Seton Hall University

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Seton Hall University is a private, Roman Catholic institution of higher education located in South Orange, New Jersey. One of the nation’s leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall University has been recognized for its academic excellence by The Princeton Review, US News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek. The institution was founded in 1856 by Bishop James Roosevelt Bayley and named for Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American-born saint. One of the oldest diocesan universities in the United States, Seton Hall University operates under the Archdiocese of Newark. Since its establishment, Seton Hall University has remained dedicated to its founder’s vision of providing “a home for the mind, heart, and spirit.”

Academic Programs

Seton Hall University’s mission as a Catholic institution is to provide a collaborative environment filled with diversity which focuses on both academic and ethical development. Seton Hall University endeavors to graduate students who are “prepared to be leaders in their professional and community lives in a global society and are challenged by outstanding faculty, an evolving technologically advanced setting and values-centered curricula.” The University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1932.

Seton Hall University offers more than 90 undergraduate majors and several graduate programs and is divided into a number of colleges and schools, including: the College of Arts and Sciences; the Stillman School of Business; the College of Communications and the Arts; the School of Diplomacy and International Relations; the College of Education and Human Services; the School of Law (located off campus in nearby Newark, NJ); the School of Theology (Immaculate Conception Seminary); the College of Nursing; and the School of Health and Medical Sciences. Professors seek to know their students personally and establish a mentoring relationship with them, providing a mix of both classroom learning combined with real-world experiences.

Student Life

Seton Hall University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 10,000, including more than 5,000 undergraduate students. The student male to female ratio is split nearly 60% to 40%, respectively, and the University boasts a diversity rate of approximately 45% with students hailing from more than 70 countries. Roughly 80% of freshmen and half of all undergraduates live on campus in one of the University’s six on-campus, undergraduate residence halls or in one of the university-owned apartments located in South Orange. Seton Hall University’s campus sits on 58 acres in South Orange, a safe town which offers a quaint, small town charm but is only 30 minutes away from the “hustle and bustle” of New York City.

More than 130 student-led organizations exist on campus, as well as over 20 Greek Life Societies, providing students with ample opportunities to create strong connections with their classmates. Seton Hall University students and faculty also volunteer approximately 40,000 hours each year in community service. A member of the Big East Conference, Seton Hall University’s 14 varsity teams compete at the NCAA Division I-AAA level.

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