at

The group provides an opportunity for Franciscan women to enjoy a cappella music, the fellowship of true womanhood through Our Lady, and to share our musical gifts and talents with the campus, along with our Catholic faith, for the greater honor and glory of God. We strive to use the forum of music to bring ourselves and others closer to Christ through Mary, our Mediatrix, and to reflect her Fiat at the Annunciation.  For more information contact The Annunciations at

The purpose of “Baron Pep Band” is to promote spirit and pride on the Franciscan University campus.  We work to establish fraternity among our members and the student Body while cultivating solid integrity, leadership, responsibility, and teamwork.  With Christ at the center of our endeavors, we continuously work to develop Christian character.  This dynamic musical group provides an energy-driving atmosphere for Baron Fans.
For more information, contact the Baron Pep Band at

The purpose of the Black Student Association is to provide the students of Franciscan with a different cultural perspective, and social initiatives as we aim to build leaders, promote unity and contribute to student success through the activities we provide. We Explore the similarities and unique differences among the various cultures of African Diaspora communities (Africa, Americas, Caribbean, Europe, etc.); educate members, and entire University about important historical events, culture, and spirituality of the black community; and raise greater awareness of holidays such as Black History Month, and of current social and political events happening in the secular world and the Church today in relation to racial justice. For more information, contact the Black Student Association at

The purpose of the Franciscan University BGA is to provide an opportunity to play strategic board games in a friendly but competitive atmosphere where the members may meet new friends and learn about the concepts of strategic gaming. This association seeks to accomplish this by scheduling many opportunities to play different board games, including a few lengthy sessions per semester. The goal of this association is to build stronger community and to develop the mind through the art of strategy. 
For more information, contact the Board Game Association at

The purpose of Breaking Barriers is to advocate for, and promote the destruction of the stigma surrounding, individuals with disabilities, both on campus and in our society. The club aims to create an environment for individuals with disabilities free from stigmatization, judgement, or condescension, where students can be themselves, and express their differences. We also aim to influence the environment of campus to be more accepting and understanding of students’ differences, and to advocate for students to receive the accommodations and modifications they need in order to be successful.   For more information, contact the Breaking Barriers Club at

The mission of FUS Byzantine Club is to represent the Byzantine Rite of the Catholic Church at Franciscan University and to bring its richness to all Franciscan students. We host prayer services in Christ the King Chapel along with monthly Divine Liturgy, the Eucharistic celebration of the Byzantine Rite - our Mass! FUS Byzantine Club also welcomes speakers from Byzantine and Eastern Catholic communities across the nation. Our club’s patron is Blessed Theodore Romzha, a 20th century bishop-martyr who died defending the Byzantine Catholic Church from communist oppression in Eastern Europe. Membership is available to all students regardless of their ritualistic tradition. For more information, please contact the FUS Byzantine Club at

The purpose of The Chess Club is to bring students together to play competitive chess in a tournament style, thus students will be given the opportunity to expand their chess knowledge and skills.  For more information, contact The Chess Club at

The Chesterton Society provides opportunities for a deepening of faith through exploration of Chesterton's literary ideas with his books and worldview.  The society hosts notable Chesterton scholars and speakers and sponsors screenings of EWTN's Saints and Scoundrels, The Golden Key, Father Brown Mysteries.  For more information, contact the Chesterton Society at

The purpose of the Cyber Security Club is to provide students who are interested in cybersecurity with the technical resources needed to advance their knowledge in cyber security.  The club organizes  monthly meetings to discuss and practice hands-on cybersecurity concepts including, but not limited to, network security, digital forensics, penetration testing, secure coding, cryptography, and reverse engineering. For more information, contact the Cyber Security Club at

The club seeks to provide the faith filled communal environment centered on the video game series, "Super Smash Bros".  FFSB hosts various Smash Bros tournaments at the University throughout the Fall and Spring semesters, as well as friendly matches between club members.  With this, we hope to continue the growth and improvement of the Super Smash Bros. scene at Franciscan, as well as build the faith of the gaming community located on and off campus.  For more information, contact the Faith, Family and Smash Brothers Club at

The primary focus and mission of Filipinos for Christ is to enhance, nourish and support the Filipino American Community at Franciscan University by means of the two pillars of our Catholic Faith and our Filipino Culture. It is our sincere desire to grow in our appreciation and love for our heritage while also growing deeper in our relationship with Christ and one another. We plan to accomplish this mission through various cultural and faith-based activities/events throughout the semester. For more information, contact the Filipinos for Christ Club at

