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Holy Family College

Holy Family University
Motto Teneor votis
I am bound by my responsibilities
Established 1954
Type Private
Endowment $9.5 million[1]
President Francesca Onley
Students 3,345
Undergraduates 2,120
Postgraduates 972
Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus Urban
Colors blue and black
Mascot Tigers

Holy Family University is a Roman Catholic liberal arts university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1954 by the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth. In addition to the main Torresdale campus, there are satellite locations in Newtown, on Bristol Pike in Bensalem, and in Quakertown. In 2012, there were nearly 3,100 students enrolled in the university.[2]


Holy Family University has four academic schools: Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, and Nursing and Allied Health Professions. Along with these programs, there is also an accelerated degree option and cooperative education and internship programs.

The undergraduate student-faculty ratio for the average class is 11:1.

There are numerous degree programs for both undergraduate and graduate studies. Common undergraduate studies include nursing, criminal justice, education, and business. Graduate studies include counseling psychology, education, nursing, criminal justice, and resources management.

In January 2011, a new doctoral program was introduced for those pursuing a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Professional Studies.[3]

Residence Life

There are three different housing options: St. Joseph's Hall, Garden Residence, and the Stevenson Lane Residence.

The Stevenson Lane Residence is the newest residence building, accommodates 148 students and offers suite-style living. St. Joseph's Hall houses freshmen students and features a 24-hour computer lab, lounges, vending machines, and a recreation room designed by students. The Garden Residence, consisting of apartment-style dorms, is a short walk from campus. The Duplex Apartments are located just off-campus and house three students each.

Student clubs and organizations

There is a wide variety of clubs and activities for students to participate in including Student Government Association, Students At Your Service (a community-service organization), Campus Ministry, Drama Club, Tri-Lite (a student-run newspaper), and many more.


Holy Family University has 15 varsity sports teams, nine women’s and six men’s teams. Their nickname is the Tigers and their colors are Copenhagen blue and white. Since 1985 the director of athletics has been Sandra Michael, who oversees the university’s 15 NCAA Division II sports. The teams at HFU compete in the CACC conference and are affiliated with the NCAA Division II. CACC is the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference composed of 14 colleges and universities located in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The CACC finished 3rd nationally among Division II conferences.

The women’s teams are basketball, cross-country running, track and field, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. The women's basketball team became the first CACC team to participate in the NCAA Championship tournament and won its sixth Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference crown in nine seasons in 2007; and in 2009 the women's softball team won 22 of 28 games during their regular season. Holy Family University Men’s Teams: consist of a Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Track (indoor and outdoor).

Available to all athletes, as well as other students, are the cardio and weight rooms, campus center gym, and Tiger Field. The Albert and Carolyn Smith Cardio Room was completed in 2003 and is equipped with ten treadmills, six elliptical machines, six stationary bikes, two stair climbers, two rowing machines, and two Nintendo wii’s. It also has an open area for abdominal and leg workouts. The weight room was also completed in 2003 and has 40 pieces of Hammer strength apparatus and three full racks of free weights. The Campus Center Gym houses the men’s and women’s basketball teams and the women’s volleyball team; and Tiger Field is used by the soccer and lacrosse teams.


External links

  • Official website
  • Official athletics website

Coordinates: 40°03′36″N 74°59′17″W / 40.060°N 74.988°W / 40.060; -74.988

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