Mount St. Joseph University
Former names
As college:
College of Mount St. Joseph (1920–2014)
MottoDeo Duce
Motto in English
"With God for a leader"
TypePrivate university
EstablishedSeptember 1920; 103 years ago (1920-09)
AffiliationRoman Catholic
Academic affiliations
Endowment$58.8 million (2020)[1]
PresidentH. James Williams
Academic staff
Location, ,
United States

39°05′42″N 84°38′16″W / 39.0949°N 84.6379°W / 39.0949; -84.6379
CampusSuburban, 92 acres (37 ha)
ColorsBlue and gold
Sporting affiliations

The Mount St. Joseph University (The Mount) is a private, Roman Catholic university in Delhi, Ohio. It was founded in 1920 by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.

The university enrolls over 1,800 undergraduate students and approximately 300 graduate students. It offers 48 undergraduate programs, nine associate degrees, pre-professional and certificate programs, and graduate programs.


Mount St. Joseph University was established by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, Ohio, a religious congregation that traces its roots to Elizabeth Ann Seton, North America's first canonized saint. The first Sisters of Charity arrived in Cincinnati from Maryland in 1829 and opened St. Peter's Academy, then St. Mary's Academy. By 1853, these schools were replaced by Mount St. Vincent Academy. In 1906 the academy was named Mount St. Joseph after a move to the Mount St. Joseph property in Cincinnati's Delhi Township, owned by the Sisters of Charity.

Mount St. Joseph Academy offered a four-year high school curriculum but also postgraduate study covering two years of college. In 1920, the Ohio Department of Education granted formal approval for a college curriculum. The College of Mount St. Joseph opened the doors to its first 20 students in September 1920 as the first Catholic college for women in Southwestern Ohio – the same year that American women gained the right to vote.

By the 1950s, the Sisters of Charity made plans to develop property at the intersection of Delhi and Neeb Roads into a new campus that opened in fall of 1962. By the 1970s, adult education brought a new population of women and men to campus for degree studies, and by 1986, the college was coeducational. The Sisters of Charity continued to operate the college until 1972 when the Mount was incorporated under a board of trustees. The institution remains a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity.

On October 9, 2013, the college announced the change to university status. It would be known as Mount St. Joseph University, effective July 1, 2014.[2] The change in designation reflects the institution's expanding academic offerings, including increasing its number of graduate programs for master's and doctorate degrees, as well as implementing online programs.


The Mount fields 23 NCAA Division III athletic teams called the Lions, most of which compete in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Men's sports: Baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track and field, volleyball, wrestling and Esports.

Women's sports: Basketball, cheerleading, cross country, dance, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, volleyball and Esports.

Lauren Hill

Main articles: Lauren Hill and 2014 Hiram vs. Mount St. Joseph women's basketball game

In late 2014, incoming freshman basketball player Lauren Hill was suffering from an inoperable brain tumor and facing the possibility of dying before the end of that year, and wished to play in one college game before her death. The Mount's season opener against Hiram College, originally scheduled for November 15, was moved with NCAA approval to November 2; when the event outgrew the MSJ campus, Xavier University gave MSJ free use of its arena, Cintas Center. In a sold-out game that ended up being nationally televised by Fox College Sports, Hill scored the first and last baskets. The game was the start of a charitable fundraising campaign that, by the time of her death in April 2015, raised over $1.5 million for research into the specific cancer from which Hill was suffering. She went on to play in three more games before her declining health forced her to end her playing career. Hill ultimately died of her brain tumor on April 10, 2015. Since her death, MSJ and Xavier have teamed up for an annual season-opening women's basketball doubleheader, the Lauren Hill Tipoff Classic, at Cintas Center.

Greek life

The university has one international fraternity on campus, Delta Tau Delta. Chartered on April 28, 2018, the Kappa Eta chapter initiates male students.

in October 2019, the university announced that Theta Phi Alpha would become the first international sorority on campus for women.

Notable alumni

Notable faculty


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2020. U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2020 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY19 to FY20 (Report). National Association of College and University Business Officers and TIAA. February 19, 2021. Retrieved February 21, 2021.
  2. ^ Move to U Archived 2014-07-04 at the Wayback Machine