Seton Hill University
Since its founding by the Sisters of Charity in 1918, Seton Hill University has been a pioneering force of innovative higher education. It has flourished from its beginnings as an institution for young women and now brings unique opportunities for both male and female students of all ages. And thanks to its small size and years of educational expertise, the University excels in providing a personally fulfilling experience that teaches students to think and act critically, creatively, and ethically as productive members of society. As a Catholic institution, Seton Hill opens its doors to students of all faiths, creating a warm environment for those with a passion to make a difference in the world. It’s in the everyday teachings and caring community that the University is living out its mission in the tradition of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, who said to her own students, “I would wish to fit you for that world in which you are destined to live.”
Seton Hill’s community is comprised of students from across the U.S. and all around the world. They enjoy over 80 undergraduate and 12 graduate degree programs as well as an adult degree program and advanced certifications in a variety of disciplines. Every student is given the tools to succeed—literally—as Seton Hill was the first university in the world to provide an iPad to every full-time student and professor and now boasts a designation as an Apple Distinguished School for the fifth time since 2010.
Along with new technologies, the University is also a spearheading force in academic development; new majors are introduced every year! Recent additions to Seton Hill’s repertoire include data analytics, cybersecurity, global studies, educational studies, healthcare administration, innovative instruction, and special education with specialization in autism. Classes are taught in classrooms, labs, studios, in the field, and even online, extending Seton Hill’s impact both on campus and around the world.
Seton Hill University is accredited nationally by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Get to know Seton Hill University
- Campus Ministries
- Choral groups
- Concert band
- International Student Organization
- Jazz band
- Literary magazine
- Marching band
- Model UN
- Music ensembles
- Musical theatre
- Pep band
- Student government
- Student newspaper
- Symphony orchestra
- First-Year Seminars and Experiences
- Common Intellectual Experiences
- Learning Communities
- Writing-Intensive Courses
- Collaborative Assignments and Projects
- Undergraduate Research
- Diversity/Global Learning
- Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning
- Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience
- Career Services
- Writing Center
- Academic Advisors
- Library Services
- Faculty Mentors
- Disability Services
- Multicultural Engagement Center
- Health Services
- Academic Tutors
- Financial Aid Advisors
- Student Success Initiative
- Veteran Services
Seton Hill University’s mission is founded in the liberal arts curriculum, which is designed to foster the development of communication and problem-solving skills, historical and global awareness, the use of multiple modes of inquiry, and self-reflection and -assessment. A Seton Hill education integrates academic work with student exploration and learning in interaction with each other, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community alike, taking the form of such experiences as volunteering, student government, athletics, study away, and, in some majors, service-learning and internships.
Seton Hill students have plenty of chances to serve their community and spread the philanthropic mission of the University. Service-learning is a great outlet to participate in and reflect upon, fulfilling students with a sense of purpose and a tangible example of how they can bring real change to the world around them. Examples of Seton Hill service include aid for the young and elderly as well as people who are struggling with unemployment, homelessness, and disability.
Just and liberation fuel the hearts of Seton Hill students. In 2017, the passionate community of students, faculty, and staff conducted over 8,500 hours of service.
Seton Hill offers many opportunities to study abroad as early as freshman year. Whether they travel for a full semester or on intensive 1-3-week courses, students who go abroad receive a spectacular, eye-opening education from Seton Hill-affiliated schools all around the world. Popular trips have included such destinations as Beijing, China; Cordoba, Spain; and Florence & Rome, Italy.
The number of sections of each class size.
2-9: 95 | 10-19: 206 | 20-29: 115
30-39: 59 | 40-49: 6 | 50-99: 5 | 100+: 0
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 36
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 127
White, non-Hispanic: 1,213
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 2
Asian, non-Hispanic: 17
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 2
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 38
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 9
Total Enrollment: 1,499
Seton Hill encourages students to experience learning through the lens of the liberal arts in preparation for a lifetime of personal and professional success. In the same way, the University embeds mobile technology into its learning environment to ensure that every student has the skills and resources necessary to adapt easily to a future of cultural, professional, and technological change.
LEARNING WITH MOBILE TECHNOLOGY
At Seton Hill, students in every major use mobile technology not just to learn, but to learn deeply—processing and integrating new concepts by:
- Creating art, video, and multimedia presentations;
- Discussing and debating new ideas with fellow students, professors, and external subject experts; and
- Engaging with others around the globe.
