College of Saint Elizabeth
Morristown, New Jersey
The College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) is a community of learning in the Catholic liberal arts tradition for students of diverse ages, backgrounds, and cultures focused on engaged learning for leadership in service to others.
Located in Morristown, NJ, CSE was established almost 120 years ago by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth as the state’s first four-year Catholic college for women. The College became fully co-educational at the undergraduate level in 2016.
Today, CSE is a vibrant learning community of nearly 1,200 students, with more than 500 traditional undergraduates and 600-plus enrolled—on campus, off campus, and online—in continuing studies and graduate programs.
Students are taught by faculty members who are passionately engaged with, and strongly committed to, their students and the CSE community. The diversity of the student body, with its multicultural and international richness, is celebrated in many ways throughout the College.
The College is devoted to preparing responsible leaders for meaningful lives in a changing world and is committed to providing a superior educational experience that is also affordable. This commitment to students is underscored by the College’s “CSE Promise,” which states that any student who fully participates in their program for all four years at CSE will be provided a paid six-month internship if they have not received a job offer or acceptance into graduate/professional school within six months of graduation.
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Get to know College of Saint Elizabeth
- Campus Ministries
- Choral groups
- International Student Organization
- Literary magazine
- Student government
- Academic Societies and clubs
- Black Student Union
- College Activities Board (CAB)
- Commuter Council
- Mock Trial
- Residence Hall Council
- Division III athletics
- Student Take Action Committee (STAC)
- First-Year Seminars and Experiences
- Learning Communities
- Writing-Intensive Courses
- Collaborative Assignments and Projects
- Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning
- Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience
- Career Services
- Writing Center
- Academic Advisors
- Library Services
- Faculty Mentors
- Disability Services
- Health Services
- Academic Tutors
- Financial Aid Advisors
- Student Success Initiative
- Peer Mentors
Students have abundant opportunities to combine classroom theory with real-world practice through internships, independent research, service-learning, and other projects.
Service is a vital aspect of CSE’s culture. Through a grant from the Campus Kitchens Project, CSE is one of 63 Campus Kitchens participants in the country, helping develop innovative solutions to local food insecurity. Students collect unused food from the dining hall, as well as augmented donations by Panera Bread and other community organizations, and create frozen meals for local organizations that serve the hungry.
More than 90 alumni and friends volunteer in the College’s mentoring program, which pairs undergraduates with seasoned professionals to support their transition from student to employee. Managed through CSE’s Experiential Learning Center, mentors and mentees communicate monthly for at least two semesters.
The College’s Study Away programs also include service trips both inside and outside of the U.S., engaging students in house-building projects, work in health clinics, tutoring, and more.
The number of sections of each class size.
2-9: 792 | 10-19: 1,893 | 20-29: 953
30-39: 72 | 40-49: 0 | 50-99: 0 | 100+: 0
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 6
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 216
White, non-Hispanic: 84
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 3
Asian, non-Hispanic: 14
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 15
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 28
Total Enrollment: 497
At the College of Saint Elizabeth, students gain the resources of intellect and character necessary for engaged, fulfilling lives as leaders in an increasingly complex world. All areas of study integrate challenging academics and all the resources and support needed for success.
Great teaching and small classes are at the heart of a CSE education, thriving with a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio that allows for an active intellectual give-and-take style of learning. Students at CSE learn to think for themselves, examine ideas from all sides, and clearly and confidently defend their personal positions.
In 2018, the campus completed significant renovations as part of its strategic plan:
- The Anastasia Health Sciences Center Clinical Assessment Lab includes a 12-bed patient simulation room and six fully equipped examination rooms located in the Patient Evaluation Clinic. Both areas will be used by undergraduate and graduate nursing students, as well as students entering the M.S. in Physician Assistant program in fall 2019. The facility also includes high-fidelity computerized mannequins to simulate real-life healthcare scenarios as well as the newly acquired Anatomage Table, a life-size, interactive dissection table that allows students to visualize anatomy down to the cellular level.
- Rainis Auditorium is a newly renovated conference and lecture hall facility that seats 94 and features such technological enhancements as distance learning capabilities, USB and electrical outlets at each seat, WiFi connections, and a large glass white board.
- The Luing Gymnasium, now home to the women’s and men’s volleyball teams, is CSE’s second NCAA-regulation gym on campus.
Students enjoy a range of educational choices, including cross-registration with nearby Fairleigh Dickinson and Drew Universities.
