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Catholic Profile

Currently ranked in the top 15 in its category of Regional Universities—North among “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report, Saint Joseph’s University is home to 4,650 full-time undergraduates who are always striving to make each choice better than the last—we call this magis.

Magis is a Jesuit principle that underlies everything we do at Saint Joseph’s. With more than 50 academic majors, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation, and a chapter of the country’s oldest and most prestigious undergraduate honors organization (Phi Beta Kappa), the University’s education has no boundaries—only possibilities. 

Saint Joseph’s students are scholars, volunteers, leaders, athletes, activists, and friends. They spend their semester breaks volunteering in New Orleans, Appalachia, and Guatemala, proving that being men and women for others isn’t simply an ideal but a way of life.

A Saint Joseph’s education is not only earned in the classroom. It is cultivated on the fields and courts of 20 NCAA Division I teams, through membership in one of over 100 activities and organizations found on campus, and in the communities of the residence halls. Saint Joseph’s 64,400 graduates lead successful lives across the globe. Ninety-seven percent of the Class of 2015 was employed, engaged in graduate study, or involved in full-time service within six months of graduation. Come visit and see how you too can live greater. 


Hawk Hill is an attractive 114-acre campus noted for its distinctive architecture, located in a suburban setting on the western edge of historic Philadelphia. Half of the campus is located in Philadelphia and half in the suburban Main Line. Both the neighboring city and suburbs offer an abundance of opportunities to enjoy history, culture, and cuisine. 


Student Body
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. Currently the University welcomes students from 44 states; Washington, DC; and 36 nations, the majority of whom reside on campus.


The distinguished faculty are innovative
educators, and approximately 99% hold the highest attainable degree in their field. The average student-faculty ratio is 14:1, and the average class size is 23 students.


Financial Aid
One of Saint Joseph’s University’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. 


Academics and Applied Learning
At Saint Joseph’s we define academic excellence with a high-quality curriculum, expert faculty, and our talented student body. Through a Jesuit liberal arts education, our students learn to think critically, regardless of their majors. In the College of Arts and Sciences, students can select among four divisions: Education, Humanities, Natural Sciences/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 Sciences not only develop a perspective on the world but also learn to use that perspective to make a difference in their respective fields. 

In the Haub School of Business (HSB), our students are taught by educators who have also achieved success and experience within their corporate industries. Students are taught in a state-of-the-art academic facility, including a Wall Street Trading Room. Home to the largest program in Food Marketing in the United States, the Pedro Arrupe Center for Business Ethics, and Business and Accounting programs accredited by AACSB, HSB sculpts its young men and women to be innovative, professional, successful, and ethical business leaders.


Community Service
Saint Joseph’s University has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll each year for the last six years. Students who participate in our service learning programs gain a real-world understanding of human and social issues by working with Philadelphia’s inner-city schools and nonprofit organizations that serve people at the margins of society. This form of experience-based education is integrated into course work for enhanced learning.