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Our Mission & Vision

Fontbonne University, a Catholic institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, provides transformative education committed to the common good, inspiring students to become global citizens who think critically and act ethically to create a more just world.
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Fontbonne University will develop leaders to serve a world in need. 


Fontbonne University promotes Catholic identity and honors the heritage of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet by fostering respect, integrity, community, excellence, service, justice, and faith. 


Fontbonne University is committed to:

  1. Achieving academic and educational excellence
  2. Advancing historical remembrance, critical reflection and moral resolve
  3. Promoting dialogue among diverse communities
  4. Demonstrating care and respect for each member of the community
  5. Serving the larger community
  6. Preparing individuals to be an ethical and responsible presence to the world.

Diversity Statement

Fontbonne University maintains a strong commitment to diversity to increase the number of faculty, staff and students from all backgrounds. Every person, regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability shall be treated with respect and dignity.

Therefore, Fontbonne University will strive to:

  • Create a learning environment that promotes nurtures and supports the understanding, recognition and appreciation of contributions to society made by diverse individuals and groups.
  • Increase recruitment and retention of diverse students, faculty and staff.
  • Promote and foster effective communication and interaction among diverse populations.

Learning Goals

Fontbonne University graduates will:

    1. Develop critical thinking, professional ethics, dispositions, and knowledge of core concepts relevant to one’s field of study and the pursuit of life goals.
    2. Apply knowledge, abilities, and skills in contribution to the common good and the development of the right relationships.
    3. Articulate and act upon a personally authentic ethical framework that honors the values of integrity, diversity, inclusion, respect, justice, and service to others.
    4. Demonstrate ability to critically analyze, synthesize, and communicate information both within and across areas of learning, personal development, and expertise. 

Statement of Catholic Identity

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Fontbonne University is a Catholic university founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Our core values are grounded in and inspired by our faith tradition including contemporary Catholic Social Teaching. We share a commitment to the common good for all, regardless of creed.  


The word “catholic” means “universal” and “throughout the whole.” At Fontbonne, we commit to know, love, and serve the truth that unites faith and reason, nature and grace, the human and the divine. What makes us truly human helps unite us with the divine as we seek to serve God and neighbor without distinction.  


The universal nature of Catholicism gives rise to our mission and vision. Because Fontbonne is Catholic, we embrace openness, inclusiveness, and diversity. Because Fontbonne is Catholic, we work for solidarity and justice. Because Fontbonne is Catholic, we recognize the presence of God in all creation and participate in the continuing transformation of ourselves and a world in need.

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