At Augustine College we believe
in questions as if there were answers
in thinking as if there were purpose
in learning as if there were wisdom
and in knowledge as if there were truth.
Our aim at Augustine College is to grow in wisdom and in virtue by exploring the riches of Western culture. We believe that a true education in the history of thought and art in the West is one that will aid us in our constant striving to live what can be truly called a good life — a life oriented to Christ our God.
We pursue this intellectual training not as solitary scholars but in Christian community. Our students live together, work together, eat together, and pray together as part of a broader community of professors, alumni, and friends of the College. Through engaging discussion, communal worship, and rigorous study, students are meant to experience a meaningful encounter with Christ the Divine Word as he reveals himself to all humanity — in His Incarnation, in the Scriptures, and in all truth to which past writers and artists have pointed.
At Augustine College we remember that a rigorous education does more than equip students to think critically or enter the workforce. It should aim to provide students with the tools to know and understand and love what is good. To this end, we study the works of those who come before us as witnesses (albeit imperfect ones) to genuine truth, meaning, and human flourishing. Modern academia is often marked by suspicious attitudes and deconstructive approaches to the content of Western tradition, and while we certainly do not condemn critical engagement with ideas we teach the legacy of Western culture as something to be learned from, not only about.
A sound education can help our graduates excel in a variety of fields, and even equip them to become the impetus for renewal in their communities, but we do not consider such accomplishments to be the true purpose of our program. At Augustine College we hold to the classical view of education as the formation of persons. We study the wisdom of the past so that, having been built up as bearers of the Divine Image, we may truly glorify God and further his Kingdom in all that we say, think, and do.