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Mission & Core Values

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Our Mission

Welcoming people of all faiths, Presentation College challenges learners toward academic excellence and, in the Catholic tradition, the development of the whole person.

Our Core Values

Catholic Tradition

Drawing upon a 2,000 year old Catholic tradition, Presentation College has a rigorous commitment to the pursuit of truth in harmony with a deep appreciation for the spiritual life. The most basic tenet of the Catholic intellectual tradition, as it relates to higher education, is the manner in which faith, knowledge and reason complement each other. Presentation College offers an education of continuing scholarship, seeking the truth. That tradition permeates the curriculum, student life and core values of the College. Inherent in both the tradition of the Church and in the mission of the Presentation Sisters is a sincere commitment to social justice which includes respect for the dignity of the individual. This commitment is expressed in service and is a special hallmark of a Presentation College education.

At Presentation College, we express the Catholic intellectual tradition through the integration of faith and reason, in the life-giving presence of Presentation people worldwide, in a particular knowledge of and respect for social justice principles, and in the milieu characterized by the search for meaning and for God. We are proud of our Catholic symbols of spirituality and joyfully invite all to share in our liturgical life. We aspire to social justice principles and to practicing social justice in our dealings with each other and society. We are committed to service to each other and tothe broader community. We provide opportunities for spiritual development and for service.

Learning Community

The charism of the Presentation Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary extends itself through Presentation College. Inspired by the love and zeal of Nano Nagle, the College welcomes all people in the spirit of hospitality to include warmth, acceptance and gratitude. Presentation College is committed to intentionally serving and learning with all who seek relationship within the context of the College. Presentation College promotes acceptance, unity, dignity and appreciation for diversity.

At Presentation College, we live and work together in our community of campuses as learners and teachers. We share common feelings, values and beliefs as we are actively engaged in learning together from each other. Our members are students, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, donors and friends who build trusting and caring relationships to support learning and teaching. We value our diversity as well as shared events and rituals that symbolize our common purpose and unity.

Whole Person Education

Presentation College believes that an effective, comprehensive education will encompass the spiritual, intellectual, socio-cultural, emotional, environmental, physical and career dimensions of the whole person.

At Presentation College, we recognize that students are whole persons. Education of the whole person includes fostering maturity, enhancing creativity, valuing integrity and providing exposure to new ideas, cultures, and situations. We believe that the growth of the mind is inextricably linked to physical health and to the growth of the spirit. In our commitment to whole person education, we call forth from our community an intrinsic reverence for life and a passionate love of learning. Our students are well prepared, upon graduation, to enter their chosen professions, fully utilize their talents and assume roles as servant leaders.

Education of Distinction

Presentation College is the only college, worldwide, which is sponsored by a congregation of Presentation Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary. A vital aspect of the legacy of the Presentation Sisters is excellence in teaching and in healing. Honoring that legacy, as well as the sponsorship of the Presentation Sisters, is the basis for an education of distinction at Presentation College. Presentation Sisters value hospitality and practice social justice and those values are a distinctive part of the Presentation College learning community. As Presentation people, we joyfully teach, learn and serve.

At Presentation College, we believe that our learning community must be permeated by our mission and values, and enriched by the legacy of the Presentation Sisters in order to offer an Education of Distinction.

At Presentation College, we believe that each academic department and program must identify its own path to distinction. Inherent in that path is an education that is academically challenging to each student.

At Presentation College, we believe that the process of self-reflection and of continuous improvement is essential. The significant accreditations held by Presentation College provide external validation of our excellence.


Presentation College has been a leader in health care education, in establishing outreach campuses, in utilizing technology and in offering on-line education. Based on that history of innovation and of responding to needs, Presentation College continues to embrace creativity, originality, imagination and vision to promote resourcefulness.

At Presentation College, we believe in persistence in the face of obstacles, rewarding fresh thinking, taking risks, providing time for quiet reflection, finding patterns in our information, shared communication, and inquisitive problem solving. The constant need to garner rare resources and the distance between campuses drive us to nurture our creativity and foster the conditions that promote creative action.