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St. Joseph’s University Admissions Information

St. Joseph's University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (map)


St. Joseph’s University is nationally recognized for its commitment to a Jesuit education, which is focused on developing the whole person both scholastically and socially.  Students are required to take core courses in philosophy and theology, in addition to their own field of study. St. Joe’s, as it is commonly called by students, is also committed to social justice, which is in line with many Jesuit ideals. In order to foster social justice and service, a number of student organizations are devoted to serving the community both on and off campus. For example, St. Joe’s students participate in a number of  national service projects, such as Habitat for Humanity, Up ’til Dawn and Hand in Hand. In addition, SJU-specific student organizations such as Students for Peace and Justice and Voices of Praise have been created to foster the university’s mission of service.

As evidenced by community involvement, SJU students are very much in touch with their surroundings and take full advantage of all that Philadelphia has to offer. Located in the Wynnfield section of the city, students have easy access to a wide array of local attractions and activities including museums, malls and restaurants. In addition, the university does quite a bit of programming that allows students to travel and get off campus and see a Broadway show in Manhattan,  visit world-renowned museums or attend cultural events in Philadelphia, either for free or at a highly reduced price.



Basic Info

Main Address: 5600 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone Number: (610) 660-1000  
Website: www.sju.edu  


Type of school: Private, Co-ed  
Type of school: Roman-Catholic, Jesuit  
Setting: Suburban setting, Very large city; Residential campus  
Athletics: Division I, Intercollegiate, Club, Scholarship, Intramural  
Degrees offered: Certificate, Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 5,471  
Percent out-of-state: 63%  
Percent international: 1%  
Female to Male ratio: 54:46  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 14:1  
Most popular majors: Business/Marketing
Social Sciences
Special study programs: Accelerated Program
Distance Learning
Double Major
Dual Enrollment of High School Students
Honors Program
Independent Study
ROTC, Air Force
ROTC, Army
ROTC, Navy
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Visiting/Exchange Student Program
Washington Semester
Weekend College

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed Housing
Women's Housing
Cooperative Housing
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
Men's Housing
Apartments For Single Students
Special Housing For Disabled Students
Campus Ministries
Concert Band
Jazz Band
Music Ensembles
Pep Band
Student Newspaper
Choral Groups
Film Society
International Students
Literary Magazine
Musical Theater
Radio Station
Student Government
Symphony Orchestra

Fun Facts

  • There are no scheduled classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at SJU between 11:15 and 1:00 which allows student organizations to meet.
  • The Corporation for National and Community Service placed Saint Joseph's University on the 2007 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest honor a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.
  • The Villiger Debating Society, the school's 150 year-old, nationally recognized speech and debate team, has finished in the top twenty in the nation for the past ten years.

Admissions Information

According to the SJU admissions website, the admissions committee seeks highly motivated students who are willing to experience personal, spiritual and intellectual growth during their time in college. The most important factors that are considered for admission are high school GPA and rigor of academic course-load. Some important factors include the applicant's essay, counselor or teacher recommendations and character and personal qualities. Other factors considered are class rank, SAT/ACT scores, volunteer work, work experience and alumni connections. The middle 50% GPA is a 3.18-3.84 and the middle 50% on the SAT is 1070-1240.

Admissions address: Admission Office
5600 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone number: (610) 660-1300 or (888) 232-4295  
Fax number: (610) 660-1314  
Admissions Website: http://www.sju.edu/admissions/  
Email: admit@sju.edu  
Contact Person: Maureen Mathis, Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions  
Number of first-year applications received: 6,974  
Percent of applicants admitted: 80%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: February 1  
Early decision/action deadline: November 15 (Early Action)  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: School Report
Mid Year Report
Final Report

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? SAT Reasoning Test or ACT (writing optional)  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 2801  
ACT code: 3684  
Learn more about other Top Pennsylvania schools:
Lafayette   Carnegie Mellon  

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