Saint Peter's University

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Saint Peter's University
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Latin: Universitas Sancti Petri
Former name
Saint Peter's College
Motto Ad majorem Dei gloriam (Latin)
Motto in English
For the Greater Glory of God
Type Private Nonprofit
Research Coeducational
Established1872 (1872)
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Academic affiliation
AJCU
ACCU
CIC
NAICU
Endowment $31.05 million [1]
President Eugene J. Cornacchia
Provost Fred Bonato
Academic staff
314 [2]
Students3,553 [2]
Undergraduates 2,672 [2]
Postgraduates 881 (graduate/doctoral) [2]
Location, ,
United States

40°43′38″N74°04′18″W / 40.72722°N 74.07167°W / 40.72722; -74.07167 Coordinates: 40°43′38″N74°04′18″W / 40.72722°N 74.07167°W / 40.72722; -74.07167
Campus Urban - 30 acres (12.1 ha)
Colors Blue and White [3]
         
Nickname Peacocks
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division IMAAC & NEC
MascotPeacock
Website www.saintpeters.edu
Saint Peter's University logo.svg

Saint Peter's University is a private Jesuit university in Jersey City, New Jersey. It was founded as Saint Peter's College in 1872 by the Society of Jesus. It offers over 60 undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 2,600 undergraduate and 800 graduate students. Its college mascot is the Peacock and its sports teams play in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, of which it is a founding member.

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The school is located on a 30-acre (12 ha) campus just south of Journal Square, and is 2 miles (3 km) west of New York City. Evening and weekend classes are offered in Jersey City, Englewood Cliffs, and South Amboy.

History

The college was chartered in 1872 and enrolled its first students in 1878 at Warren Street, in Jersey City, on the present site of its former high school section, St. Peter's Preparatory School. In September 1918, the college was closed, along with several other Jesuit colleges and high schools, because of declining enrollment in the face of World War I. Although the war ended only two months after its closing, and despite clamoring from alumni, it took until 1930 to re-open the college. The college was temporarily located on Newark Avenue, before moving in 1936 to its current location on Hudson (now Kennedy) Boulevard, between Montgomery Street and Glenwood Avenue.

Unlike other institutions in New Jersey, the school was racially segregated for many years. It was first integrated in 1936, when the college admitted its first black student. The college granted an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree to Martin Luther King Jr., in 1965. [4] [5]

The school became co-educational in 1966, though women had been admitted to the school's evening program in 1930 and a group of 35 women had been admitted due to low enrollment during World War II. [6]

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The Englewood Cliffs campus, as seen from Manhattan
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Gannon Hall

The college has made an effort to reach out into the New Jersey suburbs, with a satellite campus in St. Michael's Villa at Englewood Cliffs opened in 1975 and an extension at South Amboy's Cardinal McCarrick High School opened in 2003.

In 1975, the college constructed the Yanitelli Recreational Life Center, a sports complex. Beginning with the 1983 acquisition of its first residence hall, the college has converted four apartment buildings to dormitory use, and constructed two new dormitories.

2000 to present

In 2000, Gannon Hall, the science building, completed an $8.2 million renovation. [7]

In 2004, the long-awaited pedestrian bridge over Kennedy Boulevard linked the East Campus and the West Campus. In 2006, the college began a $50 million capital campaign. Further expansion of the east side of the campus included the new Mac Mahon Student Center, completed in 2013. It houses offices for many of Saint Peter's administrative branches, as well as numerous student led organizations such as the Student Government Association. [8]

On December 24, 2006, sitting college President James N. Loughran, S.J., was found dead in his home. [9] On May 10, 2007, the Board of Trustees appointed Eugene J. Cornacchia, Ph.D., as the 22nd President of Saint Peter's College. Dr. Cornacchia is the first layperson to serve as President of the 135-year-old Catholic, Jesuit institution.

