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Discover the value of an excellent private liberal arts education

At Lourdes University, students experience the true essence of a personalized liberal arts education. Our dedicated professors encourage students to achieve their degree while pursuing their career and life's goals. Grounded in the vision and ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Lourdes provides a respectful and inspiring environment in which to learn, teach, work, and live.

A Franciscan education combines the essential liberal arts curriculum with a professional studies focus. This blend attracts a diverse community of learners who seek to better themselves through thought-provoking conversations and hands-on practical experiences. Lourdes faculty and students together explore not just the questions of the mind, but also those of the spirit. We respect and value our diverse body of students as we invite people to reflect upon the enduring questions of life.

The 21st century learner

The 21st century is best known for change. Change in technology; change in how we interact with each other; and change in how we do business. Institutions of higher education must proactively change as well. Today's students learn and process information differently.

At Lourdes University, we give our students the treasures of our intellectual tradition while preparing them for the future. We realize 21st century professionals must be committed to the common good, well-educated, and be able to engage individuals from many cultural settings and backgrounds.

Lourdes University students and graduates

AcademicsA liberal arts curriculum helps students identify meaningful careers and enriches their lives through broad learning. Lourdes students enhance their interpretive skills, and their ability to understand the cultural, religious, and lived experiences of all people. In our global society, Lourdes graduates rely as much on their professional skills as they do on the creativity and critical thinking skills they gain from the liberal arts.

Lourdes graduates are role models of integrity and leaders in their communities. They heal those who need medical care, educate those who seek knowledge, and lead in the business, government, and non-profit sectors. Lourdes University alumni are a positive force in our region and throughout the world, infused with the values of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi.

Academics at Lourdes University

Lourdes University is located on over 110 wooded acres in suburban Sylvania, Ohio, in the Great Lakes Region. Founded by the Sisters of St. Francis in 1958, Lourdes offers programs rooted in the Catholic Franciscan values of community, learning, reverence and service. Choose your academic major and define your college experience.

Lourdes University offers a variety of strong, values-centered academic programs, convenient class times and a diverse campus community that focuses on your education and career success. Come discover your future at one of the lowest priced private colleges. Once you step on campus, you’ll feel at home.

Most importantly, our academic and student support programs have been recognized and awarded a number of scholarships and grants. These investments not only benefit you, our students, but the communities you will serve after graduation.

  • Over 30 academic majors to choose from
  • Undergraduate and graduate degrees available
  • Diverse faculty from 31 states and 5 countries
  • Nationally and locally accredited programs
  • Choose from service learning, internship and study abroad opportunities

Our Faculty

AcademicsLourdes University faculty are renowned for the excellent knowledge and personalized education they provide our students in a variety of subject matters. These esteemed professionals are not only appreciated in the classroom but in the professional realm by their peers.

At Lourdes, students will learn from individuals who have achieved their degrees and professional certifications from institutions in 31 states and 5 countries. Each year, these learned scholars strengthen their skills through academic research and presentations. Many are well-known authors of textbooks and articles in professional journals.



At a Glance

Sylvania, Ohio

Year Founded:

Founders and Sponsors:
Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania

Gray Wolves

Terra Cotta and Black

2,621 students from across the U.S. and abroad

Student to faculty ratio:
12 to 1

Over 110 acres in suburban Sylvania

Our values:
We are a community of learning, reverence and service

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