As Philadelphia’s Jesuit Catholic University, Saint Joseph’s provides a rigorous, student-centered education rooted in the liberal arts. We prepare students for personal excellence, professional success, and engaged citizenship. Striving to be an inclusive and diverse community that educates and cares for the whole person, we encourage and model lifelong commitment to thinking critically, making ethical decisions, pursuing social justice, and finding God in all things.
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.
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 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 over 66,000 is strong and eager to help students find meaningful employment after graduation.
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.
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 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.
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.
Founded by the Jesuits in 1851 at Old St. Joseph's Church, a block away from Philadelphia's Independence Hall.
Over 66,000 proud alumni have called Hawk Hill home.
Our students are living the magis: 99% of the Class of 2015 participated in an internship, co-op program, student-faculty research project, study abroad and/or ongoing service commitment.
The Hawk is one of the most famous mascots in college sports. Hawks fans rally around the cheer "The Hawk Will Never Die!"
SJU & Philadelphia
At SJU, we understand our Hawks have a need to spread their wings and explore. Our campus is located just a train ride away from Center City Philadelphia, allowing our students to easily access the array of culture, art, nightlife, and opportunity that the city has to offer.Learn about our Philadelphia Home