Rosemont College

Coordinates: 40°01′58″N 75°19′37″W / 40.0328°N 75.3270°W / 40.0328; -75.3270
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Rosemont College
Latin: Collegium Rosemontense
MottoLatin: Levavi oculos meos in montes
Motto in English
I will lift my eyes up to the hills
TypePrivate university
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic (Society of the Holy Child Jesus)
Academic affiliations
PresidentJim Cawley
Location, ,

40°01′58″N 75°19′37″W / 40.0328°N 75.3270°W / 40.0328; -75.3270
ColorsMaroon and gray
Sporting affiliations

Rosemont College is a private Catholic university in Rosemont, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1921 as a women's college by the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus, the undergraduate program opened to male students beginning in fall 2009. The university is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).[1] Rosemont also offers a range of master's degrees through its school of graduate studies and school of professional studies.[1]


Founded in 1921 by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, Rosemont College is an independent university in the Catholic tradition located in eastern Pennsylvania. In the fall of 2009, the traditionally women's undergraduate college began accepting male students. The traditional Undergraduate College confers B.A., B.S., and B.F.A. degrees in twenty-four majors. Rosemont College also includes the schools of graduate and professional studies offering degrees and certificates at the master's level.

One of the oldest Catholic women's colleges in the region, Rosemont originally "had a reputation for educating the daughters of more well-to-do Catholics."[2]

Rosemont's first chairman of the board was Cardinal Dougherty, who was instrumental in gaining Rosemont its first accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools by personally guaranteeing the college's financial solvency.[2]

Bishop Fulton J. Sheen was likewise involved in the early life of the college, describing Rosemont as "the finest girls' college in the United States."[2]

During World War II, Rosemont students aided the war effort by selling war bonds serving as air-raid wardens while the college hosted Villanova College's summer programs as Villanova's campus was in use during the summers by the United States Navy.[2]

However, Rosemont evolved over the course of the twentieth century; "As views on women changed, the original—what some would call convent—atmosphere gradually moved toward more freedom for students to come and go, later curfews, and greater interaction with college men."[2]

In 1963, Rosemont students insisted that the college begin bringing non-Catholic speakers to campus, and by the early 1970s, the college ceased holding religious retreats due to lack of attendance.[2]


Built in the iconic University Gothic Style of architecture, the sprawling 58-acre campus is located in an area known as the Main Line outside of Philadelphia in the historic residential neighborhood of Rosemont, Pennsylvania. In May 1925, the cornerstone of Connelly Hall, named after foundress Cornelia Connelly, was laid and was built with a courtyard overlooking Connelly Green.[3]

In 1927, the Sisters of the Holy Child of Jesus acquired the former home of Joseph F. Sinnott, known both as Rathalla and as the Joseph Sinnott Mansion for $1.00 to serve as the school campus.[4] The English origins of the Sisters of the Holy Child influenced the campus architecture and layout.[2] Unlike other local Catholic colleges, Rosemont's campus eschewed cloistered buildings and convent motifs in favor of a campus with "modestly-sized buildings arranged around a gentle rise in the landscape.... Students found it easy to walk to the Rosemont train station or to the shops in nearby Bryn Mawr, which was very different from the relative isolation encountered by students at Chestnut Hill and especially at Immaculata."[2]

The institution's Immaculate Conception Chapel is one of only two chapels in the United States whose stained-glass windows depict only women,[5] a project conceived by Rosemont's second president, Mother Mary Ignatius Carroll.[6]

In 2006, the historic Connelly Hall was modernized and expanded to 30,000 square feet[7] and was re-opened in August 2022 after a $7.5 million restoration project.[8]


The university is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.[9] Rosemont College is rated as a top 10 school for social mobility by U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges in Rankings in 2021[10] and 2022.[11]

The Undergraduate College offers 27 majors and 27 minors,[12] awarding Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Bachelor of Science degrees. Each program offers an in-depth study of a particular subject area, as well as a breadth of study in the liberal arts. Rosemont's majors are:

Rosemont offers teacher certification programs in elementary education and secondary education, as well as pre-professional programs in dentistry, optometry, veterinary science, medicine, and law.

