Saint Augustine’s University provides a healthy learning environment where students are prepared to excel academically, socially, and spiritually in order to be equipped for leadership roles in a complex, diverse, and dynamically changing world. The University is committed to offering rigorous academic programs and research opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels to achieve its core values. To fulfill the mission, the faculty fosters scholarship and creativity through varied approaches to teaching and learning; the administration facilitates the enterprise by effectively garnering and managing financial and human resources; and the staff contributes to efficient operations by providing essential support services. Through these means, the University pursues excellence by developing:
- flexible and innovative courses of study that integrate theory and practical application through experiential approaches to learning;
- opportunities for students to apply what they learn through service learning, community service, internships, and cooperative education;
- purposeful and individualized programs of study for non-traditional students, through preparation for a career change or re-entry into the work force; and
- knowledge and appreciation of cultural differences through interdisciplinary courses, study abroad, and other programs.
Saint Augustine’s University is an undergraduate, coeducational, liberal arts institution, affiliated with the Episcopal Church. Founded in 1867 to educate freed slaves, the University’s mission has grown with the diversification of its student body from an African-American student base to one that is multi-national and multi-racial. Grounded in the liberal arts tradition since its founding, the University first awarded baccalaureate degrees in 1931. Programmatic emphasis has shifted from early offerings in normal and industrial education, and pre-theological training, to current emphasis in scholarship, research, and community service.