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Seton Hill University
Motto Hazard Yet Forward-- and more recently, "This Way Up"
Established 1883
Type Private
Endowment $80 Million [1]
President JoAnne Boyle
Location Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus Suburban
Colors Crimson and Gold          
Mascot Griffin

Seton Hill University is a small Catholic liberal arts university in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. Formerly a women's college, it became a coeducational university in 2002.

The school was founded in 1883 by the Sisters of Charity. It is named for Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774–1821), who founded the Sisters of Charity and who, after her death, was canonized as the United States' first native-born saint. (Seton Hall University and the College of Saint Elizabeth in New Jersey are also named after Elizabeth Ann Seton.)

In 1914, Seton Hill Junior college was opened by the Sisters of Charity. With the approval of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Seton Hill College was created four years later.

The Seton Hill University Administration Building, with a statue of Elizabeth Ann Seton.

During the 1980s, men were regularly admitted to many programs at Seton Hill College, including music and theater. In 2002, Seton Hill was officially granted university status by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. After president JoAnne Boyle formalized the school's new status as a university, the teams' nickname was changed from "Spirits" to "Griffins," and several men's athletics teams were added, including American football. In 2006, Seton Hill announced it was transferring to NCAA Division II and joining the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC). They had belonged to the NAIA.


Campus life

Active clubs representing the diverse political views of the student body include the College Republicans, the University Democrats, the Gay-Straight Alliance, and the Respect Life Club. In 2003, the school conferred an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree upon Steve Forbes, president and CEO of Forbes, Inc. In 2006, the convocation speaker was U.S. Representative John Murtha (D-Pa).

Seton Hill has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1.[2] The typical class size for courses in the major is about 20-25. Liberal arts core classes tend to be larger, at 30-45 students.

Recent changes on campus include the addition of a branch of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), and two arts facilities in downtown Greensburg: an art studio and a new performing arts building (devoted to music, theater, and dance).


Women's sports

The Department of Athletics sponsors women's intercollegiate softball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, field hockey, equestrian, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, golf, and tennis.

Men's sports

In 2005, 60% of the entering class was male, due to an influx of male students who were interested in new sports programs such as football. In 2008, the football team had 10-3 record. The football team and the men's soccer team each won the inaugural West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's team sportsmanship award in 2008.[3]

2006 led to a berth to the NAIA World Series for Baseball in the program's third year of existence.

The school also sponsors men's intercollegiate basketball, cross country, golf, wrestling, lacrosse, tennis, and track.


  • E-Magnify (formerly the National Education Center for Women in Business)
  • National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education
  • Child Development Center and Kindergarten
  • Center for Family Therapy

Undergraduate programs

Seton Hill divides its undergraduate programs into five divisions: Visual and Performing Arts, Social Sciences, Natural and Health Sciences, Humanities, and Education. In addition to their major, all students take liberal arts core classes in arts, mathematics, sciences, culture, history, and writing.

Division of Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art Program: Art Therapy, Art Education, Studio Art, Visual Arts Management, Art History, Graphic Design, 2 Dimensional Media (drawing, painting, printmaking), 3 Dimensional Media (Sculpture, Clay, Metalsmithing), and Art & Technology.
  • Music Program: Music Therapy, Music Education, Sacred Music, and Music Performance.
  • Theatre: Theatre Performance, Music Theatre, Theatre Design and Technology, Theatre Business, and Theatre Arts

Division of Social Sciences

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Criminal Justice
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology

Division of Natural and Health Sciences

  • Biology
  • Pre-Health Professions
  • Physician Assistant
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Forensic Science
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Engineering
  • Medical Technology

Division of Humanities

  • Communication
  • English
  • French
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Religious Studies/Theology
  • Spanish
  • Pre-Law
  • Journalism/New Media

Graduate programs

Seton Hill offers 10 graduate programs:

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Arts in Art Therapy
  • Master of Arts in Elementary Education
  • Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Master of Arts in Special Education
  • Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction
  • Master of Education in Instructional Design
  • Master of Science in Physician Assistant
  • Master of Arts in Inclusive Education
  • Graduate Certificate in Genocide and Holocaust Studies

Notable alumni

  • Justice Maureen O'Connor, alumna of 1973 and sixth woman to have served as an Ohio Supreme Court justice.
  • Dr. Patricia Gabow, alumna of 1965, became the chief of renal disease at Denver General Hospital in 1973.
  • Michelle Moore Ridge, alumna of 1969, former First Lady of Pennsylvania (1995-2001).


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Coordinates: 40°18′32″N 79°33′22″W / 40.309°N 79.556°W / 40.309; -79.556


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