Since its beginnings in 1856, Niagara University has lived its mission in countless ways. Today, our University Community strives to embody the vision of St. Vincent de Paul, the patron saint of charity, in our scholarship, teaching and service. We provide grants to faculty who research to find causes and solutions to poverty. We offer scholarships to students who are committed to local service work. We were one of the first universities to offer “Service Learning,” a mission-based program, comprised of both tutoring and human needs projects in the community.

Thousands of NU students have participated since the program's inception and more than 70 classes include Learn and Serve activities as an intricate part of their syllabi. We offer a Poverty Minor, in which students—regardless of major--acquire the knowledge skills and practical experience needed to be effective in combating poverty. Our students, faculty and staff serve the poor in some of the most disadvantaged areas in our community and in our world including Haiti, Peru, Guatemala and Panama.