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.
At Saint Joseph’s University, good enough is not good enough. We expect more. Here, we call this the magis. It’s the pursuit of the greatest good, the desire to strive relentlessly, the determination to give one’s absolute best.
For over 160 years, Saint Joseph’s University has been engaging men and women in a rigorous Jesuit education that empowers them to become leaders in their industries and communities. An expansive liberal arts curriculum that serves as a foundation for all students, combined with programs tailored to meet the needs of complex and evolving fields prepare students for all of their post-graduate pursuits.
Built upon the Ignatian credo of cura personalis, the Saint Joseph’s education encompasses all aspects of personal growth and development — demanding high achievement, deepening understanding, strengthening reasoning and communication skills, and developing moral character.
Saint Joseph’s students are inspired to develop to the fullest every facet of their intellectual potential. Our faculty and academic programs continually set higher educational standards, raising the caliber of our graduates and growing our national reputation. In a competitive world, the determination to maximize one’s abilities, the confidence to innovate, and the commitment to lead with integrity set SJU graduates apart.
Graduates of Saint Joseph’s rise to positions of influence and leadership in remarkable numbers, making a lasting impact on industries and communities. Whether pursuing a career as an entrepreneur, teacher, executive, lawyer, scientist, health care professional, artist or activist, all SJU alumni are recognized for their ability to achieve professional greatness, while maintaining a genuine care for the well-being of others. With a network of over 66,000 passionate Hawks, students have a host of mentors to look up to.
The vibrant and dynamic community on Hawk Hill offers students opportunities to engage and grow intellectually, socially, physically, ethically and spiritually. Jesuit, Catholic values foster a supportive and respectful environment that challenges students to build lifelong relationships, explore new perspectives, and become engaged citizens.
The City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia is the nation’s fifth largest city, rich with cultural experiences and historic sites, exciting entertainment and major-league sporting events and opportunities for networking, internships and job placement at leading national companies. SJU encourages students to engage with all the city has to offer, from participating in immersion programs as freshman, to taking internship and co-op opportunities and volunteering in community service partnerships.
Saint Joseph’s actively engages in issues that affect and shape society on a global scale. On campus, this means hosting centers of thought leadership, nationally recognized research and service centers like the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support, the Institute for Clinical Bioethics, the Jewish-Catholic Institute, the Academy of Food Marketing, the Academy for Risk Management and Insurance and the Pedro Arrupe, S.J. Center for Business Ethics. Students are encouraged to immerse themselves in intellectual and cultural programming, attend international conferences and take advantage of exchange programs offered in countries spanning 6 continents.
True to its Jesuit, Catholic mission, Saint Joseph’s University calls upon its students to live greater. Academic and co-curricular experiences alike are designed to enrich students’ sense of ethics, expose them to real-world experiences and promote open and lively debate on important topics facing the world today. The Ignatian tradition, which values self reflection and a commitment to social justice, serves as a guiding light. A Saint Joseph’s education not only develops graduates who will lead successful lives, but forms men and women who will be instrumental in the successes of others.
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