Wondering who's honored in bronze? Meet Norbert of Xanten – the man who founded the order of priests called the Norbertines, or Premonstratensians. A proponent of peace, reconciliation and action, Norbert laid out a set of principles by which, today, the St. Norbert College community strives to live.

Our History. Your Future.

As one of the nation’s top Catholic liberal arts colleges, St. Norbert enjoys a proud history and a foundation rooted in tradition. When Norbert of Xanten founded the Norbertine order of priests in the 12th century, he could little have imagined the impact his life and mission would have on the world nearly nine centuries later. Today, at St. Norbert College, the spirit of Norbert lives through this modern, bustling riverfront community dedicated to transforming and empowering a new generation of world-changers.

The Spirit & Tradition of Communio
Just as Norbert invited others to join him in the pursuits of mutual esteem, trust, sincerity, faith and responsibility, we invite you to join us.

The word for the deep sense of community you find here at St. Norbert is communio. It is lived through open dialogue, consultation and collaboration. Communio encourages us to respond individually and collectively to the needs of our local and global communities.

At St. Norbert College, you will hear the word communio quite often, but it is our greater hope that you will experience it every day.

Catholic. Liberal Arts. Norbertine.
We invite you to join us in pursuing and living the three core traditions that form our mission to the world:
  • The Catholic tradition, which calls us to:
    • Uphold the sacred dignity of all persons,
    • Seek truth through an ongoing dialogue among faith, reason and culture, and
    • Utilize knowledge to promote a Gospel vision of justice;
  • The Norbertine tradition, which calls us to:
    • Pray and reflect communally and individually, welcoming all to participate,
    • Seek peace and reconciliation in the spirit of St. Norbert, and
    • Respond to the needs of our global and local communities;
  • The liberal arts tradition, which calls us to:
    • Dialogue with diverse cultures, perspectives and beliefs,
    • Cultivate a love of lifelong learning inspired by excellent teaching, and
    • Think critically as responsible members of society.
The Development of the Whole Person
The college fosters intellectual, spiritual, and personal development both inside and outside the classroom. We promote the development of whole persons by cultivating practices of study, reflection, prayer, wellness, play and action.

As the only Norbertine institution of higher learning in the world, our roots, traditions, and commitments create a unique educational experience that prepares us to honor God, serve humanity and care for all.

Our Motto
Docere Verbo et Exemplo – To Teach by Word and Example