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Catholic Profile

Welcome to Presentation College!

Presentation College, located in Aberdeen, South Dakota, was founded by the Presentation Sisters in 1951. Today we provide academic programs for more than 800 students in 16 undergraduate programs in the arts and sciences, nursing, business, social and behavioral sciences, and allied health.

Learning...for a better world
Using knowledge to improve lives and make our communities a better place is the very heart of what we do at Presentation College. Here service learning isn’t an add-on or an afterthought. It’s the very foundation of who we are and what our education stands for.

Because, quite simply, that’s what the world needs.

Our tradition
Our deep Catholic roots guide us in the way we approach learning and living. A core mission of our founders is a sincere commitment to social justice and human dignity, and that commitment is brought to life every day through our efforts to help individuals, families, and communities in need.

Our service curriculum
In order to fulfill graduation requirements, students complete at least two service learning projects. You’ll have the flexibility to choose from a broad range of service learning programs and opportunities, and you’ll enhance the experience through reflections and journaling.

Our boundless enthusiasm
From building homes through Habitat for Humanity to “Shop with the Saints” for families in need to packing lunches at the local food bank to hosting community meals and health clinics to countless other service activities, there’s no limit to our enthusiasm for service. That’s why 97% of students say they’re satisfied with service learning at Presentation.

Our core values
Drawing upon a 2,000-year-old Catholic tradition, Presentation College has a rigorous commitment to the pursuit of truth in harmony with a deep appreciation for the spiritual life. The most basic tenet of the Catholic intellectual tradition, as it relates to higher education, is the manner in which faith, knowledge, and reason complement each other. Presentation College offers an education of continuing scholarship, seeking the truth. That tradition permeates the curriculum, student life, and core values of the College. Inherent in both the tradition of the Church and in the mission of the Presentation Sisters is a sincere commitment to social justice, which includes respect for the dignity of the individual. This commitment is expressed in service and is a special hallmark of a Presentation College education.

Learning community
The charism of the Presentation Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary extends itself through Presentation College. Inspired by the love and zeal of the order’s founder, Nano Nagle, the College welcomes all people in the spirit of hospitality to include warmth, acceptance, and gratitude. Presentation College is committed to intentionally serving and learning with all who seek relationship within the context of the College. Presentation College promotes acceptance, unity, dignity, and appreciation for diversity.

Whole person education
Presentation College believes that an effective, comprehensive education will encompass the spiritual, intellectual, socio-cultural, emotional, environmental, physical, and career dimensions of the whole person.

Education of distinction
Presentation College is the only college worldwide that is sponsored by a congregation of Presentation Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary. A vital aspect of the legacy of the Presentation Sisters is excellence in teaching and in healing. Honoring that legacy, as well as the sponsorship of the Presentation Sisters, is the basis for an education of distinction at Presentation College. Presentation Sisters value hospitality and practice social justice, and those values are a distinctive part of the Presentation College learning community. As Presentation people, we joyfully teach, learn, and serve.

Presentation College has been a leader in health care education, in establishing outreach campuses, in utilizing technology, and in offering online education. Based on that history of innovation and of responding to needs, Presentation College continues to embrace creativity, originality, imagination, and vision to promote resourcefulness.


Welcoming people of all faiths, Presentation College challenges learners toward academic excellence and, in the Catholic tradition, the development of the whole person.