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Caldwell College
Caldwell College Seal
Latin: Sigilum Collegii Caldwellensis
Motto Sapientia et Scientia
Motto in English Wisdom and Knowledge
Established August 10, 1939
Type private co-educational liberal arts college
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic (Dominican)
Endowment $9 million[1]
President Nancy H. Blattner, Ph.D
Students 2,300
Location Caldwell, New Jersey, United States
Campus Suburban
Former names Caldwell College for Women
Colors Red and Gold
Mascot Cougars
Affiliations MSACS

Caldwell College is a Catholic liberal arts college in Caldwell, New Jersey.

Founded in 1939 by the Sisters of St. Dominic, the college is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, chartered by the State of New Jersey and registered with the Regents of the University of the State of New York.

The school is located in suburban New Jersey, and it is about 20 miles from Manhattan. Approximately half of the over 2,300 men and women currently enrolled at Caldwell are adults pursuing degrees part-time. Caldwell offers 28 major programs, and the expanding graduate division now offers the Master of Arts and the Master of Business Administration, two Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certificate programs, and four Post-Master programs.


Mission statement

Founded in 1939 by the Sisters of Saint Dominic, Caldwell College is a Catholic institution in the Judaeo-Christian tradition with a heritage of eight centuries of Dominican commitment to higher learning. Serving a diverse population of all ages, Caldwell College provides an excellent liberal arts education which promotes spiritual, intellectual and aesthetic growth. Upon this foundation, the College offers career-related programs which prepare its graduates to take advantage of opportunities in a complex society.

In pursuit of truth and life-long learning, Caldwell College fosters the well-being of this and future generations. Through a curriculum and extracurricular program rooted in the Catholic humanist tradition, the College seeks to empower its students to comprehend community and global issues and to act responsibly toward self and others. [1]

Origins and accreditation

Caldwell College was founded as a Catholic liberal arts college by the Sisters of Saint Dominic under the leadership of Mother M. Joseph Dunn, O.P., with the approval of the Most Reverend Thomas Joseph Walsh , Archbishop of Newark, who became its first president. Sister Patrice Werner, O.P., became Caldwell’s seventh and current president in July 1994.

Caldwell College was incorporated on August 10, 1939, as an institution of higher learning for women under the laws of the State of New Jersey and empowered to grant degrees. In 1952, Caldwell College received full accreditation from the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Caldwell has maintained this accreditation which was last reaffirmed in the Fall of 2005 when the Commission accepted the Periodic Review Report and commended the institution for the quality of the report.

In 1974, Caldwell College became the first institution in New Jersey to award the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. In 1979, Caldwell became one of the few institutions in the state to offer a unique external degree program. In 1985, the Board of Trustees of the College voted to make Caldwell College fully co-educational, enabling men to enroll; Caldwell College welcomed the first full-time male students in the fall of 1986.

In November 1992, the New Jersey Board of Higher Education granted approval for the College to offer the M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction. During the summer of 1993, the first graduate students began classes.

The College now offers nine graduate programs or degrees, along with a number of Post Baccalaureate and Post Masters’ programs. Caldwell College was the first college in the state of New Jersey to offer a master's in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), a highly effective treatment for Autism. The ABA program is highly popular and the faculty is widely recognized. In 2000, the College was the first in New Jersey to offer a specialization in Art Therapy within the M.A. in Counseling Psychology; in 2001, the College initiated a Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program in Special Education and a dual Certification Program in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and in 2003, the College began offering a M.B.A. program in the Business Department.


The school is located on a 70 acre (283,000 m²) wooded campus in suburban Caldwell, on Bloomfield Avenue. It is twenty miles from Manhattan. The college has easy access to Routes 23, 46, 80, 280, 287, and the Garden State Parkway. The campus is about thirty minutes from Jersey City, Newark and Morristown.


Caldwell College offers various programs of study in the liberal arts and sciences leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, or Bachelor of Science. The backbone of the College is the core curriculum, in which the students are required to take courses in history, philosophy, religion, music, art, mathematics, foreign languages, communications, science and social science. The core accounts for half of the credits required to graduate. [2]

Recently, the college has taken leaps in improving the academics and facilities. The recent surge in the number of international students as well as improvement in curriculum and classes has fostered a close knit yet diverse learning environment conducive to learning. The college has affiliations and programs with New York University, Seton Hall University, American University, Columbia University, Rutgers University, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and a host of other schools. In 2009, the college established its first Doctoral Program in Applied Behavior Analysis. [3]


The Department of Athletics oversees all althletic programs at the College. Caldwell College teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division II. The Cougars are a member of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC).


List of Men's Sports

List of Women's Sports

List of clubs and organizations

  • Accounting
  • Art Club
  • BACCHUS[15]
  • Caldwell College Science Club
  • Campus Ministry[16]
  • CCEA (Caldwell College Education Association)
  • Cheerleading
  • Cricket Club
  • Criminal Justice
  • CSA(Caribbean Student Association)
  • Dance Essence
  • French Club
  • HUE Club
  • International Business Club
  • International Student Organization
  • Italian-American Club
  • Marketing Club
  • Martial Arts
  • MENC
  • Sigma Alpha Pi (The National Society of Leadership and Success)
  • Psychology Club
  • Residence Council
  • Spanish Club
  • St Jude's "Up 'til Dawn" (in support of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital)
  • Student Government Association
  • Women's Business Organization
  • Class Representatives


Mary Jo Kopechne (1940–1969), who drowned while riding as a passenger in a car driven by the late Senator Edward Kennedy. The circumstances of her drowning death at Chappaquidick remain controversial, with her death regarded as a major hindrance to the Presidential aspirations of Kennedy.


External links

Coordinates: 40°50′02″N 74°16′23″W / 40.834°N 74.273°W / 40.834; -74.273


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