Seton Hall began in 1856 as Seton Hall College, founded by Bishop James Roosevelt Bayley. From the beginning, the school has had strong Catholic roots but has been open to people of all faiths, creeds and colors. The Diocese of Newark had been established by Pope Pius IX in 1853 and, because the Pienary Council of American Bishops, headquartered in Baltimore, knew that higher education was necessary for Catholics in the state, founded Seton Hall just three years later.
The founder of Seton Hall, James Roosevelt Bayley, was the son of Guy Carlton Bayley who was the son of Dr. Richard Bayley, a professor at Columbia College and the creator of New York's quarantine system. Guy Carlton Bayley's sister, Elizabeth Ann Seton, was canonized in 1975 as the first American-born Roman Catholic saint and the founder of Saint Joseph's Academy and Free School which was dedicated to the education of Catholic girls. In 1809, Mrs. Seton founded a religious community to care for the children of the poor which was the first congregation of religious sisters in the United States.
In honor of his aunt, Mr. Bayley, who was distantly related to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and President Theodore Roosevelt, named the institution he created Seton Hall College. Originally, he campus was in Madison, New Jersey, moving to its current location in South Orange in 1860. The campus was plagued with fire over the years with one destroying the college's first building in 1867, a second destroying the main building in 1886 and a third that burned a classroom along with several dormitory buildings in 1909.
The college suffered some economic setbacks over the years, especially during the American Civil War but continued to expand. A military science department which was the front-runner to today's ROTC program began in 1893. The program disbanded during the Spanish-American War. In 1897, Seton Hall's preparatory school and college separated and by 1937, Seton Hall was established as a University College. The university became completely co-educational in 1968, although women were matriculated around 1937. The college became a full university in 1950.
Today, Seton Hall is the oldest United States diocesan university, controlled by the Archdiocese of Newark. There are 5,500 undergraduate and 4,300 graduate students enrolled.
Seton Hall Accreditation Details
Seton Hall is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Specific programs may be accredited by specialized accrediting agencies.
Seton Hall Application Process
Freshman applicants to Seton Hall must complete an online application and pay the admission fee. Students must request a Counselor Report form and official high school transcripts be sent to the admissions office. Students must also submit official SAT or ACT test scores. A teacher evaluation is also required for admission. Students transferring from other colleges or universities must submit official transcripts from every college or university attended. If a transfer student has six or less credits, they must also provide a high school transcript. Graduate students must complete the graduate admissions application and pay the admission fee. In addition, students must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Some programs may require standardized test scores such as the GRE, GMAT, MAT or LSAT.
Seton Hall Tuition and Financial Aid
Undergraduate tuition rates are $17,970 per semester or $1,095 per credit hour. Graduate tuition rates for business programs are $1,222 per credit hour and $1,135 for all other graduate degree programs. Financial aid is available in the form of scholarships, grants and student loans. In order to qualify for any financial aid at Seton Hall, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Seton Hall Online Degree(s) Available
M.A./Ed.S. Professional Counseling (Online)
The Master of Arts in Professional Counseling at Seton Hall is available online and is a combined, 60-credit program. The program is designed for students who wish to become a professional mental health counselor. It is a dynamic web-based learning experience that is grounded in the strong history of Seton Hall. Students are part of a network that has trained professional counselors for more than 30 years on campus and those who attend the online campus are subject to the same rigorous curriculum as those who attend traditional classes. The program is 20, three-credit courses spread over ten semesters. There are two on-site residencies required as well.
In order to apply for the program, additional documents are required beyond what is required for general admission. Students must provide three letters of recommendation, a resume, a personal statement and official GRE or Miller Analogies scores. Total tuition for the program is $35,500. Courses required include:
- Counseling Theory
- Psychology of Human Development
- Abnormal Psychology
- Appraisal and Assessment in Counseling
- Stat Theory and Computer Applications I
- Counselor Ethics in Practice
- Multicultural Counseling and Psychology
- Counseling and Community Agencies
- Counseling Skills
- Career Development and Counseling
- Research Methods
- Group Counseling
- Practicum in Counseling
- Internship in Counseling I & II
Students join a cohort team who progress through the program together. This team is a key component to the success of online course delivery. Transfer students and transfer credits are not accepted for this program.
Students develop skills in individual appraisal and assessment diagnosis as well as treatment planning. The curriculum provides information on individual and group counseling as well as crisis intervention and community disaster response. Students are provided training on consultation as well as developmental, clinical and peer supervision models. Students learn techniques in career counseling and lifespan development. Students learn to be advocates for others, especially for under-represented groups. Professional ethics and preparation for licensure are also discussed as part of the curriculum.
Graduates of the Seton Hall online graduate degree in counseling have obtained positions as professional counselors in community agencies, hospitals, schools and other mental health facilities throughout the country.
Seton Hall has been providing quality education with a Catholic focus for more than 150 years. Students who attend online courses through the university learn with the same rigorous curriculum that students who attend traditional classes must complete. Seton Hall University graduates have advanced in their chosen career or moved into new careers much faster than those who have not earned degrees.