The University of Somerset will be unique among higher education institutions. Through a set of clear principles we have defined our identity and our plan to deliver an unparalleled educational experience. We will be:
We will boast a 3:2 faculty to staff ratio; academic matters will be managed by academic staff.
All academically-qualified administrators, from the president down, will teach and be involved in research to maintain a strong connection to our core mission.
Faculty will be expected to engage in research at the cutting edge of their respective fields.
A focus on innovation and commercialization of new methods and technologies will tie the university to the regional, national and global economies.
Community Oriented but Globally Focused:
Somerset is our home, and we will treat it with respect.
Our students and faculty will be the brightest from around the world, and they will be meaningful participants in social, political, technological, and economic discourse of global scope.
Our faculty will be among the most distinguished in their respective fields.
Our highly-selective admissions standards will attract students from around the nation, while providing an opportunity for our region’s brightest students to get a world class education without leaving the state.
The University of Somerset curriculum will emphasize a classical liberal arts focus at the undergraduate level in the traditions of the great books. Students will be able to pursue majors and graduate study in a variety of specialized fields of the arts and sciences. Because we’re starting small, we won’t be able to offer every program, but what we offer will be high quality and in demand.
Serious about Fairness:
Students and faculty should expect our campus to be a forum for open dialogue, discussion and debate. Every perspective should have voice.
We provide education, not indoctrination.