Last week, I visited St. Joseph’s University (SJU), a co-ed Jesuit university with about 4500 undergrads in a suburban setting on the western edge of Philadelphia. At SJU you will see flags and signs that say magis. Magis is a Jesuit principle that inspires students to think broader, dig deeper, and work harder.
Academics: The university has two colleges: a college of business and a college of arts and sciences, with about half of the students in each. The typical class size is 23 with the maximum class size capped at 35. Students can double major or major and minor across the two schools.
The business school requires that students have at least one internship; two or three internships are typical. Students in the college of arts and sciences have the opportunity to do research over the summer after their Sophomore or Junior year, while getting paid $3,000.
Two unusual majors that SJU offers are Food Marketing and Autism Studies. The Food Marketing can be taken as a 4-year program or as a 5-year co-op program. Students in the co-op program typically get paid $17-$24 per hour for their co-op work while gaining valuable experience in their field of study.
The most popular countries for study abroad are Italy, Spain, Ireland, and Australia. Study abroad is popular as a semester in the Junior year, a summer program, a spring break program or a winter break program
All students must take two religion courses.
My tour guide Dan, was double-majoring in Economics and Political Science.
Extra-curricular activities: The college motto is “men and women with and for others” and 90% of students will do some type of community service while a student at SJU. For example, during Spring Break, 500 students go to Appalachia and build homes with Habitat for Humanity.
The Division I athletics also bring out the school spirit, especially the St. Joe’s vs. Villanova basketball games. Students can get basketball season tickets for just $80. My tour guide recommended that visiting high school students attend a basketball game, if possible, to get a sense of the Hawks school spirit.
There are over one hundred clubs and organizations, including Greek life.
SJU runs two bus routes which take students to the train station, stores, and popular off-campus housing locations.
Admissions: St. Joe’s accepts the Common Application. They have both Early Action and regular admission. The mid-50% of SAT scores is 1100 – 1280 (Critical Reading and Math). The school is test-optional. Admissions to SJU is not by major. There is merit and need-based aid. All students receive some sort of financial assistance.
What is your experience with SJU?