Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities

The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) is a consortium of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and two theological centers in the United States committed to advancing academic excellence by promoting and coordinating collaborative activities, sharing resources, and advocating and representing the work of Jesuit higher education at the national and international levels. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and led by the Association's president, Rev. Michael J. Sheeran, S.J..

Although each institution is legally autonomous under independent boards of trustees and separately chartered by respective states, the 28 schools and two theological schools share common Jesuit ideals and traditions. They also engage in a number of collaborative projects.


University Location Founded President Enrollment Endowment (in $MM) Sports Team School Colors
Boston College[1] Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 1863 Rev. William Leahy, S.J. 14,600[2] $2,400 Eagles (Division I) Maroon & Gold
Canisius College[3] Buffalo, New York 1870 Dr. John Hurley 5,148[4] $110 Golden Griffins (Division I) Blue & Gold
College of the Holy Cross[5] Worcester, Massachusetts 1843 Rev. Philip Boroughs, S.J. 2,891[6] $681 Crusaders (Division I) Purple & White
Creighton University[7] Omaha, Nebraska 1878 Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, S.J 7,730 $448 Bluejays (Division I) Blue & White
Fairfield University[8] Fairfield, Connecticut 1942 Dr. Mark Nemec 5,192[9] $355 Stags (Division I) Red & White
Fordham University[10] Bronx, New York 1841 Rev. Joseph McShane, S.J. 15,189[11] $739 Rams (Division I) Maroon & White
Georgetown University[12] Washington, D.C. 1789 Dr. John DeGioia 17,130 $1,661 Hoyas (Division I) Blue & Gray
Gonzaga University[13] Spokane, Washington 1887 Dr. Thayne McCulloh 7,874[14] $181 Bulldogs (Division I) Blue & White
John Carroll University[15] University Heights, Ohio 1886 Dr. Michael D. Johnson [16] 3,726[17] $181 Blue Streaks (Division III) Blue & Gold
Le Moyne College[18] Syracuse, New York 1946 Dr. Linda LeMura 3,339[19] $180 Dolphins (Division II) Green & Gold
Loyola Marymount University[20] Los Angeles, California 1911 Dr. Timothy Snyder 9,369[21] $454 Lions (Division I) Crimson & Blue
Loyola University Chicago[22] Chicago, Illinois 1870 Dr. Jo Ann Rooney 16,040[23] $750 Ramblers (Division I) Maroon & Gold
Loyola University Maryland[24] Baltimore, Maryland 1852 Rev. Brian Linnane, S.J. 5,978[25] $193 Greyhounds (Division I) Green & Grey
Loyola University New Orleans[26] New Orleans, Louisiana 1912 Tania Tetlow 5,178[27] $235 Wolfpack (NAIA) Maroon & Gold
Marquette University[28] Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1881 Dr. Michael Lovell 11,749[29] $550 Golden Eagles (Division I) Blue & Gold
Regis University Denver, Colorado 1877 Rev. John Fitzgibbons, S.J. 9,722 [30] $50 Rangers (Division II) Navy Blue & Gold
Rockhurst University[31] Kansas City, Missouri 1910 Rev. Thomas Curran, S.J. 3,000[32] $35 Hawks (Division II) Blue & White
Saint Joseph's University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1851 Dr. Mark Reed 8,800[33] $279 Hawks (Division I) Crimson & Gray
Saint Peter's University Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 Dr. Eugene Cornacchia 3,045[34] $31 Peacocks (Division I) Blue & White
Saint Louis University St. Louis, Missouri 1818 Dr. Fred Pestello 13,981[35] $1,020 Billikens (Division I) Blue & White
Santa Clara University[36] Santa Clara, California 1851 Rev. Michael Engh, S.J. 8,800[37] $841 Broncos (Division I) Red & White
Seattle University[38] Seattle, Washington 1891 Rev. Stephen Sundborg, S.J. 7,755 $211 Redhawks (Division I) Scarlet & White
Spring Hill College[39] Mobile, Alabama 1830 Dr. E. Joseph Lee 1,500 $19 Badgers (Division II) Purple & White
University of Detroit Mercy Detroit, Michigan 1877 Dr. Antoine Garibaldi 5,231[40] $52 Titans (Division I) Blue, Red & White
University of San Francisco[41] San Francisco, California 1855 Rev. Paul Fitzgerald, S.J. 9,799 $342 Dons (Division I) Green & Gold
The University of Scranton[42] Scranton, Pennsylvania 1888 Rev. Scott Pilarz S.J. 6,034 $170 Royals (Division III) Purple & White
Wheeling Jesuit University[43] Wheeling, West Virginia 1954 Dr. Debra Townsley 1,563 $16 Cardinals (Division II) Red & Gold
Xavier University[44] Cincinnati, Ohio 1831 Rev. Michael Graham, S.J. 6,945 $169 Musketeers (Division I) Blue, Gray & White
Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (associate member) Brighton, Massachusetts 1922 Rev. Thomas Stegman, S.J. (Dean) 191      
Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University (associate member) Berkeley, California 1934 Rev. Kevin O'Brien, S.J. (Dean) 194      


