Holy Family University

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Holy Family University
Former names
Holy Family College
Motto Teneor votis
Motto in English
I am bound by my responsibilities
Established 1954
Type Private liberal arts
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Endowment $9.5 million[1]
President Sr. Maureen McGarrity, CSFN
Students 3,094
Undergraduates 2,139
Postgraduates 955
Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Campus Urban
Colors Blue and White
Athletics NCAA Division IICACC
Nickname Tigers
Affiliations ACCU
Website holyfamily.edu

Holy Family University is a Roman Catholic liberal arts university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.[2] It was founded in 1954 by the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth.[3] In addition to the main Torresdale campus in the northeastern section of the city, there are satellite locations in Newtown, on Bristol Pike in Bensalem, and in Quakertown.[4] In 2012, there were nearly 3,100 students enrolled in the university.[5]


Holy Family University was founded as a women's teacher training college in 1954[6][7] before becoming coeducational in the 1970s.[8] The first graduate programs were accredited and approved in 1990. The college attained university status in 2002.[9] Holy Family is the youngest of the four Catholic universities in the city of Philadelphia; the others are Saint Joseph's, La Salle, and Chestnut Hill College.


Holy Family University is divided into four schools:

  • Arts and Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Education
  • Nursing and Allied Health

The undergraduate student-faculty ratio for the average class is 11:1.

There are degree programs for undergraduate and graduate studies. Undergraduate studies include nursing, criminal justice, education, business, psychology, and communication. Graduate studies include counseling psychology, education, nursing, criminal justice, and resources management.[10]

In January 2011, a doctoral program was introduced for those pursuing a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Professional Studies.[11]

Residence life

There are three housing options: St. Joseph's Hall, Garden Residence, and the StevensonLane Residence. The Stevenson Lane Residence is the newest residence building, accommodates 148 students and offers suite-style living.[12] St. Joseph's Hall houses freshmen students and features a 24-hour computer lab, lounges, vending machines, and a recreation room designed by students. The Garden Residence, consisting of apartment-style dorms, is a short walk from campus. The Duplex Apartments are located just off-campus and house three students each.

Student clubs and organizations

Clubs and activities for students include Student Government Association, PRSSA, Students At Your Service (a community-service organization), Campus Ministry, Drama Club, and Tri-Lite (a student-run newspaper).


Official athletics logo.

Holy Family University has 15 varsity sports teams, nine women’s and six men’s teams. Their nickname is the Tigers and their colors are Copenhagen blue and white. Since 1985 the director of athletics has been Sandra Michael, who oversees the university’s 15 NCAA Division II sports. The teams at HFU compete in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) which is composed of 14 colleges and universities located in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The CACC finished third nationally among Division II conferences.

The women’s teams are basketball, cross-country running, track and field, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. The women's basketball team became the first CACC team to participate in the NCAA Championship tournament and won its sixth Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference crown in nine seasons in 2007; and in 2009 the women's softball team won 22 of 28 games during their regular season. Holy Family University men’s teams consist of basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, track and field (indoor and outdoor).


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  5. Peter Key (February 7, 2013). "Holy Family University cuts 25 workers". Philadelphia Business Journal. Retrieved February 8, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Catholic Women's Colleges in America. JHU Press. 2003. ISBN 9780801877667.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. About Holy Family
  8. Charter Week - 60th Anniversary
  9. History: Past and Present of Holy Family University
  10. "Holy Family University helps introduce phones, handhelds to Tanzania village - Philly.com". Articles.philly.com. 2012-03-12. Retrieved 2014-08-26.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. [1] Archived September 16, 2010 at the Wayback Machine
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