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Study at Seton Hall University

Seton Hall University, or SHU, is a private Roman Catholic university, located in South Orange, New Jersey. It was established in 1856 by Archbishop James Roosevelt Bayley. SHU is the oldest Diocesan university in the United States, and is also the largest Catholic university in the State of New Jersey. In the "Colleges with the Biggest Returns" list in BusinessWeek's 2009 edition, Seton Hall was ranked among the top 50 universities in the nation that opens doors to the highest salaries.

Seton Hall offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in several fields of study. It is made up of the following academic divisions:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Education and Human Services
  • Immaculate Conception School of Theology
  • School of Health and Medical Sciences
  • School of Law
  • Seton Hall University College of Nursing
  • SetonWorldWide
  • Stillman School of Business
  • Whitehead School of Diplomacy
Seton Hall University's sports teams are nicknamed the Pirates.

Profile of Seton Hall University

The campus of Seton Hall is in South Orange, NJ, which is a large suburb. Its Roman Catholic nature is one of the defining aspects of the school. Seton Hall is a private, not-for-profit institution. Degrees at the school include, at the school's highest level, the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

Seton Hall has a greater breadth of degree programs (majors) than most colleges of its size. The school is known for its programs in media and law.

Seton Hall Selectivity

Admission at Seton Hall is selective, not open to all who apply. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 470. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 480 and 590.


Seton Hall has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at the school is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, Seton Hall had 9, 574 students enrolled (7, 735 full-time equivalent). The school has a large minority student population.

Student Life

Full-time students are the norm at Seton Hall. The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. Seton Hall offers students meal plans. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Big East Conference.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Seton Hall is a major Catholic university. In a diverse and a collaborative environment it focuses on academic excellence and ethical development. Seton Hall students are prepared to be leaders in their professional and community lives in a global society and are challenged by outstanding faculty, an evolving technologically advanced setting and values-centered curricula. "

Seton Hall Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Business and Management439business management, human resources management, finance, accounting, marketing, labor relations, taxation, managerial economics, . . .
Liberal Arts382international relations, English, political science, humanities, history, museum studies, liberal arts and sciences, sociology, . . .
Law368law, health tax
Education and Teaching266educational administration, elementary school teaching, education, secondary teaching, higher education administration, instructional media design, special ed, curriculum and instruction, . . .
Nursing and Emergency Medicine195registered nursing, various nursing, adult health nursing, nursing administration, pediatric nursing
Media175communication studies
Therapy and Counselling157psychology, mental health Counselling, physical therapy, school psychology, Counselling psychology, marriage and family therapy, experimental psychology
Science107biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, microbiology
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy73sports and fitness management, vocational Counselling, occupational therapy, athletic trainer
Security and Law Enforcement71criminal justice and safety
Religion and Philosophy66theology, ministry, philosophy, religion, religious education, pastoral Counselling, Christian studies
Medical Support and Technology45speech pathology, physician assistant
Medical administration31health care administration
Family and Social Work23social work, public administration
Photography and Commercial Art17commercial art
Computer Science and Engineering8computer and info science
Medicine5health professions
Fine Arts4art history and criticism
Music3music performance
Art Studies0visual and performing arts
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental studies

Contact: Seton Hall

Seton Hall University

400 S Orange Ave

South Orange, NJ 07079-2697

General Phone: (973) 761-9000


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