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Alpha Sigma Nu

Alpha Sigma Nu (ΑΣΝ) is the honor society of Jesuit colleges and universities. ΑΣΝ is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. It was founded in 1915 at Marquette University, as Alpha Sigma Tau and was renamed Alpha Sigma Nu in 1930. It is open to both men and women of every academic discipline in the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and other Jesuit higher education institutions worldwide. It is present in 28 Jesuit institutions of higher education in the United States, Campion College and Regis College in Canada, Loyola Andalucia in Spain, and Sogang University in South Korea. Alpha Sigma Nu's membership is around 80,000 members and around 2,000 members are inducted each year.

Association of Jesuit University Presses

The Association of Jesuit University Presses (AJUP) is an association of North American university presses which are members of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. The AJUP is composed of ten charter members.Father Richard W. Rousseau, S.J. is the current president emeritus of the A.J.U.P. Georgetown University Press and Fordham University Press are the two largest members in terms of publications.

Charles Currie

Charles Currie, S.J., (1930 – January 4, 2019) was an American Jesuit and academic administrator. He served as the president of Wheeling Jesuit University and Xavier University. He was also the chair of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities from 1997 to 2011.

Creighton University

Creighton University is a private, coeducational, Jesuit, Roman Catholic university in Omaha, Nebraska, United States. Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1878, the school is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Sitting on a 140-acre (57 ha) campus just outside Omaha's downtown business district, the university enrolls 8,393 graduate and undergraduate students.

Ex Stasis (sculpture)

Ex Stasis is a public art work created by American artist Richard Lippold and located on the campus of Marquette University in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The abstract sculpture is a series of angular metallic planes set on a concrete pedestal. It is located near Marquette's Haggerty Museum of Art, but used to be the centerpiece of the west courtyard of the Alumni Memorial Union.

Gamma Pi Epsilon

Gamma Pi Epsilon (ΓΠΕ) was the women's honor society of Jesuit colleges and universities.

Gonzaga University

Gonzaga University is a private, Roman Catholic university in Spokane, Washington, United States. Founded in 1887 by the Society of Jesus, it is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. It is named for the young Jesuit saint Aloysius Gonzaga. The campus houses 105 buildings on 152 acres (62 ha) of grassland along the Spokane River, in a residential setting one-half-mile (800 m) from downtown Spokane.

The university was founded by Father Joseph Cataldo, SJ, an Italian-born priest and missionary. He established the Catholic school for local Native Americans whom he served.The university offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees through its seven colleges – the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, School of Education, School of Engineering & Applied Science, School of Law, School of Nursing and Human Physiology, and the School of Professional Studies.

Jesuit Schools Network

The Jesuit Schools Network (JSN), formerly known as the Jesuit Secondary Education Association (JSEA), was founded in 1970 to address the unique needs of the Jesuit secondary school apostolate in the United States. Simultaneously, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) was formed to serve the particular needs of Jesuit higher education.

The group of 82 member schools, which includes 19 Nativity Schools and 62 secondary schools, educates approximately 50,000 young men and women yearly. 26 of the 62 secondary schools are coeducational and one is co-institutional. 6 of the 19 Nativity Schools are coeducational and 2 are co-divisional. Approximately 26% of all Jesuit high school students are minorities. JSN member schools provided over 93 million dollars in financial aid to students in need. Member schools employ almost 4,000 full and part-time faculty, including nearly 200 Jesuits.

