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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) 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 (13) 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
Mount Marty College Maria College of Albany
Saint Anselm College Mercy College of Health Sciences
Saint Johns University Mercy College of Ohio
Saint Leo University Mercyhurst University
Saint Martin's University Misericordia University
Saint Vincent College Mount Aloysius College
St. Gregory's University Mount Mercy University
The College of Saint Scholastica Saint Joseph's College of Maine
University of Mary Saint Xavier University
  Salve Regina University
Congregation of Divine Providence (3) Trocaire College
La Roche University University of Detroit Mercy
Our Lady of the Lake University University of Saint Joseph
University of Providence  
  Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (3)
Diocesan (10) Marymount University
Carroll College Marymount California University
Donnelly College Loyola Marymount University
Gannon University  
Loras College School Sisters of Notre Dame (2)
Saint Ambrose University Notre Dame of Maryland University
Seton Hall University Mount Mary University
St Thomas University  
Thomas More College Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (3)
University of Dallas Immaculata University
University of St Thomas (MN) Marygrove College
  Marywood University
Dominican (14)  
Albertus Magnus College Sisters of Charity (8)
Aquinas College (MI) Clarke University
Aquinas College (TN) College of Mount Saint Vincent
Barry University College of Saint Elizabeth
Caldwell University Mount Saint Joseph University
Dominican College of Blauvelt Seton Hill University
Dominican University Spalding University
Edgewood College University of Saint Mary
Molloy College University of the Incarnate Word
Mount Saint Mary College  
Ohio Dominican University Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (3)
Providence College Emmanuel College
Siena Heights University Notre Dame de Namur University
St. Thomas Aquinas College Trinity Washington University
Franciscan (22) Sisters of the Presentation of Mary (2)
Alvernia University Rivier University
Alverno College Presentation College
Briar Cliff University  
Cardinal Stritch University Sisters of Saint Joseph (8)
Felician University Avila University
Franciscan University of Steubenville Chestnut Hill College
Fransiscan School of Theology College of Our Lady of the Elms
Hilbert College College of St Joseph
Lourdes University Fontbonne University
Madonna University Mount Saint Mary's University
Marian University (IN) Regis College
Neumann University St Catherine University
Our Lady of the Lake College  
Quincy University Society of Mary (3)
Saint Francis University Chaminade University of Honolulu
Siena College St Mary's University
Silver Lake College of the Holy Family University of Dayton
St Bonaventure University  
St Francis College Ursuline (3)
University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne Brescia University
University of St Francis Chatfield College
Viterbo University Ursuline College
Holy Cross (9)  
Holy Cross College Vincentian Fathers (3)
King's College DePaul University
Mount Carmel College of Nursing Niagara University
Saint Edward's University St John's University-New York
Saint Mary's College  
Stonehill College Other Sponsoring Congregations (24)
University of Holy Cross Ancilla College (Poor Handmaids of Jesus)
University of Notre Dame Anna Maria College (Sisters of St Anne)
University of Portland Assumption College (Augustinians of the Assumption)
  Assumption College for Sisters (Sisters of Christian Charity)
Independent (10) Cabrini College (Cabrinian/ Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus)
Ave Maria University Calumet College of Saint Joseph (Society of the Precious Blood)
Bellarmine University Catholic University of America (Pontifical)
Catholic Distance University DeSales University (Oblates St Francis de Sales)
Divine Mercy University Divine Word College (Society of the Divine Word)
Laboure College Duquesne University (Congregation of the Holy Spirit)
Mexian American Catholic College D'Youville College (Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart)
Mount St Mary's University (MD) Holy Family University (Sisters of the Holy Family)
Resurrection University Holy Names University (Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary)
Sacred Heart University Iona College (Congregation of Christian Brothers)
University of San Diego Loyola Marymount University (Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange)
  Marian University (WI) (Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes)
Jesuit (28) Newman University (Adorers of the Blood of Christ)
Boston College Notre Dame College (Sisters of Notre Dame)
Canisius College Rosemont College (Society of the Holy Child Jesus)
College of the Holy Cross Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (Sisters of Providence)
Creighton University Saint Michael's College (Society of St. Edmund)
Fairfield University Saint Norbert College (Norbertine)
Fordham University Walsh University (Brothers of Christian Instruction)
Georgetown University Xavier University of Louisiana (Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament)
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  
University of San Francisco  
University of Scranton  
Wheeling Jesuit University  
Xavier University