Points of Pride

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College Excellence

  • Third among private schools in New Jersey on Money magazine's "Best Colleges in 2018" list
  • Tied for No. 14 in the nation for online criminal justice graduate programs on U.S. News & World Report "Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs" list. Also, named among U.S. News & World Report "Best Ethnic Diversity" colleges.
  • Washington Monthly named CSE among the top 100 schools on both "Best Master's Universities" (#98 out of 695 nationwide) and "Best Bang for the Buck – North" (#38 out of 400 in Northeast region).
  • Student to faculty undergraduate ratio 13:1 - graduate 11:1
  • Fourth consecutive year of being named College of Distinction
  • Third year of being named Catholic College of Distinction
  • Ranked 14 in New Jersey by BestValueSchools.com
  • Ranked by Bestcolleges.com for M.S. in Food and Nutrition
  • Ranked third by AffordableCollegesOnline.org for best online master's in criminal justice
  • Top 15 in NJ for four-year undergraduate graduation rates
  • 25% of traditional undergraduate students are enrolled in STEM programs
  • Ranked 8th in NJ for graduating low-income students, highest of all small private colleges.
  • Ranked in the top 100 nationwide for adult student programs and outcomes by Washington Monthly.

Student Achievement

  • Twelve out of 15 EOF (Equal Opportunity Fund), 2016 graduates, are enrolled in graduate school.
  • Northeastern Athletic Conference Academic Achievement Award in 2016 for highest grade point average for student-athletes.

Post-Graduation Success

  • 96% of the 2016 undergraduates were employed six months post-graduation or enrolled in graduate school.

Alumni Engagement

  • Alumni giving averages 14%; the national average is 8%.


  • 78% of full-time faculty have earned doctoral degrees.
  • Dr. Erin Lothes Biviano, assistant professor of theology recently published Inspired Sustainability: Planting Seeds for Action (Orbis 2016). She is also author of The Paradox of Christian Sacrifice: The Loss of Self, the Gift of Self (Herder and Herder, 2007).
  • Dr. Jim Ford, criminal justice professor, published Shift Work & Criminal Justice Professionals, a study of the mental, physical and domestic effects of eight or 12-hour shift work. (CreateSpace, 2017)
  • Dr. Patricia Heindel, dean of the school of arts and sciences, collaborated with Rutgers University to create the Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools to train teachers how to combat bullying through online courses. It is supported by a grant from NoVo Foundation.
  • Lynne McEniry, director of CSE's Conklin Academic Success Center, recently published her first book of poetry: Some Other Wet Landscape. (Get Fresh Books LLC, 2017)
  • Dr. Nicole Anderson Yanoso, assistant professor of history recently published The Irish and the American Presidency (Transaction Publishers, 2016).

Service and Social Justice

  • 80% of undergraduate students participate in service-learning.
  • Participated in over 6,700 hours of community service in 70 different community agencies and 11 schools.

Awards and Recognition

  • 2017 National Science Foundation S-STEM (Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) grant for undergraduate biology programs.
  • 2016 awarded the Graphic Design USA Award for web redesign.
  • Provident Bank Foundation Signature Award 2016 for enhancements to the Experiential Learning Center.