The German Club is an organization that promotes the value of learning a second language, specifically German, and of appreciating aspects of the culture of the German-speaking countries. For more information, contact the German Club at

The purpose of this club is to give Franciscan students a voice in domestic and international society through advocacy among peers and representing American youth on the international stage at the United Nations.  The club's aim is the flourishing of every human life through the respect of human dignity.  Its activities are guided by the understanding that human life is sacred, and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. For more information, contact the Intercollegiate Defense of Equality and Solidarity (IDEAS) at

The purpose of the Franciscan University International Coffee Club is to promote a culture of leisure, drawing from Joseph Piper’s Leisure the Basis of Culture, using coffee as our vehicle towards fostering community.  We aim to be that much needed watering hole in the desert of commotion.  This time set aside will allow individuals to slow down, think, and discuss their experiences—allowing them to delve into contemplation and focus on the important questions in life.  This will all be achieved through weekly cupping sessions in which students will be presented the opportunity to try three different coffees from around the world, each brewed using three different brewing methods.  For more information, contact the International Coffee Club at

The purpose of the Franciscan Irish Dance Club is to promote a deeper appreciation for Irish culture, to cultivate new friendships, and to glorify God through dance.  The club is a way for students to become more familiar with Irish culture, to learn both traditional and nontraditional dances, and to also get a thorough workout.  For more information, contact the Irish Dance Club at

The goal of Juventutem Club is to provide for interested students an opportunity to learn more about the rich liturgical heritage of the Catholic Church.  This group is a local chapter of the international organization “Juventutem Foederatio Internationalis.” Juventutem is a movement of young Roman Catholics between the ages of 18 and 35 who are devoted to the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. Juventutem seeks to foster among its members a love for the Latin Mass, to strengthen relationships between its members and to assist them in developing their faith.  For more information, contact the Juventutem Club at

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization. Founded in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney, the order has been called “the strong right arm of the Church” due to its support of the Church and her apostolic mission. Our members are Catholic gentlemen committed to the exemplification of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. The order is consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary and is unequivocal in its loyalty to the Pope. Our council has been serving Franciscan University since 1988 and is probably best known for its barbecues. In Service to One, In Service to All. For more information, contact the Knights of Columbus at

The goal of the Knitting Nook is to foster a welcoming and relaxing community for men and women who knit and crochet. As a group, we strive to enrich the community with our work, through helping others, fostering an importance for craft, and developing friendships with each other. We hope to share our experiences and to learn new techniques from each other, making teaching and sharing an integral part of our club. We aim to be generous in donating our time and projects to those in need. Lastly, we strive to integrate knitting and crochet into fun, productive meetings and events, decided by the interests of the group, which will bear fruit for the community and ourselves. For more information, contact the Knitting Nook at

Students in Latinos for Christ promote the unique blend of Hispanic and Catholic culture on campus through social and spiritual activities that demonstrate the diversity of the Catholic Church. For more information, contact Latinos for Christ at

The purpose of the Franciscan University of Steubenville Life Runners is to pray and run/walk as a team until we cross the finish line that ends abortion.  We run as a prayer:  to build endurance, awareness, and charity believing in the dignity of all human life from conception to natural death.  For more information, contact the Franciscan University of Steubenville Life Runners at

The mission of Mary’s Meals FUS is to support the work of the Mary’s Meals international organization through prayer, financial support, and raising awareness of the organization both on campus and in the community. Mary’s Meals is an international movement to set up school feeding projects in communities where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education. Mary's Meals provides daily meals in schools for over 4,000,000 children in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. For more information, contact Mary’s Meals at

We aim to embrace the beauty and universality of the Catholic Church. We strive to grow in deeper love for our Catholic faith and cultivate community with each other by seeking and encountering Christ through different cultural perspectives.  Specifically, our club aims to explore how members of the Franciscan University community can grow in faith and holiness through the messages of our Lady to different peoples and through the examples, lives, and testimonies of Catholic saints from different cultural backgrounds.  For more information, contact the Marian Multicultural Club at

The Militia of the Immaculata was created by Saint Maximilian Kolbe to promote total consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary of the purpose of spiritual renewal for individuals and society.  Through Mary, we will attain the ultimate purpose of the Militia of the Immaculata:  the greatest possible glory of God.  The Franciscan University chapter of the Militia Immaculata (MI) seeks to remain in conformity with the goals of the worldwide MI and in contact with the national office of the MI. For more information, contact Militia Immaculate at