Students at Seton Hill also use mobile technology to share what they’ve learned through multimedia presentations, video, ebooks, social media, and community projects.
All first-time freshmen are required to take Connections, an orientation to university life in general and Seton Hill University in particular. The course focuses on the resources available to students at Seton Hill as well as the development of specific skills and strategies for academic success like interpersonal and entrepreneurial skills, reflection, and commitment.
SENIOR INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR
Senior Integrative Seminar, a capstone, cross-disciplinary experience is a required experience in which students examine their personal value systems and relate their ethics to the principles of Catholic Social Teaching. Students evaluate the strengths and limitations of their educational experience and develop an understanding of how they might integrate their gifts into their personal and professional lives.
SPECIAL STUDY OPTIONS
Programs available at this institution.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Liberal arts/career combination
Teacher certification program
SETON HILL CITIZENSHIP
Seton Hill University is dedicated to the overall development of each student through a vibrant and active student community. By utilizing a holistic approach to education and growth, students are supported in their efforts for academic success and lifelong learning. Seton Hill helps to foster students’ abilities to think and act critically, creatively, and ethically through a variety of opportunities for effective communication and interaction; interpersonal skills development; community living; leadership; spiritual development; social, educational, and cultural activities; and the integration of physical, social, and emotional wellness. Through these opportunities students are empowered to explore and develop:
- Personal and social freedom and responsibility founded on historical and global awareness;
- Clarification of and commitment to personal and social values;
- A perception of self that contributes to an ever-changing and complex larger community;
- Respect, appreciation, and advocacy for the diversity of ideas and people; and
- A lifestyle committed to personal, intellectual, and spiritual growth.
Student life at Seton Hill plays a key role in the educational mission of the University. There are countless opportunities for students to challenge their own thinking through “coffee talks” and other interactive programming, initiate book clubs, attend guest lectures that enlighten the community to global injustices, and lead and serve as interns. What’s more, Seton Hill offers over 50 clubs and student organizations.
Seton Hill’s 200-acre, hilltop campus is located in the scenic Laurel Highlands of Greensburg, PA, just 35 miles from Pittsburgh. Nearby, there are plenty of places to shop, eat, golf, ski, hike, and so much more. The downtown campus is vibrant with a Performing Arts Center, a Visual Arts Center, and a train station that connects students to such cities as New York City and Philadelphia.
As an NCAA Division II schools, Seton Hill University offers 21 men’s and women’s sports teams.
- Nickname: Griffins
- Colors: Crimson and Gold
- Conference: PSAC
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 81%
Campus housing options.
Honors program housing
In the tradition of Elizabeth Ann Seton, Seton Hill educates students to think and act critically, creatively, and ethically as productive members of society committed to transforming the world. Seton Hill boasts a 96% career/grad school placement rate.
CAREER SERVICES FROM DAY ONE
University Business Magazine recognized Seton Hill as a Model of Excellence in 2016 thanks to its “Fit for the World” career preparation program. In addition to the Fit for the World program (which provides a structured program for career exploration that is linked to a current student’s academic progress), Seton Hill’s Career and Professional Development Center also offers a full range of career services and support for all students and alumni. The Center makes use of a variety of apps and online services, including video interview prep and career search services. Students also have access to e-portfolios and podcasts that supply comprehensive employer information. In addition, all students are required to participate in experiential learning through an internship or other career-related activity.
To help students achieve academically, the University offers specialized academic support for all through a host of on-campus and online resources, including:
- Academic Achievement Center
- Writing Center
- Mobile Learning at the Hill
- FastForward: Combined & Accelerated Undergraduate & Graduate Degrees
- Collegiate, Academic, & Personal Success Program
- Wukich Center
Read all of the Setonian success stories on the University’s website.
Rigor of secondary school record | Academic GPA
Class rank | Standardized test scores | Extracurricular activities
Talent/ability | Character/personal qualities
Application Essay | Recommendation(s) | Interview
Volunteer work | Work experience
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 510 | 75th Percentile: 610
25th Percentile: 510 | 75th Percentile: 610
25th Percentile: 20 | 75th Percentile: 27
Application closing date (fall): Aug. 15
Priority date: May 1
For specific admissions requirements, visit Seton Hill’s Undergraduate Admission page.
Tuition & Cost
Room & Board: $5,810 — $7,184