More than 140 years after it was founded as a small liberal arts school in Jersey City, Saint Peter’s College is about to become New Jersey’s newest university.
School officials are expected to officially announce the new name — Saint Peter’s University — and unveil a new logo and seal today. Saint Peter’s will be the state’s third Catholic university, joining Seton Hall and Georgian Court.
The leap from college to university comes after years of expansion at the 3,000-student school, which began adding graduate programs in the 1990s. Earlier this year, Rochelle Hendricks, the state’s higher education secretary, approved Saint Peter’s application for university status.
Though it will have a new name and plans to further expand its graduate programs, Saint Peter’s will stick to it original mission as a Jesuit liberal arts college focused on undergraduates.