College Choices – a Series – #4 – Seton Hall University

Seton Hall University is a private Roman Catholic university located in South Orange, New Jersey, just 14 miles from midtown Manhattan. Archbishop James Roosevelt Bayley founded Seton Hall College in 1856 and named it after his aunt, Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, who was canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1975 as the first native-born American citizen to be canonized.

Undergraduate enrollment at Seton Hall is 5,300 students and graduate enrollment is in the 4,400 range. Female enrollment is 57% of the student body; male enrollment is 43%. 82% of the Freshman class live on campus. The university has 60 majors to choose from with its most popular courses being Biological Sciences, Criminal Justice/Safety Studies, Finance and International Relations and Affairs. The average class size is 20 students, with the student-faculty ratio being 14:1. It provides graduate programs in business, education and law. Seton Hall’s School of Law is ranked by US News & World Report as one of the top 100 law schools in the country.

Bishop Bayley’s vision was to provide a home for the mind, the heart and the spirit. Though rooted in Catholic tradition, Seton Hall is open to people of all faiths, creeds and colors. It is the oldest and largest Catholic University in the state of New Jersey. SHU, as it is called informally, is ranked 136th in the 2011 edition of Best National Colleges and Universities. Tuition and fees for the 2010-2011 school year are listed at $31,890 with an additional $12,050 for Room and Board. 97.4% of applicants receive financial aid with the average award being $15,530. Work-Study Programs are available on campus with the average school-year earnings being $1,930.

Seton Hall is well known for its men’s basketball program, which won the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) in 1953, and lost in the finals of the 1989 NCAA Tournament to Michigan, 80-79 in overtime. The University currently participates at the Division I level in 14 sports including women’s basketball, soccer and tennis. The school’s sports teams are known as the Pirates.

Further information concerning Seton Hall University can be obtained at:

Seton Hall University

400 South Orange Ave.

South Orange, NJ 07079

Phone: 1-800-843-4255

or by going online at


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