In 2008, Saint Peter's was awarded a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to create the Center for Microplasma Science and Technology. This grant allowed the college to expand upon its 20 years of studying microplasma as part of its research on water purifiers in conjunction with United Water. Saint Peter's graduates U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and U.S. Representative Albio Sires helped secure the $2 million grant. [10]

On the day after his narrow defeat in the 2008 New Hampshire Presidential primary election, Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama held a rally at the college's Yanitelli Center. [11]

In March 2011, it was announced that the college would take over Saint Aeden's Church at McGinley Square from the Archdiocese of Newark. [12]

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Footbridge over Kennedy Boulevard links the campus as it grows eastward
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Yanitelli Center, Home of the Peacocks

In March 2012, it was announced the college had been granted the university designation by the New Jersey State Secretary for Higher Education and would thus change its name. On August 14, 2012, Saint Peter's announced the official change on its website, becoming Saint Peter's University. [13] [14]

In 2013, the new Mac Mahon Student Center was completed. [15]

In 2014 the University opened a center for undocumented students, providing them a safe space and mentoring, a resource library, legal support, and advice for them and their families about deportation defense and immigration issues. [16]

Athletics

Competing in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), the college fields 16 athletic teams. All of the sports teams are now known as the Peacocks. Until recently, the women's teams were known as the Peahens; Saint Peter's is the only NCAA Division I institution with this mascot. The baseball, softball, and soccer teams play at Joseph J. Jaroschak Field, in Lincoln Park. All other teams play at the Victor R. Yanitelli, S.J. Recreational Life Center, located on campus. The school also uses the Jersey City Armory for some events. On June 14, 2007, it was announced that the football team would be disbanded. [17]

Basketball has long been the most popular sport at the college. Under coach Don Kennedy, the men's team gained national attention by defeating heavily favored and nationally ranked Duke University in the 1968 NIT quarterfinals, en route to a fourth-place finish.

Saint Peter's has won the MAAC men's basketball championship and the accompanying automatic bid to the NCAA tournament three times (1991, 1995, and 2011) and has appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) 12 times (1957, 1958, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1987, and 1989). The women's basketball team has won seven MAAC championships and automatic bids to the NCAA tournament (1982, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1999, 2000, and 2002); it also won the MAAC championship in 1983 and 1984, years when the MAAC champion did not receive an automatic NCAA tournament berth. In 2017, Saint Peter's won the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) championship by defeating Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the tournament final. It was Saint Peter's first national title in school history.

In 2004 and 2005, Keydren "Kee-Kee" Clark '05 led the nation in points scored per game, becoming just the eighth player to repeat as NCAA Division I scoring champion. On March 4, 2006, Clark became only the seventh NCAA player to score more than 3,000 points in his career; on the next day, he passed Hersey Hawkins to become the sixth-leading scorer of all time. At the time of his final game on March 6, 2006, Clark held the NCAA all-time record for 3-point shots, with 435. A second fourth-year student and a forward on the basketball team, George Jefferson, died on June 21, 2005, due to a previously undiagnosed heart condition. In 2011, Saint Peter's won the MAAC tournament to make the Peacocks' first March Madness appearance since 1995.

The Peacocks were the MAAC Men's Soccer Champions in 2003 and 2010. The team were finalists in 2006 and 2007

The women's bowling team won its first championship title in 2009. [18]

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Peacock mascot

Peacock mascot

Saint Peter's University is the only NCAA Division I institution whose mascot is the peacock. This choice was made for several reasons. Primarily, the land on which Saint Peter's now stands was once owned by a man named Michael Pauw, whose last name means "peacock" in Dutch. His extensive holdings included most of Hudson County and were part of the Pavonia, New Netherland settlement.

In pagan mythology, the peacock is considered to be a symbol of rebirth, much like the phoenix. For Saint Peter's, it is a reference to the closing and reopening of the college in the early 20th century.

