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Saint Joseph’s University
Saint Joseph’s University is a nationally recognized, Catholic, Jesuit university that has advanced the...

Saint Joseph’s University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Saint Joseph’s University is a nationally recognized, Catholic, Jesuit university that has advanced the professional and personal ambitions of men and women by providing a rigorous education.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
5,391 undergraduate students
86% of undergrad students are full time
45% male — 55% female

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
297 full-time faculty
0 part-time faculty
13 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

57% of students living on campus.

School Location

Located in the historic city of Philadelphia, St. Joseph’s students get a high quality education in a city atmosphere. They can enjoy the outdoors or take a stroll around the various shopping streets in town.

Retention Fall 2015

90% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

79% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Black or African American 7%
White 79%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 2%


NCAA Division I-AAA with 10 Varsity Sports for both men and women including basketball, lacrosse, rowing, and soccer. Mascot: Hawk Colors: Crimson and Grey

Academic Programs

Asian Studies, European Studies, French Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Accounting, Actuarial Science, Business Administration and Management, Finance, Hospitality and Recreation Marketing, Human Resources, Insurance, International Business, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Communication, Computer and Information Sciences, Education (Art, General, Leadership, Elementary, Health, Mathematics, Reading, Secondary, Special), Environmental Control Technologies, Creative Writing, English Literature, Classics, French, German, Italian, Latin, Spanish, Bioethics, Health Professions, Health Care, Nurse Anesthetist, History, Homeland Security, Legal Professions, Humanities, Liberal Arts, Mathematics, Gerontology, Environmental Science, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, Public Administration, Criminology, Economics, International Relations, Political Science, Social Sciences, Sociology, Film, Visual and Performing Arts

Experiential Learning

Experiential learning is the integration and application of academic theory into real-world experience. Experiential learning takes many forms, some of which include study abroad, service learning, and internships. The university recognizes that these learning opportunities lead to more successful undergraduate careers, and thus provides students with resources to get involved. In fact, the university works so hard that 95% of students graduate with at least one experiential learning experience.

Study Abroad

Study abroad is one of the most rewarding and exciting parts of the undergraduate experience. Students that go abroad typically gain valuable skills in independence, global education and perspective, and cross-cultural communication. Saint Joseph’s offers 37 programs in 23 countries! With so many possibilities, each students is bound to find a program that suits their needs and academic goals. Recently, the university added two new programs to its list.

  1. Mary’s University in London: Students live and learn among British students, making the program an immersion experience. On top of schoolwork, students also have the opportunity to complete an internship for academic credit. Other perks include weekly entertainment, sports clubs, and service opportunities.
  2. CIEE: St. Petersburg—Russian Area Studies: This program is best suited for students looking to improve their Russian language skills. Participants of the program have the unique opportunity to learn about Russian culture and language through excursions to museums, theatres, and historical sites.

Community Service

While academics and extra-curriculars are a big part of the college experience, an equally important activity is community service. Saint Joseph’s considers community service both a personal mission and an integral part of the undergraduate experience. Service allows students to enact positive change through hands-on work and application of academic theory. Students can get involved through Alternative Spring Break, service learning courses, and weekly volunteer opportunities.

Summer and Winter Study Abroad

While study abroad is an incredible experience, not every student can commit to an entire semester. For those students, there are short-term study abroad programs held in the winter and summer. Short-term programs are led by Saint Joseph’s faculty and last about a month. During the summer and winter abroad excursions, students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in new culture, all while learning from experienced faculty. Currently, short-term programs include the following destinations: China, Greece, Chile, and Rome.

Service Learning Courses

Service learning courses offer the unique experience to combine academics with community service. Service courses generally involve three components: lecture, service, and reflection. Through coursework and class discussion, students are given the tools they need in order to enact positive change. Currently, there are 8 courses open strictly to freshman and 7 courses open to all students. Below are a few examples of the courses offered:

  1. Health Care Delivery Alternatives
  2. Inside-Out: Exploring Justice Behind Walls
  3. Advanced Social Problems
  4. Philosophy of Human Nature
  5. Faith, Justice, and Catholic Tradition


While there is an endless number of on-campus activities, there are also great opportunities available through the city of Philadelphia. Philly is the fifth largest city in the U.S., which means it has a ton to offer. Students are invited to explore the city and take advantage of all the cultural attractions, recreational activities, restaurant scene and shopping. On top of that, Philadelphia offers incredible access to internships, jobs, and networking.

Residential Learning Communities

Residential Learning Communities (RLCs) allow students to live among peers that share similar interests and aspirations. RLCs offer great benefits like an intimate learning environment, a supportive network, focused programming, and close interaction with faculty. In general, students that participate in a RLC have a higher level of satisfaction with their educational experience.

First Year Business Residential Learning Communities: There are two Business RLC options, one for freshman and one for upperclassmen. Acceptance into the upper class community is largely based on participation in the first year community. The Business RLC is a collaborative learning experience that brings together coursework and extracurricular activities. Students attend events like resume building workshops, business site visits, and etiquette dinner.

Arts Residential Learning Community: This RLC option is best suited for students with a passion for visual and/or performing arts. The Arts RLC is a co-ed community where students are given several opportunities to explore their passions. Members get to attend various art events on campus and in Philadelphia. Past events have included: trips to the Guggenheim, Food Photography and Blogging Session, and the Mural Arts Program.

Emerging Leaders Residential Program: The Emerging Leaders RLC is only open to first year students and is meant to be an introduction to successful leadership. Community members get the chance to work with other leaders on campus in order to build a rich understanding of what it means to be a good leader. Past RLC events have included: Leadership Panel, Interviewing Tips Workshop, and United Nations Tour in NYC.

Science Residential Learning Community: The Science RLC is most appropriate for science majors. The community focuses on the needs of its members and provides an environment that promotes discovery and personal growth. Members have the opportunity to attend events like: Pre-Med Health Advising Sessions, trips to the Camden Aquarium, and Summer Scholars info Sessions.

Romero Learning Community: The Romero community is all about service and advocacy work. Members tackle complex social issues through meaningful and varied service projects. Romero also hosts a series of discussions and reflection dinners.


Admissions Fall 2015

8,325 Total Applicants 
6,814 Total Admissions 
1,175 Total Freshman Enrollment

81.85% of applicants admitted


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $42,000
Fees $180
Total $42,180
Room and Board (on campus) $14,928
Room Only $9,748
Board Only $5,180
Estimated Total On Campus $57,108


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

100% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
58% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$19,339 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$10,364 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates