Seton Hill University is a private, Catholic liberal arts university located in the small town of Greensburg, Pennsylvania.
The history of the institution began in 1885 when the Sisters of Charity religious order purchased the land on which the campus now stands, naming it after Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American-born saint and the founder of the Sisters of Charity. After establishing several high schools, in 1918 a four-year college was approved and Seton Hill College was born.
Although it was originally founded as a women-only college, men have slowly been admitted over the years and in 2002, when Seton Hill was granted university status, it also became fully coeducational.
In 2010, the university made international headlines when it became the first university to provide iPads for all students and an Apple MacBook for all freshmen, which students are allowed to keep upon graduating.
Today the university sits on a 200-acre wooded campus in the scenic Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania, while there is also a smaller campus in downtown Greensburg that houses the Performing Arts Center and the new Arts Center. The main campus is a short distance from Pittsburgh, while the huge cities of New York and Philadelphia are not far away.
With more than 80 undergraduate programs and 12 graduate programs available to the 2,000+ student population, there are plenty of opportunities for Seton Hill students to develop their understanding of a wide range of subject fields. Degrees are offer through six academic divisions: Education, Visual and Performing Arts, Business, Social Sciences, Humanities and Natural and Health Sciences.
Notable former students include Admiral Ronne Froman, the first woman to serve as commander of the US Navy Region Southwest, as well as writers Nalo Hopkinson, Maria V. Snyder and Kaye Dacus.