Founding Orders
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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

To explore the website of any institution, please refer to the ACCU Member Directory.


Augustinian (2) Lasallian (6)
Merrimack College Christian Brothers University
Villanova University La Salle University
  Lewis University
Basilian (2) Manhattan College
Manor College Saint Mary's College of California
University of St Thomas (TX) Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Benedictine (12) Mercy (17)
Belmont Abbey College Carlow University
Benedictine College College of Saint Mary
Benedictine University Georgian Court University
College of Saint Benedict Gwynedd Mercy University
College of Saint Scholastica Maria College of Albany
Mount Marty College Mercy College of Health Sciences
Saint Anselm College Mercy College of Ohio
Saint John's University Mercyhurst University
Saint Leo University Misericordia University
Saint Martin's University Mount Aloysius College
Saint Vincent College Mount Mercy University
University of Mary Saint Joseph's College of Maine
  Saint Xavier University
Congregation of Divine Providence (3) Salve Regina University
La Roche University Trocaire College
Our Lady of the Lake University University of Detroit Mercy
University of Providence University of Saint Joseph
Diocesan (10) Pontifical (2)
Carroll College The Catholic University of America
Gannon University Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico
Loras College  
Seton Hall University  
St. Ambrose University Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (3)
St. Thomas University Marymount University
Thomas More College Marymount California University
University of Dallas Loyola Marymount University 
University of St. Thomas (MN)  
Wheeling University School Sisters of Notre Dame (2)
  Notre Dame of Maryland University
  Mount Mary University
Dominican (14)  
Albertus Magnus College Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (3)
Aquinas College (MI) Immaculata University
Aquinas College (TN) Marygrove College
Barry University Marywood University
Caldwell University  
Dominican College of Blauvelt Sisters of Charity (8)
Dominican University Clarke University
Edgewood College College of Mount Saint Vincent
Molloy College Saint Elizabeth University
Mount Saint Mary College Mount Saint Joseph University 
Ohio Dominican University Seton Hill University
Providence College Spalding University
Siena Heights University University of Saint Mary
St. Thomas Aquinas College University of the Incarnate Word
Franciscan (22) Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (3)
Alvernia University Emmanuel College
Alverno College Notre Dame de Namur University
Briar Cliff University Trinity Washington University
Cardinal Stritch University  
Felician University Sisters of the Presentation of Mary (2)
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University Rivier University
Franciscan University of Steubenville Presentation College
Franciscan School of Theology  
Hilbert College Sisters of Saint Joseph (7)
Lourdes University Avila University
Madonna University Chestnut Hill College
Marian University (IN) Elms College 
Neumann University Fontbonne University
Quincy University Mount Saint Mary's University
Saint Francis University Regis College
Sienna College St. Catherine University
Silver Lake College of the Holy Family  
St Bonaventure University Society of Mary (3)
St. Francis College Chaminade University of Honolulu
University of Saint Francis (IN) St Mary's University
University of Saint Francis University of Dayton
Viterbo University   
  Ursuline (3)
  Brescia University
Holy Cross (9) Chatfield College
Holy Cross College Ursuline College
King's College  
Mount Carmel College of Nursing Vincentian Fathers (3)
Saint Edward's University DePaul University
Saint Mary's College Niagara University
Stonehill College St John's University (NY)
University of Holy Cross  
University of Notre Dame Other Sponsoring Congregations (25)
University of Portland Ancilla College (Poor Handmaids of Jesus)
  Anna Maria College (Sisters of St Anne)
Independent (11) Assumption College (Augustinians of the Assumption)
Ave Maria University Assumption College for Sisters (Sisters of Christian Charity)
Bellarmine University Cabrini College (Cabrinian/ Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus)
Catholic Distance University Calumet College of Saint Joseph (Society of the Precious Blood)
Divine Mercy University DeSales University (Oblates St Francis de Sales)
Donnelly College Divine Word College (Society of the Divine Word)
Laboure College Duquesne University (Congregation of the Holy Spirit)
Mexican American Catholic College D'Youville College (Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart)
Mount St Mary's University (MD) Holy Apostles College and Seminary (Society of the Missionaries of the Holy Apostles)
Resurrection University Holy Family University (Sisters of the Holy Family)
Sacred Heart University Holy Names University (Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary)
University of San Diego Iona College (Congregation of Christian Brothers)
  Loyola Marymount University (Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange)
Jesuit (27) Marian University (WI) (Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes)
Boston College Newman University (Adorers of the Blood of Christ)
Canisius College Notre Dame College (Sisters of Notre Dame)
College of the Holy Cross Rosemont College (Society of the Holy Child Jesus)
Creighton University Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (Sisters of Providence)
Fairfield University Saint Michael's College (Society of St. Edmund)
Fordham University Saint Norbert College (Norbertine)
Georgetown University Universidad del Sagrado Corazon (Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus)
Gonzaga University Walsh University (Brothers of Christian Instruction)
John Carroll University Xavier University of Louisiana (Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament)
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  
University of San Francisco  
University of Scranton  
Xavier University