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The mission of Madonna University, a Catholic and Franciscan institution, is to instill in its students Christian humanistic values, intellectual inquiry, a respect for diversity, and a commitment to serving others through a liberal arts education integrated with career preparation, based on the truths and principles recognized within a Catholic tradition.

Heritage and Values
Founded by the Felician Sisters of Livonia in 1937, Madonna University is one of the largest Catholic Franciscan independent universities in the country. Through undergraduate, graduate, and continuing professional study, Madonna University provides men and women with opportunities for intellectual, spiritual and personal growth.

Intellectual, Personal and Spiritual Growth
The University as a whole is dedicated to the pursuit of intellectual creativity and the cultivation of lifelong learning. With the enduring values of a liberal arts education, which establishes a foundation for developing powers of critical thinking and decision making, students are prepared to respond in an educated way to life’s challenges. Madonna students understand and apply Christian principles to personal, family and social life by assuming responsibility for decisions based on moral values. Finding service opportunities in the community is one of the ways to explore and express personal convictions. With a strong set of values creating a center in the lives of our students, they find it easier to reach out to others, committing themselves fully to their education. While maintaining fidelity to the teaching authority of the Catholic Church through its academic curriculum and support activities, Madonna University promotes an appreciation and openness for other religious traditions and encourages an atmosphere of respect and sensitivity to all persons. Exploring convictions about faith and the role values play in one's life is an important part of the Madonna University experience for all students.



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