Mission & Heritage

Grounded in IHM tradition and charism since 1920.

Mission Statement

Immaculata University, a Catholic academic community, founded and sponsored by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, is committed to scholarship, formation of the whole person for leadership and service, and empowerment of all to seek truth, promote justice, and engage in dialogue between faith and culture.

Our Identity

The core of the Immaculata experience is participation in the Catholic Intellectual tradition and the heritage of dedicated service of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In short, this legacy preserves the treasures of thought and action that are the outcome of centuries of experience and reflection, while integrating the disciplines toward preparing leaders for contemporary society. The outcome is a community of scholars balancing Faith and Reason in pursuit of truth.

Core Values

  • Faith: Immaculata University expresses its Catholic identity by proclaiming the Gospel message and inviting all members of the community to seek truth and meaning.
  • Community: With respect for diversity, the University seeks to be inclusive while striving to nurture the spiritual, moral, intellectual and social/physical wellbeing of all its members.
  • Knowledge: Immaculata University points to a knowledge that flourishes in virtue flowing from reflection and a genuine search for truth.
  • Virtue: The University emphasizes the kind of moral strength that comes from the wisdom earned by reflective study and vigorous application and deepens commitment to ethical integrity.
  • Service: The University values service because justice demands action in favor of all members of the human family, especially the most vulnerable.

Our Heritage

The Immaculata story begins with Mother Camilla Maloney’s vision of erecting a college on a hill overlooking the Great Valley to prepare women, educated in the Arts and Sciences, for roles of leadership and service in the new century. That dream was partly fulfilled in 1914 when Villa Maria Academy opened on the site. Just six years later, on November 12, 1920, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania granted a college charter. Today, after almost one hundred years of growth, Immaculata welcomes women and men to undergraduate and graduate opportunities that integrate Catholic thought with liberal and professional education.

Our Legacy

Motto

Scientia floret virtute

The University motto, which reads in Latin, Scientia floret virtute (Knowledge flourishes in virtue), expresses the ideal of a true liberal arts education in the Christian tradition. The dual meaning of the Latin word, virtute, is virtue or power. It is symbolic of the kind of strength that comes from the wisdom earned by reflective study and vigorous application. Whether one takes the word virtue in its ethical sense or in its dimension of force and energy, the intellectual and moral values that students choose to make their own enable them to go “from strength to strength.” Liberally educated, Immaculata graduates have acquired that flexibility and sense of personal worth that will make them prudent risk-takers in a world that belongs to those who dare and those who care.

Seal

Immaculata SealThe seal of the University is modeled on the seal of the founding Congregation, the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The disk is blue and white, the colors of the University, with a representation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary pierced with a sword superimposed on a field of light blue-a detail taken from the seal of the congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. On the blue field, above the image of the heart, are twelve stars which symbolize the virtues of Mary Immaculate, patroness of the University. On the blue field beneath the image of the heart is the motto of the University, Scientia floret virtue (Knowledge flourishes in virtue). Beneath the motto is a spray of five lilies representing the major areas of study: theology/philosophy, humanities, mathematics, natural and social sciences under which is placed the year of the University charter, 1920.

The outer edge of the disk is white, engraved with the words, Universitas Immaculatae Immaculatae Pennsylvania (Immaculata University, Immaculata, Pennsylvania)

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