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Academics

A Roman Catholic Jesuit university, Saint Joseph’s, situated in the suburbs of Philadelphia, strives to incorporate “Jesuit values like solidarity, service, living greater, and reflection” into the fabric of the school. Fortunately, the administration does this thoughtfully and “without shoving religion down your throat.” Saint Joseph’s also does a phenomenal job of making “everyone who attends feel valued and welcome.” Many students flock here because it has “one of the best business schools in the country” as well as the wonderful College of Arts and Sciences. It also offers a robust “online option for [non-traditional students as well as individuals] not living close to campus.” Undergrads experience “small classes” and a “well rounded curriculum.” And they speak quite highly of their “extraordinarily caring and dedicated” professors. Most students here feel that SJU instructors work diligently “to present the material in an engaging way and genuinely care that we are learning something important and relevant.” They also “really like to make you think and challenge you to strengthen your mind and reasoning skills.” Best of all, professors here are quite “accessible and you can definitely tell they want you to succeed.” As one appreciative student reveals, “They also get to know you on a personal level and remember you.”

Student Body

Undergrads at SJU are quick to pronounce their peers “considerate, passionate and intelligent.” They’re also “selfless...and dedicate[d] to others.” As one impressed Saint Joseph’s student explains, “Most of the people I know here participate in some kind of service, social justice, or faith-based activities like Weekly Service, APEX (a service immersion trip during Spring Break), or other similar programs that encourage us to learn more about the world around us.” Students also note that their fellow Hawks are “super friendly” and “very welcoming.” Moreover, it’s incredibly evident that they “want the best for one another.” Another thrilled student shares, “I am always greeted with smiling faces whether or not I know them.” Undergrads do acknowledge that the majority of the student body is a somewhat “homogenous group from the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland area” and that many students “come from wealthy families.” But they also note that “the school has taken great strides to become more diverse and to celebrate the existing diversity.” Thankfully, no matter an individual’s background, “the sense of community and school spirit on campus flows through each student.” As one grateful undergrad concludes, “We all hold SJU close to our hearts and are proud to be Hawks.”

Campus Life

Life at Saint Joseph’s is definitely hectic. However, that’s exactly how these Hawks like it! Certainly, it’s “pretty common to meet up with your friends in the library and work on some homework while casually catching up with them.” Of course, SJU undergrads also manage to step away from the books once in awhile. Many individuals are involved with “service [clubs]” like SJU Dance Marathon, Hand in Hand (a special needs carnival held every year), [and] the Make a Wish club.” The university is also “a big basketball school, so students like to attend basketball and other sporting events.” Moreover, SJU has a very active Student Union Board (SUB) “that plans events on and off campus [like concerts and comedians] for free or discount prices.” Once the weekend rolls around, “upperclassmen [often head to the] bars…[while first-years] go to fraternity parties.” When undergrads are getting a little antsy, they “like to travel to neighboring towns such as Manayunk, Ardmore, and Lower Merion.” And if they’re looking for a little more excitement, they can easily head into Philadelphia. Indeed, Saint Joseph’s is only “a ten minute ride away from Center City.” Students often take the trip to enjoy the restaurants, arts, and culture that Philadelphia offers.

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Maureen Mathis
Assistant Provost, UG Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
5600 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Phone
610-660-1300

Email
admit@sju.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Campion / The Perch
Post Learning Commons
Hagan Arena
Merion Hall
Hawks Landing

Most Popular Places Off Campus
National Constitution Center
Philadelphia Art Museum
Philadelphia Sports Complex(Home to the Phillies, Eagles, Sixers, & Flyers)
Independence Mall (Liberty Bell)
King of Prussia Mall
https://www.sju.edu/about http://www.visitphilly.com/

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday through Friday, select Saturdays
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
610-660-1300

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Monday - Friday and select Saturdays

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Buses, Trains, Shuttle buses are available to campus. The closest airport is Philadelphia International.

Driving Instructions to Campus
BY CAR: From the North: New Jersey Turnpike to Exit 6 (PA Turnpike connector). Follow PA Turnpike to Rte.476 (Old Exit 25A/New Exit 20). Follow 476 South to Rte. 76 East, toward Philadelphia. Follow Rte. 76 East to Exit 339 (Rte. 1, City Avenue). Follow two miles to SJU. From the East: From the Ben Franklin Bridge (via Rte. 676) or the Walt Whitman Bridge: Follow Rte. 76 West to Exit 339 (Rte. 1, City Avenue). Follow two miles to SJU. From the South: Interstate 95 North to 476 North. Follow 476 North to Exit 5 (Rte. 1). Follow Rte. 1 North to SJU approximately 10 miles. From the West: PA Turnpike to Old Exit 24/New Exit 326 (Valley Forge). Follow Rte. 76 East, toward Philadelphia, to Exit 339 (Rte. 1, City Avenue). Follow two miles to SJU. From the Airport: Interstate 95 North to Rte. 76 West. Follow Rte. 76 West to Exit 339 (Rte. 1, City Avenue). Follow two miles to SJU. From 30th Street Amtrak Station: Rte. 76 (Schuylkill Expressway) westbound to Exit 33 (Rte. 1, City Avenue). Follow two miles to SJU. BY TRAIN: From 30th Street Station Amtrak / SEPTA: Take the R5 local Paoli/Thorndale one stop to Overbrook train station and walk 1/2 mile north to Saint Joseph's University campus. Now you and your parents can save money when you travel by Amtrak to the Philadelphia area. Please go to oneBIGcampus or call 1-877-88-PHILA for details. BY BUS: Take SEPTA's Bus #65 to campus on City Line Avenue.

Local Accommodations
Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue 4200 City Avenue , Philadelphia, PA 19131 215-879-4000 Crowne Plaza Hotel Philadelphia Main Line 4100 Presidential Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 19131 215-477-0200 Philadelphia Marriot West 111 Crawford Avenue West Conshohocken, PA 19428 610-941-5600

Admissions

Applicants: 8,692
Acceptance Rate: 75%
Average HS GPA: 3.66







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