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St. Joseph’s College

Brooklyn, New York

Established in 1916, St. Joseph’s College provides an affordable liberal arts education to a diverse group of students at its campuses at SJC Brooklyn, SJC Long Island, and SJC Online. Independent and coeducational, St. Joseph’s prepares students for lives of integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. These are lives that are worthy of the College’s motto, Esse non videri, “To be and not to seem.”


St. Joseph’s challenges its approximately 5,000 students to develop their full potential and a joy of learning. With more than 400 faculty members, the College offers a student-faculty ratio that provides individual attention in an open, supportive atmosphere.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
3,878 undergraduate students
81% of undergrad students are full time
34% male — 66% female
2% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
169 full-time faculty
0 part-time faculty
11 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

SJC Brooklyn offers a vibrant residential experience through its partnership with Educational Housing Services. The residence hall is located a short distance from campus and the College provides a free shuttle to transport students between the residence hall and the campus.

School Location

An urban setting in Brooklyn, New York and a suburban setting in Patchogue, Long Island.

Minutes away from Manhattan, the Brooklyn Campus is located in the historic neighborhood of Clinton Hill, which is surrounded by eateries, trendy cafes, shops and entertainment venues. Additionally, the Brooklyn Campus is conveniently located by a variety of public transportation options such as the NYC subway, Long Island Rail Road and many MTA bus routes.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2015

86% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

68% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 0%
Hispanic/Latino 13%
Black or African American 10%
White 61%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 4%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 11%


NCAA Division III; 11 Varsity Sports; Blue/Gold

Academic Programs

Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Child Study , Communication Studies, Computer Information Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Criminal Justice, English, Health Administration, History, Human Relations, Human Services, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Journalism and New Media Studies, Marketing, Mathematics, Medical Technology, Nursing, Organizational Management, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Psychology, Recreation and Leisure Studies, Secondary Education, Social Sciences (Economics, Political Science, Sociology), Spanish

More Distinctions

  • Consistently ranks as a Top-Tier Comprehensive College in the North by U.S. News & World Report

  • Top-Ranked by Forbes Online Issue of America’s Best Colleges

  • Named to Military Times’ list of Best for Vets: Colleges 2015

  • 83% retention rate

A Complete Education at St. Joseph’s College

There are some things that just can’t be learned in a classroom. At St. Joseph’s College, students are encouraged to take part in fieldwork, research, internships, and study abroad prior to graduation.

For instance, child study majors at St. Joseph’s don’t wait until senior year to become student teachers; they start logging teaching hours starting freshman year and graduate with four solid years of classroom experience. Recreation majors all complete internships at local health or recreation facilities; art students learn to analyze and appreciate art by visiting the Brooklyn Museum of Art or the Met; history students explore the architecture of hidden NYC neighborhoods; and biology students conduct research one-on-one with their professors.

Study Abroad

Through the Office of Global Studies at St. Joseph’s College, students are given the opportunity to travel, earning credits that enhance their education. Abroad, students can improve their foreign language skills and boost their marketability when the time comes to choose a career. Most recently, St. Joseph’s students have studied in Australia, Bangkok, Budapest, Ecuador, Greece, Italy, Japan, London, Paris, Prague, Spain, and Vienna.

The Office of Multicultural Student Life

The Office of Multicultural Student Life provides students with an opportunity to celebrate and embrace the diversity of the world through a variety of educational programs including off-campus trips, and interactive workshops, and events. These programs can be linked to courses within academic departments such as Speech Communication, English, Modern Languages, Criminal Justice, History, Music, and Psychology.  

The Office has sponsored trips to diversity-related conferences, Broadway plays and even the monumental inauguration of the first African-American President, Barack Obama. In addition, students are encouraged to dialogue about current events and other hot topics that educate and empower them to express, question, learn and transform. All of these experiences promote and support their academic, personal, and professional growth.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band  
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization  
Jazz band  
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN  
Music ensembles  
Musical theater X
Opera X
Pep band  
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society X
Symphony orchestra  
Television station  

An Education with Variety

Students shouldn’t come to college only to learn what kind of work they want to do. College graduates must also become informed citizens whose lives have real meaning. St. Joseph’s College strives to open the minds and hearts of students, pushing them to be curious, optimistic, and courageous risk takers.

