Lourdes University

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Lourdes University
Lourdes University Logo.jpg
Former names
Lourdes Junior College, Lourdes College
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic
Endowment$11.7 Million
PresidentMary Ann Gawelek
Academic staff
49 FT, 5 PT, 77 Adjuncts
Administrative staff
105 FT, 16 PT
Location, ,

41°42′35″N 83°42′22″W / 41.709839°N 83.706132°W / 41.709839; -83.706132Coordinates: 41°42′35″N 83°42′22″W / 41.709839°N 83.706132°W / 41.709839; -83.706132
Campus127 acres (0.51 km2) Suburban
ColorsTerracotta and Black[1]
Sporting affiliations
MascotGray Wolves

Lourdes University is a private Franciscan university in Sylvania, Ohio. Established in 1958, the university is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania.[2]


As a Franciscan university, Lourdes students receive a liberal arts curriculum with application to the professional studies.[3] Lourdes has a diverse community of students and a 12:1 student to faculty ratio.[4]

Classified as a master's university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education,[5] Lourdes offers baccalaureate degree programs in the arts and sciences, business and leadership, nursing and the social sciences. Students can also pursue several pre-professional programs and graduate degrees.


In 1916 Mother Adelaide Sandusky traveled from Minnesota to northwest Ohio to establish a province of the Rochester Franciscans that eventually became the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania.[6] For nearly 50 years, she cultivated the Sylvania Franciscan community establishing ministries including the Catholic and Franciscan institution known today as Lourdes University.[7]

Initially created as an extension campus of the College of St. Teresa (in Winona, Minnesota), Lourdes Junior College was founded in 1958 to educate the Sisters of St. Francis. In 1964, the liberal arts institution was accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. As time passed and there were fewer candidates in formation, Lourdes began admitting lay students with women enrolling in 1969 and men in 1975.[8]


Lourdes University is located in the suburban city of Sylvania, Ohio


Russell J. Ebeid Fitness and Recreation Center[edit]

The Russell J. Ebeid Recreation Center offers a gaming area for e-sports athletics and competition-level basketball and volleyball courts.

The Grille[edit]

Adjacent to the planetarium lobby and Mother Adelaide Hall, The Grille is a 9,500 square foot dining hall featuring an open floor plan, large seating area, food stations, and an outdoor dining patio.

The Canticle Center[edit]

The Canticle Center is home to the Graduate School, the Art Department offices and studios, the Music Department office and classrooms, music practice rooms, undergraduate and graduate classrooms, a 40-seat computer classroom, a Student Lounge, a conference room, and a gym for student recreation and Athletic Team practices. The Canticle Center also houses offices for the Sophia Center, sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis.

Academic Success Center[edit]

The Academic Success Center provides computers, tutors and academic coaches to students. Each semester, workshops are offered to assist students with various topics.

Residence Halls[edit]

Residential students choose from 1 and 2 bedroom apartment-style living spaces in separate residence buildings. Each residential apartment offers a living room, kitchen with dining area, bedroom, bathroom and shower, air conditioning, and internet access.[9]

Franciscan Center[edit]

The Franciscan Center features a full-service theater that seats 850 patrons and is capable of hosting a fully staged and technically challenging performance or a simple lecture event. It also features smaller conference rooms seating anywhere from 15 to 200, a gymnasium, and a commons area that can be used for dinners, banquets, style shows, a multitude of special events and wedding receptions. As a rental facility, the Franciscan Center is available for wedding receptions, meetings, parties, trade shows, seminars and other types of events.

Appold Planetarium[edit]

The Appold Planetarium features SciDome, a single projector fulldome video system powered by Starry Night that allows real-time 3D sky simulation, fulldome shows and multi-media presentations.


The Duns Scotus Library at Lourdes University is named after a 13th-century Franciscan scholar. It has a collection of over 60,000 volumes. Lourdes University is a member of the OPAL/OhioLINK, a consortium of universities sharing their library resources electronically.


Known as the Gray Wolves, Lourdes University is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and plays in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC).[10] Offering 19 men's and women's sports, the teams play under the university's colors of terra cotta and black. The mascot is Gubi, named after the tale of St. Francis of Assisi, a Wolf and the town of Gubbio.[11]

Athletic Facilities[edit]

  • Mercy Field - baseball
  • Wildcat Stadium - lacrosse, soccer
  • Pacesetter Park - softball
  • Franciscan Center Gym - wrestling
  • The Ebeid Recreation Center


Lourdes University has scholarships available for academics, band, chorale, e-sports, campus ministry and athletics.


  1. ^ "Identity – Lourdes University". Retrieved 2016-09-05.
  2. ^ "Our Mission and Values". Lourdes University. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  3. ^ "Academics". Lourdes University. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  4. ^ "Fast Facts". Lourdes University. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  5. ^ "Lourdes University – Sylvania, Ohio". The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  6. ^ "History". Lourdes University. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  7. ^ "Our History". Sylvania Franciscans. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  8. ^ "History". Lourdes University. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  9. ^ "Housing". Lourdes University. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  10. ^ "The Official Athletic Site of Lourdes University". Lourdes Athletics. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
  11. ^ "Athletics: Lourdes University Mascot". Lourdes University. Retrieved June 16, 2016.

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