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From its founding in 1856 as Seton Hall College to the present day, Seton Hall has been dedicated to supporting the vision that its founder, Bishop James Roosevelt Bayley, described as providing "a home for the mind, the heart, and the spirit." Its Catholic roots have made the University a home that is open to people of all faiths, creeds and colors. The seeds of diversity at Seton Hall were planted almost from its birth; during its first twelve years, Seton Hall enrolled more than 500 freshmen from 17 states and six foreign countries. The University continues to reflect the growing ethnic scope of its students and the increasing diversity of the Church and society it serves.

During the 19th century, in spite of setbacks, lean times and the Civil War, the College continued to expand. By 1937, Seton Hall established a University College. This marked the first matriculation of women at Seton Hall. Seton Hall became coeducational in 1968.

The College was organized into a university in 1950 following an unprecedented growth in enrollment. The College of Arts and Sciences, the Stillman School of Business, the School of Nursing and College of Education and Human Services comprised the University; the School of Law opened its doors in 1951, with Miriam Rooney as the first woman dean of law in the United States.

The next two decades saw the construction and modernization of a large number of facilities and the construction of the library, science building, residence halls and the Bishop Dougherty University Center. Many new programs and majors were inaugurated, as were important social outreach efforts. New ties were established with the private and industrial sectors, and a growing partnership developed with federal and state governments in creating programs for the economically and educationally disadvantaged.

In 1986, thirteen New Jersey Catholic hospitals and medical centers met at Seton Hall to address medical education within the state.  This led to the suggestion that Seton Hall play a major role in this effort.   Later that same year, hospital presidents from St. Elizabeth Hospital (now Trinitas Regional Medical Center), St. Michael’s Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital (now St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center) met with the SHU Chancellor with a vision to start a School on Seton Hall’s South Orange campus. In April 1987, Seton Hall’s Board of Trustees approved the formation of the School, then named the School of Graduate Medical Education. The School’s mission is to prepare healthcare professionals to assume leadership roles in the healthcare arena. To achieve this goal, a variety of unique and innovative educational programs are offered utilizing a multi-institutional, yet integrated approach to graduate education. The School comprises two distinct educational divisions: graduate education degree programs in the health sciences and post-medical school residency and fellowship programs.  In 2008, the school was renamed The School of Health and Medical Sciences.

The 70s and 80s continued to be a time of growth and renewal. New business and nursing classroom buildings and an art center were opened. In 1984, the Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology returned to Seton Hall, its original home until 1926, when it moved to Darlington. The Richie Regan Athletics and Recreation Center was dedicated in 1987. With the construction of four new residence halls between 1986-88, and the purchase of an off-campus apartment building in 1990, the University made a significant change to its previous identity as a primarily commuter institution. Seton Hall is now recognized as a residential campus, providing living space for approximately 2100 students.

The physical development of the campus continued in the 1990s. The $20 million Walsh Library opened in 1994, and its first-class study and research resources marked the beginning of a technological transformation of Seton Hall. Jubilee Hall, the University's newest academic center dedicated in 1997, is a clear example of Seton Hall's continued commitment to undergraduate education and the expanding role of information technology in higher education. All classrooms in this six-story, 126,000 square-foot building are wired for network and Internet connections, and many of the lecture halls are equipped with distance-learning technology. A new School of Law building and parking garage were also constructed in the 90s.

The School of Diplomacy and International Relations was founded in 1997 in an alliance with the United Nations Association of the United States of America. In 1998, all incoming full-time, first-year students were issued laptop computers as part of the University's innovative and nationally recognized mobile computing program.

In the fall of 2007, the University finalized $35 million in renovations to McNulty Hall to transform it into a leading-edge facility for science and technology learning and research. Since 2010, Seton Hall has completed a host of campus renovations and new construction projects. An initial round of improvements totaling $134 million concluded in 2014 with the opening of a new state-of-the-art fitness center, academic building, parking garage and expanded Aquinas Hall dormitory.

