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 (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
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
St. Gregory's University
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
Gannon University Loyola Marymount University
Loras College  
Saint Ambrose University School Sisters of Notre Dame (2)
Seton Hall University Notre Dame of Maryland University
St Thomas University Mount Mary University
Thomas More College  
University of Dallas Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (3)
University of St Thomas (MN) Immaculata University
Wheeling University 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
Franciscan 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) Vincentian Fathers (3)
Holy Cross College DePaul University
King's College Niagara University
Mount Carmel College of Nursing St John's University (NY)
Saint Edward's University  
Saint Mary's College Other Sponsoring Congregations (24)
Stonehill College Ancilla College (Poor Handmaids of Jesus)
University of Holy Cross Anna Maria College (Sisters of St Anne)
University of Notre Dame Assumption College (Augustinians of the Assumption)
University of Portland Assumption College for Sisters (Sisters of Christian Charity)
  Cabrini College (Cabrinian/ Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus)
Independent (11) Calumet College of Saint Joseph (Society of the Precious Blood)
Ave Maria University Catholic University of America (Pontifical)
Bellarmine University DeSales University (Oblates St Francis de Sales)
Catholic Distance University Divine Word College (Society of the Divine Word)
Divine Mercy University Duquesne University (Congregation of the Holy Spirit)
Donnelly College D'Youville College (Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart)
Laboure College Holy Family University (Sisters of the Holy Family)
Mexican American Catholic College Holy Names University (Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary)
Mount St Mary's University (MD) Iona College (Congregation of Christian Brothers)
Resurrection University Loyola Marymount University (Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange)
Sacred Heart University Marian University (WI) (Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes)
University of San Diego Newman University (Adorers of the Blood of Christ)
  Notre Dame College (Sisters of Notre Dame)
Jesuit (27) Rosemont College (Society of the Holy Child Jesus)
Boston College Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (Sisters of Providence)
Canisius College Saint Michael's College (Society of St. Edmund)
College of the Holy Cross Saint Norbert College (Norbertine)
Creighton University Walsh University (Brothers of Christian Instruction)
Fairfield University Xavier University of Louisiana (Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament)
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  
University of San Francisco  
University of Scranton  
Xavier University