It's that time of year again! The class of 2023 has arrived on Jesuit campuses across the country, ready to begin the next four years of their lives. Over the past few weeks, students have participated in orientation programs, many of which included community service events. In addition to bringing students together, these events helped to introduce them to their local communities, as well as the Jesuit mission of being men and women for and with others.

Jesuit schools also demonstrated their commitment to caring for the whole person by having sophomores, juniors and seniors help move first-year students into their dorms. These “move crews” helped to ease the transition from home to school for students and their families. Move-in day events also included blessings from presidents, Jesuits in residence and other members of our campus communities.

Click here to learn more about the opening of the new academic year!

We are Jesuit Educated

What does it mean to be Jesuit educated? Hear what students from Jesuit colleges and universities across the country have to say in our #JesuitEducated video series, available on YouTube! Visit to learn more about the nation's Jesuit colleges and universities.

Connections: The Online Magazine for Jesuit Colleges and Universities

The May 2019 issue of Connections highlights beloved campus traditions at commencement. Visit to learn more.


AJCU Higher Ed News is a weekly e-newsletter featuring the latest news from Jesuit campuses and organizations.

Mission & Identity

The distinctiveness of a Jesuit education stems from its deep-rooted history and a mission grounded in faith and intellectual rigor. Since its beginnings in 1548, when the first Jesuit institution opened its doors in Messina, Sicily, Jesuit higher education remains committed to academic excellence, service, leadership and caring for the whole person. Click here to learn more about Jesuit mission and identity through our publications, videos and links to related websites.

At the request of the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, the Provincials of the U.S. Jesuit Provinces and the Presidents of AJCU member institutions have established a self-study and peer review process for reaffirming the Jesuit, Catholic mission priorities of U.S. Jesuit colleges and universities. Online materials have been created to assist with this process, known as the Mission Priority Examen (MPE) process; click here to view them online.

A Commitment to SOCIAL JUSTICE

Our institutions are committed to the pursuit of social justice, and teaching students how to become men and women for and with others. Learn more about AJCU's commitment to justice through our Federal Relations activities: Visit