Saint Joseph's University

Saint Joseph's University

Saint Joseph's University, also referred to as SJU or St. Joe's, is a private, coeducational Roman Catholic university that was founded in 1851 by the Society of Jesus as the Saint Joseph's College. SJU is one of the member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. It ranked eighth among Best Universities-Master's (North) in the U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges 2009" edition.

SJU enrolls over 7,500 students each year. It offers more than 50 undergraduate majors, over 10 special-study options, and over 25 study-abroad programs in various fields of study. The university is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Erivan K. Haub School of Business
  • Undergraduate Continuing Studies

SJU has more than 18 varsity sports teams in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Their sports teams are nicknamed the Hawks.

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Saint Joseph's University
5600 City Avenue
Philadelphia , PA 19131-1395
General Phone: (610) 660-1000

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Saint Joseph's University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management900business, business management, purchasing and contract management, accounting, finance, financial planning, human resources, international business, MIS, ...
Education and Teaching332education, educational administration, educational supervision, instructional media design, special ed, special education, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, art education, ...
Liberal Arts259European studies, German language, French language, Italian language, Spanish language, Latin language, English, creative writing, liberal arts and sciences, ...
Security and Law Enforcement117criminology
Therapy and Counseling80psychology, organizational psychology
Science53biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics
Medical Administration39health care administration, health care facilities management
Family and Social Work29adult development and aging, community organization, public administration
Computer Science and Engineering26computer and info science, information science
Medicine19health professions
Nursing and Emergency Medicine13nurse anesthetist
Religion and Philosophy11philosophy, religion
Art Studies9visual and performing arts
Law8legal professions
Engineering Technician7environmental control tech
Conservation and Resource Management5environmental science
Media2communication studies

Number of programs and degrees for Saint Joseph's University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,10350
Master's degree79934
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship41
Associate's degree117

Saint Joseph's University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Saint Joseph's University had a total enrollment of 7,542 students (5,687 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 47%
Women 53%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 58%
Graduate 42%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 76%
Black 10%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 3%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 6%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 26%
20-21 27%
22-24 11%
25-29 12%
30-34 7%
35-39 6%
40-49 7%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Jersey30%
New York9%
(International Students)1%

Saint Joseph's University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 87 %
Part-Time 50 %

Saint Joseph's University Room and Board (2007)

Saint Joseph's University offers campus housing for 2,423 of its 5,687 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Pennsylvania Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Saint Joseph's University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal500600
SAT Math510610
SAT Writing510600
ACT Composite2226

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT100%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT9%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Saint Joseph's University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 32,860
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 32,860
Room and board $ 11,500
Room charge $ 7,250
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,090
Books and supplies $ 1,500
Other expenses $ 2,500

Financial Aid:
Saint Joseph's University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 336700)

Saint Joseph's University Faculty

Saint Joseph's University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year45$112,21819$103,705
Associate professoracademic year48$91,47932$79,091
Assistant professoracademic year54$74,18041$70,958
No academic rankacademic year31$50,20420$45,498
All faculty totalacademic year178$84,286112$74,290

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Saint Joseph's University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Atlantic 10 Conference
Baseball Atlantic 10 Conference
Track Atlantic 10 Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports8395178

Saint Joseph's University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Actuarial Science
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Finance, General
Financial Planning and Services
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
International Marketing
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management
Special Products Marketing Operations
Specialized Merchandising, Sales, and Marketing Operations, Other

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
Health Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Special Education and Teaching, Other

Engineering Technician
Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians, Other

Family And Social Work
Adult Development and Aging
Community Organization and Advocacy
Public Administration

Legal Professions and Studies, Other

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
European Studies/Civilization
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Relations and Affairs
Italian Language and Literature
Latin Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nurse Anesthetist

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement

Therapy And Counseling
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Psychology, General

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