The College’s defining commitments, derived from the Edmundite Tradition, are to develop a strong campus community, to provide a liberal arts education of the highest quality, and to inculcate an ethic of service. As a Catholic liberal arts institution, Saint Michael’s embraces different cultures; offers a model of civility; and seeks diversity of all kinds among its students, faculty, and staff.
It is the mission of Saint Michael's College to contribute through higher education to the enhancement of the human person and the advancement of human culture in light of the Catholic faith.
- To actively engage students with ideas developed over millennia in many world civilizations as well as those ideas from more recently emerging disciplines, and to assist students in the generative process of creating new understandings. For this engagement to be most productive, a student must work closely with a faculty member who is deeply, actively, and demonstrably engaged in learning, for in a liberal arts college it is not so much acquired knowledge or personal belief that is passed on from one generation to the next, but rather curiosity and passion for the very ideas of the discipline.
- To encourage the development of an empathetic understanding and respect for the differing views of others derived from their history, status, or unique philosophical or religious belief. Such an understanding is to be developed through proximate experience grounded in religious, philosophical, and historical contexts.
- To take responsibility for the moral and spiritual development of each individual by employing the long Catholic intellectual tradition that sees no conflict between belief and reason. This is rooted in the belief that the world is “good” and that the dignity of each person needs to be acknowledged.