Seven Jesuits have led the Association as its President since 1970: Frs. Edwin J. McDermott, S.J., Vincent J. Duminuco, S.J., Charles P. Costello, S.J., Carl E. Meirose, S.J., Joseph F. O’Connell, S.J., Ralph E. Metts, S.J. and James A. Stoeger, S.J.

In December 1994, JSEA was incorporated in Washington, D.C. as a not-for-profit corporation.

As of April 2015, the JSEA changed its name to the Jesuit Schools Network (JSN).

Joseph A. O'Hare

Rev. Joseph A. O'Hare (born February 12, 1931) is a Jesuit priest, New York City civic leader and editor. He was a longtime president of Fordham University and, for a brief period, President of Regis High School, a New York City Jesuit high school from which he graduated.

O'Hare was born in New York City. He graduated from Regis in 1948, and trained for the priesthood at the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, where he was ordained in 1961. He taught at Ateneo de Manila from 1955 to 1958 and again from 1967 to 1972. He earned a doctorate in Philosophy from Fordham in 1968.

He was associate editor of the Catholic weekly America between 1972 and 1975, and was editor in chief between 1975 and 1984, when he became president of Fordham University.

While serving as president of Fordham he was appointed by Mayor Edward I. Koch to the Mayor's Committee on Appointments, which interviewed candidates for city commissioners, and the Charter Revision Commission of the City of New York.

O'Hare was appointed the first chairman of the city's Campaign Finance Board in 1988, and was reappointed twice in the 1990s by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, serving until 2003. The board was created in the wake of several political corruption scandals. It gives matching funds to qualified candidates.

O'Hare was chairman of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU), and served as President of Fordham University for 19 years, the longest tenure of any president in the school's 166-year history.

After retiring from Fordham in 2003, he returned to America as associate editor.

List of Jesuit educational institutions

The Jesuits (Society of Jesus) in the Catholic church have founded and manage a number of institutions, including the 380 secondary schools and 190 colleges and universities listed here.

Some of these universities are in the United States where they are organized as the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. In Latin America they are organized in the Association of Universities Entrusted to the Society of Jesus in Latin America.

List of John Carroll University people

This is a list of people associated with John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio. This includes faculty, alumni, staff, and former university Presidents. John Carroll University is a private, co-educational Jesuit university in the greater Cleveland, Ohio area in the United States. The university was founded as Saint Ignatius College by the Society of Jesus. A member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, John Carroll was founded in 1886. The University enrolls approximately 4,000 students per year.

Loyola Phoenix

The Loyola Phoenix is the official newspaper of Loyola University Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. It is a student activity, and independent of the school's journalism program. Published on a weekly basis, it not only serves the students and faculty of the various colleges of the university in the United States and Italy, but it also serves the northside Chicago neighborhoods of Edgewater and Rogers Park and has a readership that extends through the twenty-eight member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Past staff advisors have been affiliated with the Chicago Tribune.

The current adviser to the newspaper is Bob Herguth, an editor at the Better Government Association and former editor at the Chicago Sun-Times.Following the newspaper's coverage of an alleged violent beating of a gay man on the CTA Red Line by a then-Loyola student in January 2010, the Phoenix was subpoenaed for their notes regarding the case. Attorneys for the criminal defendant also subpoenaed the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune. In the summer of 2011, however, judge Diane Cannon, blocked the subpoena, which set a new standard for student journalists, entitling them to the same protection as their professional counterparts. The ruling was the first decision in Illinois to apply the law to a student newspaper.

Michael J. Garanzini

Michael J. Garanzini, S.J. (born September 24, 1948 in Saint Louis, Missouri) is an American priest of the Society of Jesus religious order of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. From 2001 until 2015, Garanzini served as the twenty-third President of Loyola University Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, a member of the twenty-eight institution Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.

Michael J. Sheeran

Michael J. Sheeran, S.J., (born 1940) is a Jesuit priest, president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), former president of Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and author of the book Beyond Majority Rule: Voteless Decisions in the Society of Friends.

Sheeran was born in New York City in 1940, and entered the Society of Jesus at Florissant, Missouri, in 1957. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1970.

