Seton Hill University, founded by the Sisters of Charity, is a coeducational Catholic liberal arts university in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Chartered in 1918 by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Seton Hill currently enrolls more than 1,900 students and offers more than 30 undergraduate programs, nine graduate programs, an adult degree program and several advanced certifications. Located 30 miles east of Pittsburgh, Seton Hill provides the community, and the region, with educated practitioners and leaders in the fields of education, the social sciences, the arts, business, science, healthcare, and government. Seton Hill also partners with the local community in economic development initiatives and as a source of cultural events and enrichment opportunities. The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools accredited Seton Hill University in 1921 (accreditation last reaffirmed in 2002). Seton Hill College became Seton Hill University in July 2002 and officially changed its status from a women’s college to a coeducational University at this time.
Seton Hill is a Catholic university rooted in Judeo-Christian values. In the tradition of Elizabeth Ann Seton, we educate students to think and act critically, creatively, and ethically as productive members of society committed to transforming the world.
Seton Hill University’s Mission Statement was revised by the administration, staff and Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill and formally adopted by the Board of Trustees on February 24, 2003.
Seton Hill University Quick Facts
(as of 11/10/08)
- Total Fall 2008 enrollment: 2,093
- Total new freshmen (traditional undergraduate program): 361
- Total undergraduate enrollment: 1,666
- Total graduate program enrollment: 427
- Student population is 67% female, 33% male
- Seton Hill students represent 42 states and 16 countries
- Most popular majors: Business, Psychology, Art
Seton Hill’s faculty members are researchers, poets, clinicians, writers, scientists, artists and businesspeople. They are award-winners and sought-after experts in their fields – but they are educators first. All Seton Hill classes are taught by professors - none are taught by graduate assistants – and outside the classroom Seton Hill faculty serve as student academic advisors, mentors and student club facilitators.
Faculty hold doctorates from universities such as Syracuse University, University of Chicago, Carnegie Mellon University, Northwestern University, Marquette University, Lehigh University, Cornell University, Catholic University of America, Rutgers University, Duquesne University and the University of Notre Dame.
Seton Hill’s student to faculty ratio is 16:1.
JoAnne Boyle, PhD, is the president of Seton Hill University, a position she has held since 1987. Dr. Boyle is an alumna of Seton Hill.
Michele Moore Ridge, former First Lady of Pennsylvania and Seton Hill alumna, serves as Chair of Seton Hill’s Board of Trustees.
Seton Hill offers a stellar undergraduate liberal arts program with more than 30 majors to choose from and two options for study:
- the “traditional” program, targeted to students age 18 – 24, with classes offered Monday – Friday, days and evenings, and
- the adult degree program, generally serving students age 25 or older, with classes offered on Saturdays and evenings to accommodate careers, families and other responsibilities.
Seton Hill offers 9 graduate programs and 2 graduate certificate programs:
- Master of Business Administration
- Master of Arts in Art Therapy
- Master of Arts in Elementary Education
- Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
- Master of Arts in Special Education
- Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction
- Master of Education in Instructional Design
- Master of Science in Physician Assistant
- Master of Arts in Inclusive Education
- Entrepreneurship (certificate)
- Genocide and Holocaust Studies (certificate)
In recent years the University has invested over $8 million in technology that focuses on student learning in all academic areas.
Seton Hill competes in Division II of the NCAA, and is a member of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC).
Seton Hill offers 21 varsity sports:
- Men’s Baseball
- Women’s Softball
- Men’s & Women’s Cross Country
- Women’s Field Hockey
- Football (inaugural season 2005-2006)
- Women’s & Men’s Golf
- Women’s & Men’s Soccer
- Women’s Volleyball
- Women’s & Men’s Basketball
- Men’s & Women’s Lacrosse
- Women’s & Men’s Tennis
- Women’s & Men’s Track & Field
Seton Hill’s athletic program has produced All-Americans in soccer, All-Regional volleyball players, and numerous All-Conference Awards. Seton Hill is especially proud of its many Academic All-Americans from each team.
Seton Hill’s colors are crimson and gold; nickname: the Griffins.
E-Magnify (formerly the National Education Center for Women in Business) – Since its inception in 1991, E-Magnify has offered a variety of resources, educational programs, advocacy initiatives and networking opportunities to women entrepreneurs. In addition, E-Magnify collaborates with Seton Hill’s CareerWorks and business programs to integrate entrepreneurship, grounded in the liberal arts, into all levels of the University’s business and management programs. In 2006 E-Magnify was designated as a Women’s Business Center (WBC) by The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
The National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education (NCCHE) - Seton Hill established the NCCHE in 1987 with the primary purpose of providing broad dissemination of scholarship on the root causes of anti-Semitism, its relation to the Holocaust, and the implications from the Catholic perspective of both for today’s world. Toward this end the NCCHE is committed to: equipping educators to enter into serious discussion on the causes of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust; shaping appropriate curricular responses at all educational levels; and sustaining Seton Hill University’s Catholic Institute for Holocaust Studies in Israel through a cooperative program with Yad Vashem, Hebrew University and the Isaac Jacob Institute for Religious Law. In 2007, Sr. Gemma Del Duca, one of the Center’s founders, received the Excellence in Holocaust Education Award from Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Authority, for her work with the NCCHE.
Seton Hill University’s Child Development Center and Kindergarten, directed by Seton Hill’s Division of Education, are nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The Center and Kindergarten provide valuable community services while affording the students of Seton Hill University, under the direction of center teachers, the opportunity to observe, work, and learn in an accredited early childhood environment.
