Carlow University will be a preeminent, innovative, Catholic university, renowned for providing transformational learning experiences in which students realize their full potential and become career-ready ethical leaders committed to a just and merciful world.
Carlow University, rooted in its Catholic identity and embodying the heritage and values of the Sisters of Mercy, offers transformational educational opportunities for a diverse community of learners and empowers them to excel in their chosen work as compassionate, responsible leaders in the creation of a just and merciful world.
The identifying value of Carlow University is Mercy,
encompassing all that we are and do as a University. Inspired by
our God of Mercy, this value urges us to open our hearts to our
students, our colleagues, and our world. In the tradition of action
and contemplation, we seek practical ways of addressing need and we
engage in reflection in order to understand and integrate our
experiences. Education offers us the tools to address unjust
structures and dehumanizing situations. Each discipline provides a
lens through which we can envision our place in our own personal
transformation and that of the global community. The values of
Service, Discovery, Hospitality, and the Sacredness of Creation
further expand our understanding of the power of Mercy to change
In Hospitality we welcome the wholeness of each person, creating
a space in our campus community for all individuals with their
varied beliefs, cultures, orientations and abilities. Openness to
the gifts and perspectives of all creates a community rich in
diversity and committed to inclusion.
The value of Service calls us beyond ourselves to prioritize the
needs of others over our own self-interest. Our efforts to identify
and respond to the needs we see around us lead us to interact with
persons and institutions in ways which are transformational. Our
spirit of compassion leads us to practical action on behalf of
those in need.
Through Discovery we open ourselves to the totality of our human
experience, to the educational enterprise, to our relationship with
the Divine, and to the wonders of the world in which we find
ourselves. Discovery energizes our intellectual curiosity and
desire for learning. It leads us ever deeper in the engagement with
our chosen discipline and engenders a spirit of awe at the
complexity and variety of creation.
This value leads us to a respect for each person and for all of
creation. In gratitude for the beauty and variety of our world and
its inhabitants, we commit to a culture of sustainability and to
the preservation of a world where all are reverenced and all may