Freshman Application Process

Each year we seek to welcome an intellectually curious and diverse group of students who are eager to immerse themselves in our campus community.

True to our Jesuit Tradition, our admission process is designed to get to know you as a whole person—not just numbers without context. Your application is reviewed on the basis of your academic and personal accomplishments, with primary consideration given to your high school record and strong academic performance in college preparatory courses. We'll also consider your personal essay, letter of academic recommendation, and extracurricular involvement. Submission of standardized test scores is optional.

Application Plans

Saint Joseph's University offers four application plans for freshman applicants. Your application will go through the same careful review process no matter which of these plans you choose, so you should pick the one that best suits you.

Early Decision I

Apply by Nov. 1 | Decision on Dec. 20

Our Early Decision I option is a binding agreement, that if admitted, you will attend SJU. ED I may be a good option if SJU is your clear first-choice and is a good academic and financial fit.

Early Action

Apply by Nov. 1 | Decision on Dec. 20

A non-binding option for students with a strong high school record who are confident in their academic accomplishments, and have a strong interest in attending SJU.

Early Decision II

Apply by Jan. 15 | Decision on Feb. 15

We offer a second opportunity to apply Early Decision if SJU is your clear first-choice, but you can prepare a stronger application by January than by November.

Regular Decision

Apply by Feb. 1 | Decision on Mar. 15

A non-binding option for students who believe they can prepare a stronger application by February than by November.

Supplemental Materials

A completed application includes all required materials listed below. Application materials must be received by the application deadline for which you are applying. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure successful delivery of all application materials.

Required for Evaluation

  • High School Transcript: Must be sent directly from your secondary school to SJU.
  • Letter of Academic Recommendation: One letter from either a teacher or counselor. The letter must be sent directly from your secondary school or the recommender.
  • Personal Essay: Prompts based on the Common Application.
  • Early Decision AgreementRequired only for Early Decision applicants. This form must be signed by the applicant, a parent/guardian, and school counselor.
  • Application Fee: $50, non-refundable.


  • ACT or SAT Scores: If you choose to have your standardized test scores reviewed, you may submit self-reported scores. SAT scores will be superscored; we will take your highest composite ACT score. If you choose to apply test-optional, no additional documentation is required. Self-reported scores can be submitted in the following ways:
    • Included on the testing section on the Common Application or SJU Application.
    • Provide a screenshot of your scores from either your or account. Your name, scores, and sub-scores must be visible.
    • Upload a PDF copy of your student score report to your SJU Admission Account.
  • Interview: Open to high school seniors to meet one-on-one with a representative from the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Interviews are not required for admission consideration; students who are unable to interview are not at a disadvantage during the application process.
  • Resume: Upload to your SJU Admission Account.
  • Social Security Number: Required for students applying for need-based aid.