Area Attractions

College is about finding yourself–and sometimes about finding yourself somewhere else. Whether you prefer the big city or the middle of nowhere, you won’t have to travel far.

Pittsburgh is a short and easy drive (it may as well be our home city). One of America’s truly great cities, Pittsburgh has the National Aviary, a prestigious theatre district, professional baseball, football, and hockey teams, festivals for the arts and ethnic celebrations, and many breathtaking churches. There is always something worth doing in Pittsburgh.

Closer to home, Steubenville boasts a life-size reproduction of Fort Steuben, an early post-Revolution army outpost in the Northwest Territories, and many large outdoor murals throughout the city that tell the story of Steubenville and the Ohio Valley region.

To get away from the concrete jungles of the urban centers, spectacularly scenic state parks in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia are nearby, offering hiking, fishing, camping, golfing, and other activities. The foothills of the Appalachian Mountains hide many natural treasures around every green bend.

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Travel

Getting Here by Air

Pittsburgh International Airport is an easy 30 minute drive away for those flying commercial (driving directions below).

The Jefferson County Airpark offers a convenient and pleasant welcome for smaller regional flight arrangements.

If you are a new student attending New Student Orientation, please contact the Student Life Office to arrange to be picked up by the Orientation Transportation team at orientation@franciscan.cloud or call 740-283-6344.

Otherwise, here are some local transportation services:

  • Checker Transportation: (740) 283-1757
  • Airport Sedan Service: (412) 401-5466

Directions by Land

(Includes toll road)

  1. Take I-576 East toward Weirton (approximately 10 minutes).
  2. Merge on to US-22 West (approximately 20 minutes).
    • Follow US-22 West over the large cable bridge (Veteran’s Memorial Bridge) and into Ohio (While on bridge stay in right-hand lane).
  3. Take the exit for University Blvd./SR-7
  4. At the first stoplight, turn right—this is University Blvd.
  5. Travel up University Blvd, approximately ½ mile. The main University entrance is on the right.
  1. Take I-80 or I-76 to Rt. 11 South.
  2. Take SR-11 South to East Liverpool, Ohio.
  3. Take SR-7 South to Steubenville (approximately 25 minutes).
  4. US-22 merges with with SR-7 just north of Steubenville and they run together for about 1 mile.
  5. At the point where they split, follow US-22 East toward Weirton/University Blvd.
  6. Soon after that split, take the exit for University Blvd.
  7. Turn right onto University Blvd. at the traffic light.
  8. Travel up University Blvd, approximately ½ mile. The main University entrance is on the right.
  1. Take I-70 East or West to SR-7 North (Bridgeport, Ohio), to Steubenville (approximately 30 minutes).
  2. Look for the signs for “US-22 East: Weirton/University Blvd.”
  3. Turn left at the stoplight onto University Blvd.
  4. Go up University approximately ½ mile, the main University entrance on right).
  1. Take I-76 West, (Pennsylvania Turnpike) to I-376 west, through Pittsburgh.
  2. Follow the signs for the Fort Pitt Tunnel, which will put you on I-279 South/US-22/US-30.
  3. Proceed through the Fort Pitt Tunnel. Continue for approx. 10 miles.
  4. Look for the exit for US-22 West: Weirton/US-30.
  5. Take Rt. 22 West for about 30 miles.
  6. Follow Rt. 22 West over the large cable bridge (Veteran’s Memorial Bridge) and into Ohio
    (While on bridge stay in right-hand lane)
  7. Take the exit for University Blvd./SR-7 South
  8. At the first stoplight, turn right, (this is University Blvd).
  9. Go up University Blvd. approximately ½ mile, the main University entrance is on the right.
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