Founded by the Felician Sisters in 1937, Madonna University is an independent, Catholic university that offers a strong liberal arts education integrated with service learning experience and career-oriented majors, including more than 60 bachelor's degrees, 70 certificates, and 30 master's and doctoral programs, including doctoral degrees in education and nursing. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1, students enjoy personal instruction from skilled professors dedicated to student success. Popular or unique programs include: Broadcast and Cinema Arts, Criminal Justice, Business, Nursing, Education, Sign Language Studies, Dance, Forensic Science, Pastoral Ministry, Humane Studies, Dietetics, Sport Management, and an accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The following performing arts co-curricular activities provide additional learning experiences: pep band, gospel choir, chorale, lyric theatre, and dance ensemble. Certified at the Gold level for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, the Franciscan Center features state-of-the-art science labs and digital broadcast facilities that rival those in the industry. The Welcome Center, replete with a geo-thermal heating system, features a great room for student orientation and other events. The annual symposium for research, scholarship, and creativity, features the collaborative projects of faculty and students. On Madonna's scenic 109-acre campus in Livonia, Michigan, students have access to a plethora of learning resources, including the: Collaborative Learning Center, Ford Technology Wing, library, disability resources, nursing simulation lab, sign language lab, writing center, and center for personalized instruction. The first-year experience helps students transition from high school to college. Career Development staff assist students with internships, co-op experiences, and post-graduation employment. Madonna is a transfer student- and veteran-friendly school. The University's study abroad program offers a chance to study in France, England, Poland, Ireland, China, Spain and other countries. A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, the Crusaders field 22 men's and women's teams, including football, cheerleading, and competitive dance. The 2,100-student University welcomes students of all ages and of varied religious, socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. With its four residence halls, the University can house 450 students. Madonna has prepared more than 34,000 alumni to lead successful careers, through which they change the lives of those they serve.