Mission and Goals


The University of St. Michael’s College will be a recognized leader in promoting respectful dialogue and action on care for our common home (Laudato si’) and solidarity with the human family (Fratelli Tutti).


Grounded in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, and committed to the education of the whole person, the University of St. Michael’s College challenges all its members to exercise transformative leadership in service of the common good and care of all creation.

Description and Mandated Goals

The University is a Catholic institution of higher learning founded by Bishop Comte de Charbonnel with the Congregation of St. Basil and expanded by cooperation with the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Sisters of Loretto.

As a university, USMC is dedicated to the pursuit and sharing of knowledge for its own sake. As a Catholic university, it is committed to the study of the Christian tradition within a context of faith and to fostering the creative engagement of that tradition with the widest range of academic disciplines as well as with other traditions both religious and secular. USMC welcomes faculty and students from every background who want to participate in its life.

The University seeks to provide an environment that fosters the intellectual, moral and spiritual development of its members. It encourages an understanding and respect for the values of the gospel and their implications for individual and social life.

The University fulfills its mission through three distinct academic teaching units and through its student residence program.

St. Michael’s College is the undergraduate division of the USMC. Its students and faculty are members of the University of Toronto, whose dedication to academic excellence the College fully shares. The College implements the Mission of USMC in ways specific to its special connection with the University of Toronto.

The Faculty of Theology provides, within the context of the Toronto School of Theology, graduate theological education of an academic and professional nature and promotes theological research. It is a pioneer in theological education for lay men and women.

USMC is committed to fostering among the members of all divisions a learning community animated by the Spirit of Christ, dedicated to the formation of the whole person and nurtured by liturgical celebrations and other common activities.

Ex Corde Ecclesiae

As a Catholic institution of higher learning, the University shall pursue its mission in harmony with the Ordinances issued by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to implement Ex Corde Ecclesiae in respect of Catholic universities and colleges in Canada. Accordingly the governance of the University and its activities will be informed by and carried out in conformity with such Ordinances.