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Welcome Class of 2015! We are very excited for all of you to start in the fall and join the wonderful community that is Saint Joseph's University. The iSJU program is your introduction into our Ignatian roots and values here at Saint Joe's. During the month of September, your RAs will inform you about the importance of attending this program. On the last week of the month, various students, faculty and even some of our most enlightening Jesuits will talk to you about their experiences here at SJU and what it means to receive a Jesuit education. Saint Ignatius, the founder of the Society of Jesus, believed that a well-rounded education was the key to an individual's success. Therefore, we invite you to take advantage of this exciting program and everything SJU has to offer. We look forward to seeing you in the fall!


The Meaning of I

When iSJU was created three years ago, it was decided that the program would be built around the letter "I". This "I" first and foremost is meant to represent Saint Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuits and the man who established our mission and values. The "i values" were developed around the university mission which is encompassed in three words: Spirit, Intellect, and Purpose. These three words challenge each freshman to begin to think about his or her place at this university and how this school can aid in personal growth, maturity, and the realization of one's unique talents, vocation, and purpose in the world. We say "define your i" to encourage each freshman to make firm, conscious decisions and become an integral part of the Saint Joseph's community.

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The isju Values

Imago Dei: The belief that we are all created in the image and likeness of God

Imagination in Action: Our commitment to use our imagination to find creative and constructive solutions to the world's issues

Intellectual Pursuit: The purpose of a college education is to challenge ourselves to learn and grow intellectually

Individual Talents and Vocation: The belief that we are all called to something unique: a vocation that will best use our talents and abilities

Immersion in Community and Social Justice: Our commitment to fostering a transformative community of social justice through, but not limited to, speaking out against injustices in our society


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Spirit: The spirit of Saint Joseph's University does not depend on the Jesuits. It relies on students to fulfill the vision of Saint Ignatius to become men and women with and for others.

      "At any given school day , you will see students wearing some sort of SJU apparel. People are proud to be students at this university."

Intellect: A Jesuit education is a comprehensive, humanistic education that helps develop a student's thoughts on the ethical concerns that surround our world.

      "Intellect at Saint Joseph's University extends outside the classroom, especially to the people you meet. They all have different backgrounds, values, ideas, points of view that will challenge your beliefs and the way you see things."


Purpose: Saint Joseph's University educates for a higher purpose: improving the common good through the promotion of tolerance, compassion and social justice.

      "When you find that thing that drives, gets you excited, gets you moving, that is your purpose. It's not always comfortable or easy to follow it, but it is certainly worth  every effort to do so."


“Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in a love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the mornings, what you will do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.”

-Pedro Arrupe, former Superior General of the Society of Jesus