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At University of Saint Joseph, students thrive in a supportive, inspiring environment that focuses on their ultimate success. USJ graduates are leaders in their careers and communities.

In 1932, the Sisters of Mercy of Connecticut set out to establish the first liberal arts college for women in the Hartford area. They were determined to develop a curriculum that balanced professional studies with the liberal arts; focused on service to others; and infused the Catholic intellectual tradition while welcoming students of all ages, races, religions, and cultures.

Throughout the history of the University of Saint Joseph, this inclusive mission has never been compromised. Guided by this vision, the University has flourished and is now recognized for outstanding programs that prepare graduates to serve their communities in dedicated and meaningful ways throughout their lives.

As the University of Saint Joseph has evolved into a vibrant educational complex, it has never strayed from its original vision: a steadfast commitment to preparing students for insightful leadership and service to others.

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TAKE THE NEXT STEP: EASY ADMISSIONS PROCESS
  • Submit your application online or through the Common App and we will waive the fee.
  • Submit official Transcripts from your high school.
  • Request your official test scores (SAT and/or ACT) be mailed to USJ.
  • Submit an essay, 250 words or more in length.
  • Have a teacher or high school counselor write a letter of recommendation and mail it to the University.
  • Include a resume and/or schedule an interview with your personal admissions counselor (recommended, but not required).
  • Include your ZeeMee link or unique profile page (optional) Learn more about ZeeMee.

Questions? Contact an Admissions Counselor.


Overview

Applicants
743
Acceptance Rate
87%
Average HS GPA
3.39

GPA Breakdown

26%
Over 3.75
20%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
19%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
430 - 560
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
400 - 540
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
440 - 540

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 24

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

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Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Academic Programs


USJ offers 26 undergraduate programs, as well as evening, weekend and graduate programs. These career-focused programs will help prepare you for a fulfilling future in your area of choice. Accelerated bachelor's-to-master's degree options, Online degree programs, and Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program for veteran students, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, are available.

Majors and Degrees Offered


Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degrees are available from our:
    Undergraduate College (B.A.; B.S.)
    Coeducational Program for Adult Learners (B.A.; B.S.)
    Coeducational Graduate and Professional Studies Program (M.A.; M.S.; D.N.P.)
    School of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)


Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
301
with Terminal Degree

214
Women
87
Men

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
57%
Graduate in 5 years
63%
Graduate in 6 years
63%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General

  • Education

  • Special Education and Teaching, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Child Development
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
  • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice and Corrections

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Notable Faculty

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
57%
Graduate in 5 years
63%
Graduate in 6 years
63%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

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Tuition, Room, Board and Fees


Student payments are due August 1 for fall semester and December 21 for spring semester. School of Pharmacy student payments are due August 15 for fall semester, December 15 for spring semester and May 15 for summer session. Payment is due at time of registration if you register after semester due dates. Questions? Contact us for more information, or review our tuition payment options.

Undergraduate

Graduate & Professional

Financial Aid


From merit scholarships, to University, state and federal grants, USJ offers a variety of University and external scholarships and grants.

Contact Student Financial Services at 860.231.5223 or financialaid@usj.edu, or visit the office on the second floor of Mercy Hall, Room 201 to find out more.



Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$23,958

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$20,487

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,817

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
76%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$35,144

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$28,540

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$35,220
Required Fees
$1,710
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,845
Transportation for Commuters
$1,710

On-Campus Room and Board
$11,095
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
No

Direct Lender
No

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We are looking for applicants who display evidence of sufficient ability and potential in their academic record and standardized test scores, when applicable (see Test Optional Admission Policy below). It is expected that you will have completed 16 academic units in college preparatory courses distributed among English, mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, and foreign languages. Special consideration may be given to selected applicants whose preparation varies from the recommended pattern, but whose record gives evidence of genuine intellectual ability and interest.

In the classroom:
  • Faculty will inspire you to fulfill your potential
  • Your average class size will include 14 students; student/faculty ratio is 11:1
  • Your First-Year Seminar (FYS) course will help you transition to college-level learning and living

Join a club, or create your own. There are more than 20 student organizations on campus, each led by students with guidance by a faculty or staff advisor.

Focused on academics, social and global concerns, diversity and cultural issues, community service and more, these clubs are created to enrich your academic and co-curricular interests.

Visit the Office of Student Involvement to find out more, or inquire during your Orientation Program.


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
894

Demographics

5.10%
Asian
15.66%
African-American
16.13%
Hispanic
54.69%
Caucasian
5.58%
Unknown
1.07%
International

97% female
3% male
4% are out of state
81% are full time
19% are part time

Overview

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Location


The University of Saint Joseph is an independent not-for-profit organization, founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1932 in the Catholic tradition.

The beautiful 90-acre campus is one mile from West Hartford's thriving downtown, three miles from Hartford, and mid-way between Boston and New York City.

When you’re on campus, you can be as involved in campus life as you would like, and there is always something happening here.

USJ students spend their time outside of the classroom participating in one of our eight Division III athletic teams or intramural sport activities. They are involved in more than 30 clubs and organizations, from the Green Team to the Drama Club, or even the Student Government Association. Our Student Programming and Events Council (SPEC) is always planning something, whether it be a spring carnival on campus, a spa night, or a bus trip.

Campus Facilities & Equipment


  • Six residence halls – including suite-style housing for juniors and seniors
  • NCAA Division III Athletics – eight teams
  • The O'Connell Athletic Center – includes a six-lane pool, fitness center, indoor track, dance studio and more
  • The Bruyette Athenaeum – includes the 365-seat Hoffman auditorium, the O'Connor Archives, an art studio, classrooms, and faculty offices
  • The Art Gallery – houses a distinguished collection of more than 2,000 works of art
  • McGovern Student Center – the hub of student activity, which houses the Dining Hall, a snack bar, activities offices, a community lounge and the University Bookstore
  • The Connor Chapel of Our Lady – the heart of the University's Roman Catholic tradition
  • The Pope Pius XII Library – with 133,700 volumes and online resources
  • Eight state-of-the-art science laboratories
  • On-campus nursing lab
  • Two laboratory schools:
    • The Gengras Center – private special education school, on campus
    • The School for Young Children – model lab pre-school, one block from campus

Off-Campus Opportunities


USJ also connects 95 percent of all students (undergraduate, graduate, and adult) to high-impact learning opportunities, including internships and experiential and clinical experiences in the laboratory schools, in Hartford, and Connecticut.


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
29%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
61%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Female
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
25
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
4

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

6% participate in intramural sports
10% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (n/a)
0 Sports

Women's Sports (Blue Jays)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: www.usj.edu/student-life/get-involved/join-club

Minority Support Groups: www.usj.edu/student-life/get-involved/join-club

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
4

Average Number of PC's per Lab
18

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell: standard education discounts for personal purchases

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Admissions Office
Director of Admissions

Address
1678 Asylum Ave
West Hartford, CT 06053

Phone
860-231-5216

Email
admissions@usj.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Hoffman Auditorium
O'Connell Athletic Center
The Art Museum
The Jay's Nest
Lourdes Hall: Renovated home of the Physician Assistant Program

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Blue Back Square
West Hartford Center
West Farms Mall
Downtown Hartford
The Bushnell Theater

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; Wednesdays 8:30am-7pm
8:30am - 4:30am
860-231-5216

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Before every tour

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact admissions, coach, or athletic dept

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
athletics@usj.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
City buses, as well as transportation of buses at local bus depot, Flights from International Airport


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