SSU has always been a place of higher education for students of all Christian traditions. Since its beginnings in 1975, SSU has never been owned by a denomination, preferring an ecumenical approach to Liberal Arts education. Our Board of Governors and Faculty are made up of people from all the major streams of the Christian tradition. One of our greatest desires is to be a place of unity for all followers of Jesus.
Here are some of the reasons why Catholic students might find SSU to be a welcoming, ecumenical community:

About a third of our students are grounded in the Catholic tradition.

We offer courses, as well as a 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 this Ignatian tradition is a 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. More recent voices, like Jean Vanier, Thomas Merton, Simone Weil, and Henri Nouwen have also been very influential on the shape of our life together.

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.