College of Saint Elizabeth

College of Saint Elizabeth
College of Saint Elizabeth
Established 1899
Type Private
Endowment US$ $15.7 million [1]
President Sister Francis Raftery
Students 2,044
Location Morristown, New Jersey, United States
Campus 200 acres (0.81 km2)
Colors Gold and Royal Blue         
Mascot Eagles
The College Seal
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The College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE) is a private Roman Catholic, four-year, liberal arts college for women. It is located in an unincorporated community called Convent Station, in Morris Township, New Jersey. A large portion of the college's campus extends into the neighboring town of Florham Park.

There are about 500 part-time undergraduate, 650 full-time undergraduate, and 300 graduate students. About 50 men attend the college part-time. As of the 2004–2005 academic year, 1,976 total students were enrolled, with 668 in the Women's College.



The college was founded in 1899 by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth and is the oldest women's college in New Jersey and one of the first Catholic colleges in the United States to award degrees to women. 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.)


The College of Saint Elizabeth is located on the campus of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth. Portions of the 200-acre (0.81 km2) wooded campus flow into Florham Park, New Jersey, including the Villa of Saint Ann, the campus classical Greek amphitheater built into a hillside, and the original dairy farm for the complex.

At the college's front gate, the New Jersey Transit rail station provides frequent daily services to New York City, and the journey by train is approximately one hour.

The College of Saint Elizabeth consists of 8 buildings:

  • Santa Rita Hall (main college offices)
  • Henderson Hall
  • Saint Joseph Hall
  • Santa Maria Hall
  • Mahoney Library
  • Annunciation Center (dedicated September 8, 2007)
  • O'Connor Hall (student residence)
  • Founders Hall (student residence)

The campus also houses a Greek Theater used for concerts and performances, the Shakespeare Garden, completed in 1931, and a greenhouse, built in 1911 and a popular site for visitors.

Center for Theological and Spiritual Development

See footnote[2]


The sports teams are called the Screaming Eagles.[3]

Notable alumni

  • Sister Carmela Marie Cristiano
  • Louise Currie Wilmot,'64, Worked thirty years in the United States Navy. Received the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (with three gold stars), the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Joint Service Commendations Medal. Her assignments included Commander of the U.S. Naval Base in Philadelphia; Vice Chief of Naval Education and Training in Pensacola; Commander of the Naval Training Center in Orlando; Executive Assistant and Naval Aide to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs; and Commander of the Navy Recruiting Area Five in Great Lakes, Michigan. When she retired in 1994 as a Rear Admiral, she was the highest-ranking woman and the highest-decorated woman in the Navy.
  • Shirley Hayes Tolentino,'65, Municipal Court judge in Jersey City from1976-1984. Became Superior Court judge in 1984. Received an honorary degree from CSE in 1980. In 1981, she received the Whitney Young Award from the Hudson County Urban League. In 1996 she became President of the National Association of Women judges.
  • Nancy T. Delaney, '82, Presently employed as Senior Probation Officer in the Community Service Program for the Morris County Probation Department. She has served as President of the Board of Employment Horizons, an agency that provides workforce training and jobs to persons with disabilities.

See also

  • Academy of Saint Elizabeth


  1. ^
  2. ^ Center for Theological & Spiritual Development official webpage. College of Saint Elizabeth. Retrieved 2010-02-07.
  3. ^ Athletics official webpage. College of Saint Elizabeth. Retrieved 2010-02-07.

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Coordinates: 40°46′52″N 74°26′13″W / 40.781°N 74.437°W / 40.781; -74.437

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