is a private, co-educational university located in
the Bronx in New York
City (but with campuses also in Manhattan — at Lincoln Center — and Westchester). Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1841, it is one of 28 member institutions of the
Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. While officially an
independent institution, it strongly embraces its Jesuit heritage. "For most students, the Roman Catholic influence is positive," one reads in The Fiske Guide to Colleges 1998
, "and many
students say that the Jesuit tradition is the school's best attribute."