Cabrini University

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Cabrini University
Type Private liberal arts college
Established 1957
Affiliation Roman Catholic
(Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus)
Endowment $38.9 million[1]
President Donald Taylor
Academic staff
Undergraduates 1,400
Postgraduates 1,400
Location Radnor, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus Suburban
Colors Blue and White[2]
Athletics NCAA Division IIICSAC
Nickname Cavaliers
Affiliations ACCU
Sports 18 varsity teams
Mascot Cavalier

Cabrini University is a coeducational Roman Catholic residential liberal arts university in the Philadelphia metropolitan area of Radnor Township, Pennsylvania within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The college was founded by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1957. It was one of the first universities in the United States to make community service a graduation requirement for all undergraduates and now has a core curriculum centered on social justice which includes their signature classes, Engagements in the Common Good or ECG.

On July 1, 2016, the institution changed its name from Cabrini College to Cabrini University to match its growth and success since its establishment.[3]



The site of the original Cabrini College was originally the estate of Dr. John T. Dorrance, inventor of the process of making condensed soup and president of the Campbell Soup Company. It was known as Woodcrest. Dorrance owned a stable with many horses, had social events within the main hall of his mansion, and also had personal servants. The property was purchased by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (MSC) in 1953. It was first named "Villa Cabrini" after the organization's namesake, Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini. At first, Villa Cabrini was an orphanage.[4]

Founding and growth[edit]

In 1957, Sister Ursula Infante established a school in the villa.[5] Upon opening, it was a female-only school of only thirty-seven students. The orphanage was still a part of the community and they shared the use of the buildings.

The first graduating class was in 1961. Also around this same time period, Cabrini was awarded full accreditation by the Middle States Association.

In the 1950s, Cabrini was only made up of a few buildings. The mansion of the college was the central point of the college, housing the students, providing a cafeteria, classrooms, library, and a chapel. In 1958, they converted the stable house, now known as Grace Hall, to include both classrooms and dormitories.[5]

In 1960, Cabrini finished construction on the Sacred Heart Hall (now known as Founder's Hall), which was a library, cafeteria, gymnasium, and even held science laboratories. The 1960s also saw the construction of a chapel in 1961 and a library in 1965.[5]

Late 1960s and early 70s[edit]

The early 1970s were a time of much change for the college. After Infante's ten-year presidency in 1967, three presidents were to follow in only three years. Sister Barbara Leonardo was president from 1967–68. During her time at the college, she was also a dean and taught history. In 1968, Sr. Gervase Lapadula became president, but soon had to resign due to health problems.

From 1969–73, Sr. Regina Casey was president of Cabrini College. During her presidency, the college was starting to change from a girls-only to a co-educational establishment. Through a program with Eastern University, located next to the college, males started to attend classes at Cabrini. In turn, Cabrini students were offered more courses through both expansion and external courses at Eastern.

Sr. Mary Louise Sullivan: 1972–82[edit]

Even more changes took place between 1972 and 1982. Most importantly, the school became completely coeducational.

Sr. Eileen Currie, MSC '66: 1982–92[edit]

During Sister Eileen's presidency, political science, social work, and computer science programs were added and Xavier Hall, a 124-student residence hall, was built. The faculty voted to make community service a requirement for all students, and Cabrini was recognized as one of the first colleges in the country, and the first in Pennsylvania, to integrate community service into the core curriculum.

Antoinette "Toni" Iadarola, Ph.D.: 1992–2008[edit]

Toni Iadarola was the first lay president of Cabrini College. During her tenure, undergraduate enrollment increased from 732 to 1,700 and the number of resident students tripled. New and renovated buildings in this time included the Dixon Center, Founder's Hall, and the Center for Science, Education, and Technology (now the Antoinette Iadarola Center for Science, Education, and Technology).

