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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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Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
439 undergraduate students
99% of undergrad students are full time
0% male — 100% female
1% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
48 full-time faculty
108 part-time faculty
11 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
88% of freshmen who live on campus
72% of all students who live on campus

School Location

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.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences  
Learning Communities  
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research  
Diversity/Global Learning  
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2015

71% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2015

49% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 28%
Black or African American 50%
White 10%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 6%


Women’s teams are basketball, soccer, softball, lacrosse, tennis, and volleyball.
Men’s teams are basketball, soccer (beginning fall, 2016), tennis, volleyball (beginning fall, 2017)

Mascot: Eagle
Colors: blue and gold

Academic Programs

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, 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.

More Distinctions

  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) The College of Saint Elizabeth has received a seven-year accreditation through the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) for the B.A. in Teacher Education, Post-Baccalaureate Accelerated Teacher Certification (ACT), and M.A. in Education programs. This seven-year accreditation is the highest level of accreditation issued by TEAC, and it certifies that the College of Saint Elizabeth's Teacher Education Programs have provided evidence that they adhere to TEAC's quality principles.

  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has given approval for CSE to add men's sports teams starting in fall 2016 with soccer and basketball.

  • The Pfizer Undergraduate Research Endeavor, a philanthropic arm of Pfizer Inc., gave a generous grant to CSE after the College detailed four undergraduate research projects in need of new equipment. The grant was administered through the Independent College Fund of New Jersey.

  • CSE was recently awarded a $600,000 three-year grant from the Novo Foundation to implement a social-emotional learning program in local school districts.

  • CSE’s Maloney Gallery has received two $10,000 National Endowment of the Arts Grants to develop programs combining the visual and performing arts.

  • As of summer 2014, CSE received over $5 million to update its science labs. Funding is from the federal government, the state of New Jersey and private donations.   

Students have abundant opportunities to combine classroom theory with real-world practice through internships, independent research, service learning, and other projects.

Service Learning

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.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups  
Concert band  
Dance X
International Student Organization  
Jazz band  
Literary magazine  
Marching band  
Model UN  
Music ensembles  
Musical theater  
Pep band  
Radio station  
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra  
Television station  

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.

First-Class Education

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.

Great Facilities

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.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts  
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages  
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X

Class Size Breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 82 143 23 9 0 0 0 257

Cultural Events

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.

Personalized Education

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.

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
  • Disney
  • The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Alumni Achievements

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.



804 Total Applicants
508 Total Admissions
101 Total Freshmen Enrollment

63.18% of applicants admitted

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Class rank
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores

Application Essay
Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
Alumni/ae relation

First generation
Geographical residence
Work experience
Level of applicant’s interest

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 350 443
SAT Math 359 460
SAT Writing 358 450
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite    
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $29,732
Fees $1,956
Total $31,688
Room and Board (on campus) $12,744
Estimated Total On Campus $44,432


Average Financial Aid Packages

$26,558 First year students
$19,406 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown

48% On average, the percentage of need that was met
99% of financial need students that had need fully met

$17,140 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,617 Average need-based loan