The enhanced facilities have provided a home to some of the best and brightest students to ever grace Seton Hall’s campus. In the fall of 2016, 1,408 freshmen boosted the total number of undergraduates to 6,093 students — the largest undergraduate population at the University in more than three decades. Selected from the largest applicant pool in Seton Hall history, the class boasted an average two-part SAT score of 1145 — an impressive 95-point increase since 2009.

Seton Hall announced the formation of two additional academic units in 2015 – the School of Medicine and the College of Communication and the Arts. The medical school, which is expected to open in 2018 in partnership with Hackensack University Health Network, will be one of only six Catholic medical schools in the United States and will address a serious shortage of primary care physicians in New Jersey and the nation. The school will be part of a new Health and Medical Sciences Campus that will also house the College of Nursing and School of Health and Medical Sciences. By training students in an environment that mirrors how modern medical facilities operate, the University is establishing a new national model for healthcare education.

The College of Communication and the Arts combines Seton Hall’s traditional strengths in the performing, visual and media arts with close ties to New York City — the nation’s media and cultural capital. The college’s innovative programs offer interdisciplinary study, invaluable experiences in the media and mentorship opportunities from eminent professionals through its artist-in-residence program. And the innovative curriculum focuses on the skills employers look for most: communication, teamwork, creativity and adaptability.

Parents Coffee & Conversation - E. Brunswick
Wednesday, July 17

Seton Hall parents of incoming freshmen (Class of 2023) are invited for Coffee and Conversation. This is a meeting where parents can network, ask questions and learn more about what’s happening at the University.

Using and Manipulating Data with Office365
Wednesday, July 17

In this workshop, we will focus on manipulating data in Excel, creating a SharePoint site with multiple document libraries, and adding triggers and conditions in order to create a Flow.

Channeling Your Inner Winner
Wednesday, July 17

In the quest for success, we can often be our own worst enemy. Join in this Cigna EAP webcast to learn about common internal barriers and how you can overcome them.

Channeling Your Inner Winner
Wednesday, July 17

In the quest for success, we can often be our own worst enemy. Join in this Cigna EAP webcast to learn about common internal barriers and how you can overcome them.

Research and Opportunities at the CDI
Thursday, July 18

An introduction to the Center for Discovery & Innovation will be given by David Perlin, Ph.D. followed by an opportunity for the audience to ask questions of a variety of CDI researchers.

Send-Off Reception for Bergen County, NJ area
Thursday, July 18

Each summer the Office of Admissions and University Advancement coordinates Summer Send-Off events around the country to welcome incoming freshmen (class of 2023) and their families.

2019 Healthy Mind & Body Charity Walkathon
Saturday, July 20

Saturday, July 20th, The Three Doctors Foundation hosts a Healthy Mind & Body walkathon in partnership with Seton Hall University’s Educational Opportunity Fund Programs - Pre-Med/Pre-Dent Plus Prog (PMPDPP) and Educational Opportunity Program (EOP).

Send-Off Reception for Philadelphia, PA area
Saturday, July 20

Each summer the Office of Admissions and University Advancement coordinates Summer Send-Off events around the country to welcome incoming freshmen (class of 2023) and their families.

American Sign Language (ASL) Workshop!
Monday, July 22

Students will join Jessica Ansbach, certified ASL interpreter and HMH Language Services Supervisor, to learn and practice American Sign Language!

Boardwalk at IHS
Tuesday, July 23

Please join the Office of Student Life for boardwalk-themed games, food, crafts, and music on July 23rd from 12-2 p.m. on the IHS Front Lawn.

Parents Coffee and Conversation - Maywood, NJ
Wednesday, July 24

Seton Hall parents of incoming freshmen (Class of 2023) are invited for Coffee and Conversation. This is a meeting where parents can network, ask questions and learn more about what’s happening at the University.

Storing, Sharing, and Managing Files
Wednesday, July 24

In this workshop, we will demonstrate how to install and setup the OneDrive for Business desktop client, how to build a SharePoint Site, create a Microsoft Team, and outline different file management techniques.

