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Meet Saint Vincent College

Founded in 1846 as the nation's first Benedictine college, Saint Vincent College ranks as a first-tier National Liberal Arts College (US News and World Report).

Preparing Good Citizens

More than ever, colleges must ask: what is our role in preparing young people for the future of work and for building a society of shared responsibility, values and justice?

At Saint Vincent College, faculty, students and staff learn to walk the walk, but never alone. You learn that only when we can lift up human dignity can we move the world forward.

Saint Vincent College Mission Statement

Saint Vincent College is an educational community rooted in the tradition of the Catholic faith, the heritage of Benedictine monasticism and the love of values inherent in the liberal approach to life and learning. Its mission is to provide quality undergraduate and graduate education for men and women to enable them to integrate their professional aims with the broader purposes of human life. The programs, activities and encounters that make up student life at Saint Vincent College encourage the intellectual gifts, professional aptitudes and personal aspirations of students to mature harmoniously.

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Quite Old, Never Out of Touch

The Rule of St. Benedict — a timeless 1,500-year-old book — reminds us that personal success finds meaning only when we come together to build a stronger and more inclusive society.

Enabling Exceptional Lives

Saint Vincent College attracts young people seeking a balanced mix of professional success and durable purpose and meaning. We graduate top scientists, teachers, health professionals, corporate executives, engineers, lawyers, doctors and other leaders.

  • Recent Employers

    • The National Institutes of Health (NIH)
    • United States Army Corps of Engineers
    • Crown Castle
    • Honeywell
    • Qualtrics
    • Cleveland Browns
    • U.S. Marshals Service
    • FBI
    • UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Recent Graduate School Acceptances

    • Columbia University
    • Northwestern University
    • Gonzaga University
    • Carnegie Mellon University
    • SUNY Albany
    • University of Connecticut
    • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • George Mason University
    • Duquesne University
    • Penn State University
  • Recent Professional School Acceptances

    • School of Law
    • School of Dentistry
    • School of Veterinary Medicine
    • Georgetown School of Medicine
    • Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
    • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
    • University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

A Community of Consequence

Boniface Wimmer

Called "the greatest American Missionary of the Nineteenth century" by many, Boniface Wimmer started life as the son of tavern keepers in Bavaria. After studying law and theology and becoming an ordained priest at 22, he left Germany and founded Saint Vincent College as the first Benedictine Monastery in the United States at age 37. He welcomed hundreds of aspiring priests and inspired a self-sufficient community that ground its own flour, raised its own crops, mined its own coal and brewed its own beer – and founded another 10 Benedictine Abbeys across the US, along with 152 Roman Catholic Parishes and numerous schools.

Herb Boyer

Even after co-founding Genentech in 1976, the world’s first billion-dollar biotech company, Herb Boyer preferred the quiet of his research lab to corporate spotlight. After earning bachelor's degrees in biology and chemistry from Saint Vincent College, a Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh and spending three post-graduate years at Yale University, his lab at City of Hope National Medical Center described the first-ever synthesis and expression of a peptide-coding gene. In 1985, Genentech received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval to market its first product – a growth hormone for children with growth hormone deficiency – and the first recombinant drug to be manufactured and marketed by a biotech company. Saint Vincent College named the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Science, Mathematics and Computing in 2007.

Fred Rogers

Using puppets, music, guests and a world of make believe, Fred Rogers honored both the inner and outer lives of children – tackling issues of race, grief, anger and divorce with poise and candor never before seen on television. His groundbreaking preschool series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood began at local PBS station WQED in 1968 and remained on-air and relevant for over three decades. By the end of his life, he had engaged, delighted and consoled millions of children and adults around the world – a legacy continued by the Fred Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College, where a new generation of educators, media creators and students imagine how to inspire children to thrive as confident, competent and caring human beings.

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Arnold Palmer

After ending a three-year enlistment in the U.S. Coast Guard, Arnold Palmer won the U.S. Amateur Golf Tournament in 1954 and met Winifred (Winnie) Walzer, his future wife of 45 years. He left his job selling paint and turned pro. By the end of the decade, he would be called the first superstar of American televised sports. Palmer's plainspoken nature and modest small-town roots shattered golf’s privileged facade and made him an American folk hero. In a career spanning over six decades, Palmer won 62 PGA Tour titles including seven major titles. The legacies of Arnold and Winnie Palmer live on through environmental education and conservation at the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve, adjacent to the Saint Vincent College Campus.

Dan Rooney

Whether he was serving as longtime owner and president of the Pittsburgh Steelers or co-founder of the peace-promoting Ireland Funds or later in life, United States Ambassador to Ireland, Dan Rooney largely avoided public attention. As he did with most relationships, Rooney steadily and quietly deepened a bond between the Steelers and Saint Vincent College that began in 1966. Over many seasons and six Super Bowl championships, the Steelers and Saint Vincent College union became a model partnership between a professional sports franchise and Benedictine stability. Elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000, Rooney is credited with challenging NFL teams to increase hiring diversity among head coaches and general managers.