Residence Living

Franciscan University is committed to developing and sustaining a residential environment that fosters Christian maturity in every area of life. Residential programming is designed to help students achieve their academic, spiritual, and personal goals. The Residence Life staff is composed of full-time, live-in, professionals who provide leadership, guidance, supervision, and facility management.

Residency Requirement

Franciscan University has a residential living requirement for undergraduates under the age of 22. For details see the Franciscan University website.

Students seeking an undergraduate degree must live on campus unless they:

  • Are age 22 by September 15
  • Are 21 and have earned 88 credits by September 15
  • Live with a parent or guardian in the local area

Wellness Center


Located on the lowermost level of Finnegan Fieldhouse, the Wellness Center is available for enrolled students. Whether you have a serious health concern or simply a curious question, you are encouraged to drop by or call for an appointment. To serve your needs, we have two branches at the Wellness Center. The Counseling Service focuses on emotional and psychological health, and the Health Service offers health education, prevention of illnesses, and primary medical care.

As a patient, you can be assured of confidentiality in all services provided by the Wellness Center. By law, no one may access your health records without your written consent. There are legal exceptions to confidentiality—which may include, but may not be limited to: suicidal or homicidal intentions, involvement in a felony, if a medical emergency threatens another person’s life or health and information from your record is needed to provide adequate care, reasonable evidence of child, elder, or spousal abuse or neglect, and/or the abuse or neglect of a person with mental retardation.

Counseling Service


Counseling is a specialized field in the helping professions that seeks to understand and

improve human behavior. Our staff includes trained counselors and social workers, licensed in Ohio, who use their special skills to help students lead more effective and satisfying lives.

Our staff strives to blend the best in mental health care with Christian principles as we work with individuals and groups of students. By listening to and assessing student problems, counseling goals are established for each student. In addition to individual counseling, group counseling sessions are also offered on campus. Our staff maintains relationships with local providers of psychiatric services, enabling us to refer students to these services as needed.

Counseling fees are $10 for an individual session, payable at the time of the appointment by cash, check, or credit/debit card. Students are not refused counseling services based on inability to pay.

Health Service


The Health Service staff provides assessment and treatment of common illnesses, first-aid, suture removal, administration of some injectable medications (including allergy serums), dressing applications, weight and nutrition counseling, health teaching, and referrals to various community and on-campus services. The Health Service is not a full-service emergency room or clinic; however, it is staffed by registered nurses and a nurse practitioner Monday through Friday on regular class days. The required Student Health Form is kept on file at the Wellness Center.

All students living in a residence hall must notify the Wellness Center of their vaccination for meningococcal and hepatitis B disease per Ohio law. Students cannot be admitted to the residence hall without indicating this on the Confidential Student Health Record.

When ordered by a practitioner, diagnostic lab and x-ray testing is completed off campus at Trinity Medical Center or Weirton Medical Center. Emergency health and medical problems are also referred to these hospitals. Referrals for off-campus dental and vision services are also available.

There is a $10 fee for all appointments, payable at the time of the appointment by cash, check, or credit/debit card. Students are not refused a health service appointment based on inability to pay. Tests for mononucleosis and strep are available for a nominal cost also. Specialized vaccines can be ordered, but the prices vary. Call the Wellness Center for pricing information. Prescription medications, which are delivered to the Wellness Center from local pharmacies, must be purchased by the student.