Marie Angelella George: 2008–2013[edit]

Cabrini College garnered national attention when, in the midst of a national economic recession, it announced a tuition reduction of nearly 13%.[6]

Donald B. Taylor: 2014–[edit]

Dr. Don Taylor became Cabrini College's first male President on July 1, 2014. During his inaugural address on October 25, 2014, Dr. Taylor introduced the Cabrini 2020 Roadmap to Growth. This plan is a means to measure the college's progress, as the following are promised to have occurred by 2020. The initiative promises to have 100 percent of undergraduate students participating in a Living & Learning Community, pledges all undergraduate students will experience two or more High-Impact Coeducational Practices in their first year and denotes a commitment to ensuring all students encounter at least four of these High-Impact practices before they are graduated by the college. [7]

Under Taylor's leadership, Cabrini College changed its name to Cabrini University on July 1, 2016 to reflect the growth and change of the institution.[3]


Titled Education of the Heart, Cabrini University's mission is to inform the heart as well as the mind, Cabrini's mission reads, "Cabrini University is a Catholic institution of higher education dedicated to academic excellence, leadership development, and a commitment to social justice. The University welcomes learners of all faiths, cultures, and backgrounds and prepares them to become engaged citizens of the world."



The Core Curriculum: Justice Matters[edit]

All students participate in the university's core curriculum, Justice Matters, in which, the university asserts, "students learn skills that will advance their careers and that can be used for the benefit of their communities, linking theory to practice in the world, preparing them for professional careers through a rigorous liberal learning experience."[10] The curriculum drives to raise awareness of social problems, involve students hands-on in social justice issues, to teach students to see themselves as participating in value-driven decision making, and to develop liberally educated persons.[10]

Community Service Requirement[edit]

Cabrini University was one of the first universities in the United States to make community service a graduation requirement for all undergraduates.[11]


Cabrini is ranked 133rd in the Regional Universities (North) category by US News & World Report for 2015.[1]


The Mansion[edit]

"The Mansion, formerly the Woodcrest Mansion, is the centerpiece of the Woodcrest Estate.

Designed by Philadelphia architect Horace Trumbauer, the elaborate Elizabethan Tudor-style mansion was constructed between 1901 and 1903 for financial leader James W. Paul Jr., son-in-law of famed Philadelphia financier Anthony Drexel.

The Pauls hosted numerous events at Woodcrest, including the 1909 wedding of Mary Astor Paul to millionaire Charles A. Munn of Washington, D.C.

In 1925, members of the Paul family sold the Mansion and 120 acres (49 ha) of the Woodcrest Estate to Dr. John T. Dorrance, inventor of the formula for condensed soup and president of the Campbell Soup Company.

In 1953, the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (MSCs) purchased the property for use as an "Orphanage and Retreat House." Four years later, the MSCs founded Cabrini College, which enrolled 43 women in its first class.

The Mansion was named to the National Register of Historic Places in October 2009."[12]

Founder's Hall[edit]

Founder's Hall is the main building for student learning. It has three floors of classrooms, most of which have modern smart boards and internet capabilities. It also has a computer labs for education majors, psychology, and the Business department.

It is also the main focal point of the university's Communication Department. The department consists of a radio station, news room, and the graphic design studio.[13]

Cavs Corner in Founder's Hall offers a buffet-style dining experience for students, faculty, and staff.

The Wolfington Center is the center of community service in the university. The center is run by staff who put together student programs that are focused toward the common good.

The hall is named for the founding president of Cabrini, Sister Ursula Infante.

Widener Center[edit]

The Widener Center is made up of Jazzman's Café, the Cabrini University Campus Store, the university's mail room, a lecture hall, the art studios and the Office of Student Activities.

Student Activities office is run by the university, but also provides room for activities such as SEaL (Student Engagement and Leadership) and CAP Board.

Jazzman's Café is the students' on-site alternative to the cafeteria. They serve coffee and other café items.

The Antoinette Iadarola Center for Science, Education and Technology[edit]

Formerly the Center for Science, Education and Technology, the $18.5 million Iadarola Center is the University's state-of-the-art academic building, equipped with lecture hall, rooftop observatory, and biology, chemistry, physical science and core science laboratories.

The Dixon Center[edit]

The 64,000-square-foot (5,900 m2) Dixon Center is the center for all indoor sports and recreation such as basketball, weight training, dance and other physical activities.


  • 25-yard pool
  • 3 full-length courts
  • Full gym
  • NCAA Tournament Court
  • Jogging track
  • Dance studio

Athletic and Recreation Pavilion[edit]

Scheduled for completion in fall 2016, the Athletic and Recreation Pavilion will be attached to the Dixon Center and will feature 27,000 square feet of new space and 11,000 square feet of renovated space, including a two-story lobby with community areas, weight- and strength-training rooms, studio space for group fitness classes, a health-conscious juice bar, dedicated locker rooms for intercollegiate teams, and more.

