The 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States are located in 18 states and the District of Columbia. The institutions range from major research universities to comprehensive universities, from smaller colleges and universities that combine the liberal arts and professional studies to one strictly liberal arts college.

In addition to being among 221 Catholic institutions and 1,600 independent colleges and universities in the United States, American Jesuit colleges and universities are part of a network of approximately 189 Jesuit institutions of higher learning throughout the world, thus having the distinction of being at once local, regional, national and international.
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Boston College
Founded in 1863, Boston College is committed to maintaining and strengthening the Jesuit, Catholic mission of the University, and especially its commitment to integrating intellectual, personal, ethical, and religious formation; and to uniting high academic achievement with service to others.

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Canisius College
Founded by the Jesuits in 1870, Canisius College is an independent, co-educational, medium-sized, institution of higher education conducted in the Catholic and Jesuit tradition. It offers undergraduate programs built upon a liberal arts core curriculum, leading to associate and baccalaureate degrees, plus graduate programs in business, education, and other professional fields, leading to the master's degree.

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College of the Holy Cross
Holy Cross is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, a centrally located New England city of 175,000.  The 174-acre hillside campus provides inspiring views, an inviting mix of historic and contemporary buildings, beautiful landscaping, and first-rate facilities. With a tradition of academic excellence that dates to its founding in 1843, Holy Cross is the oldest Catholic college in New England and has grown increasingly diverse in the last decade.  Holy Cross graduates become members of a loyal alumni family; equipped with the resources and perspective to respond as thoughtful leaders in business, professional and civic life.  

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Creighton University
Located in the center of America’s heartland, Creighton University is rooted in Catholic, Jesuit traditions and offers more than 7,000 students a contemporary, relevant education through its nine schools and colleges. A Creighton education, which bridges liberal arts, graduate and professional education in an environment of shared Jesuit values, is based on academic excellence, social justice and personal growth. We approach education with a passion for learning and a zeal for helping students of all faiths discover who they are and how they can make a difference in the world. Our Jesuit vision commits us to form women and men of competence, conscience and compassion, enlivened with a faith that does justice.

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Fairfield University
Founded in 1942, Fairfield University, a Jesuit, coeducational institution of higher learning whose primary objectives are to develop the creative intellectual potential of its students and to foster in them ethical and religious values and a sense of social responsibility. Jesuit Education, which began in 1547, is committed today to the service of faith, of which the promotion of justice is an absolute requirement.

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Fordham University
Founded as St. John’s College by Bishop John Hughes, Fordham opened in 1841 to serve the immigrant Church of New York. At the invitation of Bishop Hughes, the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) assumed responsibility for the College in 1846. In 1907 the institution achieved university status. Its name was officially changed to Fordham University. During the 20th century, the University grew to encompass eleven schools, with campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan and Westchester County.

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Georgetown University
Established in 1789, Georgetown is the nation’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit university. Drawing upon this legacy, we provide students with a world-class learning experience focused on educating the whole person through exposure to different faiths, cultures and beliefs. With our Jesuit values and location in Washington, D.C., Georgetown offers students a distinct opportunity to learn, experience and understand more about the world.

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Gonzaga University
The academic heart of Gonzaga's Catholic, Jesuit, Humanistic liberal arts tradition lies in its core curriculum. Gonzaga offers seventy-five undergraduate majors and programs, 26 master’s degrees, one Ph.D., one D.N.P., and one Juris Doctor through the School of Law. Additionally, undergraduates may participate in several distinctive academic programs to enrich academic coursework through service, leadership and community, including the Comprehensive Leadership, Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership, Honors and Military Science Programs.

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John Carroll University
John Carroll University is known for academic excellence in the Jesuit tradition, for its beautiful campus, and for preparing students in four years to successfully serve their communities and to provide leadership to their organizations.

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Le Moyne College
Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1946, Le Moyne is the second youngest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, and the first to open as a coeducational institution. It was named in honor of Simon Le Moyne, S.J., a priest, missionary and teacher with a considerable influence on Central New York.

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Loyola Marymount University
Located between the Pacific Ocean and downtown Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University is a comprehensive university offering 60 major programs, 36 master’s degrees and a doctoral degree in education from four colleges, two schools and Loyola Law School. Founded in 1911, LMU is ranked third in “Best Regional Universities/West” by U.S. News & World Report. LMU is the largest Jesuit Catholic university for undergraduates on the West Coast with more than 5,900 undergraduate students and more than 3,400 graduate and law students.

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Loyola University Chicago
With nearly 16,000 students, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit universities. Loyola was founded in 1870 and now has 10 schools and colleges with several campuses around the world (four in the Chicago area and one in Rome, plus academic centers in China and Vietnam). Loyola is consistently ranked among the top universities in the country, and U.S. News & World Report recently named Loyola one of the nation’s best values in higher education.

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Loyola University Maryland
When Jesuit priests founded Loyola in 1852, they looked to the very heart of their order for inspiration in choosing a name. They found their inspiration in St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, and that’s how Loyola—our Loyola—became the first institution of higher education in the United States to bear his name. To this day, we remain committed to the ideals embodied by the priests of the Society of Jesus throughout its rich history. Those Jesuit ideals include an emphasis on academic excellence, the importance of the liberal arts, and cura personalis—the education of the whole person. We strive to live up to the ideals set by St. Ignatius, and know they are integral to what Loyola has become.

