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Cabrini College is a coeducational Roman Catholic residential college in the Philadelphiamarker metropolitan area of Radnor Township, Pennsylvaniamarker, founded by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1957. It was one of the first colleges in the United Statesmarker to make community service a graduation requirement for all undergraduates. Cabrini College has appointed a new president Dr. Marie Angelella George, from Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire, to take effect in July 2008. The college has gained in its national profile in recent years. Cabrini was ranked as a Tier 3 university in the Master's Universities (North) category by US News & World Report for 2009.



The site of Cabrini College was originally the estate of Dr. John T. Dorrance, inventor of the process for condensed soup and president of the Campbell Soup Company. Dorrance owned a stable with many horses, had social events within the main hall of his mansion, and also had personal servants. The property was purchased by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (MSC) in 1953. It was first named "Villa Cabrini" after the organization's namesake, Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini. At first, Villa Cabrini was an orphanage.

Founding and growth

In 1957, Sister Ursula Infante established a school in the villa. Upon opening, it was a female-only school of only thirty-seven students. The orphanage was still a part of the community and they shared the use of the buildings.

The first graduating class was in 1962 and in 1965. Also around this same time period, Cabrini was awarded full accreditation by the Middle States Association.

In the 1950s era, Cabrini was only made up of a few buildings. The mansion of the college was the central point of the college, housing the students, providing a cafeteria, their classrooms, their library and their chapel. In 1958, they converted the stable house to both classrooms and dormitories.

In 1960, Cabrini finished construction on the Sacred Heart Hall (now known as Founders Hall), which was a library, cafeteria, gymnasium, and even held science laboratories. The 60s also saw the construction of a chapel in 1961 and a library in 1965.

Late 1960s and early 70s

The early seventies was a time of much change for the college. After Infante's ten-year presidency in 1967, three presidents were to follow in only three years. Sister Barbara Leonardo was president from 67-68. During her time at the college she was also a dean and taught history. In 1968, Sr. Gervase Lapadula became president, but soon had to resign due to health problems.

From 1969-1973, Sr. Regina Casey was president of Cabrini College. During her presidency, the college was starting to change from a girls-only to a co-educational establishment. Through a program with Eastern University, located next to the college, males started to attend classes at Cabrini. In turn, Cabrini students were offered more courses through both expansion and taking courses at Eastern.

Sr. Mary Louise Sullivan: 1972-1982

Even more changes took place between 1972 and 1982.Most importantly, the school became completely coeducational.


Cabrini College's mission is to instill in students a sense of community and the common good. Cabrini's mission is also one "of the heart." Students learn about current ethical and moral issues and how they can be a positive influence in their community.

Cabrini also stresses a liberal education. Students are not only expected to learn subjects within their own major, but are also required to learn many other subjects throughout their college career. The school accomplishes this by requiring a core curriculum. Such required subjects include math, science, social science, foreign language, and religion.

Leadership is also part of the Cabrini mission. Students have many opportunities to develop their leadership skills through group projects, extra-cirricular activities, and campus ministry.


Founder's Hall

Founder's Hall is the main building for student learning. It has three floors of classrooms, most of which have modern smart boards and internet capabilities. It also has two computer labs. One lab is for instructional use, while the other is for use of education majors.

It is also the main focal point of the college's communications department. The department consists of a radio station, news room, and the graphic design studio.

The hall is named for the founding president of the college, Sister Ursula Infante.

Widener Center

The Widener Center is made up of Jazzman's Café, the bookstore, the college's mail room, a lecture hall, the art studios, The Wolfington Center and the Office of Student Activities.

The Wolfington Center is the center of community service in the college. The center is run by campus ministry who put together student programs that are focused toward the common good. Their activities include Spring Break service trips, which are trips outside of the community in places like Ecuador and New York City. They also bus students into Philadelphia to volunteer at places such as soup kitchens.

Student Activities office is run by the college, but also provides room for activities such as SEaL (Student Engagement and Leadership) and Up 'Til Dawn.

Jazzman's Café is the students' on-site alternative to the cafeteria. They serve coffee and other café items.

Public Safety

The Antoinette Iadarola Center for Science, Education and Technology

Formerly the Center for Science, Education and Technology, the $18.5 million Iadarola Center is the College's state-of-the-art academic building, equipped with lecture hall, rooftop observatory, and biology, chemistry, physical science and core science laboratories.

The Dixon Center

The Dixon Center is the center for all indoor sports and recreation such as basketball, weight training, dance and squash.

  • 25-yard pool
  • 3 full-length courts
  • Full gym
  • NCAA Tournament Court
  • 2 squash courts
  • Jogging track
  • Dance studio

Residence life

Cabrini College has a total of thirteen residence halls, which includes traditional halls, houses, and an apartment complex.

  1. Woodcrest Hall is a residence hall that previously housed only freshman females. However, in 2009 it became a co-ed freshman building. It only holds an approximate of about one-hundred and fifty five (155) students.
  2. Xavier Hall is mostly a freshman male residence hall, but it has become more co-ed in recent years. It holds approximately one-hundred and sixy (160) students and is divided into "quads," which are small clusters of rooms.
  3. Rooyman's Hall, is another freshman-only male residence hall. It is one of the smallest residence halls on campus, holding approximately nineteen (19) students.
  4. Maguire House, or House 1, is a mostly sophomore student residence hall that houses about twenty-two (22) students
  5. Dixon House, or House 2, is also mostly Sophomore students. A larger house, it holds about eighty-three (83) students
  6. Infante House, or House 3, is a female-only sophomore residence hall that houses about twenty (20).
  7. McManus House, or House 4, is an upper-classmen house, females only, and houses about twenty five (25).
  8. Casey House, or House 5, is almost identical in House 4 in layout. It is an upper-classmen female house housing 27 residents.
  9. Lanshe House, or House 6, is a co-educational house which houses approximately 26 students.
  10. Sullivan House, or House 7, houses 33 co-educational upper classmen
  11. Cabrini Apartment Complex is only offered to junior and senior co-ed students and houses about 116
  12. East Residence Hall, formally known as "New Residence Hall," houses mostly freshman and sophomore students and is co-educational, varying by wing. It houses 260 students.
  13. West Residence Hall is Cabrini's newest residence hall, finished in 2006. It is a junior-senior residence hall that houses 138


Cabrini College has many activities, ranging from Accounting to Cheerleading to Up 'Til Dawn. [138760].

Campus Activities and Programming Board (CAP)

CAP Board is responsible for many of the activities on campus. Students in CAP program, organize, and run the events. Events in the past have included many Halloween activities, numerous concerts, comedians, and programs concerning contemporary issues. They divide their programs into seven categories:

Up 'Til Dawn

Up 'Til Dawn also brings many events to Cabrini College [138761]. Up 'Til Dawn is a fund-raising organization that contributes to St. Jude Children's Research Hospitalmarker. They organize letter-writing parties, hold dances, collect donations, and lots more to help the children of St. Jude.

Sports and Sports clubs

Cabrini College has 17 varsity teams, 1 junior varsity team and various recreational sports clubs. The teams have affiliations with NCAA Division III, ECAC and are part of the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC). Men's teams include basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming (JV), tennis, and track and field. Their women's teams are basketball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.


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