SSU has always been a place of Christian higher education for both Catholic and Protestant students. Since its beginnings in 1975, SSU has never been owned by a denomination, preferring an ecumenical approach to Liberal Arts education with a Board of Governors made up of Christians with both Catholic and Protestant backgrounds. One of our greatest desires is to be a place of unity for all followers of Jesus, embracing and learning from all streams of the church.
Some of the other reasons why our University is particularly conducive to Catholic students are as follows:

We provide access to a Catholic mentor at the University.

We offer courses, as well as minor, in Catholic Studies.

We have transfer arrangements with Catholic educational institutions.

Many of our faculty and staff have experienced and some have been trained in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius; prayer in the Ignatian method is a matter of daily practice for many of us.

In both our undergraduate and graduate programs, we emphasize the great voices of the past from the apostolic and early church fathers down through the history of Western civilization and the Church.

Our local Catholic parishes (one only 3 minutes walk away) offer a hospitable welcome to students.

We are confident whether students begin their university studies here at SSU, at another college or university, or with one of our Catholic partner schools, that an SSU degree will open doors for Catholic students for the rest of their lives. To learn more about us, explore our website, and for a real experience of SSU we’d like to invite you to visit our campus. We will provide you with a multi-day visit with meals and residence, as well as classroom and community event opportunities so that you may experience SSU for yourself. We want to help you discover if SSU is meant to be part of your future – we think you’ll love what you find at SSU.