A sculpture of Saint Ignatius Loyola from Fairfield University's "In His Image"
Mission & Identity
The distinctiveness of a Jesuit education stems from its deep-rooted history and a mission grounded in faith and intellectual rigor. Since its beginnings in 1548 when the first Jesuit institution opened its doors in Messina, Sicily, Jesuit higher education remains committed to academic excellence, service, leadership and caring for the whole person. We invite you to learn more through our publications, videos, websites and a catalog of speakers available for conferences and events on Jesuit campuses.

Recently Published Items

Inside the L: A Distinctly Jesuit Approach to Intercollegiate Athletics at Le Moyne College

Le Moyne College published 'Inside the L' in 2014 in an effort to create an intentionally mission driven culture in the College's athletic program. The 'Inside the L' project, led by Le Moyne's Director of Athletics, Matt Bassett, and a consultant, Matt Davidson, Director of the Institute for Excellence and Ethics, culminated in this publication. The project involved extensive background research with current students, alumni, parents, and stakeholders across the college. It translates Jesuit core values into language that resonates with student-athletes, and creates a meaningful vocabulary for coaches. It has become a cornerstone for extending this intentional culture across campus, and for various student ambassadors programs.

Resources for Mission & Identity Officers

A place for Mission and Identity Officers to locate and share documents, policies and other materials that pertain to their mission work, in a password-protected environment.

Quote of the week

"The greater. The better. The elusive idea of personifying the Magis in everything we do lives at the core of a Jesuit education. When we work, we must work as hard as we can. When we plan, we plan boldly. When we dream, we dream big."
Edward Cullen, Co-Founder, Bridge-USA, Fordham University '09

Meet the AJCU President

On April 1, 2013, Rev. Michael J. Sheeran became president of the Association of Jesu...
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Federal Relations

AJCU Federal Relations Network is the lobbying arm of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and comprised of at least one representative from each one of the twenty-eight Jesuit Colleges and Universities. The Network is kept up to date on an on-going basis by the Vice President for Federal Relations on all issues relating to Appropriations, budget, higher education authorization issues and taxes. The Network meets annually in September for a Legislative Conference and also participates in the Annual Committee for Education Funding Legislative Conference and Awards Dinner.
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AJCU Conferences

The 35+ Conferences sponsored by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) are affinity groups within the AJCU Network. The Conferences provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, information and best practices; support the professional development of their members; and present opportunities for AJCU representatives to discuss opportunities and challenges in Jesuit higher education. Most of the AJCU Conference groups meet in person at least once a year, and many of them communicate regularly through an AJCU listserv.
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International Outreach

The member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) are committed to developing programs and partnerships that advance international education and support initiatives that advance global citizenship.
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