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Saint Joseph's University

  • Philadelphia, PA
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Suburban
    setting
  • 52%48%
    student ratio
  • 4,650
    total students
  • $37,670 | $37,670
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • February 1
    fall application deadline
  • 77%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 568
    sat math
  • 558
    sat reading
  • 564
    sat writing
  • 24
    act composite

Overview

Saint Joseph's University is Committed to Educating the Whole Student in Accordance with the Jesuit Tradition

Saint Joseph's University is a Jesuit university founded in 1851 by the Society of Jesus. The school is committed to providing its 4,650 full-time undergraduate students with education in the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis, or care of the whole person. This tradition encourages and supports students academically, socially, athletically, ethically, and spiritually.

Saint Joseph's is committed to educating students for a higher purpose, helping them develop knowledge and skills, as well as the awareness necessary to utilize those skills for the good of society and the furthering of social justice. These values manifest themselves in a strong, challenging core curriculum and a dedication to helping students achieve their full potential along all dimensions of their person, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Saint Joseph's Offers a Large Variety of Academic Programs in Several Colleges and Promotes Leading Technologies

As a Catholic university, Saint Joseph's strives to embody the Catholic traditions of life and culture. The school is composed of three academic colleges, including the College of Arts and Sciences, the Erivan K. Haub School of Business, and the College of Professional and Liberal Studies.

Programs of study in all three of these colleges include a core curriculum that is designed to blend contemporary and classical educational methods and topics. Within this framework, students can choose from over 75 undergraduate programs. The school also offers 47 graduate programs in a range of academic areas.

Additionally, Saint Joseph's is a leading academic institution in the use and integration of cutting edge technologies into the classroom in order to promote and facilitate the learning experience.

Activities Outside the Classroom Contribute to the College Experience at Saint Joseph's

Students will become actively engaged in their own lives during their time at Saint Joseph's. Rather than merely going through the motions of college education, as is often the case at some other institutions of higher learning, students at Saint Joseph's are encouraged to take an active role both inside and outside the classroom.

The university's Office of Student Leadership is dedicated not only to organizing student activities but also to the Jesuit mission of educating the whole person. Students can get involved in student organizations, campus events, volunteerism, and committees, all of which help students develop social and leadership skills while providing valuable learning experiences.

Athletic Development is Important in Saint Joseph's University's Mission to Educate the Whole Student

In addition to student life opportunities, Saint Joseph's has a thriving athletic program. The university boasts a total of 20 varsity women's and men's sports teams, along with sports at the intramural level.

Varsity teams compete at the NCAA Division I intercollegiate level in the Atlantic 10 Conference and the Philadelphia "Big 5". Over 30 intramural and recreational sports activities are available to students who do not wish to compete at the intercollegiate level, ensuring that there is space for all students to develop athletically alongside their academic and personal development.

Saint Joseph's is Committed to Diversity Among Students and Faculty, and in the Curriculum

Diversity is one of Saint Joseph's University's primary values. Saint Joseph's strives to help students recognize their strengths and achieve their fullest potential as individuals. This focus on individuality necessitates a similar focus on sensitivity, understanding, and tolerance of human differences. Practically, this translates to a commitment to fostering a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff on campus.

Additionally, curricula at Saint Joseph's are designed with the value of diversity in mind, encouraging students to view issues from a variety of perspectives and develop a global awareness that will allow them to contribute to society as responsible, broad-minded citizens.

The Saint Joseph's Campus Combines a Suburban Setting with the Opportunity of Philadelphia, PA

Saint Joseph's University is located in the Middle Atlantic region of the United States, in Lower Merion Township, which is a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This East Coast location gives students easy access to all that the region has to offer without the stress of overcrowded city life.

Philadelphia is the largest and sixth most populous city in the nation, and its size contributes to the wealth of cultural, professional, and social opportunities that can be found there. Known as the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia is historically important and provides a number of ways for university students to enhance and supplement their education, regardless of what field they choose to study.

At Saint Joseph's, students are separated from the bustle of the city by City Avenue, and Lower Merion provides a suburban atmosphere with easy transportation to Philadelphia and the rest of the region.


Location & Contact

Saint Joseph's University

5600 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131-1395
USA

Office of Admissions

Phone: 610-660-1300
Fax: 610-660-1314
Email: admit@sju.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • Asian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • European Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Communication
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Information Science/Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Special Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • German
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Italian
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Latin
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Law/legal studies
    • Legal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Public Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Criminology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Relations and Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Visual and Performing Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Film/Video and Photographic Arts Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Hospital and Health-Care Facilities Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health Professions Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business Administration and Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Small Business Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Financial Planning and Services
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Human Resources Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Organizational Behavior
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Management Information Systems
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Knowledge Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Actuarial Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Insurance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Special Products Marketing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Merchandising, Sales, and Marketing Operations Related (Specialized)
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

77% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied7,401
    • Accepted5,752
    • Acceptance Rate77%
    • Enrolled4,650
    • Female Applicants3,895
    • Females Accepted3,062
    • Female Acceptance Rate78%
    • Male Applicants3,506
    • Males Accepted2,690
    • Male Acceptance Rate76%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee$60
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.46
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen February 1st March 15th --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan November 15
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer March 1st --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 558 510 600
    • SAT Math 568 520 610
    • SAT Writing 564 520 610
    • ACT Composite 24 22 26
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$37,670
    • Out-of-state tuition *$37,670
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$160.00
    • Room and board *$12,206.00
    • Room only *$7,650.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredDeferred paymentsDeferred payments and Installments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students5,374
    • Male Student Percentage46%
    • Female Student Percentage54%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino4.86%
    • Black or African American6.64%
    • White or Caucasian77.43%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.13%
    • Asian2.31%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.06%
    • Two or more races1.84%
    • Unknown2.29%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout1.74% representing 37 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students53% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing, Special housing for disabled, Male-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 59%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Student Union Board, Hand-in-Hand, 54th Airborne / Booster Club, Appalachian Experience, Weekly Service
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other 24-hour shuttle/escort service, bicycle patrols

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division I
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Cheerleading No Division C No
    • Crew No Division 1 Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 Yes
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Ice hockey Yes No No
    • Lacrosse Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Track No Division 1 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Water polo Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Cheerleading No Division C No
    • Crew No Division 1 Yes
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 Yes
    • Field hockey Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf Yes No No
    • Ice hockey No No No
    • Lacrosse Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Track No Division 1 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Water polo Yes No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty745
    • Full-time Percentage43%
    • Part-time Percentage57%
    • Female Percentage42%
    • Male Percentage58%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio13:1 or 4,784 students to 378 faculty


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