Mission Principles

Catholic, Women and the Liberal Arts.


The glue that holds a not-for-profit together is the commitment to the mission by everyone within the institution.

We are a mission-driven university, which means that we take seriously — and live out every day — the vision of our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, who believed firmly that women:

  • had a right to a first-class education that would prepare them for a career and/or a family,
  • that this education would be guided by the principles of Catholic social teaching and the Catholic intellectual tradition, and
  • that this broad-based education would provide them with the "skills for living fully and freely."

We infuse University culture with deep conviction about the importance of our tripartite mission by:

  • encouraging multiple perspectives,
  • fostering common aspirations, and
  • identifying and challenging paradigms that prohibit full integration of the mission

Explore the three essential and intertwined aspects of our mission below.


  • Catholic

    What does this mean to us?

    Our Catholic identity shapes life on campus, our priorities, our ongoing commitment to social justice and our openness to students of all faiths.


  • Women

    Why is women's education so important?

    St. Kate's is built on a tradition of strong women. We offer a learning environment that is collaborative and recognizes the contributions of women, past and present.


  • Liberal Arts

    Why are the liberal arts more important than ever?

    We integrate the liberal arts throughout every program, from associate to the graduate level so students gain transferable skills and are prepared for all that life offers.