Student Life

SJU Parent Community Resources

SJU Parent Community Resources

The Parent-Student-University Relationship

As a Catholic and Jesuit liberal arts University, Saint Joseph’s is dedicated to educating students to have a love of learning and of the highest intellectual and professional achievement; moral discernment reflecting Christian values; and a transforming commitment to social justice.  In every element of the student’s experience, Saint Joseph's provides opportunities and challenges which support and prepare them for a life of personal success, engaged citizenship and service to others.

Our commitment as a university is to establish a partnership with students and parents based upon trust and mutual respect. We ask that parents take a sometimes difficult step back to permit their student to take a similarly difficult, yet essential, step toward independence. By doing so parents give their students valuable and transformative opportunities to address issues and resolve problems independently, therefore, deriving the most benefit from their experience at Saint Joseph's University.

Web Site Overview

Saint Joseph’s University offers this Parent Resources web site in the spirit of cura personalis (the Jesuit tradition of care for each person).  In this case, our care is extended specifically to you as a parent. 

The site provides 1)  information on the most commonly sought general, academic and student life topics; 2) support for providing students with opportunities to balance newfound independence while responsibly managing their academic, spiritual and social lives; and 3) information and/or links that will be updated throughout the academic year with information that is of special importance to parents and students.This web site is intended to help parents find frequently needed information quickly and easily so they can more effectively direct students to the appropriate locations for assistance; it should not be a resource that prompts parents to make contacts for matters that students can resolve quite sufficiently on their own. 

This said, parents should find a comforting emphasis on the Jesuit commitment to care that fills the text in this site and informs the day-to-day work of the campus.  Saint Joseph’s University is a community of faculty, administrators and staff who work diligently to provide personal freedom, spiritual enrichment, intellectual challenges and community standards that, together, promote the holistic development of each student we educate. 

If you have any questions that this site has not addressed or suggestions on how to improve it, please write to us using the parentresources@sju.edu email alias.  This site will evolve and improve through user feedback.

Thank you for the privilege of allowing us to extend Saint Joseph’s University’s spirit, intellect and purpose to your student.