Mission, Vision and Values

Mission of Saint John's University

Saint John's University fosters the vitality of community through learning and the pursuit of wisdom.  Striving for excellence, we unite the wisdom of Catholic social teaching and intellectual tradition with the practicality of the common life envisioned by Saint Benedict.

Approved by the Board of Regents, October 1, 2010

Vision for the College of Arts and Sciences 

Saint John's University seeks to be one of the nation's great Catholic liberal arts colleges by providing the best holistic learning experience for men in the country.   

We will inspire undergraduate men to new heights of intellectual, spiritual, physical and social development that is informed by ethical reflection and grounded in our Catholic and Benedictine tradition.

The School of Theology and the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library have their own separate vision statements.


Dedicated to the pursuit of understanding, wisdom, and the common good, Saint John's University is committed to the following values: 

  • Community built upon relationships of hospitality, respect, cooperation, and challenge.
  • Openness to learning, inquiry, beauty, truth, and difference.
  • Respect for persons, tradition, creativity, experience, faith, reason, and religious practice.
  • Depth in understanding, relationships, faith, and spirituality.
  • Sacredness of God, being, truth, place, nature, and knowledge.
  • Passion for excellence, truth, learning, beauty, love, and personal growth.

Endorsed by the Board of Regents, October 1, 2010