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Jesuit Distinctiveness

Experience a Jesuit Education


The Jesuits are members of the Society of Jesus, an international religious community founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola in the 16th century. Today, Jesuits enrich the University through their work as scholars, researchers, teachers, and administrators. One of the guiding principles of a Jesuit education is the education of the whole person. Another is the fostering of religious diversity. This means you will be welcomed at SCU whether or not you are a Catholic. Finally, a Jesuit education centers around the 3 C’s: competence, conscience, and compassion.

  • competence2Competence

    Competence in Jesuit education stands for academic excellence. Our students are taught in small classes by "teaching scholars."

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  • conscienceConscience

    A Jesuit education will help you understand the perspectives of others and the consequences of decision-making so that you can make ethical decisions.

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  • compassion_sm2Compassion

     With a Jesuit education, you'll end up wanting, and being prepared, to make the world a better place for you and for others.

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