Education of the Whole Person


Education of the Whole Person


With roots in the spiritual humanism of the earliest Jesuit colleges, LMU’s pedagogical tradition has an abiding concern for the education of the whole person. Today we understand this as a simultaneous process of information, formation, and transformation. The education of the whole person thus includes these points:


It encourages personal integration of the student’s thinking, feeling, choosing, evolving self. It does this by fostering not only academic and professional development but also physical, social, psychological, moral, cultural, and religious/spiritual growth.

It promotes formation of character and values, meaning and purpose. As students learn to “read” what is going on in their own lives and in the larger world, they are encouraged to grow in the skills of personal and social literacy needed for responsible citizenship.

It seeks to develop men and women for others. LMU encourages students, faculty, and staff to identify with those living on the margins of society so that the intellectual inquiry and moral reflection endemic to university life will lead to meaningful work for transformative social change.




Education of the Whole Person in Action



Vocaré Retreat: What is your calling?
A vocational retreat for sophomore and transfer students
LMU CARES builds a community of character
Helping individuals live the Lion's Code and act with integrity, stand in faith, and serve one another
Alternative Breaks Turn Community Awareness into Action
A service and cultural immersion program that helps students become global citizens