College of Saint Elizabeth

The College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) is a private Roman Catholic, coeducational, four-year, liberal arts college in Morris Township, Morris County, New Jersey, United States. Portions of the campus are in Florham Park.[3]

College of Saint Elizabeth
MottoDeus Est Caritas (Latin)
Motto in English
God is love.
TypePrivate liberal arts college
(Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth)
EndowmentUS$ $15.7 million [1]
PresidentHelen J. Streubert
Students1,141 [2]
Location, ,
CampusSuburban, 200 acres (0.81 km2)
ColorsDark Blue and Bright Blue
AthleticsNCAA Division IIINEAC

The college has 22 undergraduate majors, 14 master's degree programs and three doctoral programs (Psy.D. and Ed.D. with two tracks, K-12 leadership, and higher education leadership). The college offers six combined degree programs, five dual degree programs, and four professional preparation programs. The average undergraduate class teacher-to-student ratio is 1:13.


The college was founded in 1899 by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth and is one of the first Catholic colleges in the United States to award degrees to women. In 2015, the college's board of trustees voted to admit men into the traditional day program. It is named for Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774–1821), who founded the Sisters of Charity and who, after her death, was canonized as the United States' first native-born saint. (Seton Hall University in New Jersey and Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania are also named after Elizabeth Ann Seton.)

May 2019 was the last term for the women's undergraduate school.[4]


The College of Saint Elizabeth is located on the campus of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth. The 200-acre (0.81 km2) wooded campus is home to the classical Greek amphitheater built into a hillside and the original dairy farm for the complex.

The Convent Station of NJ Transit, located on the campus of the College of Saint Elizabeth, provides rail transportation both east and west of Convent Station. The trains are the midtown direct line of the Morris & Essex Lines.[5]

The College of Saint Elizabeth has of eight buildings:

  • Santa Rita Hall (Admission, financial aid, administration)
  • Henderson Hall (Sciences, nursing, foods and nutrition)
  • Saint Joseph Hall (Athletics, dining hall)
  • Santa Maria Hall (Classrooms)
  • Mahoney Library (Classrooms, Center for Academic Success)
  • Annunciation Center (Classrooms, Dolan Performance Hall, academic offices)
  • O'Connor Hall (student residence)
  • Founders Hall (student residence)

The classical Greek Theater is used for concerts and performances. The Shakespeare Garden, completed in 1931, and a greenhouse, built in 1911 also sit on the campus.


The College of Saint Elizabeth teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Eagles are a member of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC). Women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. Men's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis and volleyball.[6]

Notable alumni

See also


  1. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-12-14. Retrieved 2010-02-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. "College of Saint Elizabeth". College Navigator. US Department of Education. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  3. McCarthy, Breanne. "Florham Park is No. 1 On Our List of Top Towns; A low tax rate, laudable schools boost Morris County municipality.", New Jersey Monthly, September 1, 2005. Accessed February 27, 2018. "Although neighboring Madison lays claim to Fairleigh Dickinson University on its welcome sign, almost all of the FDU campus is in Florham Park, as are portions of the College of Saint Elizabeth."
  4. Robinson, Mary Colleen. "College of Saint Elizabeth celebrates 117th commencement". Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  5. Convent Station, NJ Transit. Accessed February 27, 2018.
  6. Athletics official webpage.
  7. McManus, Jane. "Haiti is just the start for David Clowney", ESPN, May 28, 2010. Accessed February 27, 2018. "In case it doesn't work out, Clowney is preparing himself to be successful off the field. He is working toward a master's degree in criminal justice at the College of St. Elizabeth."
  8. Rogers, Lois. "Sister Carmela Cristiano remembered as an advocate for all generations", Trenton Monitor, August 8, 2011. Accessed February 27, 2018. "Born in New York City, N.Y., the daughter of Francis and Mary (Canonica) Cristiano, she graduated from the College of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, with a Bachelor of Science degree in education and began her years of service teaching in Catholic schools around the state."
  9. Schlossberg, Tatiana. "A Nun From New Jersey Is on a Path to Sainthood", The New York Times, October 3, 2014. Accessed February 27, 2018. "Sister Miriam Teresa was born in Bayonne in 1901, the youngest of seven children of immigrants from present-day Slovakia.... She attended the College of Saint Elizabeth, where she majored in English literature, graduating summa cum laude in 1923."
  10. Navy Women, 1908-1988: A Pictorial History, Volume 1, p. 42. Accessed February 27, 2018. "Captain Rita Lenihan Born in Monroe, New York. ... Received B.S. from College of St. Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ with major in Latin, minor in journalism."
  11. Speiser, Matthew. "Jersey City honors trail blazing judge with post office dedication", The Jersey Journal, December 9, 2014. Accessed February 27, 2018. "Shirley A. Tolentino was a woman of many firsts.In 1976, she was the first female African-American Jersey City Municipal Court judge. In 1981, she became the first black female presiding judge of the Jersey City Municipal Court. And in 1984, she became the first female African-American Superior Court judge in the state.... She graduated from Henry Snyder High School and then later from the College of Saint Elizabeth with a degree in Latin."
  12. Louise C. Wilmot Papers, 1918-1999 (bulk 1964-1997): Finding Aid, United States Naval Academy, October 2010. Accessed February 27, 2018. "Louise Currie Wilmot was born on December 31, 1942 in Wayne, New Jersey to Woodrow and Dorothy Currie. After completing high school, Wilmot attended the College of Saint Elizabeth, graduating in June 1964 with a Bachelor of Arts in History."
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