May 23, 2024  
2021-2023 University Catalog 
2021-2023 University Catalog

Institutional Mission Statement

Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) was established in 1867 in Raleigh, NC. SAU, which sits on 105 acres, is a four-year liberal arts University with an open admissions policy and an average enrollment of approximately 1,000 students. The institution offers more than 20 undergraduate degree programs at the baccalaureate level and one graduate degree at the master’s level. SAU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Saint Augustine’s University’s mission is to sustain a learning community in which students can prepare academically, socially and spiritually for leadership in a complex, diverse and rapidly changing world. Saint Augustine’s University is nationally recognized as a comprehensive institution with high performing students, renowned faculty, focused community engagement, and a strong alumni base of change agents.

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. By 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, baccalaureate institution with diverse fields, 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 service.