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Mission & Catholic Identity


As an expression of the teaching mission of Jesus Christ, the mission of the University of Providence is to provide students with the opportunity to obtain a liberal education for living and for making a living. 

The University of Providence, as a faith-based Roman Catholic university, believes in the biblical principle “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12 NABRE) 

The University was founded through the collaborative efforts of the Sisters of Providence, the Ursuline Sisters, the Catholic Bishop of Great Falls and the civic community, all of whom recognized the need for higher education. Its educational mission, in conjunction with the Sisters of Providence, continues to be the shared endeavor of dedicated people.


Core Themes

Academic Excellence – The primary pursuit for all students, faculty and staff is to uphold the highest academic standards across all programs, as measured through graduation rates, placement rates, and student performance on a variety of assessments.

Student Experience – Students undergo a distinctive and transformative experience that prepares them to pursue their lifetime calling and make the world a better place, as measured through retention rates, student satisfaction assessments, and student development through study abroad and other co-curricular experiences.

Mission Effectiveness – Driven by our Mission, the university pledges to provide life-changing educational experiences and programs while focusing on operational efficiency to sustainable growth, measured through student surveys, enrollment growth, and systematic program assessment.


Catholic Identity

Founded by the Sisters of Providence, the University of Providence is a Roman Catholic institution of higher learning called to be the manifestation of the Providence of God in the lives of those we serve.   

Sharing in the mission of the Church to proclaim the Good News, the University of Providence continues the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ, being especially mindful of those populations most in need. 

Guided by our Catholic faith, and the charism of the Sisters of Providence, we celebrate the inherent dignity of every person as a child of God and strive to form students into compassionate servant-leaders prepared to walk in solidarity with the poor and marginalized.  

Our faculty and staff are committed to building a community of higher learning which is rooted in the person of Jesus as revealed in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. Compelled by love, we strive to form our students in the model of Jesus Christ.  


Core Values


Jesus taught and healed with compassion for all. –Matthew 4:24
We reach out to those in need and offer comfort as Jesus did. We nurture the spiritual, emotional and physical well-being of one another and those we serve. Through our healing presence, we accompany those who suffer.


All people have been created in the image of God. –Genesis 1:27
We value, encourage and celebrate the gifts in one another. We respect the inherent dignity and worth of every individual. We recognize each interaction as a sacred encounter.


Act with justice, love with kindness and walk humbly with your God. –Micah 6:8
We foster a culture that promotes unity and reconciliation. We strive to care wisely for our people, our resources and our earth. We stand in solidarity with the most vulnerable, working to remove the causes of oppression and promoting justice for all.


Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart. –Colossians 3:23
We set the highest standards for ourselves and our ministries. Through transformation and innovation, we strive to improve the health and quality of life in our communities. We commit to compassionate, safe and reliable practices for the care of all.


Let us love not merely with words or speech but with actions in truth. –1 John 3:18
We hold ourselves accountable to do the right things for the right reasons. We speak the truth with courage and respect. We pursue authenticity with humility and simplicity.