Mount St. Joseph University

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For the high school in Maryland, see Mount Saint Joseph College.
Mount St. Joseph University
Mount Saint Joseph.jpg
Motto Deo Duce
Motto in English
"With God for a leader"
Established 1920
Type Private
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Endowment $27.4 million[1]
President Dr. Anthony Aretz [2]
Academic staff
Undergraduates 1,889
Postgraduates 336
Location Delhi Township, Ohio, USA
39°05′42″N 84°38′17″W / 39.0949823°N 84.6379503°W / 39.0949823; -84.6379503Coordinates: 39°05′42″N 84°38′17″W / 39.0949823°N 84.6379503°W / 39.0949823; -84.6379503
Campus Suburban, 92 acres (0.4 km²)
Colors Blue and gold
Athletics NCAA Division IIIHCAC, MCVL, ORLC
Nickname Lions
Mascot Lion
Affiliations ACCU

The Mount St. Joseph University, formerly College of Mount St. Joseph,[3][4] is a private, Catholic, co-educational college located at Mount Saint Joseph, an unincorporated community near Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Also known as “the Mount,” the college was founded in 1920 by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati and educates students through liberal arts and professional curricula.

Enrollment exceeds 2,300, with over 1,800 undergraduate students and approximately 300 graduate students. The Mount offers 39 undergraduate programs, nine associate degrees, and pre-professional and certificate programs, as well as graduate programs in business administration, education, organizational leadership, religious studies, nursing, and physical therapy.


Mount St. Joseph University was established by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, Ohio, a religious congregation that traces its roots to Elizabeth Ann Seton, North America's first canonized saint. The first Sisters of Charity arrived in Cincinnati from Maryland in 1829 and opened St. Peter’s Academy, then St. Mary’s Academy. By 1853, these schools were replaced by Mount St. Vincent Academy. In 1906 the academy was named Mount St. Joseph after a move to the Mount St. Joseph property in Cincinnati’s Delhi Township, owned by the Sisters of Charity.

Mount St. Joseph Academy offered a four-year high school curriculum but also postgraduate study covering two years of college. In 1920, the Ohio Department of Education granted formal approval for a college curriculum. The College of Mount St. Joseph opened the doors to its first 20 students in September 1920 as the first Catholic college for women in Southwestern Ohio – the same year that American women gained the right to vote.

By the 1950s, the Sisters of Charity made plans to develop property at the intersection of Delhi and Neeb Roads into a new campus that opened in fall of 1962. By the 1970s, adult education brought a new population of women and men to campus for degree studies, and by 1986, the college was coeducational. The Sisters of Charity continued to operate the college until 1972 when the Mount was incorporated under a Board of Trustees. The college remains a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity.

On March 11, 2013, the dean of the college's arts and humanities department, Sister Marguerite Kloos, resigned after being arrested on charges of fraudulently voting twice. She submitted an absentee ballot for a fellow nun, Sister Marie Hewitt, who died a month prior to the election. Sister Marguerite dated the ballot prior Sister Marie's death but that date was also before the ballots were mailed to voters.[5]

On October 9, 2013, the college announced the change to university status. It would be known as Mount St. Joseph University, effective July 1, 2014.[6]


Mount St. Joseph University offers more than 39 undergraduate majors, seven master's degrees, and two doctorate degrees. Students begin with a liberal arts and sciences foundation in the core curriculum, and focus on a major in one of five academic divisions: arts & humanities, behavioral & natural sciences, education, business, or health sciences. Top majors chosen by students include athletic training, business administration, nursing, and sport management.

Students also have several programs available to them, including an honors program, which challenges students to see connections across disciplines and gain a perspective of the world around them. They are also offered success coaching, which offers all first-year students guidance and support to help them address challenges and achieve their goals. The Academic Advising Resource Center provides early intervention so students can have the greatest chance of success, and the Learning Center offers peer tutoring, diagnostics, placement testing, individualized assistance, a math center, and a writing center. Finally, the Academic Exploration Program helps to support and guide students as they choose a major.