The purpose of the Franciscan University Musical Theatre Troupe is to provide an outlet for students to participate in all aspects of the production of a musical from acting to directing and everything in between.  For more information, contact the Franciscan University Musical Theatre Troupe at

The mission of the Franciscan University Outdoors Club is to foster a greater awareness of God’s earthly creation and to promote student bonding through recreational activities including skiing, snowboarding, and paintballing. For more information, contact the Outdoors Club at

The purpose of the St. Justin Martyr Debate Club is to help students learn how to form coherent arguments about important issues and debate those arguments in a positive way with students from other Universities.  This will be achieved by practicing and learning debate on campus, and then taking debate skills to other schools for inter-collegiate debate tournaments. For more information, contact the St. Justin Martyr Debate Club at

The purpose of St. Paul’s Juggling Troupe is to evangelize the world through authentic Christian joy, manifested by juggling and song. It aims to bring joy to both campus and the residents of neighboring cities by performing juggling shows. We have weekly juggling practice consisting of juggling tutorials by experienced members and folk music.  The Troupe will put on live juggling shows for the students at Franciscan and for the public in the cities of Pittsburgh and Steubenville. For more information, contact the St. Paul’s Juggling Troupe at

The club encourages students to come together as brothers and sisters in Christ under the guidance of the Holy Family and Saint Vitus, patron saint of dance, in the form of dancing.  The dancing will include but not be limited to: waltz and other ballroom dances, swing, line and folk.  For more information, 

The purpose of "S.C.A.N." is to connect student creatives with each other in order to assist in the production of the individual and group projects, fostering a community of teamwork and collaboration.  For more information, contact the Student Creative Arts Network at

Franciscan University Student Government represents students’ needs, concerns, and ideas to the administration body. It is made up of the executive staff, student senate, and justices. Elections for executive and senate positions are held in the spring. For more information, contact Student Government at 

Students for Life is a student-run organization that seeks to promote a greater respect for the dignity of all human life, from the moment of conception to a natural death. Members of the organization do this by means of prayer, education, and action together in order to bring about conversion of hearts and minds in themselves, the Church, the nation, and the world. For more information, contact Students for Life at

The purpose of the Tolkien Society is to further the study of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and to spread his spirituality to Franciscan University.  The Society facilitates discussions focused on the works and writings of J.R.R. Tolkien.  For more information, contact the Tolkien Society at

The mission of the Veritas Society is the promotion of intellectual exchange and endeavour among students at Franciscan University, encouraging members to grow in their understanding of, and appreciation for, a Catholic Christian worldview, and in their ability to explicate and defend it.  Our activities include organizing regular philosophy-culture seminars and the organising of other talks, dialogues, and debates. For more information, contact the Veritas Society at

The mission of the Franciscan Young Americans for Freedom is to foster the growth of students as conscientious citizens with a focus on defending the United States Constitution in a manner consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church. It seeks to do so through intellectual activities as well as issue advocacy. For more information, contact Franciscan Young Americans for Freedom at




The purpose of the Franciscan Equestrian Club is to provide the opportunity for students to engage in equestrian activities at an affordable price. The club seeks to accomplish this through setting up meetings between members and coaches. It will also be accomplished through competing at IHSA horse shows. The ultimate goal for this club is to generate enough interest and growth to make it a successful team, which would enable the members to compete at an elite level. The Franciscan Equestrian Club is a student-led organization recognized by the Student Life Department of Franciscan University and has no association with the Franciscan University Athletics Department or the NCAA. For more information, contact the Franciscan University Equestrian Club at

The mission of the Franciscan University Ultimate Club is to develop the ultimate skills and character of those involved through practices, games, scrimmages, and tournaments. The fundamental goal of the club is to give the individual men an opportunity to develop as a player, a person, and a teammate. For more information, contact the Franciscan University Ultimate Club at


The purpose of the Rock Climbing Club (ClimbFUS) is to promote rock climbing as a form of fitness, enjoyment, and personal growth.  This club introduces the sport of rock climbing to the student body and allows experienced climbers an opportunity to pursue their climbing goals.  The club works as an agent to bring an example of Christ-like love to those in the climbing community.  For more information, contact the Rock Climbing Club at


The mission of the Franciscan University Women's Ultimate Club (Franciscan Fire) is to develop and improve one's overall ultimate skill and to grow in sisterhood as teammates and friends.  For more information, contact the Women's Ultimate Club at 





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