In 1968, Sheeran became interested in the Religious Society of Friends while studying religious communities which practice "communal discernment", a decision-making process which the Jesuit order also utilized when it was founded in 1540, but lost within a few generations.

During his doctoral work in the politics department at Princeton University, Sheeran spent two years conducting interviews, reading, and observing the communal discernment tradition, as exemplified in the voteless decisions of Quakers in their Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. This resulted in his book Beyond Majority Rule, which was published in 1983.

Sheeran received his doctorate in politics from Princeton in 1977. He also holds a Licentiate (European equivalent of a master's degree) in Sacred Theology, a Licentiate in Philosophy, a master's degree in political science, a master's degree in Moral and Pastoral Theology and a bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Letters. All are from St. Louis University.

Sheeran has taught at St. Louis University and at Regis Jesuit High School in Denver. He joined Regis University in 1975, and in 1993 became its president. He assumed his current position at AJCU in early 2013 and soon after hosted a historic meeting of college and university presidents, chairs of board of trustees, and the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Rev. Adolfo Nicolás, S.J.. He also hosted the first meeting of President Bill Clinton and Pope John Paul II while president at Regis.

Fr. Sheeran serves on the boards of trustees of Saint Louis University and John Carroll University. He has previously served as a trustee with the University of San Francisco, the Regis Jesuit High School Board in Denver, the St. John Vianney Seminary Board (Archdiocese of Denver), the Executive Committee of the Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities, National Board of Campus Compact, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Rockhurst University, Creighton University, Loyola University New Orleans, the Colorado Institute of Technology Board of Directors, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) Board of Directors, Community College of Aurora Advisory Council, and as chairman of the board for Mile High United Way.

Mother Teresa Monument

The Mother Teresa Monument is a public art work by artist Guatam Pal. It is located on the west side of the St. Joan of Arc Chapel on the Marquette University campus in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The sculpture depicts Mother Teresa dressed in a sari and holding an infant. The sculpture commemorates Mother Teresa's 1981 visit to Marquette, when she was awarded the Pere Marquette Discovery Award. The sculpture was dedicated on October 6, 2009 as part of a weeklong celebration of the "Centennial of Women at Marquette."

Regis University

Regis University, formerly known as Regis College, is a private, co-educational Roman Catholic, Jesuit university in Denver, Colorado. Regis College was founded by the Society of Jesus in 1877. It is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Regis is divided into five colleges: Regis College, The Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions, the College of Contemporary Liberal Studies, the College of Computer and Information Sciences and the College of Business and Economics. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. In 2013, the Regis University web site stated that it had obtained a top tier ranking as one of the best colleges and universities in the United States in the western region for 22 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report.

Rockhurst University

Rockhurst University is a private, nonprofit, coeducational Jesuit university located in Kansas City, Missouri. Founded in 1910 as Rockhurst College, the school is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Rockhurst University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and the Helzberg School of Management recently gained accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Rockhurst was ranked as number 19 in the 2012 U.S. News & World Report rankings of the Best Universities – Masters Midwest category, and Rockhurst has consistently appeared in the top fifteen universities in this category. In August 2009, Forbes magazine and the Center for College Affordability & Productivity (CCAP) published its annual college rankings list of America's Best Colleges. In 2018, of the more than 4,000 collegiate institutions in the United States, Forbes and the CCAP ranked Rockhurst University No. 203 in the nation and No. 37 in the Midwest.

West Coast Hockey Conference

The West Coast Hockey Conference (WCHC) is an ACHA Division 2 club hockey league which began play in the Fall of 2010. The conference is made up of eight previously independent Division 2 hockey programs in California. The six charter schools were Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount, Northern Arizona and San Diego State.

William C. McInnes

William C. McInnes, S.J. (January 20, 1923 – December 8, 2009) was an American Jesuit and academic. McInnes served as the 5th President of Fairfield University located in Fairfield, Connecticut from 1964 to 1973 and the President of the University of San Francisco from 1972 to 1977. (McInnes served as the president of both universities simultaneously for a few months in 1972). He then headed the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, a consortium of Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, from 1977 until 1989.

McInnes was one of the first Jesuit priests to study business administration.

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