Mission, Vision, Strategic Directions and Values

Mission of Saint John's University

Saint John's University fosters the vitality of community through learning and the pursuit of wisdom.  Striving for excellence, we unite the wisdom of Catholic social teaching and intellectual tradition with the practicality of the common life envisioned by Saint Benedict.

Vision for the College of Arts and Sciences 

Saint John's University seeks to be one of the nation's great Catholic liberal arts colleges by providing the best holistic learning experience for men in the country.   

We will inspire undergraduate men to new heights of intellectual, spiritual, physical and social development that is informed by ethical reflection and grounded in our Catholic and Benedictine tradition.

The School of Theology and the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library have their own separate vision statements.

Strategic Directions 2020

Liberal Arts for Life

By 2020, the liberal arts experience at Saint John's University will be characterized by an innovative and integrative curriculum that provides our students with the knowledge, skills, experiences and values to meet their professional and personal goals and shape their civic identity.

Holistic and Transformational Development of Men

By 2020, Saint John's University will advance and extend the benefits of a residential, liberal arts experience, challenging and supporting young men to achieve their full potential and providing the comprehensive support and services they need to lead lives of meaning and success.

Inclusive & Engaging Catholic & Benedictine Experience

By 2020, Saint John's University will extend our Catholic and Benedictine values to create a vibrant and lived community experience. We will preserve and embed the Benedictine values of our sponsoring communities.

Shared Future, Sustainable Future

By 2020, the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University will together develop and implement an economic model that allows us to meet and sustain high standards of excellence, value, affordability and efficiency.


Dedicated to the pursuit of understanding, wisdom, and the common good, Saint John's University is committed to the following values: 

  • Community built upon relationships of hospitality, respect, cooperation, and challenge.
  • Openness to learning, inquiry, beauty, truth, and difference.
  • Respect for persons, tradition, creativity, experience, faith, reason, and religious practice.
  • Depth in understanding, relationships, faith, and spirituality.
  • Sacredness of God, being, truth, place, nature, and knowledge.
  • Passion for excellence, truth, learning, beauty, love, and personal growth.