Mission & Vision

A student smiles as she walks into the O'Shaughnessy for her graduation.

The University mission guides the education of all students within a learning environment that recognizes the accomplishments of women and their distinct approaches to teaching and learning. As men enroll in associate, graduate, and continuing education programs, they gain access to diverse perspectives and content that encourages meaningful understanding of the experiences and contributions of women.

In its elevation of liberal arts and the Catholic intellectual tradition as the foundations of knowledge at all degree levels, and by implying that the purpose of knowledge is to “lead and influence,” the mission articulates clearly St. Catherine’s sense of what knowledge is and what it is for.

The mission retains the University’s historic three foundational pillars: with roots in the Catholic intellectual tradition, emphasis on the liberal arts, and a focus on the needs and aspirations of women.

Mission Statement

St. Catherine University educates students to lead and influence. Inspired by its visionary founding in 1905 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, more than a century later the University serves diverse students, with a baccalaureate college for women at its heart and graduate and associate programs for women and men.

At all degree levels, St. Catherine integrates liberal arts and professional education within the Catholic tradition, emphasizing intellectual inquiry and social teaching, and challenging students to transformational leadership. Committed to excellence and opportunity, St. Catherine University develops ethical, reflective and socially responsible leaders, informed by the philosophy of the women’s college and the spirit of the founders.

Vision Statement

To be a leading Catholic university distinguished by its innovative spirit and premier baccalaureate college for women.