In 1920, the 19th Amendment passed giving women the right to vote. This dramatically changed the landscape of our country. As opportunities began opening up for women, there quickly became a need for higher education for women.
True to their mission, the Sisters of the Holy Child quickly responded to the changing needs. In 1921, just one year after the 19th Amendment passed, the Sisters founded Rosemont College in Rosemont, PA, which was dedicated to educating women. In 1922, the College received its charter and was officially incorporated. In 2009, after an intense yearlong strategic planning process, the Board of Trustees voted to make the college coeducational.
Rosemont College is dedicated to excellence and joy in the pursuit of knowledge. The College’s mission reflects the mission of the Society and the educational philosophy of Cornelia Connelly: Rosemont College is a community of learners dedicated to excellence and joy in the pursuit of knowledge. Rosemont college seeks to develop in all members of the community open and critical minds, as well as the ability to make reasoned moral decisions. Rooted in Catholicism, and guided by the educational principles of Cornelia Connelly and the Society, Rosemont College values:
- trust in and reverence for the dignity of each person
- diversity in human culture and experience
- persistence and courage in the promoting justice with compassion
Rosemont College enrolls close to 1,000 students today. The undergraduate college offers 23 majors, while the graduate school offers six programs.