At one point in the 1960s, live peacocks roamed the campus. Many institutions within the college derive their name from the peacock:

Notable alumni

Notable alumni include:

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2010–11 Saint Peters Peacocks basketball team

The 2010–11 Saint Peter's Peacocks basketball team represented Saint Peter's College during the 2010–11 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Peacocks, led by fifth year head coach John Dunne, played their home games at the Yanitelli Center and were members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. They finished the season 20–14, 11–7 in MAAC play to finish in fourth place. They defeated Loyola (MD), Fairfield, and Iona to win the MAAC Tournament. As a result, the received the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament as the No. 14 seed in the Southwest region where they lost to Purdue in the Second Round.

Saint Peters Peacocks basketball

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2012–13 Saint Peters Peacocks basketball team

The 2012–13 Saint Peter's Peacocks basketball team represented Saint Peter's University during the 2012–13 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Peacocks, led by seventh year head coach John Dunne, played their home games at the Yanitelli Center and were members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. They finished the season 9–21, 3–15 in MAAC play to finish in last place. They lost in the first round of the MAAC Tournament to Fairfield.

2013–14 Saint Peters Peacocks basketball team

The 2013–14 Saint Peter's Peacocks basketball team represented Saint Peter's University during the 2013–14 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Peacocks, led by eighth year head coach John Dunne, played their home games at the Yanitelli Center and were members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. They finished the season 14–17, 9–11 in MAAC play to finish in a three way tie for sixth place. They advanced to the quarterfinals of the MAAC Tournament to Manhattan.

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2014–15 Saint Peters Peacocks basketball team

The 2014–15 Saint Peter's Peacocks basketball team represented Saint Peter's University during the 2014–15 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Peacocks, led by ninth year head coach John Dunne, played their home games at the Yanitelli Center and were members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. They finished the season 16–18, 8–12 in MAAC play to finish in seventh place. They advanced to the semifinals of the MAAC Tournament where they lost to Manhattan.

2015–16 Saint Peters Peacocks basketball team

The 2015–16 Saint Peter's Peacocks basketball team represented Saint Peter's University during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Peacocks, led by ninth year head coach John Dunne, played their home games at the Yanitelli Center and were members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. They finished the season 14–16, 12–8 in MAAC play to finish in a tie for fourth place. They lost in the quarterfinals of the MAAC Tournament to Fairfield.

2016–17 Saint Peters Peacocks basketball team

The 2016–17 Saint Peter's Peacocks basketball team represented Saint Peter's University during the 2016–17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Peacocks, led by 11th-year head coach John Dunne, played their home games at the Yanitelli Center in Jersey City, New Jersey as members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. They finished the season 23–13, 14–6 in MAAC play to finish in second place. They defeated Canisius in the MAAC Tournament before losing in the semifinals to Monmouth. They were invited to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament where they defeated Albany, Texas State, Furman and Texas A&M–Corpus Christi to become CIT champions.

2017–18 Saint Peters Peacocks basketball team

The 2017–18 Saint Peter's Peacocks basketball team represented Saint Peter's University during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Peacocks, led by 12th-year head coach John Dunne, played their home games at the Yanitelli Center in Jersey City, New Jersey as members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. They finished the season 14–18 overall, 6–12 in MAAC play to finish in ninth place. As the No. 9 seed at the MAAC Tournament, they defeated No. 8 seed Monmouth and upset No. 1 seed Rider to advance to the semifinals, where they lost to No. 4 seed Iona.

2018–19 Saint Peters Peacocks basketball team

The 2018–19 Saint Peter's Peacocks basketball team represented Saint Peter's University in the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They played their home games at Yanitelli Center in Jersey City, New Jersey as members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, and were led by first-year head coach Shaheen Holloway. They finished the 2018–19 season 10–22 overall, 6–12 in MAAC play to finish in a three-way tie for ninth place. As the 9th seed in the 2019 MAAC Tournament, they upset No. 8 seed Marist in the first round 71–68 in overtime before falling to No. 1 seed Iona, 71–73 in the quarterfinals.

2019–20 Saint Peters Peacocks basketball team

The 2019–20 Saint Peter's Peacocks basketball team represent Saint Peter's University in the 2019–20 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Peacocks, led by 2nd-year head coach Shaheen Holloway, play their home games at Yanitelli Center in Jersey City, New Jersey as members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

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