President’s Welcome

Welcome to Holy Family University.

As you explore our website, I hope you’ll get a sense of the inclusive atmosphere explore our students get to experience at our campuses. We regard it as a great honor to be entrusted with supporting them in the achievement of their dreams.

Holy Family University has served the Philadelphia region and beyond as an institution of higher learning since 1954. We are a Catholic university that offers purpose-driven, engaged students the knowledge, values, and skills to help them find their place and purpose in today’s workplace and world. Our core values—family, respect, integrity, service and responsibility, learning, and vision—inform our community from the classroom to the court.

In his amazing study of human behavior, The Screwtape Letters, theologian C. S. Lewis posited that we yearn for both constancy and change as creatures of spirit and flesh. This pattern is what makes the seasons so appealing, he explains—there is always new weather around the corner, but we can know which kind of climate is ahead based on years past.

As Holy Family University’s President, I see this dichotomy reflected on campus everyday. While our technology and methodology change on pace with the world, our students and, above all, our values remain ever-present as beacons of hope, creativity, and goodness for the world.

Not only are we values-based–we are also valuable. Last year, the Philadelphia Inquirer recognized Holy Family University as maintaining higher per pupil spending and one of the lowest tuition rates among similar Catholic private institutions along the Atlantic.

In an outcomes-focused society, this combined worth—quality and affordability—makes us a worthy choice at which to live and to learn. Explore our virtual home and then visit our physical location. We look forward to meeting you in person.


Sister Francesca Onley, CSFN, PhD