Saint Vincent College

Saint Vincent College


Saint Vincent College is a private, co-educational liberal arts college rooted in the tradition of the Catholic faith, the heritage of Benedictine monasticism and a liberal approach to life and learning. Founded to educate the children of immigrants, Saint Vincent takes a special interest in first-generation college students and offers a $2,000 First-Generation Grant, renewable for four years, to assist them with their education. Saint Vincent also encourages diversity; 20 percent of the 2017 freshman class is made up of students of color. With a welcoming hospitality and an attention to individual needs, Saint Vincent teaches students to integrate their professional aims with the broader purposes of human life.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Step-Up Program

The Step-Up Program offers homeschooled students from local communities, ranging from preschool age to grade 12, the opportunity to participate in one-hour enrichment courses held on the Saint Vincent campus on Friday afternoons. The courses are designed and taught by college students who are enrolled in the teacher certification program. The program offers homeschoolers the opportunity to interact with other students with common interests, and to choose courses that specifically meet their interests while meeting curriculum requirements. It also assists older students with the transition to a college classroom setting.

Pre-College Prep & Outreach The Challenge Program

One week every summer, the Saint Vincent College campus transforms into a themed epic program for middle and high school students interested in an opportunity to explore academic enrichment courses, activities and evening events. The program draws its themes from popular literature series that young people favor. While this program is being presented to students as Challenge, an “epic” enrichment program, the courses and activities are soundly based in academics, engaging activities and content-deepening experiences. Saint Vincent College Education Department is committed to bringing back the spirit of youth experiences while encouraging our young people to pull away from the all-too-common video game-based summer fun to enjoy investigation, problem–solving, the arts and social activities in an accepting and safe environment. Summer 2015 will herald the long-awaited return of Wizard College.

Special Admissions Policy The Opportunity SVC/ACT 101 Student Support Services (SSS)-TRiO Program

The Opportunity SVC/Act 101/Student Support Services (SSS)-TRiO Program is an academic support system funded, in part, by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through Act 101 and by the U.S. Department of Education through the Student Support Services (SSS) – TRiO Program. Placement in the program is determined by the Admission Committee which evaluates the applicant’s grades, test scores, and recommendations. Although each candidate is evaluated according to individual merits and potential, academic and financial eligibility requirements may be taken into consideration in accordance with state or federal guidelines. Program participants are required to complete a three- week, credit-bearing summer component. During the summer component, tutoring is provided by professional and peer tutors. In addition, a fall transitional semester is an added benefit of the program. The Opportunity staff provides ongoing academic support and counseling to the student throughout his or her college years. Learn more about The Opportunity SVC/ACT 101 Student Support Services (SSS)-TRiO Program

Student Life & Support Office of Multicultural Student Life

The Office of Multicultural Student Life helps to connect the many national, ethnic and cultural groups of the Saint Vincent College community. The office not only seeks to ensure a diverse environment at both the curricular and co-curricular levels, but also works to ensure everyone at Saint Vincent feels comfortable, valued and connected. The office offers special programming, activities such as the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Remembrance, International Week, cultural workshops and community service trips, mentoring, on-campus employment opportunities and a special multicultural orientation. Learn more about Office of Multicultural Student Life

Student Diversity

  • 1,646
  • 52/48
  • 24%
    First-generation college students
  • 1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 2%
  • 5%
    Black or African American
  • 3%
  • 1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 85%
  • 1%
    Two or more races
  • 4%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 1%

Student Success

  • 83%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 73%
    Six-year graduation
  • 49%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 86%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 72%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 102
    Full-time faculty
  • 4
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 12:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Biology, Communication, Education, Management, Psychology, Criminology, Law and Society, Engineering

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Visionaries of H.O.P.E. Club, and any of more than 50 clubs and organizations


Cost of Attendance

  • $33,516
  • $33,316
    In-state Tuition
  • $1,516
    Required Fees
  • $11,136
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $30,909,377
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $30,476
    Average aid package
  • $38,493
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 27%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 76%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 64%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 16%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 2,256
    # of applicants
  • 66%
  • 3.56
    Average HS GPA
  • 23
    ACT Composite
  • 470—580
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 470—560
    SAT Math
  • 440—560
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 05/01
    Regular application closing date
  • $25
    Application Fee
  • n/a
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date