St. Joseph's College

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PO Box 890

Rensselaer, IN 47978

Phone: (219) 866-6000
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#28 Overall Score: 67 out of 100. Regional Colleges (Midwest)

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St. Joseph's College is a private institution that was founded in 1889. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,074, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 180 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. St. Joseph's College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), 28. Its tuition and fees are $27,350 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Saint Joseph's core curriculum is a nationally recognized, interdisciplinary sequence of general education courses spread over 8 semesters (4 years). Through this curriculum, SJC students gain academic knowledge, superior communication skills, a broad worldview, and a strong sense of self-confidence. Exceptional emphasis is placed on the education of the whole person, achieved by the complementarity of Core to the major. A student is able to immediately study in the academic program of interest. If a student is still contemplating an academic program or career, there is great opportunity to explore a variety of subjects before committing to a specific field. Highly personalized advising helps students who follow a prescribed sequence of courses to finish typically in four years. The value of this educational investment skyrockets as students have the chance to get involved early and often at SJC. Our faculty consists of professors with proven credentials. They are committed to teaching, eager to help students succeed, and accessible to students. Rensselaer is a safe and friendly community of 6,400 residents and is within easy driving distance to major cities such as Chicago and Indianapolis (90 minutes each).

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1889
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $24,179,514


When applying to St. Joseph's College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at St. Joseph's College is $25. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 61.8 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 61.8%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at St. Joseph's College is 13:1, and the school has 79.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at St. Joseph's College include: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Business/Commerce, General; Criminal Justice/Safety Studies; Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General; and Sport and Fitness Administration/Management. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 63.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 40%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 29%
Business/Commerce, General 11%
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 5%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 5%
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 5%

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Student Life

St. Joseph's College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,074, with a gender distribution of 39 percent male students and 61 percent female students. At this school, 65 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 35 percent of students live off campus. St. Joseph's College is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,084
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

St. Joseph's College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring. St. Joseph's College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at St. Joseph's College, 53 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at St. Joseph's College.

Students who have cars on campus 53%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At St. Joseph's College, 88.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $18,775.

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Tuition and fees $27,350 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,440 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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