Founded and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, Neumann is a private, Catholic, co-educational University in the Franciscan tradition, which emphasizes respect for individuals, concern for the environment, and social responsibility. The University offers undergraduate degrees in a broad variety of subjects, three doctoral programs, six master's degree programs, and an accelerated bachelor's degree program for adults.
Neumann now fields nineteen NCAA athletic teams, is home to nine arts groups, and has three residence halls that accommodate more than 770 students. The student-faculty ratio of 14:1 allows professors to provide the personal attention for which Neumann is famous. This expansion of programs and services, coupled with the University's commitment to first-rate academic instruction and real-world career preparation, has caused Neumann's popularity to boom in recent years.