Saint Elizabeth University

Newest University in NJ is 121 Years Old

When the process began in 2018 to change from College of Saint Elizabeth to university status as Saint Elizabeth University (SEU), no one imagined that approval would come during one of the most complicated times in higher education history – right in the middle of a pandemic.

Dr. Helen J. Streubert, president of Saint Elizabeth University, explained that although university status approval spanned two years, the evolution to SEU is one that began in 1899.

“Over the past 121 years, Saint Elizabeth has grown and expanded to meet the ever-changing needs of our students. Our mission remains the same: to inspire students to embrace social justice and personal growth through programs that are designed to help them find their voice, reach their fullest potential, and prepare them for a meaningful and successful future,” Streubert said.

The change to SEU, which debuted July 1, 2020, reflects the vast range of educational opportunities available at the school.

“We have been offering master’s and doctoral programs for quite some time,” she said. “Basically, we were functioning as a university. Changing the name was the next step in the evolution of the College of Saint Elizabeth,” Streubert said.

With a rich history rooted in the Catholic liberal arts tradition, the university has been advancing its mission of leadership in service to others continuously over the years.

“Those qualities have proven critical during the past year, particularly with the increased need for highly skilled health care workers, such as nurses and physician assistants, and from the areas of social work and counseling psychology,” Streubert pointed out.

Originally an all-female institution, SEU underwent one of its most significant changes in 2016, when it admitted males into its traditional undergraduate program.

Today Saint Elizabeth University offers 40 undergraduate majors and minors, classes for adult learners, 16 masters degrees and two doctoral programs.

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Click to hear Dr. Helen Streubert, president of Saint Elizabeth University, explain the recent name change.

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