College of Saint Elizabeth

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College of Saint Elizabeth
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Motto Deus Est Caritas (Latin)
Motto in English
God is love.
Type Private liberal arts college
Established 1899
Affiliation Catholic
(Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth)
Endowment US$ $15.7 million [1]
President Helen J. Streubert
Students 1,247
Location Morristown, New Jersey, USA
Campus Suburban, 200 acres (0.81 km2)
Colors Dark Blue and Bright Blue
Athletics NCAA Division IIINEAC
Nickname Eagles
Affiliations NAICU
Mascot Eagle
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The College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) is a private Roman Catholic, coeducational, four-year, liberal arts college in Morristown, Morris County, New Jersey, United States.

The college has 19 undergraduate majors, 10 master’s degree programs and two doctoral programs (Psy.D. and Ed.D). The college offers six combined degree programs, five dual degree programs, and five professional preparation programs. The average undergraduate class teacher-to-student ratio is 1:13.


The college was founded in 1899 by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth and is one of the first Catholic colleges in the United States to award degrees to women. In 2015, the college’s board of trustees voted to admit men into the traditional day program to continue to fulfill the mission of offering a liberal arts education to those who are marginalized. It is named for Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774–1821), who founded the Sisters of Charity and who, after her death, was canonized as the United States' first native-born saint. (Seton Hall University in New Jersey and Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania are also named after Elizabeth Ann Seton.)


The College of Saint Elizabeth is located on the campus of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth.The 200-acre (0.81 km2) wooded campus is home to the classical Greek amphitheater built into a hillside and the original dairy farm for the complex.

The College of Saint Elizabeth is a stop on New Jersey Transit which provides rail transportation both east and west of Convent Station. The trains are the midtown direct line of the Morris/Essex lines.

The College of Saint Elizabeth has of eight buildings:

  • Santa Rita Hall (Admission, financial aid, administration)
  • Henderson Hall (Sciences, nursing, foods and nutrition)
  • Saint Joseph Hall (Athletics, dining hall)
  • Santa Maria Hall (Classrooms)
  • Mahoney Library (Classrooms, Center for Academic Success)
  • Annunciation Center (Classrooms, Dolan Performance Hall, academic offices)
  • O'Connor Hall (student residence)
  • Founders Hall (student residence)

The classical Greek Theater is used for concerts and performances. The Shakespeare Garden, completed in 1931, and a greenhouse, built in 1911 also sit on the campus.


The College of Saint Elizabeth teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Eagles are a member of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC). Women's sports include basketball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. Men's sports include basketball, soccer, tennis and volleyball.[2]

Notable alumnae[edit]

  • Blessed Miriam Teresa Demjanovich, 1923, Sister of Charity of Saint Elizabeth and author of Greater Perfection: beatified 2014.
  • Sister Carmela Marie Cristiano, Sister of Charity of Saint Elizabeth who served the community as a teacher, social worker and activist. She was the first religious sister to run for office in New Jersey.
  • Louise Currie Wilmot, 1964, United States Navy officer. Highest-ranking and highest-decorated woman in the Navy.
  • Shirley Tolentino, 1965, Municipal Court judge in Jersey City from 1976 to 1984. Became Superior Court judge in 1984. Received an honorary degree from CSE in 1980. In 1981, she received the Whitney Young Award from the Hudson County Urban League. In 1996 she became President of the National Association of Women Judges. In 2015, the United State Postal Service named a post office in Jersey City, N.J., in her honor.

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