College of Saint Elizabeth
2 Convent Road
Morristown, NJ 07960
973-290-4700 (Women’s College)
800-210-7900 Ext. 4700(Women’s College, toll-free)
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||College of Saint Elizabeth
Morristown, New Jersey
The College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) is the oldest college for women in New Jersey. In addition, CSE is one of the first Catholic colleges in the U.S. to award degrees to women. A Catholic college in the liberal arts tradition, the College now includes a women’s college, coeducational adult undergraduate degree programs, and coeducational graduate degree programs. An enrollment of nearly 2,000 students encourages considerable student-faculty interaction and fosters a spirit of campuswide friendliness and support. An emphasis is placed on opportunities for individual growth through academic, spiritual, cultural, leadership, and civic experiences.
Located on a 200-acre campus, CSE’s buildings command a wide view of the surrounding hills. Sixty-four percent of the women’s college students live on campus. The majority come from New Jersey, 2 percent from other Northeastern states, 1 percent from other states, and 5 percent from other countries. About 60 percent of those who begin as freshmen graduate, and about 47 percent go on to graduate study within five years of leaving college. Two attractive residence halls provide ample private and double rooms. Each residence hall has kitchenettes, laundry facilities, a mail room, lounges, and conference rooms. The student center contains a swimming pool, a gymnasium, a fitness center, a drama studio, an art studio, a dining room, and the College store.
Career Services provides assistance with career preparation and graduate study.
In addition to the majors and degrees listed, the College offers the M.A. degree in counseling psychology, education, educational leadership, and theology and the M.S. degree in health-care management, management, and nutrition.
Location and Community
Morristown is located in the rapidly growing corporate center of Morris County. Neighboring towns and cities, only minutes from the campus, offer facilities for shopping and recreation. The College is an hour from the cultural and social opportunities of New York City by car, train, or bus and is near the campuses of Fairleigh Dickinson, Seton Hall, Drew, and the County College of Morris. Newark Liberty International Airport is approximately 30 minutes and two New York airports are approximately 1 hour from the campus. Local bus routes are easily accessible, and New Jersey Transit, which has a stop at the campus gate, provides excellent rail commuter service from New York City, Hoboken, Newark, the Oranges, Short Hills, Maplewood, Millburn, Summit, Chatham, Madison, and Dover. Routes 287, 80, 280, 46, 78, 24, and 10 are located close by.
The requirements for a B.A., B.S., or B.S.N. degree are 128 semester hours of academic credit, competency in writing, First Year Seminar (not required of adult students), 2 credits in fitness/wellness, and successful completion of the comprehensive examination in the major subject. A minimum of 32 credits is required in the major. The core curriculum requires that students take between 36 and 44 credits distributed among five cluster areas: Literature/Fine Arts/Language; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Natural and Physical Sciences and Mathematics and Computer Science; Philosophy, Theology, and History; and Perspectives on an Interdependent World. The remaining courses are free electives.
Career preparation includes studies in accounting, business management, communication, computer information systems, computer science, criminal justice and legal studies, foods and nutrition, gerontology, human resource management, management, marketing, premedicine, preveterinary studies, secondary education, and social work. Education majors may obtain state certification and/or endorsement in early childhood or special education. The College has a highly successful leadership program.
Students interested in becoming registered dietitians may enroll in the dietetic internship program if they hold a baccalaureate degree and meet the current American Dietetic Association course work requirements.
The faculty-student ratio is 1:14. Full-time instructional faculty members include approximately 82 percent with doctorates and 18 percent with master’s degrees. Several faculty members hold additional professional credentials. The goals of the faculty are to teach effectively, to be readily available to students, and to pursue research.
Independent study, field experience, internships, study-abroad opportunities, honors, leadership, and accelerated programs, minors, and double majors are available for qualified students. Successful scores on Advanced Placement tests are honored for placement or credit. Credit is given for successful scores on CLEP subject examinations with essays; on the Thomas Edison College Examination Program (TECEP) examinations; on the Regents College Examination in nursing, DANTES, and ACE College Credit Recommendation; and on portfolio assessment of prior learning.
Courses are offered in the evenings and during the summer and winter intersessions through the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. Undergraduate degree programs in the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies are offered in business administration, communication, computer science, justice studies, nursing, psychology, and theology.
A cross-registration policy exists with nearby Fairleigh Dickinson and Drew universities. Qualified students may study abroad during the junior year or in the summer. A January intersession program and Summer Sessions provide opportunities for short-term courses and off-campus experiences. Students have opportunities in Morris County for volunteer service, field experience, and internships in local agencies, institutions, and the corporate headquarters of numerous multinational corporations.
