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Catholic Profile

On Saint Vincent College’s 200-acre campus in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania, you’ll find people who inspire you and opportunities that invite you to take your talents and strengths to new heights and new places—across town and around the world.

Along the way you’ll discover more about yourself, your power to make a difference for others, and what it means to lead a life of purpose.


The world is your classroom
As a student at Saint Vincent, you will learn in places ranging from multimedia classrooms to the 50-acre Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve (named for the late wife of golf legend Arnold Palmer) to the Fred Rogers Center (named for public television’s Fred Rogers) to places around the world.
To foster the most effective learning environment, classes are kept small (50% of our classes have fewer than 20 students) and faculty place highest priority on teaching. Since there are no teaching assistants, faculty have the opportunity to get to know every student. Faculty become mentors as they guide students in a search for truth in an increasingly complicated world.

Students in every major will conduct original research or creative work. For instance, all Science majors conduct a three-semester research project, working closely with faculty and fellow students. Many go on to share their work at national and international conferences. 

Students who enjoy academic challenge may apply to the Honors Program. Students can also choose to study abroad, with options in dozens of countries. In addition, as a member of a Catholic Relief Services Global Campus, you will be challenged to use what you are learning to serve and change the world through education, prayer, giving, and action. From the breadth of the liberal arts curriculum to the excitement of hands-on learning, the goal is to encourage a love for learning that endures.


Catholic, Benedictine tradition
At Saint Vincent we are proud of the Catholic, Benedictine tradition that has shaped life on this campus for more than 170 years. In keeping with the Benedictine tradition of hospitality, Saint Vincent welcomes students of all faiths or of no faith. Prayer is an important part of life for many of our administrators, faculty members, and students—no matter what their faith traditions—and our campus offers many spaces for prayer, including an historic Basilica and a student Chapel.

The sense of community that Saint Vincent is known for is fostered from the day you arrive on campus. Orientation lasts five weeks and involves more than 150 upperclassmen whose mission is to make freshmen feel at home. Every student is matched with an upperclassman who serves as a big brother or big sister throughout the first year. In the residence halls (where more than 70% of students live), trained prefects foster a safe living environment and provide guidance and advice, along with activities and educational programs.

Throughout the fall semester, Campus Ministry invites groups of freshmen to join the Benedictine monks for vesper prayers, followed by dinner and conversation. This Neighborhood to Neighborhood program culminates with a dinner hosted by the Archabbot.

Expand your horizons
With a strong advising program and career services that begin freshman year, Saint Vincent helps every student explore career options; gain experience through research, internships, and service opportunities; and chart a plan for the future. By incorporating ethical reasoning into courses ranging from business to biology to education, Saint Vincent helps students develop a heightened sense of integrity and accountability, characteristics that seem to be increasingly rare—but increasingly needed—in today’s culture.

College is an investment in the future. Students find the Saint Vincent experience provides returns in countless ways, not only as they make their way down a career path, but more importantly, as they make their way through life. Ninety-seven percent of 2015 SVC graduates responding to a survey were employed in their fields or attending graduate school. And while the “sticker price” is higher than a state university, Saint Vincent provides distinct advantages that make a difference in what a student gets out of these four years.

Saint Vincent strives to expand the horizons of its students. Saint Vincent wants them to succeed in the workplace and make a good living. We also want them to see that their life is a gift for others and that they can make a difference in the world.



COST 2016–2017


Tuition and fees = $34,010
Room and board = $10,812
Total cost = $44,822


Saint Vincent offers merit scholarships of up to $20,500 per year.