St. Joseph's University

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5600 City Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19131

Phone: (610) 660-1000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Feb. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#11 Overall Score: 72 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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St. Joseph's University is a private institution that was founded in 1851. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,342, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 105 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. St. Joseph's University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 11. Its tuition and fees are $39,040 (2013-14).

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

Saint Joseph's University is a nationally recognized, Catholic, Jesuit university. For more than 150 years, Saint Joseph's has advanced the professional and personal ambitions of men and women by providing a rigorous Jesuit education--one that demands high achievement, expands knowledge, deepens understanding, stresses effective reasoning and communication, develops moral and spiritual character, and imparts enduring pride. One of only 153 schools with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter and business school accreditation by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), Saint Joseph's is home to 4,600 traditional, full-time undergraduates studying in over 50 academic majors and more than 900 challenging courses. In addition, the distinguished research faculty concentrate on teaching and approximately 99 percent hold doctoral or terminal degrees. Faculty make students a priority and foster one-on-one mentoring relationships with students. Through the Summer Scholar's Program, students conduct original research under the guidance of a faculty mentor and earn a stipend while doing so. At Saint Joseph's, academic excellence is defined by a high-quality curriculum, expert faculty, and a talented student body. In the College of Arts and Sciences, students select a major among three divisions: humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences. Whether it is through reading the classics as an English major or discussing world politics as an international relations major, students in the College of Arts and Science not only develop a perspective on the world, but also learn to use that perspective to make a difference in their respective fields. At the Erivan K. Haub School of Business (HSB), the world's future leaders are taught by professors who achieved incredible success in their own corporate careers. Students are not merely taught in classrooms but in state-of-the art academic facilities, including a Wall Street Trading Room. Students may also take advantage of the Cooperative Education program, which integrates formal classroom training with paid work experience. Home of the largest food marketing program in the U.S. and the Pedro Arrupe Center for Business Ethics, HSB sculpts its young men and women to be innovative, professional, successful and ethical business leaders. A Saint Joseph's education is not only earned in the classroom. Many Hawks spend their semester breaks volunteering in the Gulf Coast, in Appalachia, in New Mexico and beyond, proving that being men and women for others isn't simply an ideal but a way of life. At the Career Development Center, students are prepared for life after Saint Joseph's. In a recent post-graduate survey, over 94 percent of graduates were either employed full time, in graduate school, or pursuing volunteer opportunities. Education is also cultivated on the fields and courts of 20 varsity and NCAA Division I teams; through membership in over 100 activities and organizations; and in the communities of the residence halls. Saint Joseph's students are a dynamic group of individuals, committed to academic excellence, as diverse in their interests as they are in their backgrounds, yet united by a drive to succeed and improve the world around them. One of Saint Joseph's goals is to make a 21st century collegiate education an affordable reality for all those prepared to strive for excellence and balance in both learning and living. On average, over 90 percent of our students receive merit and/or need based financial assistance. Hawk Hill is an attractive 105-acre campus noted for its distinctive architecture, located in a suburban setting on the western edge of historic Philadelphia. Saint Joseph's provides ready access to the vast career opportunities and cultural resources of America's fifth-largest city, while affording students a cohesive and intimate campus experience.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1851
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $168,833,567


When applying to St. Joseph's University, it's important to note the application deadline is February 1, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at St. Joseph's University is $60. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 78.3 percent and an early acceptance rate of 88.4 percent.

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

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 78.3%
Application deadline February 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at St. Joseph's University is 14:1, and the school has 39.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at St. Joseph's University include: Marketing/Marketing Management, General; Accounting; Finance, General; Special Products Marketing Operations; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 88.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 74%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 13%
Accounting 10%
Finance, General 9%
Special Products Marketing Operations 9%
Psychology, General 6%

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Student Life

St. Joseph's University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,342, with a gender distribution of 47.3 percent male students and 52.7 percent female students. At this school, 59 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 41 percent of students live off campus. St. Joseph's University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 8,805
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 I

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Campus Info & Services

St. Joseph's University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. St. Joseph's University 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, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at St. Joseph's University, 23 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at St. Joseph's University.

Students who have cars on campus 23%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At St. Joseph's University, 59.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $17,323.

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Tuition and fees $39,040 (2013-14)
Room and board $13,232 (2013-14)
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Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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