St Agnes College is a catholic Minority Institution which form its inception has imparted higher education to the women of South India. It has ever since proved to be a standard bearer of repute in the field.
The instituition has the distinction of producing women graduates who hold positions in different spheres as educators, scientists, chartered accountants, middle and higher-level management professionals and service professionals.
The College promotes sound social and family values that make for continuous internal upgradation, especially in the areas of teaching and learning, research and publication, faculty improvement and extension activities. Honours Programmes, Certificate Courses and Minor Research projects, conducted on a regular basis, keep the staff ever alert to the contemporary needs of society and the demands of the job market. The College took the initiative of submitting itself to the accreditation process conducted by the NAAC. It was the first institution in Mangalore University to do so. The College had the honour of being awarded a 'Five Star' grade. Following the re-accreditation process by the NAAC in 2005.In 2012, the College earned an 'A' grade and in 2017, the college has been accredited by NAAC with 'A+' with a CGPA of 3.65/4 in the fourth cycle. It has, besides, been recognized as a 'College with Potential for Excellence' in 2006 and again in 2011 by the Post 'CPE' PHASE II and has been awarded 'College of Excellence' by UGC, New Delhi in the year 2017 and has been the recipient of the 'Jimmy and Roselyn Carter Foundation Partnership Award' for its path breaking work in the field of watershed management which has greatly benefited villages in the suburbs of Mangalore. The college has received 'Star College Status'by DBT, MST, Govt. of India.
However, no institution committed to the cause of higher education can rest contended on its laurels. St. Agnes College is sensitively aware of this. Therefore to promote academic excellence in teaching and research, the Management of St. Agnes College has accepted the status of academic autonomy for the College since 2007. In the autonomous set up, the College is free to frame its own syllabi for the various courses and adopt suitable innovative methods of Teaching, Learning and Evaluation. The Mangalore University confers the degree or gives the diploma to the qualified candidates presented by the College. The government will continue to provide financial assistance in this set up. With autonomy, the College will be more efficient to teach job oriented subjects, conduct examinations and announce results within the prescribed structures of the Semester pattern.
The Apostolic Carmel is a congregation of sisters aggregated to the Order of Discalced Carmelites, founded in 1868 by Mother Veronica of the Passion at Bayonne and later established at Mangalore, India, in 1870. The sisters of the Apostolic Carmel run this institution.
St.Agnes College was registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 under the title 'The Apostolic Carmel Educational Society' on the 12th February 1957.