Latin phrase meaning
“Care for the Whole Person,”
cura personalis is having concern and care for the development of the entire individual. This implies a dedication to promoting human dignity and care for the mind, body, and spirit.
Cura personalis is a critical feature of a Jesuit education. Here, our professors strive to know each individual in their classes. They listen to every person and attempt to shape their teachings to meet the unique needs of the student. Ultimately, professors help them to assume personal initiative and responsibility for their own education.
Jesuit universities educate not just the intellect, but the “whole person,” including the emotional, the spiritual, and the physical as well. For this reason, Student Affairs, Campus Ministry, and the Recreational Life Center are integral parts of an education at Saint Peter’s University.
Cura Personalis: Why Small Classes Matter
Every Student is Important: In a large lecture hall, it’s easy to slip in and out without being noticed. But in a small classroom, you’ll know the names of your classmates and your professor will know you.
Better Grades: There is a growing body of research that supports the idea that students who are in smaller classes earn better grades and perform better overall in their college coursework.
Learning is Enriched: While students are achieving more, they are also moving at a faster pace. There is more interaction with peers, and the ability to ask more questions, so student confidence grows, and a higher level of comprehension is attained. You’ll have many opportunities for active debate and a deeper sense of the subject matter.
Greater Focus From Faculty: In a small classroom, professors can observe the entire class and better gauge each student’s level of understanding. Instructors can interact with more spontaneity, opening up the potential for more teachable moments. Professors are able to take the time to provide critical feedback to students on their projects and papers, and are able to make sure each student understands the material.
The Classroom is Our Community: Saint Peter’s is one of the most diverse institutions in the nation. Interacting with people of different backgrounds and cultures is a way of life. Peer to peer interaction is a critical component of understanding each other and the highly globalized world in which we live.
Faculty and Students Can Work One-on-One: Faculty often act as mentors to students.They work side by side with undergraduates on important research projects, and can provide guidance in and out of the classroom including important networking opportunities.