College of Saint Elizabeth
Morristown, New Jersey
The mission of the College of Saint Elizabeth is to be a community of learning in the Catholic liberal arts tradition for students of diverse ages, backgrounds, and cultures. As of fall 2016, the College is fully co-educational.
Founded in 1899 by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, the College of Saint Elizabeth has a strong tradition of concern for the poor, developing leadership in a spirit of service and social responsibility.
The College offers 19 undergraduate programs, 10 master’s degrees, and two doctoral degrees in addition to professional certificates and certifications.
CSE is home to more than 1,200 students enrolled in the daytime college or in one of the adult undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral programs that meet nights, weekends, and online.
CSE also understands that lessons instilled outside the classroom are just as valuable as those learned inside it. To this end, students have the opportunity for internships, service-learning opportunities, and study abroad to foster the lifelong skills of service and leadership.
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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.
The College of Saint Elizabeth understands that lessons instilled outside the classroom are just as valuable as those learned inside it. Service learning provides the opportunity to take lessons learned in the classroom and use them to make a difference in the world.
The Center for Volunteerism and Service Learning offers year-round programs, courses, and events to foster the lifelong skills of service and leadership and displays CSE’s commitment to civic engagement. Students participate with local community organizations with boots on the ground – building and refurbishing houses, holding events for children at risk, and visiting homeless resource sites.
More global opportunities include trips inside and outside of the U.S. to offer skills in building houses, working in health clinics, and tutoring.
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. Challenging academics combined with the resources and support needed for success are found in all areas of study.
Great teaching and small classes are at the heart of a CSE education. The faculty are gifted educators who care about their students and work closely with them inside and outside the classroom. Classes average 13 students, and the student teacher ratio is 10:1, allowing the kind of intellectual give and take characteristic of learning at CSE. Students at CSE learn to think for themselves, examine ideas from all sides, and clearly and confidently defend personal positions.
With newly renovated science, nursing, and foods and nutrition laboratories, students are conducting more research that is being recognized by leaders in the fields.
Students enjoy a range of educational choices, including cross-registration with nearby Fairleigh Dickinson and Drew Universities.
- B.A./B.S.: Art, Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Clinical Laboratory Science, Communication, English, Foods and Nutrition, Health Administration, Individualized Major, Justice Studies, Mathematics, Medical Imaging Science, Nursing, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Teacher Education
- M.A/M.S.: Art (M.F.A.), Counseling Psychology, Education, Educational Leadership, Health Administration, Justice Administration and Public Service, Management, Nursing, Nutrition, Theology
- Ed.D.: Education Leadership
- Psy.D.: Counseling Psychology
Internships and career services are available.
The Honors Program is designed for a highly select group of students whose high school record, rank in class and SAT scores indicate superior scholastic aptitude or, who in their college work, demonstrate unusual proficiency and scholarly interests through a superior grade point average.
Students accepted in the Honors Program are encouraged to devise their own curricula in consultation with the academic deans and other advisors.
CSE encourages students to explore study abroad opportunities and provides assistance in identifying appropriate programs, applying to them, and preparing for the experience abroad. The College offers a wide-range of study abroad experiences and work closely with interested students to find the opportunity that best fits their personal and academic goals. Past trips have included nursing service trip to the Dominican Republic, spring break trip to Paris and the Loire Valley, Peace Seminar in Hiroshima, Japan; and a summer trip to Southern Italy and Greece.
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. Other events 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, drama, and dance.
ENCOURAGING THE ARTS
The Annunciation Center, dedicated in 2007, is home to the Dolan Performance Hall and the 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 Dionysius 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.
CSE is located in historic Morris County, N.J., on a beautiful, hilltop 200-acre campus less than an hour’s train ride from the station on campus to New York City. Students can take advantage of arts and athletic events and internship opportunities that a major metropolitan area can offer. The campus is close to Fairleigh Dickinson and Drew University, allowing students to cross-register.
- Women’s teams are basketball, soccer, softball, tennis, cross country, and volleyball.
- Men’s teams are basketball, soccer, tennis, volleyball, cross country, baseball (2018)
- Mascot: Eagle
- 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 understanding 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 of the 2015 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, educators, leaders in business, education, and nonprofits, working globally as environmentalists, healthcare experts, and teachers.
The College of Saint Elizabeth follows the advice of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) to collect post-graduation employment data six months after graduation. 82 percent of those who responded to CSE’s class of 2015 survey were employed, with 51 percent having full-time employment. 25 percent were attending graduate school (many combined part-time employment with graduate school). In the continuing studies program, 73 percent of those who responded were employed, including 58 percent who were employed full-time, and 33 percent were in graduate school. In the graduate programs, 87 percent of those who responded were employed full-time, and 10 percent were pursuing further graduate study.
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