Send-Off Reception, Middlesex County, NJ area
Thursday, July 25

Each summer the Office of Admissions and University Advancement coordinates Summer Send-Off events around the country to welcome incoming freshmen (class of 2023) and their families.

Send-Off Reception - Hartford County, CT area
Saturday, July 27

Each summer the Office of Admissions and University Advancement coordinates Summer Send-Off events around the country to welcome incoming freshmen (class of 2023) and their families.

Send-Off Reception - Wake County, NC area
Saturday, July 27

Each summer the Office of Admissions and University Advancement coordinates Summer Send-Off events around the country to welcome incoming freshmen (class of 2023) and their families.

Send-Off Reception - Monmouth County, NJ area
Sunday, July 28

Each summer the Office of Admissions and University Advancement coordinates Summer Send-Off events around the country to welcome incoming freshmen (class of 2023) and their families.

Parents Coffee & Conversation - W. Orange, NJ
Wednesday, July 31

Seton Hall parents of incoming freshmen (Class of 2023) are invited for Coffee and Conversation. This is a meeting where parents can network, ask questions and learn more about what’s happening at the University.

Parents Coffee & Conversation - Rockaway, NJ
Wednesday, August 7

Seton Hall parents of incoming freshmen (Class of 2023) are invited for Coffee and Conversation. This is a meeting where parents can network, ask questions and learn more about what’s happening at the University.

Living with a Chronic Condition
Wednesday, August 7

Sixty percent (60%) of us live with a chronic illness, such as diabetes, heart disease, or COPD. Join in the Cigna EAP webcast to explore behavioral strategies that can help you manage.

Parents Coffee & Conversation - Westfield, NJ
Wednesday, August 14

Seton Hall parents of incoming freshmen (Class of 2023) are invited for Coffee and Conversation. This is a meeting where parents can network, ask questions and learn more about what’s happening at the University.

Estate Planning: Financial Basics
Wednesday, August 21

It’s never too early to start thinking about estate planning. Join in this Cigna EAP webcast to learn about trusts and wills and how they can bring peace of mind.

Move-In Day
Thursday, August 22

Move-In Day is a tradition where the University community helps incoming students move into their dorms.

Involvement Fair
Thursday, August 29

Want to get involved? Join over 150 student organizations, university departments, and community partners on August 29th to learn about the amazing opportunities Seton Hall has to offer.

IHS Involvement Fair
Wednesday, September 4

Are you looking to get involved on the Interprofessional Health Sciences Campus? Clubs and Organizations from the around IHSC will be in the Winter Garden and Auditorium to introduce you to opportunities for students on the health sciences campus.

Manager’s Guide: Mental Health at Work
Wednesday, September 11

Recognizing and responding to signs of mental health distress is an important way to support employees. Join this Cigna EAP webcast to learn what you might see and how to respond.

Study Abroad Fair
Thursday, September 12

Interested in traveling the world while also gaining credit? Join us to find out more about study abroad opportunities!

Faculty Convocation
Friday, September 13

Faculty Convocation is a special event where we welcome new faculty to the University and recognize promotions and tenure.

Shift Work Strategies
Wednesday, September 18

Going to work when others are going to bed can bring challenges. Join this Cigna EAP webcast to learn about sleep strategy tips, plus ideas for maximizing nutrition and staying connected.

Fall 2019 Career Fair
Wednesday, September 18

More than 120 employers are expected to participate in the Fall Career Fair, which is open to all current students and alumni from all academic areas.

Strategic Influencing for Women
Friday, September 20

During the second section of this workshop series taught by author Lee Miller, participants will learn about influencing differently and to how approach efforts to influence others in a thoughtful systematic way.

Stress Management Part 3
Wednesday, September 25

Join us in a 3-part series to explore techniques to initiate the body’s natural relaxation response, learn how to train your brain to rewire your stress response, and walk away with proven ways to manage stress.

Fall 2019: University Seminar on Mission
Wednesday, September 25

The Office for Mission and Ministry and the Center for Vocation and Servant Leadership invite faculty members and administrators to participate in the University Seminar on Mission.

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