Marian University’s identity as a Catholic Franciscan institution is grounded in Jesus Christ. Our faith is ever-present and visible in the fabric of the educational philosophy and operation of the university. It guides the way faculty, administration, staff, and students relate to one another and how visitors are welcomed to campus.
Marian is a special place. As a student, it is a place to learn about who you really are and become the person you’ve always wanted to be. As a teacher, you participate in an excellent academic environment where teaching and learning excellence merges with deeper values to create a challenging process of intellectual, spiritual, moral, and social development.
Marian University is called to boldly serve the world by providing an education which transforms the hearts and minds of students through the integration of knowledge and faith. As a Catholic Franciscan university we welcome all to join in this mission as students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends.
Our foundresses, the Sisters of Saint Francis (Oldenburg, IN), were ambassadors of Christ who walked by faith and whose courage to venture made our great university possible. Today, this Gospel work is carried on in new ways by those who represent many faith systems and ideologies through excellent teaching, individualized mentoring, and academically rigorous research. At Marian University students receive an education that empowers them as leaders to promote the Franciscan Sponsorship Values rooted in prayer: the dignity of the individual, reconciliation, peace and justice and responsible stewardship.
Aspects of a Great Catholic University
Marian University, the only Catholic university in central Indiana, traces its roots eight hundred years to the first Catholic universities and is grounded in its Franciscan heritage. This tradition enables Marian University to provide the life changing opportunity of education to students of every race, faith, ideology, gender and economic status in order to promote human progress. As Saint John Paul II stated when writing about higher education, "A Catholic University, as any University, is immersed in human society; as an extension of its service to the Church and always within its proper competence, it is called on to become an ever more effective instrument of cultural progress for individuals as well as for society." We dare to say each Marian University student will experience the following aspects of a great Catholic university:
Marian University is a Catholic Franciscan institution of higher learning rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and committed to the spirituality of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi. Guided by the example of Our Blessed Mother, we are called to be a Seat of Wisdom – a university where the wisdom of Christ is held and contemplated. As a Catholic institution, we shape culture by searching for truth, working for justice and the common good for all, in communion with our local Bishop. As a Franciscan institution, we model all of our activities on the witness of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi and their followers. As a Catholic university, we pursue the knowledge of and relationship between faith and reason. As a Franciscan university, we strive to be a progressive force for faith, justice, and the flourishing of human life at all stages. Marian University exists to prepare transformational leaders for service to the world through the mission and ministry of Catholic higher education.
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Notice of Nondiscrimination
Marian University does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, age or disabilities in the selection of administrative personnel, faculty and staff, and students.
*Placement rates are gathered from data collected from graduates within six months of graduation.
Students may make a complaint to the Indiana Commission of Higher Education.
Marian University is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, Indiana.
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