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’ll 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 Mr. 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 the highest priority on teaching. Since there are no teaching assistants, faculty have the opportunity to get to know every student. They become mentors as they guide students in a search for truth in an increasingly complicated world.
Students in every major 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 students go on to share their work at national and international conferences.
Students can also choose to study abroad with options in dozens of countries. 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.
Honors Program opportunities
Students who enjoy academic challenge may apply to the Honors Program. As an Honors Program student, you will be part of an academic community that integrates cultural events and independent scholarly work into college classes. The program provides a special congenial setting for your intellectual growth during classes and extracurricular events.
• Attending plays, films, and art exhibits together
• Dinner and evening discussions on readings, films, art exhibits, etc.
• Extended trips within the United States and abroad during semester breaks
During previous semesters, Honors students have discussed current science issues over dinner with Bill Nye (The Science Guy), astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and Joanne Rogers (wife of the late Fred Rogers) and participated in poetry readings and discussions with faculty. Honors Program students have also traveled to New York City and Washington, DC, for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Supreme Court.
Benedictine, Catholic tradition
At Saint Vincent, we are proud of the Benedictine, Catholic 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 or no faiths. Our campus offers many places for prayer—an important part of life for many of our administrators, faculty members, and students, no matter what their faith traditions—including a historic basilica, student chapel, and non-demoninational prayer room.
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 sister throughout the first year. In the residence halls (where 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
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-nine percent of 2018 graduates responding to a survey were employed in their fields or attending graduate school.
Saint Vincent strives to expand the horizons of our students. We want 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 they can make a difference in the world.