Saint Peter’s College Becomes Saint Peter’s University

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Saint Peter’s College is officially transitioning to Saint Peter’s University. The decision behind the name change, which will take place over the next few months, is a result of several factors, including an evolving student body and an increasing number of programs.

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Officially signaling a new and exciting phase, Saint Peter’s College is officially transitioning to Saint Peter’s University. The decision behind the name change, which will take place over the next few months, is a result of several factors, including an evolving student body and an increasing number of programs.

This is just the latest step forward for this respected institution. Founded as a liberal arts college for men in 1872, today Saint Peter’s offers over 45 majors at the baccalaureate level, including an online RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing. At the graduate level, students can enroll in master’s programs in accountancy, business administration, criminal justice, nursing and education. There are also two doctoral programs, the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and the Doctorate of Nursing Practice. Graduate degrees make up 40 percent of all degrees awarded annually by Saint Peter’s.

The university designation also supports specific institutional goals: to gain greater recognition as a comprehensive institution, increase enrollment and expand international partnerships. However, tuition rates will not be affected by the change.

The mission of Saint Peter’s is unaltered. It is and remains a Jesuit, Catholic institution dedicated to providing professional programs with a liberal arts foundation to prepare students to become ethical, compassionate and justice-minded leaders in our world.

Saint Peter’s operated as a college until the new academic year began in August 2012 when the new University brand, logo and identity was revealed at a campus-wide celebration. Other changes include a new URL and email addresses, a redesigned website and updated signage. However, Saint Peter’s mascot, the Peacock, will not be replaced.

Students who graduate in May and August 2012 will be the last graduates of Saint Peter’s College. Alumni may list either the College or the University on their resumes, although Saint Peter’s suggests the language “Saint Peter’s University (formerly known as Saint Peter’s College).” All Saint Peter’s College diplomas are still valid, but a duplicate diploma with the University designation can be ordered for a fee.

Details about the name change are online at http://www.spc.edu/university/.

About Saint Peter’s University:
Since 1872, Saint Peter’s University has provided high-quality, affordable higher education rich in Jesuit tradition and with a focus on one student at a time. Saint Peter’s offers its RN to Bachelors in Nursing degree completely online to prepare nurses to provide the best care possible and become leaders in today’s health care arena.

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