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How We Get You Ready

“My heart is in the work, and I will spare no expense to teach the students first what is necessary, then what is useful, and finally what is beautiful.”

—Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B., Saint Vincent Founder

At Saint Vincent College, classroom work provides the spark that ignites a much wider search for answers and self-discovery. We work with you to design a four-year plan that will sustain your curiosity and reveal how best to apply your hard-earned knowledge after graduation.

Writing-Intensive Courses

According to the 2020 Job Outlook (National Association of Colleges and Employers), hiring managers want new graduates to improve in two areas: critical thinking and writing. Saint Vincent College continues to emphasize writing at all levels of instruction and across all majors. Students are challenged to produce and revise various forms of writing for different real-world applications, from the plant floor and corporate pitch meetings to healthcare, policy and media settings.

Funded Undergraduate Research

The A.J. Palumbo Student Research Endowment supports undergraduate research experiences for students across majors. You master cutting-edge technologies and gain work-ready skills: systematic investigation, problem framing and data/computing tools.


Every student, regardless of major or career plan, is strongly encouraged to complete more than one internship, including paid full-time summer employment in their area of interest, to maximize experiential learning. We value direct experience in a professional work setting and the maturation that comes with supervision and coaching from professionals in your chosen field.

Cultural Competence

Students who wish to build essential cultural competence through short- and long-term study travel in the U.S. or abroad can apply for Andreoli Traveling Scholar endowment funds.

Community-Based Learning

Beyond outdated notions of “service” that only affirm power imbalances, students do field-based learning alongside community partners as co-equals and co-creators of solutions that emerge from sustained community investment and involvement.

Capstone Courses and Projects

Many programs require capstone projects (research, performance, portfolio) that integrate learning and give students a glimpse of graduate-level expectations and workload, and the less buffered demands of professional life.

Pre-Health Advising

Admission to medical, dental or other professional school requires four years of planning. You’ll work with the Pre-professional Health Committee (eight SVC faculty and a physician) to put the right pieces in place, from coursework and clinical exposure to entrance examinations and interviews.