Mission & Core Values

  • Carlow University, a Catholic, women-centered, liberal arts institution embodying the heritage and values of the Sisters of Mercy, engages its diverse community in a process of life-long learning, scholarship, and research. This engagement empowers individuals to think clearly and creatively; to actively pursue intellectual endeavors; to discover, challenge, or affirm cultural and aesthetic values; to respond reverently to God and others; and to embrace an ethic of service for a just and merciful world.

  •  The Discover and Quest garden waterfall at Carlow University

    CORE VALUES 

    Sacredness of Creation

    We reverence each person and all of creation and the diversity they embody.

    Discovery/Quest

    We espouse critical thinking, research, contemplation, and action as essential to the learning process and significant in our search for God.

    Intellectual Integrity

    We speak the truth gleaned from our intellectual pursuits.

    Leadership

    We prepare leaders who influence societal, organizational, and family life for the betterment of all creation.

    Hospitality

    We honor the legacy of Catherine McAuley by being a student-centered, welcoming, and nurturing community of learners.

    Service

    We engage in service to others with competence and compassion.

    Student Progress

    We educate, challenge, and expect all students to uncover, expand, and realize their potential.