St. Jerome's, within the University of Waterloo, combines academics and a residence. Students may both reside at and take classes through St. Jerome's, live at SJU in residence but take classes elsewhere, or live in another residence but take classes at St. Jerome's.
St. Jerome's University was established in 1865 as St. Jerome's College by the Congregation of the Resurrection, a Roman Catholic religious community. In 1959 an Ontario government Act gave the College 'university status' and changed its name to the University of St. Jerome's College. In 1959, St. Jerome's University entered into a federation with the University of Waterloo. St. Jerome's suspended its degree-granting powers and became a branch of the University of Waterloo. In 1998, St. Jerome's changed its name to St. Jerome's University.
A poured concrete obelisk on the north side of Erb Street about 1/2 mile east of Ste. Agatha, Waterloo County is a plate which reads:
St. Jerome's College was founded here by Rev. Louis Funcken, C.R. Erected by grateful alumni 1935
Above the original plaque is placed a plaque which reads:
On the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the University of St. Jerome's College graduates gathered on this site to reaffirm the educational spirit and purpose of the college, embodied in our founders words " Enthusiasm for the Truth" June 1, 1989
A plaque was erected by the Ontario Heritage Foundation, Ministry of Culture and Communication in the center of the courtyard at the campus off Westmount Road North, east side, between Columbia Street West and University Avenue West, Waterloo.
University of St. Jerome's College
One of several classical colleges established in Ontario during the mid-19th century, St. Jerome's was founded by Resurrectionist priests in 1865 to serve German Roman Catholics in Waterloo County. Under the charge of Reverend Louis Funcken, C.R., it offered two courses of study - a four year academic program designed to prepare students for professional studies or for the priesthood, and a two-year commercial program designed to produce strong Catholic business leaders. In the decades following its founding, the college developed gradually, both improving and expanding its curricula. In 1947 it affiliated with the University of Ottawa and in 1959 it gained independent university status. The next year, St. Jerome's entered into federation with the University of Waterloo as the founding church college of that institution.
St. Jerome's University offers undergraduate courses in the faculties of Arts and Mathematics, in 12 scholastic disciplines, and in 4 interdisciplinary areas (Italian Studies, Legal Studies, Medieval Studies, and Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies). St. Jerome's has a “Master of Catholic Thought” program aimed primarily at Catholic social leaders. In 2008, the St. Jerome's Centre for Responsible Citizenship was launched to support community-based learning, international service learning, community development research, and public education. Beyond Borders is the name of the international service learning program at SJU.
The Government of Canada sponsors an Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool that lists over 680 scholarships, bursaries, and other incentives offered by governments, universities, and industry to support Aboriginal post-secondary participation. St. Jerome's University scholarships for Aboriginal, First Nations and Métis students include: Sundance Aboriginal Student Award 
St. Jerome's stated focus is building a strong community and developing students academically as well as nurturing good character and citizenship. The institution offers many programs such as the Beyond Borders program and the SJU Peru Initiative that allows students to take learning outside of the classroom and gain a global perspective. Through the Peru Initiative, students have a chance to travel to a third world country and visit Cafe Feminino, a fair trade organic coffee company owned by women who St. Jerome's supports by selling their coffee in the cafeteria.