St. Jerome’s University registers full-time and part-time students in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo. Students enjoy the advantages of a small, vigorous academic community while having access to all courses, facilities, and services of the University of Waterloo and its affiliated University Colleges: Conrad Grebel, Renison, and St. Paul’s.
The University offers its students a wide range of courses informed by the latest scholarly research, and supports their educational efforts with academic counselling, scholarships, and bursaries, administrative services, library resources, information technology, and residences. The campus is also a centre for a vibrant Catholic community in the region.
St. Jerome’s University is a public Roman Catholic university federated with the University of Waterloo and historically associated with the educational vision of the Congregation of the Resurrection.
We are committed to learning and academic excellence; the gospel values of love, truth, and justice; and the formation of leaders for the service of the community and the Church. In all of our activities and practices, St. Jerome’s University functions within the context of the
Roman Catholic tradition and the principles of academic freedom.
At St. Jerome’s University we steward each students’ unique talents,nurture their ability to think critically, and inspire them to become life-long learners who seek knowledge and truth, act with compassion, and advocate for human dignity for all.
We educate our students to become informed, courageous citizens who have the humility to work together for the common good and the courage to lead by example to build a more just society.
St. Jerome’s University, like most institutions and religious establishments, had a very humble beginning. In 1865, two years before achieved nationhood, St. Jerome’s College was founded by
the Reverend Dr. Louis Funcken, of the Congregation of the Resurrection. Over the years, the College grew in size and occupied various locations in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.
In 1959, through an Act of the Ontario Legislature, St. Jerome’s College was granted independent university status. The name was changed to the University of St. Jerome’s College to reflect new university powers and the authority to grant degrees. As an independent university, St. Jerome’s College entered into federation with the newly established
University of Waterloo.
Given the federation, St. Jerome’s University graduates receive a University of Waterloo degree, as St. Jerome’s University holds in abeyance its degree-granting privilege, except for degrees in theology.
In 1998, the University of St. Jerome’s College officially and legally changed its name to St. Jerome’s University.
Relation to University of Waterloo
Founded in 1865, St. Jerome’s University became a university in 1959 through an Act of the government of Ontario. Within a year, the University agreed to a federation with the new University of Waterloo. St. Jerome’s University enrolls students in Faculty of Arts.
All its students must fulfill the admission, promotion, and graduation requirements of the University of Waterloo. St. Jerome’s students enjoy courses offered at the University of Waterloo, and access to all campus resources as part of their education experience, and UWaterloo students regularly take courses at St. Jerome’s University.
Students registering here enjoy all the benefits of being part of a small, welcoming community at the heart of a world-renowned university, and students graduate with a University of Waterloo degree.
Source: SJU Website