Immaculata University is a Catholic, comprehensive, coeducational institution of higher education, founded by the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In 1920, the institution was granted a college charter, making it the first Catholic college for women in the Philadelphia area.
The initial 198 campus acres have grown to approximately 373, and the two original dormitory-classroom structures are now part of a complex of 16 principal buildings.
In 1969, Immaculata introduced an evening program of continuing education for both men and women in response to the needs of the local community. A continuing education office opened in 1974 to provide special services for this population.
Considered to be the birthplace of modern college women’s basketball, Immaculata is home to the Mighty Macs, who won the first three national women’s college basketball championships in 1972, 1973, and 1974. The championship teams were inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2014. The team is the subject of the feature film The Mighty Macs, which opened nationwide in 2011.
In 1983, three graduate programs were inaugurated, addressing the need for graduate education in psychology, nutrition education, and educational leadership and administration. In 1991, Immaculata's Graduate Division added a master's degree in music therapy and doctoral programs in clinical psychology and educational leadership and administration.
In 2002, Immaculata College received confirmation of university status and became known as Immaculata University.
In 2003, after in-depth studies, Immaculata University decided to welcome men into its traditional undergraduate college, beginning fall 2005. The University's three-college structure now includes the College of Undergraduate Studies along with the College of LifeLong Learning and the College of Graduate Studies.
Throughout all the change, growth, and challenges, the University has maintained its commitment to an education grounded in the charism of the IHM Sisters and the Catholic intellectual tradition. Today, Immaculata University offers more than 100 graduate and undergraduate programs, and its distinguished faculty serve a population of more than 2,500 students.
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.