The mission of Mount Aloysius College is to respond to individual and community needs with quality programs of education in the tradition of the Religious Sisters of Mercy. Each student is provided the opportunity to acquire knowledge and to develop values, attitudes, and competencies necessary for life-long learning within an environment that reflects a liberal arts orientation and a Catholic, Judeo-Christian heritage.
The liberal arts tradition of education has a long history in Western civilization. Liberal arts colleges trace their beginnings to European institutions of higher learning in Bologna (1088), Paris (1100) and Oxford (1117). Liberal arts institutions serve to provide persons with skills to perform well in professional settings and with attitudes that value dialogue and communication, an understanding of the diversity of human experience, and an appreciation of beauty in many forms.
Both the Catholic, Judeo-Christian tradition and the story of the Sisters of Mercy reflect a belief that human persons rely on one another for life and well-being. The dignity of each person requires attention to particular needs. The importance of community to each individual requires attention to the common good.
Liberal arts institutions, in particular, have the challenge of educating for leadership that attends to individual need in relation to the common good and attends to the common good in relation to individual need.