Talent Opportunity Program

The Talent Opportunity Program (TOP) at the Mount provides full-time undergraduate students with a structured and comprehensive opportunity throughout college to gain superior skills important to today's workplace, including career planning, professionalism, and ethical leadership. Students may earn gold, silver, or bronze level status based on performance and activity level. Students who have proven they have conducted a thorough job search using the skills learned through the gold level and have not secured post-graduate employment within six months of graduation will be eligible for an additional package of career services free of charge.

Cooperative Education

Students who participate in cooperative education, or co-op, gain career-related professional experience while earning general elective credit. Approximately one-third of all co-op students accept jobs with their previous co-op employers after graduation. Cooperative education is offered in all majors.


Art Building

The Dorothy Meyer Ziv Art Building includes three levels of classroom space and studios, a photography lab, and the Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery, which features work by students and faculty. The Mount also has an off-campus gallery, the Flats Gallery, which is located in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Price Hill.

College Theatre

The College Theatre seats 1,100, and is home to student and community productions, plays, musicals, and concerts. The Recital Hall is home to smaller lectures and performances.

Harrington Center

The Jean Patrice Harrington, SC, Student Center includes offices and space for a full range of student services. It was completed in 1998. The Harrington Center features a 2,400-seat gymnasium, which is home to the men's and women's basketball and volleyball teams, and the wrestling team. The Center also has a running track, handball courts, fitness center, and athletic training center. In addition, the Harrington Center has meeting rooms, a food court, entertainment center, student health services, women's center, children's center, and a bookstore.

Seton Residence Hall

The Seton Residence Hall is in the Seton Center at the Mount, and houses over 500 students in rooms that range from single and double rooms in traditional corridor-style hallways to suites for two, three, or four students.

Mater Dei Chapel

The Mater Dei Chapel seats up to 800 guests, and hosts liturgies, religious performances, ecumenical services, and weddings. The annual baccalaureate mass for graduates is also held in the chapel each spring.

Health Sciences Learning Labs

The learning labs model typical hospital rooms with beds, overbed tables and bedside cabinets. Each lab has a working sink, oxygen, and suction.

Sports Complex

The Sports Complex features Schueler Field, surrounded by an all-weather, eight-lane running track. It also has equipment storage and athletic training facilities.

Seton Center

This is the main building on campus, and houses the Seton Residence Hall, Learning Center, Career and Experiential Education Center, Office of Admission, Fifth Third Bank Dining Hall, and the Lions Den Game Room.

Student Life[edit]

There are many clubs and organizations for students on campus, including student government and the campus activities board. The Mount also has a pep band, online magazine, and campus ministry opportunities.


The Mount fields 22 NCAA Division III athletic teams called the Lions, most of which compete in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Men's sports: Baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling.

  • Two men's sports not sponsored by the HCAC have separate affiliations, both in conferences created for the 2014–15 school year. Lacrosse plays in the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference and volleyball plays in the Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League.

Women's sports: Basketball, cheerleading, cross country, dance, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field and volleyball.

  • The HCAC does not sponsor women's lacrosse; that team plays on the women's side of the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference.
  • Cheerleading and dance are university-recognized sports, but are not recognized as official NCAA sports.

Lauren Hill[edit]

In late 2014, MSJ gained major national publicity surrounding incoming freshman basketball player Lauren Hill, who was suffering from an inoperable brain tumor and facing the possibility of dying before the end of that year, and wished to play in one college game before her death. The Mount's season opener against Hiram College, originally scheduled for November 15, was moved with NCAA approval to November 2; when the event outgrew the MSJ campus, Xavier University gave MSJ free use of its arena, Cintas Center. In a sold-out game that ended up being nationally televised by Fox College Sports, Hill scored the first and last baskets. The game was the start of a charitable fundraising campaign that, by the time of her death in April 2015, raised over $1.5 million for research into the specific cancer from which Hill was suffering. She went on to play in three more games before her declining health forced her to end her playing career. Hill ultimately died of her brain tumor on April 10, 2015.

Designation Change[edit]

On October 9, 2013, an announcement was made that the College would officially become Mount St. Joseph University, effective July 1, 2014. The designation change to university positions the Mount to leverage its expanding academic offerings, including increasing its number of graduate programs for master's and doctorate degrees, as well as implementing online programs.

Notable Alumni[edit]

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