Rosemont College has developed inter-institutional cooperative agreements with Villanova University, Eastern University, Arcadia University, Cabrini College, Chestnut Hill College, Gwynedd Mercy University, Holy Family University, Immaculata University, and Neumann University. These agreements allow for cross-registration and the sharing of library resources between the institutions.

Rosemont also offers study abroad programs, internships, individualized majors, an early assurance medical program and other Nursing Programs with Drexel University College of Medicine, accelerated BA and MA programs, and the Cornelian Scholars program for early acceptance to Rosemont's graduate programs.

Rosemont offers a 7-year BA/BS/MD Fast Track medical program with Drexel University College of Medicine in which students study for 3 years at Rosemont and after passing the required scores on the MCAT, move onto Drexel College of Medicine. The institution also offers an 8-year BA/BS/MD Early Assurance medical program.

School of Graduate Studies[edit]

Rosemont College's School of Graduate Studies offers seven co-educational graduate programs. Its M.F.A. in Creative Writing was listed as an "M.F.A. Program to Watch" by Publishers Weekly in 2015.[13] In 2023, the School Of Graduate Studies ranked as one of the Best Online Master's degree programs for Homeland Security[14] and Organizational Leadership[15] by Online Master's Degree

School of Professional Studies[edit]

The School of Professional Studies offers accelerated degree programs, certificates, and corporate training. The accelerated degree programs are completed in five-week sessions, normally meeting once a week for four hours. The accelerated graduate courses are completed in seven-week sessions or over a weekend.


Rosemont, known athletically as the Ravens, is a Division III member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and is a member of the United East Conference (UEC). Rosemont was a charter member of the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC), which merged into the UEC in July 2023.

Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer; tennis and outdoor track & field (in 2023–24); while women's sports include basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, golf, volleyball, outdoor track & field (in 2023–24) and lacrosse (in 2023–24). Rosemont's Athletic Complex is home to a fully gray synthetic turf multi-purpose field, the first all gray field in the United States. The baseball team will play its first season during the institution's centennial.[16]

Notable alumnae[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h David R. Contosta, "The Philadelphia Story: Life at Immaculata, Rosemont, and Chestnut Hill." In Catholic Women's Colleges in America, edited by Tracy Schier and Cynthia Russett. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002.
  3. ^ "Cornelia Connelly Hall · Buildings & Grounds at Rosemont College · Rosemont College Archives". Retrieved 2023-03-27.
  4. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System.
    Note: This includes Sr. Mary Stella Kelly and Brenda Reigle. "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Joseph Sinnott Mansion" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-05-24.
  5. ^ Snyder, Susan (February 11, 2016). "At Rosemont College, tragic women studied". Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  6. ^ A stained-glass tribute to holy women, The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 4, 2015, retrieved March 18, 2015
  7. ^ "Rosemont College, Connelly Residence Hall". Kimmel Bogrette Architecture + Site. Retrieved 2023-03-27.
  8. ^ "Rosemont College Re-Opens Historic Mayfield Hall at Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony after $7.5 Million Restoration - News - Publications - About - Rosemont College". Retrieved 2023-03-27.
  9. ^ "Middle States Commission on Higher Education". 2010-09-21. Retrieved 2012-11-09.
  10. ^ "Rosemont Ranked #7 as Top Performer in Social Mobility in U.S. News & World Report - News - Publications - About - Rosemont College". Retrieved 2023-03-27.
  11. ^ "Top Performers on Social Mobility". U.S. News & World Report. September 11, 2022.
  12. ^ "Come Visit Rosemont College - Visit - Admissions - Rosemont College". Retrieved 2023-03-27.
  13. ^ Spring 2015 M.F.A. Update: M.F.A. Programs to Watch, Publishers Weekly, retrieved March 19, 2015
  14. ^ "Best Online Master's Degree Programs in Homeland Security for 2023". OMD. Retrieved 2023-03-27.
  15. ^ "Best Online Master's in Organizational Leadership: Top Schools for 2023". OMD. Retrieved 2023-03-27.
  16. ^ Rosemont College's field is going gray, Main Line Media News, June 26, 2013, retrieved March 18, 2015

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