The Bachelor of Arts is offered in American studies, applied science, art, biology, chemistry, communication, economics, education (early childhood and elementary education, secondary education, or special education), English, history, individualized major, international studies, justice studies (criminal justice, legal studies), mathematics, music, philosophy, psychology, sociology, Spanish, and theology. The Bachelor of Science is offered in biochemistry, biology (options for cytotechnology and medical technology), business administration (options for accounting, computer information systems, management, and marketing), chemistry, computer science, and foods and nutrition. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is offered as an upper-division nursing program.
Facilities and Resources
Students majoring in biology and chemistry conduct independent research projects under the guidance of highly qualified professors and in conjunction with local research companies. The College has several well-equipped microcomputer laboratories and extensive software. Mahoney Library is a 300-seat, air-conditioned facility that provides group and individual study areas. The library’s collection includes 109,727 volumes, 2,123 audiovisual titles, 142,451 microforms, 592 periodical subscriptions, and a 4,750-volume curriculum collection for education students. The Phillips Library of Rare Books and Manuscripts houses a variety of special collections. The library is a selective depository for U.S. government documents. Seven Internet workstations provide access to the World Wide Web and to more than 100 online subscription databases, many of which include full text. A TV production studio, an editing suite, and a videoconferencing classroom are housed in the Media Services area.
Students may belong to extracurricular organizations associated with their academic interests, such as the cocurricular leadership program, the Elizabeth Singers, the International/Intercultural Club, the College Activities Board, Campus Ministry, the Students Take Action Committee, Volunteer Services, Student Government, and varsity athletics.
Other organizations include a number of Greek-letter honor and professional societies and student affiliates of the American Chemical Society. A rich calendar of social, cultural, and recreational events is available at the College of Saint Elizabeth. Students frequently socialize with their peers from Drew University and Fairleigh Dickinson University, College at Florham, two nearby coeducational institutions within walking distance of the campus.
Students participate in the governance of the College through the Student Organization. The Student Organization elects members to the student government, which serves as the student executive branch. Student views on student activities, clubs, and organizations are expressed and acted on through a committee structure. The academic life, student life, and lectures and concerts committees of the College are composed of both faculty members and students and are engaged in determining methods of implementing institutional goals and increasing student satisfaction with campus life. Students are encouraged to participate fully in the academic community and to exercise considerable influence in social and extracurricular activities. There is an open atmosphere on campus, and students have access to the deans and the president.
Sports / Varsity Athletics
Our intercollegiate athletic program is geared to strong, dedicated athletes who are committed to fair play and skillful competition as well as academic success. We believe that athletics are one part of students' overall education and not a substitute for it. Therefore, student athletes will never have to sacrifice studies for playing time. As a result of this balanced approach, students who join our athletic program develop confidence, leadership and dedication to their sport, while strengthening their overall educational goals. NCAA Division III team sports include basketball, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, and volleyball, plus an intercollegiate equestrian team.
Tuition for full-time freshmen was $19,437, and room and board were $8618. Academic fees are estimated at $900 annually, and other incidental expenses, such as travel, entertainment, clothes, books, and personal expenses, are estimated at about $3350. Part-time students paid $589 per credit (undergraduate) and $615 per credit (graduate).
Financial Aid / Scholarships
Approximately 95 percent of full-time undergraduate students at the College of Saint Elizabeth receive financial aid. Aid is available from the College itself in the form of scholarships, grants-in-aid, and campus employment and from the federal and state governments in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and employment. Students who wish to be considered for grants, loans, and campus employment should apply to the College by March 1 for the fall semester and by November 1 for the spring semester. Campus employment is available in the residence halls, laboratories, the library, and College offices, and a limited number of work-study opportunities for qualified students are available both on and off campus. Transfer scholarships are also available.
Admission Requirements / Application
The College looks for students whose aptitude and academic record demonstrate the ability to meet academic challenges. Normally, a student interested in admission to the College should complete 16 academic units by the end of her senior year, including 3 years of English; 2 years of college-preparatory mathematics, including algebra; 2 years of the same foreign language; 1 year of U.S. history; 1 unit of laboratory science and 1 additional unit of science; and six upper-level academic electives. Applicants must submit either SAT or ACT scores. International students must send scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Students applying to the College should submit a secondary school transcript, including courses currently in progress, plus two letters of recommendation from persons who can attest to their academic potential. Students are encouraged to have an on-campus interview and visit the campus. Open houses are held each spring and fall. Well-qualified students who are recommended by their high school principals may be accepted after three years of high school. Transfers from two- and four-year colleges are accepted for the fall and spring semesters. Through articulation agreements, an applicant who has earned an A.A. degree in a transfer program at an accredited two-year college is eligible for admission with junior-class standing. Adult students must submit secondary and previous college transcripts (if any) in addition to the application.
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