ranked by U.S, News & World Report among the top 10 liberal-arts
colleges in the West, the College of Santa Fe has a distinguished
historical and academic legacy. With a new president inaugurated
in 2000-the sixth ever and the first woman-the College continues
on a path of dynamic growth and constant improvement.
of Santa Fe is an independent institution in the Lasallian Catholic
tradition. Its roots are planted firmly in the days of the Wild
West, but its facilities and programs are as modern as the 21st
Century. The school's origins trace to famed Archbishop Jean Baptiste
Lamy, a contemporary of Kit Carson, who brought four Christian
Brothers from his native France to Santa Fe in 1859 to establish
New Mexico's first school for boys.
the school expanded to include college instruction, but that portion
of the program was discontinued after World War I. Ironically,
World War II brought the establishment of the current College,
when the Christian Brothers-a teaching order-acquired the former
Bruns Army Hospital on Santa Fe's south side. The first student
body numbered 148, and the first graduating class, in 1950, numbered
23. Today the student body exceeds 2,000, and the student-faculty
ratio of 14 to one is one of the lowest anywhere, providing close
individual contact between teachers and learners.
steadily over the years, the College gained full accreditation
from the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities
in 1965. Helping it greatly to achieve that distinction was the
generous financial support of movie actress Greer Garson and her
husband Col. E. E. "Buddy" Fogelson, part-time residents
of New Mexico. Garson's influence also led CSF to develop one
of the finest performing-arts programs in any American college.
Many graduates have distinguished themselves in film and theater.
CSF offers dozens of majors in 11 academic departments, including
art, business administration, music, education, humanities, conservation
studies, science, mathematics and social science, plus graduate
degrees in education and business.
part of one of America's most culturally rich cities, the College
of Santa Fe provides a unique and personal education for its nationwide
and foreign student body.
information, visit the College of Santa Fe Website at www.csf.edu.