About SJU

For 160 years, Saint Joseph’s University has advanced the professional and personal ambitions of men and women by providing a rigorous Jesuit education – one that demands high achievement, expands knowledge, deepens understanding, stresses effective reasoning and communication, develops moral and spiritual character, and imparts enduring pride.

A Saint Joseph’s education encompasses all aspects of personal growth and development, reflecting the Ignatian credo of cura personalis. Guided by a faculty committed to both teaching and scholarship, students develop intellectually through an intense liberal arts curriculum and advanced study in a chosen discipline. Students mature socially by participating in Saint Joseph’s campus life, noted for its rich variety of activities and infectious enthusiasm. Students grow ethically and spiritually by living their own values in the larger society beyond campus.

Located on the edge of metropolitan Philadelphia, Saint Joseph’s University provides ready access to the vast career opportunities and cultural resources of America’s fifth-largest city, while affording students a cohesive and intimate campus experience.

A Demanding Education For Demanding Times 

Steeped in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition, Saint Joseph’s University provides a rigorous, intense education that both disciplines and expands the mind. At the core of this education is a General Education Program (G.E.P.), which exposes students to primary fields of inquiry and the cultural values that shape our world. A Jesuit emphasis on engaged teaching and mentoring permeates the university.

Alumni Who Lead And Achieve 

Alumni of Saint Joseph’s rise to the highest levels of leadership, and use this influence to transform their organizations into exemplary models of success and integrity. Bound by a lasting pride in their alma mater, the Saint Joseph’s alumni network of nearly 50,000 is strong and eager to help students find meaningful employment after graduation.

A Campus That's Not For Spectators

Saint Joseph’s students engage enthusiastically in all facets of campus life – academic, social, athletic, ethical and spiritual. Their active participation creates a vibrant, dynamic campus community and produces a mutually supportive, humane and tolerant environment for individual success and service to others.

A Globally Engaged University

The University has extension programs with other institutions around the world. On campus, Saint Joseph’s offers a variety of graduate and executive programs and is home to several independent academic centers, including the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support, the Richard Johnson Institute for Anti-Violence, the Center for Food Marketing, the Arrupe Center for Business Ethics and the Catholic Bioethics Institute. Such activities enrich the University’s intellectual life, open up opportunities for specialized study and engage students with important issues in the wider world.

Education and Technology Partnerships

Saint Joseph’s is at the forefront of utilizing innovative technologies to enhance and promote learning. These technologies are widely integrated into the educational process both in class and beyond, where they are also used for individual and collaborative research projects. By mastering these tools and achieving technological fluency, students gain a valuable edge in their careers.

A Focus on the Common Good 

As a Jesuit institution, guided by a faith that promotes justice, Saint Joseph’s University educates for a higher purpose: students are expected to improve the common good by utilizing their skills and knowledge to promote tolerance, compassion and social justice. The Saint Joseph’s learning experience is structured to serve this end. Curricular and co-curricular programs engage students with important social concerns – both domestic and international – and prepare them to lead as informed citizens, socially responsive professionals and active community members.

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