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Mount St. Joseph University

Mount St. Joseph University

History of the University

Mount St. Joseph University, established by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, opened its doors to the first 20 students in 1920 as the first Catholic university for women in Southwestern Ohio.

With the growth of student enrollment, the Sisters of Charity made plans to develop property at the intersection of Delhi and Neeb roads, and opened a new campus in the fall of 1962. In 1986, the University was formally declared coeducational. The University, though incorporated under a Board of Trustees in 1972, remains a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity.

Today the University serves a diverse coeducational student population of undergraduate and graduate students. 

Devotion to Service

Since the Mount's founding in 1920 by the Sisters of Charity, we have made serving the needs of our students and the community our core mission. As a nationally recognized institution, we continue to live a culture of ethics and service in everything we do.

The Mount lives a culture of ethics and service to others. Sure, building confidence academically and professionally is essential, but so is giving back to others – here and around the world.

The Mount prepares you as a critical thinker, skilled communicator and effective professional, and yet we’ve long recognized that there’s more to life than career. It’s also about being productive citizens and ethical leaders ready, willing and able to contribute to the greater good.

Inspiring you to lead a meaningful life; that’s what we mean when we say, it’s about something much bigger than any of us.

Mission Statement

Mount St. Joseph University is a Catholic academic community grounded in the spiritual values and vision of its founders, the Sisters of Charity. The University educates its students through interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curricula emphasizing values, integrity and social responsibility.

Members of the Mount community embrace:

  • excellence in academic endeavors;
  • the integration of life and learning;
  • respect and concern for all persons;
  • diversity of cultures and beliefs;
  • service to others.

Dedicated to furthering the intentional focus on the mission of the University, the Office of Mission Integration provides mission a specific home on campus.

Ethical Leadership

The Mount is an emerging force in ethical leadership development, integrating curricular and co-curricular learning about ethics and responsible leadership into a Mount education at a time when our world sorely needs it. Distinctive, comprehensive and highly relevant undergraduate experience designed to raise student awareness and conscientiousness as well as ability and commitment to act.

Come take a virtual tour of our campus! 

Mount St. Joseph University’s Diversity Profile

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion is committed to building a campus environment that values and respects every person, regardless of gender, age, race, sexual preference, cultural background, religion, nationality or beliefs. In keeping with Mount St. Joseph University's mission to "embrace diversity of cultures and beliefs," we seek to ensure a positive, supportive climate in which all feel welcome.

Many of the events and services we provide not only benefit the Mount's culturally diverse students, but the entire Mount community, by promoting diversity awareness, enriching the educational experience and enhancing the quality of student life.

What Inclusive Excellence Means to the Mount

The Mount's Definition of Diversity

As a member of the Mount St. Joseph University and in our effort to fulfill our institution's mission, we recognize that diversity extends beyond race, ethnicity, gender, culture, sexual orientation, ability, and any other protected or non-protected class or identifier that makes us unique in our own rights. At the Mount, diversity also means maintaining an environment where the exploration of our differences and the ability for one to engage in meaningful dialogue is not only encouraged but expected.

The Mount's Definition of Inclusion

In the spirit of our founders, the Sisters of Charity, we strive to ensure that every member of our community has a sense of belonging and that Mount remains dedicated to maintaining a climate that promotes the success of all.

The Mount's Definition of Equity

In our efforts to embrace excellence in academic endeavors and the integration of life and learning, we acknowledge that there exist disadvantages and barriers for some individuals and groups over others. At Mount St. Joseph University, educations equity is fundamental.

Mount St. Joseph University Council on Inclusive Excellence

The Council on Inclusive Excellence will serve in an advisory capacity to the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer on the development of policy and procedures related to diversity, equity and inclusion. In addition, the council will recommend and assist in the implementation of actions, policies, and procedures that promote and maintain a culture of inclusive excellence on Mount St. Joseph’s University campus. The Council on Inclusive Excellence will also hold the responsibility in assisting the Chief Diversity Officer in partnering with offices and organizations across campus and within the greater Cincinnati community in better serving our underrepresented minority faculty, staff, and student populations.

What the Mount Is Doing

  • R.A.P (Recognition, Acceptance, Practice) Sessions is our in-house professional development series
  • S.P.A. (Student Partnership Awards) is an initiative designed to foster collaboration and dialogue among students and student organizations.
  • Diversity Champion Award to honor those who live our mission of inclusive excellence, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion introduces the Diversity Champion Award. This award recognizes exceptional efforts by Mount community members who exhibit excellence in inclusivity in their daily practice.
  • Bystander Intervention Training
  • MVP (Mount Violence Prevention Program)
  • Campus Community Response Team (CCRT)
  • The Mosaic Center

Mount St. Joseph University has been recognized with the Great Colleges to Work For and the Cincinnati Business Courier’s Best Places to Work



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