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Did you know that 90 percent of the nearly 200 Catholic colleges and universities in the United States were founded by religious orders?

Catholic College and University Founding Orders

Catholic higher education celebrates its foundresses and founders, from various religious communities to visionary individuals who helped establish and set a course for our many institutions:

ACCU Member Institutions, by Founding/Sponsoring Congregation

Augustinian (2)

Merrimack College

Villanova University


Basilian (2)

Manor College

University of St. Thomas (TX)


Benedictine (13)

Belmont Abbey College

Benedictine College

Benedictine University

College of Saint Benedict

College of St. Scholastica

Mount Marty College

Saint Anselm College

St. Gregory's University

Saint John's University (MN)

Saint Leo University

Saint Martin's University

Saint Vincent College

University of Mary


Congregation of Divine Providence (2)

Our Lady of the Lake University

La Roche College


Diocesan (10)

Carroll College

Donnelly College

Gannon University

Loras College

St. Ambrose University

St. Thomas University

Seton Hall University

Thomas More College

University of Dallas

University of St. Thomas (MN)


Dominican (15)

Albertus Magnus College

Aquinas College (MI)

Aquinas College (TN)

Barry University

Caldwell University

Dominican College (NY)

Dominican University (IL)

Edgewood College

Molloy College

Mount Saint Mary College (NY)

Ohio Dominican University

Providence College

Saint Catharine College

St. Thomas Aquinas College

Siena Heights University


Franciscan (21)

Alvernia University

Alverno College

Briar Cliff University

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Felician University

Franciscan University of Steubenville

Hilbert College

Lourdes University

Madonna University

Marian University (IN)

Neumann University

Our Lady of the Lake College

Quincy University

St. Bonaventure University

St. Francis College

Saint Francis University

Siena College

Silver Lake College of the

Holy Family

University of Saint Francis

University of St. Francis

Viterbo University


Holy Cross (9)

Holy Cross College

King's College

Mount Carmel College of Nursing

St. Edward's University

Saint Mary's College

Stonehill College

University of Holy Cross


University of Notre Dame du Lac

University of Portland


Independent (10)

Ave Maria University

Bellarmine University

Catholic Distance University

Labouré College

Marymount University (VA)

Mexican American Catholic College

Mount St. Mary's University (MD)

Resurrection University (NB: multiple sponsors)

Sacred Heart University

University of San Diego

Jesuit (28)

Boston College

Canisius College

College of the Holy Cross

Creighton University

Fairfield University

Fordham University

Georgetown University

Gonzaga University

John Carroll University

Le Moyne College

Loyola Marymount University

Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University Maryland

Loyola University New Orleans

Marquette University

Regis University

Rockhurst University

Saint Joseph's University

Saint Louis University

Saint Peter's University

Santa Clara University

Seattle University

Spring Hill College

University of Detroit Mercy (also Mercy)

University of San Francisco

University of Scranton

Wheeling Jesuit University

Xavier University


Lasallian (6)

Christian Brothers University

La Salle University

Lewis University

Manhattan College

Saint Mary's College of California

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota


Mercy (17)

Carlow University

College of Saint Mary

Georgian Court University

Gwynedd Mercy University

Maria College

Mercy College of Ohio

Mercy College of Health Sciences

Mercyhurst University

Misericordia University

Mount Aloysius College

Mount Mercy University

Saint Joseph's College of Maine

Saint Xavier University

Salve Regina University

Trocaire College

University of Detroit Mercy (also Jesuit)

University of Saint Joseph (CT)


School Sisters of Notre Dame (2)

Notre Dame of Maryland University

Mount Mary University


Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (3)

Immaculata University

Marygrove College

Marywood University


Sisters of Charity (8)

Clarke University

College of Mount Saint Vincent

College of Saint Elizabeth

Mount St. Joseph University

Seton Hill University

Spalding University

University of Saint Mary (KS)

University of the Incarnate Word


Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (3)

Emmanuel College

Notre Dame de Namur University

Trinity University


Sisters of Saint Joseph (8)

Avila University

Chestnut Hill College

College of St. Joseph in Vermont

College of Our Lady of the Elms

Fontbonne University

Mount Saint Mary's University

Regis College

St. Catherine University


Society of Mary (3)

Chaminade University of Honolulu

St. Mary's University

University of Dayton


Society of the Precious Blood (2)

Calumet College of St. Joseph

Saint Joseph's College (IN)


Ursuline (4)

Brescia University

Chatfield College

College of New Rochelle

Ursuline College


Vincentian Fathers (3)

DePaul University

Niagara University

St. John's University (NY)


Other Sponsoring Congregations (26)

Ancilla Domini College (Poor Handmaids of Jesus)

Anna Maria College (Sisters of Saint Anne)

Assumption College (Assumptionists)

Assumption College for Sisters (Sisters of Christian Charity)

Cabrini College (Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart)

The Catholic University of America (Pontifical)

Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit (Congrega­tion of the Holy Spirit)

DeSales University (Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales)

Divine Word College (Society of the Divine Word)

D'Youville College (Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart)

Holy Family University (Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth)

Holy Names University (Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary)

Iona College (Christian Brothers)

Marymount California University (Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary)

Marian University (WI) (Congregation of St. Agnes)

Newman University (Adorers of the Blood of Christ)

Notre Dame of Maryland University (Sisters of Notre Dame)

Presentation College (Sisters of the Presentation of the BVM)

Rivier University (Sisters of the Presentation of Mary)

Rosemont College of the Holy Child Jesus (Society of the Holy Child Jesus)

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (Sisters of Providence)

Saint Michael's College (Society of St. Edmund)

St. Norbert College (Norbertines-O.Praem)

University of Great Falls (Sisters of Providence)