CSE is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and offers 25 baccalaureate degrees, 15 master’s and doctoral programs in Psychology and Educational Leadership, and a variety of professional certifications and certificates.
A number of academic programs have been added in recent years, including a new, four-year pre-licensure BSN program that launched in fall 2018. In fall 2019, pending initial accreditation, the College will welcome the first class of M.S. in Physician Assistant students.
Since its founding 120 years ago, CSE’s hallmark has been in its mission to prepare responsible leaders for meaningful lives in a changing world. It’s all thanks to the motivated students and outstanding teachers who continually celebrate the College’s highly communal, student-centered culture.
Visit CSE academics at https://www.cse.edu/academics.
SPECIAL STUDY OPTIONS
Programs available at this institution.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Exchange student program (domestic)
Teacher certification program
Cultural and artistic events bring energy and vitality to the CSE campus. Some of the events are student generated through clubs and organizations dedicated to specific cultures. Others are developed and presented by faculty and staff to bring some of the outside world into the CSE community. Events include international festivals, poetry readings, film screenings, concerts, and drama and dance performances.
ENCOURAGING THE ARTS
The Annunciation Center is home to the Dolan Performance Hall and Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery, both of which host numerous art exhibitions, concerts, dance performances, and other events throughout the year. The outdoor Greek Theatre, built in 1932 as a recreation of the Theater of Dionysus in Athens, hosts performances every summer in collaboration with the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.
The College’s general education curriculum promotes success. Classes are targeted, integrated, and developmental, giving students more flexibility to double major and take electives within their majors. Students are assigned to learning communities, comprised of approximately 15 students, and two faculty members, one of whom also functions as an academic advisor.
Located on 200 beautiful acres that overlook the Watchung Mountains in Morris County, the College of Saint Elizabeth is a suburban campus located just 35 miles from New York City, which can be accessed by a convenient train station at the edge of the campus. The campus is close to Fairleigh Dickinson and Drew University, allowing students to cross-register.
CSE competes in NCAA Division III athletics and, beginning in fall 2019, the College will move from its current home in the Northeastern Atlantic Conference (NEAC) to the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC). Upon its 2016 transition to co-educational studies, CSE also added men’s sports. In February 2019, the women’s basketball team boasted the best record in its history in the NEAC conference and earned its first-ever postseason home court advantage. The men’s basketball team also competed in postseason competition for the first time since its founding. In fall 2019, CSE will launch the new baseball program.
Women’s: Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, and Volleyball
Men’s: Baseball (2020), Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Tennis, and Volleyball
Colors: blue and gold
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 85%
Campus housing options.
ACADEMIC SUCCESS CENTER
In support of general education and all student learning, the Conklin Academic Success Center provides a variety of services, free of charge, for all CSE students. Staff of the Center are in constant conversation with faculty to determine the kinds of support each student needs. The Center is not only a place to go when students need extra support with their coursework; it is a place that offers experiences and expertise to maintain continued success.
In addition, specially designed courses prepare students to take multiple approaches to complex issues, a skill that employers value. Each student develops an e-portfolio that showcases their accomplishments upon graduation.
The convenient campus location opens doors to internships with top employers in the surrounding area and New York City. Some employers that had CSE interns include:
- Morris County Sheriff’s Office
- Bridgeway Veterinary Hospital
- Morris Museum
- Jersey Battered Women’s Service
- WNYC Public Radio
- NJ State Police
- The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
CSE graduates have gone on to become doctors, lawyers, judges, and leaders in business, education, and nonprofits. They work globally as environmentalists, healthcare experts, and teachers.
Academic GPA | Level of applicant’s interest
Rigor of secondary school record | Application Essay | Recommendation(s)
Class rank | Standardized test scores | Interview
Extracurricular activities | Character/personal qualities | First generation
Alumni/ae relation | Volunteer work | Work experience
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 400 | 75th Percentile: 500
25th Percentile: 390 | 75th Percentile: 480
Tuition & Cost
Room & Board: $12,744
Sixty-three percent of CSE’s student population is comprised of first-generation college students. Approximately one-third of CSE’s annual budget is dedicated to student aid programs. Seventy-six percent of first-time freshmen are low-income students who are eligible for federal Pell funding, and 97 percent of undergraduate students receive some form of assistance either through CSE institutional scholarships, state and federal funding, or private scholarships.
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