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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—from across town to across 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 (our average class size is less 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 have an opportunity to conduct original research; all math and science majors conduct a three-semester research project, and many go on
to share their findings at national confer
ences. 

Students can also choose to study abroad. In addition to options in dozens of countries, the College has affiliations with nine Chinese colleges and universities. 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 nearly 170 years. In keeping with the tradition of hospitality, Saint Vincent welcomes students of all faiths or of no faith. Our campus includes places for prayer, as it is an important part of life for many of our administrators, faculty members, and students—no matter what their faith traditions.

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.

Career orientation
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, butmore importantly, as they make their way through life. Ninety-six percent of 2014 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.

Expand your horizons
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.

 


 

AT A GLANCE

COST 2015–2016

Tuition and fees = $32,582

Room and board = $10,478

Total cost = $43,060

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

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