Elevated to a university in 1613 by King Sigismund III Vasa, the Jesuit Academy was Poznań’s second institution of higher learning. Its students came from various social strata, including the nobility, burghers and even the peasantry. The university provided the city’s residents with an opportunity to advance in society and make a career. The scores of students who came to the city also consumed the goods and services offered in town. Devout burghers readily supported the Jesuit monastery with alms and bequests. The Poznań College was known for its humanities. Its teachers included foreigners from countries throughout western and central Europe.