In support of this mission, St. Joseph’s College introduced a core curriculum in 2011 that groups courses into five broad thematic areas to offer students an interdisciplinary approach to their studies. This ensures that students become fluent communicators, familiar with new technologies and experienced in navigating the world through service, internships, cultural opportunities on campus, and study abroad. In 2015, the College launched SJC Online, a fully online learning community that offers 15 online degree programs.

Passionate Professors

St. Joseph’s faculty is comprised of experts in their fields who are equally passionate about teaching and scholarship. Their classes are small and personal enough for them to act as mentors, advising students on everything from homework to careers.

Degree Programs

The 45 academic programs at St. Joseph’s College include relevant programs in criminal justice, recreation, and fast-track options that lead to advanced degrees in accounting and computer science. Building on the strength of the College’s renowned undergraduate programs, St. Joseph’s offers premier graduate programs as well. Today, St. Joseph’s offers 25 different master’s degree programs in a variety of disciplines, including management, education, nursing, and human services.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science  


Other: Social Studies 

Class size breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 355 437 283 57 1 0 0 1133

Student Activities

Through lively campus social and cultural events, athletic competitions, community service, and internships, students at St. Joseph’s are encouraged to make essential personal and professional connections. St. Joseph’s offers 71 campus clubs and organizations, and their athletic programs are flourishing, thanks to its designation as a Division III school by the NCAA.

Common Hour

Every day, St. Joseph’s students take a break for Common Hour from 1-2 p.m., gathering for both planned activities and spontaneous fun. This is their time to listen to guest lecturers, debate contemporary issues, enjoy live music or dance performances, or just get to know their professors and fellow students over lunch.

Fitness Center

In the spring of 2015, St. Joseph’s established a 33,000-square-foot athletic center at SJC Brooklyn that includes basketball and volleyball courts, a dance studio, and a fitness center. At SJC Long Island, an outdoor multi-sport complex is located on 24 acres of land one mile east of the main campus. The Outdoor Field Complex includes playing fields for lacrosse, soccer, baseball, and softball. There are also tennis courts, a track, and a field house.

Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students  
Special housing for disabled students  
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing  
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  

The Right Direction

One of the most important things students do at St. Joseph’s College is bring the future into focus while making the most of the here and now. Through individual attention and interactive and intensive advisement, St. Joseph’s meets students where they are academically. Its faculty guides students through the essential next steps to help them grow intellectually, personally, and professionally.

Career Services

The Office of Career Development and Engagement assists students with job searches, internship opportunities, and career assessment tools. The mission of the Office of Career Development and Engagement is to foster career development that educates, inspires confidence, and empowers students and alumni to clarify and attain their goals. The Office’s vision is to assist students and alumni in discovering and exploring possibilities and develop the strategies necessary to make mindful career decisions.

The counselors in the Office of Career Development and Engagement provide students and alumni with a strong foundation upon which to learn about their skills and interests. Counselors help students with résumés, cover letters, interviews, and personal statements. Students are also given assistance in identifying and exploring career options that are of interest.

Alumni Success

St. Joseph’s College students have gone on to careers with Henry Schein and Estée Lauder Companies Inc., opened their own medical/dental/mental health practices, or continued their education in graduate school at impressive institutions such as Rutgers, Albany Law School, New York University, Columbia University, and Weill Medical College of Cornell University.


Admissions Fall 2015

3,220 Total Applicants
2,187 Total Admissions
516 Total Freshmen Enrollment

67.92% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admission? Yes

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Class rank
Academic GPA

Standardized test scores
Application Essay
Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities

First generation
Alumni/ae relation
Volunteer work
Work experience
Level of applicant’s interest

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 450 550
SAT Math 460 560
SAT Writing 440 540
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 19 24
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $23,500
Fees $623
Total $24,123


Average Financial Aid Packages 2014-2015 Final

$17,829 First year students
$13,609 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015 Final

62% on average, the percentage of need that was met
30% of financial need students that had need fully met

$11,383 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,375 Average need-based loan

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