Kolbe Academy and Franciscan University of Steubenville Announce New Online Partnership

For Immediate Release

NAPA, CA–August 9, 2023–Kolbe Academy—a leading provider of Catholic, classical, home-based education—and Franciscan University of Steubenville have formed a new partnership that will give Kolbe students the opportunity to earn college credit through Franciscan University.

Faith, Wisdom, and Beyond: As Kolbe students head to Catholic colleges and universities, they carry with them the pillars of faith and wisdom, poised to reach beyond their limits and make a difference in the world.

With this partnership, Kolbe students enroll concurrently in designated Franciscan University and Kolbe Academy online courses. Students can get a head start on a high-quality, faith-based college education while still in high school, earn college-level credit at a reduced cost, and potentially graduate early.

"We're very excited about the new collaboration with Franciscan University, which deepens our commitment to offering our students an authentic and comprehensive Catholic education all while attending Kolbe Academy courses at home," said Mrs. Megan Lengyel, Chief Academic Officer of Kolbe Academy. "Our aim is to keep our students engaged within the supportive environment of Kolbe's online classrooms, while simultaneously providing them with the opportunity to earn college credits anywhere."

“This partnership is a shining example of how higher education institutions can collaborate with online high schools to enhance student success,” said Father Dave Pivonka, TOR, president of Franciscan University of Steubenville. “By providing students at Kolbe Academy the opportunity to earn college credits through concurrent enrollment, we are empowering them to advance their education, build a strong foundation for their future academic careers, and be educated and formed as joyful disciples of Jesus Christ.”

Kolbe Academy students will have the opportunity to enroll in an expanding list of courses approved by Franciscan University, and earned college credits may also be transferred to other institutions. Both schools will provide support to students throughout their academic journey, ensuring a smooth transition and laying a foundation for their future vocations.

Together, Franciscan University and Kolbe Academy are committed to academic excellence and encourage students to pursue truth, wisdom, and virtue, cultivating an openness to the call to holiness.

For more information about the partnership, please visit Kolbe.org/collegecredit or Franciscan.edu/advantage.

About Kolbe Academy 

Kolbe Academy is a K-12 Catholic, classical school for families seeking high quality in-home education. The variety of programs and offerings allow families to tailor their schooling to each child's needs, and therefore, serve faithfully as the primary educators of their children. Whether it be traditional homeschool, self-paced, or our premier synchronous live online courses, a Kolbe education forms all students as whole persons in virtue, wisdom, and faith.  

For more information, please visit Kolbe Academy's website at www.kolbe.org

About Franciscan University of Steubenville 

One of only 15 faithfully Catholic universities endorsed by the Cardinal Newman Society, Franciscan University of Steubenville continues to lead the renaissance of Catholic higher education called for in Ex corde Ecclesiae.

Founded in 1946 by friars of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Province of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis of Penance, Franciscan University integrates excellent academic programs with a dynamic faith environment to serve 2,500 students from all 50 states and 17 countries on campus and an additional 1,000 students online. Ranked in the top tier of Midwest universities by U.S. News & World Report since 1998, Franciscan offers over 100 programs of study including 45 undergraduate degrees, 9 graduate programs, and 17 online programs—all grounded in Franciscan’s acclaimed Catholic core curriculum.

For more about Franciscan University of Steubenville and its mission to educate, evangelize, and send forth Spirit-filled disciples of Jesus Christ, visit Franciscan.edu.

Media Contact:

Kolbe Academy
Marketing and Communications
Contact: Josh Beckman 
714-467-8598, jbeckman@kolbe.org

Franciscan University of Steubenville

Marketing and Communications

Contact: John W. Romanowsky, PhD


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