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Mission Statement

Barry University is a Catholic institution of higher education founded in 1940 by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Grounded in the liberal arts tradition, Barry University is a scholarly community committed to the highest academic standards in undergraduate, graduate and professional education.

In the Catholic intellectual tradition, integration of study, reflection and action inform the intellectual life. Faithful to this tradition, a Barry education and university experience foster individual and communal transformation where learning leads to knowledge and truth, reflection leads to informed action, and a commitment to social justice leads to collaborative service.

Barry University provides opportunities for affirming our Catholic identity, Dominican heritage, and collegiate traditions. Catholic beliefs and values are enriched by ecumenical and interfaith dialog. Through worship and ritual, we celebrate our religious identity while remaining a University community where all are welcome.

Core Commitments

Catholic intellectual and religious traditions guide us in the fulfillment of our mission. The mission and values of the Adrian Dominican Sisters serve as the inspiration for our core commitments.

    Knowledge and Truth

    Barry promotes and supports the intellectual life, emphasizing life-long learning, growth and development. The University pursues scholarly and critical analysis of fundamental questions of the human experience. In the pursuit of truth, the University advances development of solutions that promote the common good and a more humane and just society.

    Inclusive Community

    Barry is a global, inclusive community characterized by interdependence, dignity and equality, compassion and respect for self and others. Embracing a global world view, the University nurtures and values cultural, social and intellectual diversity, and welcomes faculty, staff, and students of all faith traditions.

    Social Justice

    Barry expects all members of our community to accept social responsibility to foster peace and nonviolence, to strive for equality, to recognize the sacredness of Earth, and to engage in meaningful efforts toward social change. The University promotes social justice through teaching, research and service.

    Collaborative Service

    Barry is committed to serving local and global communities through collaborative and mutually productive partnerships. The University accepts responsibility to engage with communities to pursue systemic, self-sustaining solutions to human, social, economic and environmental problems.


Barry University is an independent, coeducational Catholic institution of higher education which fosters academic distinction in the liberal arts and professional studies within the Judeo-Christian and Dominican traditions. Founded in 1940, the university is sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Adrian, Michigan, and is governed by an independent, self-perpetuating Board of Trustees.


Barry University is a comprehensive university located in Miami Shores, with programs primarily serving South Florida. We seek to attract a diverse student body, including traditional and non-traditional students, from a variety of geographic, ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds. We seek to recruit and retain faculty members who are dedicated to teaching and advising; to the search for and dissemination of truth through scholarship, research, and creative activities; and to service both to the University and to the larger community. We seek to maintain a staff that supports institutional needs in order to enhance the quality of university life. We seek to provide a learning environment that challenges students to accept intellectual, personal, ethical, spiritual, and social responsibilities.

Barry University Strives

  • To help its students to understand that God is experienced and encourage them to seek a fitting response to the presence of God in their lives.
  • To afford the opportunity to examine the fundamental questions of human experience and the response to these questions proposed, in the liberal arts tradition, by theology, philosophy, the humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences.
  • To provide programs in the liberal arts and professional studies, at the undergraduate and graduate levels, giving students a basis for continued personal and professional growth.
  • To recognize the importance of experiential learning and on-and off-campus education of adult students.
  • To contribute to international understanding, world peace, and community self-awareness by providing an international dimension to its student body and educational curricula.
  • To demonstrate concern for the individual in an atmosphere in which students, conscious of their own dignity as persons, become aware of their attendant responsibility toward other persons and toward the environment.
  • To encourage its students to assume community leadership in religious, social, economic, and political affairs as a means of effecting needed social change.

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