The Seton Hill University Center for Family Therapy is a community-based mental health and training site in downtown Greensburg, Pa. Therapy is provided by advanced Marriage and Family Therapy graduate students specializing in providing individual, couple, and family therapy. Using a holistic approach, the therapists take into consideration the entire family system of each of the Center’s clients. Using state-of-the-art training facilities, therapists are mentored by experienced clinicians on the faculty at Seton Hill University.
Seton Hill hosts nationally and internationally known speakers to further international/intercultural study and understanding. All lectures are open to the public, and many of them are free. Speakers have included:
- Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet
- Corinne “Lindy” Boggs, Former Ambassador to the Vatican
- Former President of Poland, Lech Walesa
- Commentator Lesley Stahl
- Pulitzer Prize winning historian David McCullough
- Pulitzer Prize winning humorist Dave Barry
- Pulitzer Prize winning author Frank McCourt
Regional Partnerships with school districts, government entities and athletic and recreational program sponsors help Seton Hill fulfill its mission while supporting the larger community. Some examples:
- Seton Hill has joined together with the City of Greensburg, the County of Westmoreland, the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Westmoreland, the Greensburg Salem School District, local legislators, and the Westmoreland Trust to create the University Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Greensburg, Pa. The projected $21 million Center will bring the University’s premier programs in Music and Theatre (including the Community Arts program, which offers music and dance lessons to community members of all ages) into the heart of Greensburg’s developing cultural district. An Economic Impact Study completed by Mullin and Lonergan Associates in 2004 indicated that the Center would generate over 635 new jobs (permanent and temporary), over $7 million in total wages, over $350,000 in new state and local taxes, and at least $1 million per year in visitor spending. The University Center for the Performing Arts is scheduled to open in the 2009-2010 academic year.
- Seton Hill’s Division of Natural and Health Sciences and the Chemistry Club have established partnerships with regional K-12 school districts and initiated numerous high quality outreach programs to encourage young women to pursue studies and future careers in science and math. One such program, Women in Science Day, is hosted each spring on Seton Hill's campus. Female high school students are invited to the University for a day of science activities, a keynote lecture, and a scholarship award ceremony.
- Seton Hill partners with the Sisters of Charity to offer the Seton Arts Service Corps., a program that prepares Seton Hill arts students to help children in underserved areas transform themselves, and their communities, through the arts. The arts scholars then serve as facilitators for Saturday youth art programs located in urban neighborhoods.
Seton Hill’s Division of Visual and Performing Arts has a history of reaching out to the local community by offering:
- the Community Arts Program, which offers instruction in music and dance to more than 300 members of the local community of all ages and skill levels;
-the Winds ’n Jazz in June summer camp, serving local students from grades 8 – 12;
- free exhibits at Harlan Gallery, a professional exhibition space on campus that presents the work of local, national and international artists in addition to the work of faculty and students;
- special performances of SHU Theatre productions for local elementary and high schools and reduced pricing for college students;
- a variety of free public concerts offered annually through the Seton Hill Music Program.
Seton Hill’s Division of Humanities produces the JoAnne Boyle World Affairs Forum, which brings local, national and international speakers to Seton Hill to discuss global events in an informal setting that encourages discourse. All World Affairs Forums are free and open to the public.
Seton Hill’s MBA program, in cooperation with E-Magnify, CareerWorks, the undergraduate business program, and the Office of Graduate and Adult Studies, coordinates the Farrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Series. Created in 2007 with the support of a gift from the Farrell Family Foundation of Pittsburgh, the Series presents panel discussions and lectures by local and regional entrepreneurs and business experts that are free and open to the public.
Seton Hill’s Athletics program hosts skills camps for young athletes throughout the academic year and during the summer.
Seton Hill University has a deep commitment to community service, inspired by the beliefs and traditions of our founders, the Sisters of Charity. In addition to educational offerings that prepare students for careers in community service fields, Seton Hill students, faculty and staff coordinate and participate in service projects regularly. Examples include:
Labor of Love, a day of volunteer service to local human service organizations, held on or near Labor Day every year.
Take the Day On, a day of community service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. held annually on or near Martin Luther King Day.
Student service clubs such as the Make-A-Wish Club, the Seton Hill Student Government Association and the Social Work Club, which hold fundraisers and awareness events throughout the school year, in support of the American Red Cross, Blackburn Center, Westmoreland Food Bank, Salvation Army, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and many others.
Campus Ministry projects such as the annual spring break trip to work with Habitat for Humanity or the coordination of aid for victims of natural disasters.
Regional & National Recognitions
U.S. News & World Report named Seton Hill one of the Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the North Region in 2007 & 2008.
The Princeton Review named Seton Hill a Best Northeastern College for the fifth time in 2008.
Seton Hill’s “This Way Up” and academic program television commercials received the international Telly Award in 2005 and 2007.
Seton Hill was named a Top 100 Entrepreneurial University three times by Entrepreneur magazine.
The national Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) honored Seton Hill with a gold medal in 2007 for the University's publication “Coming Attractions: The Seton Hill University Center for the Performing Arts,” and a silver medal in 2008 for the “Are You Up” marketing campaign. In addition, the Association of Student Advancement Programs, a CASE program, presented Seton Hill’s Student Ambassador Program (SHUSA) with the 2007 Outstanding Organization Student Ambassador Award.
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