Mount St. Joseph University

For the high school in Maryland, see Mount Saint Joseph College.
Mount St. Joseph University
Motto Deo Duce
Motto in English
"With God for a leader"
Type Private
Established 1920
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Endowment $27.4 million[1]
President Dr. Anthony Aretz [2]
Academic staff
Undergraduates 1,889
Postgraduates 336
Location Delhi Township, Ohio, United States
39°05′42″N 84°38′17″W / 39.0949823°N 84.6379503°W / 39.0949823; -84.6379503Coordinates: 39°05′42″N 84°38′17″W / 39.0949823°N 84.6379503°W / 39.0949823; -84.6379503
Campus Suburban, 92 acres (0.4 km²)
Colors Blue and gold
Athletics NCAA Division IIIHCAC, MCVL, ORLC
Nickname Lions
Mascot Lion
Affiliations ACCU

The Mount St. Joseph University, formerly College of Mount St. Joseph,[3][4] is a private, Catholic, co-educational college located at Mount Saint Joseph, an unincorporated community near Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. Also known as “the Mount,” the college was founded in 1920 by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati and educates students through liberal arts and professional curricula.

Enrollment exceeds 2,300, with over 1,800 undergraduate students and approximately 300 graduate students. The Mount offers 39 undergraduate programs, nine associate degrees, and pre-professional and certificate programs, as well as graduate programs in business administration, education, organizational leadership, religious studies, nursing, and physical therapy.


Mount St. Joseph University was established by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, Ohio, a religious congregation that traces its roots to Elizabeth Ann Seton, North America's first canonized saint. The first Sisters of Charity arrived in Cincinnati from Maryland in 1829 and opened St. Peter’s Academy, then St. Mary’s Academy. By 1853, these schools were replaced by Mount St. Vincent Academy. In 1906 the academy was named Mount St. Joseph after a move to the Mount St. Joseph property in Cincinnati’s Delhi Township, owned by the Sisters of Charity.

Mount St. Joseph Academy offered a four-year high school curriculum but also postgraduate study covering two years of college. In 1920, the Ohio Department of Education granted formal approval for a college curriculum. The College of Mount St. Joseph opened the doors to its first 20 students in September 1920 as the first Catholic college for women in Southwestern Ohio – the same year that American women gained the right to vote.

By the 1950s, the Sisters of Charity made plans to develop property at the intersection of Delhi and Neeb Roads into a new campus that opened in fall of 1962. By the 1970s, adult education brought a new population of women and men to campus for degree studies, and by 1986, the college was coeducational. The Sisters of Charity continued to operate the college until 1972 when the Mount was incorporated under a Board of Trustees. The college remains a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity.

On March 11, 2013, the dean of the college's arts and humanities department, Sister Marguerite Kloos, resigned after being arrested on charges of fraudulently voting twice. She submitted an absentee ballot for a fellow nun, Sister Marie Hewitt, who died a month prior to the election. Sister Marguerite dated the ballot prior Sister Marie's death but that date was also before the ballots were mailed to voters.[5]

On October 9, 2013, the college announced the change to university status. It would be known as Mount St. Joseph University, effective July 1, 2014.[6] The change in designation reflects the school's expanding academic offerings, including increasing its number of graduate programs for master's and doctorate degrees, as well as implementing online programs.

Student publications

The university's student newspaper, Dateline, is published monthly.

Notable alumni

Notable faculty


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