University description (as per official university website)
St. Jerome’s University is a public Roman Catholic University federated with the University of Waterloo, historically associated with the educational vision of the Congregation of the Resurrection. We are committed to learning and academic excellence; the gospel values of love, truth and justice; and the formation of leaders for the service of the community and the Church. In all of our activities and practices, St. Jerome’s University functions within the context of the Roman Catholic tradition and the principles of academic freedom.
St. Jerome's, like most institutions and religious establishments, had a very humble beginning.
In 1865, two years before Canada achieved nationhood, St. Jerome's College was founded by the Reverend Dr. Louis Funcken, of the Congregation of the Resurrection, to meet the demand for higher education in Waterloo County.
Over the years, the College grew in size and occupied various locations in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. In 1959, through an Act of the Ontario Legislature, St. Jerome's College was granted independent university status. The name was changed to the University of St. Jerome's College to reflect new university powers and the authority to grant degrees.
As an independent university, St. Jerome's College entered into federation with the newly established University of Waterloo, and a series of College buildings were constructed in the heart of the University of Waterloo campus. In the federation agreement, St. Jerome's waived its degree-granting rights so that its students earn a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo.
In 1998, the University of St. Jerome's College officially and legally changed its name to St. Jerome's University, a change that clarifies St. Jerome's status as a federated university. Students registering at St. Jerome's enjoy all the benefits of being part of a small, comfortable community at the heart of a world-renowned university, and students graduate with a University of Waterloo degree.
Today, St. Jerome's in the University of Waterloo, as we refer to ourselves, has approximately 1,000 full- and part-time students, two residences - a men's and a women's - accommodating 280 students, and a faculty and staff of over 50 men and women. St. Jerome's is a dynamic community!