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About Seton Hall University

One of the country’s leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall University has been developing students in mind, heart and spirit since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 90 rigorous majors, Seton Hall’s academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek. Seton Hall's 58-acre main campus is located in the quaint town of South Orange, New Jersey, only 14 miles from Manhattan. The University’s nationally-ranked School of Law is located in nearby Newark, New Jersey.


  • Founded: 1856 by Bishop James Roosevelt Bayley
  • Namesake: Elizabeth Ann Seton, first American-born saint
  • Affiliation: Catholic, one of the oldest diocesan universities in the U.S., under the Archdiocese of Newark
  • Location: South Orange, New Jersey, suburban setting 30 minutes from NYC

Faculty and Academics:

  • Programs: 90+
  • Average class size: 21 students
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1


  • Undergraduate enrollment: 6,093
  • Graduate enrollment: 4,300


Quality rankings:

  • #133 National Universities – U.S. News & World Report
  • America's Top Colleges – Forbes
  • Best  Business Schools – The Princeton Review
  • Top 50 Online Master's in Nursing Program – SuperScholar

Educational value rankings:

  • One of the Best Colleges in the Nation for Your Money – CNN Money
  • One of America's Best-Bang-for-the-Buck Colleges – Washington Monthly
  • Among the Top 25 Colleges for Grads Who Get the Highest-Paying Jobs for Smallest Investment in Tuition – Buzzfeed
  • Top 10 Highest Paid Graduates in New Jersey –
  • A Top School for Student Return on Investment Among NJ Colleges – Affordable Colleges Online
  • Top 35 Best Online Nurse Practitioner Degree – Affordable Colleges Online
  • Top 16 Best Online Nursing Administration & Leadership Degree – Healthcare Management Degree Guide

An Institution on the Rise

Seton Hall University is committed to continuing to grow both in quality and in the innovative adoption of technology to advance education both on campus and through its growing range of online programs. This has included significant institutional enhancements over the past decade alone.

In the fall of 2007, the University finalized $35 million in renovations to McNulty Hall to transform it into a leading-edge facility for science and technology learning and research. Since 2010, Seton Hall has completed a host of campus renovations and new construction projects. An initial round of improvements totaling $134 million concluded in 2014 with the opening of a new state-of-the-art fitness center, academic building, parking garage and expanded Aquinas Hall dormitory.

The enhanced facilities have provided a home to some of the best and brightest students to ever grace Seton Hall’s campus. In the fall of 2016, 1,408 freshmen boosted the total number of undergraduates to 6,093 students — the largest undergraduate population at the University in more than three decades. Selected from the largest applicant pool in Seton Hall history, the class boasted an average two-part SAT score of 1145 — an impressive 95-point increase since 2009.

Seton Hall announced the formation of two additional academic units in 2015 – the School of Medicine and the College of Communication and the Arts. The medical school, which is expected to open in 2018 in partnership with Hackensack University Health Network, will be one of only six Catholic medical schools in the United States and will address a serious shortage of primary care physicians in New Jersey and the nation. The school will be part of a new Interprofessional Health Sciences Campus that will also house the College of Nursing and School of Health and Medical Sciences. By training students in an environment that mirrors how modern medical facilities operate, the University is establishing a new national model for healthcare education.

The College of Communication and the Arts combines Seton Hall’s traditional strengths in the performing, visual and media arts with close ties to New York City — the nation’s media and cultural capital. The college’s innovative programs offer interdisciplinary study, invaluable experiences in the media and mentorship opportunities from eminent professionals through its artist-in-residence program. And the innovative curriculum focuses on the skills employers look for most: communication, teamwork, creativity and adaptability.

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