Englewood Cliffs College

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Englewood Cliffs College
Motto Quis Ut Deus
Active 1962–1974
Type Private
Affiliation Roman Catholic (Sisters of Saint Joseph of Newark)
Location Englewood Cliffs, NJ, USA

Englewood Cliffs College was a women's college for Roman Catholic nuns and laypersons in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. It was founded in 1962 by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Newark originally as a sisters' college.[1] It closed in 1974 because of financial problems.[2]

Since 1975, the college campus has been part of St. Peter's College (now St. Peter's University), a Jesuit higher education institution in nearby Jersey City.[3]

The school was founded in June 1962 as Archangel College, a junior formation college for Roman Catholic nuns. It was built on the site of the former Palisades Mountain House. Lay female students were first admitted in 1966 and the school's name was changed to Englewood Cliffs College. It became coeducational in 1969.[4] In 1972, faculty members volunteered as instructors in New Jersey correctional institutions.[5]

The college's founding president was Sister Madeleine Crotty, CSJ.[6][7] She was succeeded by Sister Redempta McConnell,[8] who became acting president upon Sister Madeleine's resignation due to failing health. Sister Redempta previously served as president of San Isidro College, a high school in the Philippines, from 1953 to 1965.[9]

On January 19, 1974, the basketball team was defeated by Essex County College by a score of 210–67, a collegiate record losing margin of 143 points.[10][11]


  1. ^ "New Jersey Colleges that have closed, merged, or changed their names", Brown, Ray, Westminster College, Fulton, MO. Accessed April 10, 2013.
  2. ^ "St. Peter's Opening Englewood Branch", The New York Times, April 27, 1975. Accessed April 10, 2013.
  3. ^ Staff. "St. Peter's Opening Englewood Branch", The New York Times, April 27, 1975. Accessed April 10, 2013.
  4. ^ Crotty, CSJ, Sister Madeleine (1973). Chasing Rainbows. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Englewood Cliffs College Press. pp. 133–136. LCCN 73-75173. 
  5. ^ "Inmates learn sculpture", The New York Times, December 17, 1972, Section: News of New Jersey, Page 108. Accessed April 10, 2013.
  6. ^ "Party in Horseshoe will mark nun's book", The Jersey Journal, February 16, 1973, p. 15.
  7. ^ "Sister Madeleine, led Jersey college", The New York Times, August 12, 1973, Section GN, Page 59. Accessed April 10, 2013.
  8. ^ "St. Peter's Opening Englewood Branch", The New York Times, April 27, 1975. "Sister Redempta McConnell, former president of Englewood Cliffs College, said ..."
  9. ^ History, San Isidro College. Accessed April 10, 2013.
  10. ^ "Basketball's Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Hoops' Outrageous Dunkers", p. 173. Accessed March 9, 2008.
  11. ^ "210-68: It wasn't as close as the score indicates", Los Angeles Times, January 20, 1974, page B2. Accessed April 17, 2013.


Coordinates: 40°43′42″N 74°04′18″W / 40.72833°N 74.07167°W / 40.72833; -74.07167