Residence life[edit]

Cabrini University has 12 residence halls, which include traditional halls, houses, suite-style, and an apartment complex.

  1. Woodcrest Hall is a residence hall that previously housed only freshman females. However, in 2009 it became a co-ed freshman building. It only holds an approximate of about one-hundred and fifty five (155) students.[15]
  2. Xavier Hall is mostly a freshman male residence hall, but it has become more co-ed in recent years. It holds approximately one-hundred and sixty (160) students and is divided into "quads," which are small clusters of rooms.[16]
  3. Maguire House, or House 1, is a mostly sophomore student residence hall that houses about twenty-two (22) students.[17]
  4. Dixon House, or House 2, is also mostly Sophomore students. A larger house, it holds about eighty-three (83) students. Dixon House was closed in September 2011 due to mold.
  5. Infante House, or House 3, is a female-only sophomore residence hall that houses about twenty (20).[18]
  6. McManus House, or House 4, is an upper-classmen house, females only, and houses about twenty-five (25).[19]
  7. Casey House, or House 5, is almost identical to House 4 in layout. It is an upper-classmen female house housing twenty-seven (27) residents.[20]
  8. Lanshe House, or House 6, is a co-educational house which houses approximately twenty-six (26) students.
  9. Sullivan House, or House 7, houses thirty-three (33) co-educational upper classmen[21]
  10. Cabrini Apartment Complex is only offered to junior and senior co-ed students and houses about 116.[22]
  11. East Residence Hall, formerly known as "New Residence Hall," houses mostly freshman and sophomore students and is co-educational, varying by wing. It houses 260 students.
  12. West Residence Hall is Cabrini's newest residence hall, finished in 2006. It is a junior-senior residence hall that houses 138.

Student life[edit]

50+ Student Clubs and Organizations[edit]

Some of Cabrini's student organizations include: Alpha Delta Gamma fraternity, American Advertising Federation, Beta Beta Beta (Biology honor society), Black Student Union, Body Image Coalition, Campus Activities and Programming Board, Catholic Relief Services Ambassadors, Cheerleading Club, Fine Arts Club, Honors Council, Men's Club Lacrosse, Science Club, Ski and Outdoor Club, Student Government Association, and more.[23]

Radio Station: WYBF-FM[edit]

Cabrini University has its own student-run variety radio station.[24]


LOQation is Cabrini student-run weekly news program. Recorded each Wednesday, the webcast brings the Cabrini community the latest news each week.[25]


Cabrini University has 18 varsity teams and various recreational sports clubs. The teams compete in the NCAA Division III, ECAC and the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC). Men's teams include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis. Cabrini's women's teams are basketball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, and volleyball.[26][27]

Board of Trustees[edit]


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  2. ^ "Cabrini Cavaliers - Cabrini Cavaliers Athletic Highlights". Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Cabrini College to become a university". Retrieved 2016-04-28. 
  4. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System.  Note: This includes Martha W. Dale and Beverlee Burnes (August 2008). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Woodcrest" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on February 10, 2015. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "Cabrini College Archives". Cabrini College. April 27, 2007. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  6. ^ Andriotis, Annamaria (February 12, 2012). "6 Colleges Cutting Tuition". SmartMoney. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Inauguration of Donald B. Taylor, Ph.D., as the eighth President of Cabrini College". Cabrini College. October 25, 2014. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Mission". Cabrini College. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Qualities of a Liberally Educated Person". Cabrini College. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "The Core Curriculum: Justice Matters". Cabrini College. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Presidents Emeritae". Cabrini College. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Mansion". Archived from the original on February 20, 2015. Retrieved February 10, 2015. 
  13. ^ Founder's Hall
  14. ^ The Dixon Center
  15. ^ Woodcrest Hall
  16. ^ Xavier Hall
  17. ^ Maguire House
  18. ^ Infante House
  19. ^ McManus House
  20. ^ Casey House
  21. ^ Sullivan House
  22. ^ Cabrini Apartment Complex
  23. ^ "Clubs". Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  24. ^ "About Us". WYBF-FM. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  25. ^ "Student Video". 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  26. ^ "The Official Website of the Cabrini University Cavaliers". Retrieved 2016-12-19. 
  27. ^ "Cabrini |". Retrieved 2016-12-19. 

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