For more than 155 years, Seton Hall University has provided a
nurturing, caring and supportive academic community which fosters the
intellectual, emotional and spiritual growth of our students.
The oldest Catholic Diocesan University in the nation, Seton Hall was
founded in 1856 by Bishop James Roosevelt Bayley, who named the school
after his aunt, Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first America-born saint.
Bishop Bayley envisioned a university that would be a "home for the
mind, the heart and the spirit" — a place that would develop
well-rounded, compassionate leaders who are prepared to serve society.
Today, we remain dedicated to this vision. One of our primary missions
is to develop students who will be servant leaders. This means you will
not only be given multiple opportunities to develop your leadership
skills on campus but you will also learn the importance of possessing
integrity, compassion and a commitment to helping others while also
helping yourself. Our goal is to help you grow into a leader, guided by
a moral compass.
Seton Hall is a diverse and welcoming community. We celebrate that we
have students from all 50 states and from 70 different countries. We
have a diverse student body, over 40 percent of which are students of
color, and we welcome students of all faiths and backgrounds. At Seton
Hall, we foster the values of respect, kindness, patience and
understanding. We engage our students in a dialogue about the
intersections of culture, faith, reason, science, philosophy, religion
To expand our commitment to developing servant leaders and teach
lessons that can't be taught in the classroom, we actively encourage
our community members to participate in service activities. Through the
Division of Volunteer Efforts (DOVE), our students perform more than
30,000 hours of service each year — lending a hand at soup kitchens and
after-school programs; getting their hands dirty planting a garden with
local school children; giving their time to organizations like the
American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, the Community FoodBank of New
Jersey, the New Jersey Special Olympics and many others. Each year,
DOVE also sponsors service-learning trips to orphanages in Haiti and El
Salvador. These experiences expand the worldview and develop character
of our students — enriching them in heart, mind and spirit.