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Loyola University New Orleans
Founded in 1912, Loyola University New Orleans is located in America’s most interesting city – the birthplace of jazz – and is the only Jesuit university in America that offers a College of Music and Fine Arts. Loyola is committed to its Catholic, Jesuit identity and offers a wide array of programs that prepare its students for ethical leadership, personal, and professional excellence.

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Marquette University
Founded in 1881, Marquette University is a Catholic, Jesuit university dedicated to serving God by serving our students and contributing to the advancement of knowledge. Our mission, therefore, is the search for truth, the discovery and sharing of knowledge, the fostering of personal and professional excellence, the promotion of a life of faith, and the development of leadership expressed in service to others. All this we pursue for the greater glory of God and the common benefit of the human community.

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Regis University
Regis University, inspired by its Jesuit Catholic heritage, has been committed to academic excellence, personal development and community engagement since its founding in 1877. Based in Denver, Colorado, Regis provides values-based education at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels.

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Rockhurst University
Founded in 1910, Rockhurst University exists to transform lives by creating a learning community centered on excellence in undergraduate liberal education and graduate education. Rockhurst is Catholic and Jesuit, involved in the life and growth of the city and the region, and committed to the service of the contemporary world.

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Saint Joseph's University
For 160 years, Saint Joseph’s University has advanced the professional and personal ambitions of men and women by providing a rigorous Jesuit education – one that demands high achievement, expands knowledge, deepens understanding, stresses effective reasoning and communication, develops moral and spiritual character, and imparts enduring pride.

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Saint Louis University
The Mission of Saint Louis University is the pursuit of truth for the greater glory of God and for the service of humanity. The University seeks excellence in the fulfillment of its corporate purposes of teaching, research, health care and service to the community. It is dedicated to leadership in the continuing quest for understanding of God's creation and for the discovery, dissemination and integration of the values, knowledge and skills required to transform society in the spirit of the Gospels. As a Catholic, Jesuit university, this pursuit is motivated by the inspiration and values of the Judeo-Christian tradition and is guided by the spiritual and intellectual ideals of the Society of Jesus.

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Saint Peter's University
For more than 140 years, Saint Peter’s University has strived to fulfill its mission as a Jesuit, Catholic institution by offering the opportunity to enter into sophisticated academic discourse; by creating pathways to work for social justice; by contributing cutting-edge research; and by continuing to positively enhance the reputation of higher education in New Jersey.

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Santa Clara University
Founded in 1851, Santa Clara University pursues its vision by creating an academic community that educates the whole person within the Jesuit, Catholic tradition, making student learning our central focus, continuously improving our curriculum and co-curriculum, strengthening our scholarship and creative work, and serving the communities of which we are a part in Silicon Valley and around the world.

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Seattle University
Founded in 1891, Seattle University is dedicated to educating the whole person, to professional formation, and to empowering leaders for a just and humane world. Excellent teaching, supported by high quality scholarship and personalized attention to student learning, ensures that intellectually challenging education is at the heart of our mission in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs.

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Spring Hill College
Founded in 1830 and rooted in its Catholic heritage and continuing the 450-year-old Jesuit tradition of educational excellence, Spring Hill College forms students to become responsible leaders in service to others.

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University of Detroit Mercy
As Michigan’s largest Catholic university, University of Detroit Mercy has an outstanding tradition of academic excellence, firmly rooted in a strong liberal arts curriculum. This tradition dates back to the formation of two Detroit institutions: the University of Detroit, founded in 1877 by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), and Mercy College of Detroit, founded in 1941 by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. In 1990, these schools consolidated to become the University of Detroit Mercy—a university dedicated to providing accessible, quality education, while meeting the career-preparation needs of a diverse student population.

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University of San Francisco
Founded in 1855, the University of San Francisco is in the heart of one of the most innovative and diverse cities and features a vibrant community of students and faculty who achieve excellence in their fields while building a more humane and just world. USF students, faculty, and alumni are involved in the entrepreneurial city of San Francisco and work in all industries, from technology to nonprofits.

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The University of Scranton
Founded in 1888, The University of Scranton is a Catholic and Jesuit university animated by the spiritual vision and the tradition of excellence characteristic of the Society of Jesus and those who share its way of proceeding.  The University is a community dedicated to the freedom of inquiry and personal development fundamental to the growth in wisdom and integrity of all who share its life.

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Wheeling Jesuit University
Founded in 1954, Wheeling Jesuit University is guided by the Jesuit traditions of educational excellence and service to others. By integrating learning, research, and economic development with classical knowledge and Christian revelation, the University seeks to foster competence, creativity and innovation throughout and beyond the campus community. Graduates of the University enter the world of work with socially responsible goals, a lifelong appetite for learning and the desire to make our universe a better place.

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Xavier University
Founded in 1831, Xavier is a Jesuit Catholic university rooted in the liberal arts tradition. Our mission is to educate each student intellectually, morally, and spiritually. We create learning opportunities through rigorous academic and professional programs integrated with co-curricular engagement. In an inclusive environment of open and free inquiry, we prepare students for a world that is increasingly diverse, complex and interdependent. Driven by our commitment to the common good and to the education of the whole person, the Xavier community challenges and supports students as they cultivate lives of reflection, compassion and informed action.

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Quote of the week

"The greater. The better. The elusive idea of personifying the Magis in everything we do lives at the core of a Jesuit education. When we work, we must work as hard as we can. When we plan, we plan boldly. When we dream, we dream big."
Edward Cullen, Co-Founder, Bridge-USA, Fordham University '09


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