Facts & Figures

A Jesuit Catholic University located in the city of Philadelphia and its Main Line, Saint Joseph’s provides a demanding, yet supportive educational experience with a philosophy that has endured since 1851. Our mission is to prepare you, our student, for personal excellence, professional success and engaged citizenship.



Of the undergraduate class of 2019 who graduated with a double-major and/or minor, prepared for wherever life takes them.


Undergraduate student to faculty ratio; 7:1 graduate student to faculty ratio — making for small classes and personalized learning.


Percent of our tenure-track faculty who hold terminal degrees. They're not just experienced in their fields, they are leading them.


Proud alumni across the world, who root for and give back to our community.


Saint Joseph's University seal

The University Seal

The University crest is an emblem, which references the history and founding of the Jesuit order (the Society of Jesus) by Saint Ignatius of Loyola. It also contains iconography symbolic of Saint Joseph, the patron saint of the University. This crest is featured in the official University seal. It was originally designed in 1903 and was recently adjusted. The graphic icons in the image, rendered in shapes and lines, were simplified to give the seal a crisp appearance in small-scale reproductions.

Hawk mascot flaps across basketball court

The Hawk Mascot

Saint Joseph's mascot, the Hawk, has been flapping its wings since 1956 as one of the most decorated mascots in college sports. Recognized over the years by ESPN College Basketball Magazine, Sports Illustrated and The Sporting News as a top college mascot, the Hawk represents the University battle cry: "The Hawk Will Never Die" by flapping its wings non-stop (even during halftime) throughout every basketball game.

Crimson color and gray color

Crimson & Gray

According to tradition, Saint Joseph's University's colors, crimson and gray, were adopted in the 1890s when a young seminarian leading a pep rally saw the two colors on a book he was holding in his hand and, thinking they looked attractive together, announced that they would be the school colors. Today, crimson and gray signify our vibrancy, passion and steadfast tradition.

The Basics

Enrollment 2019-2020:

Undergraduate students4,540
Adult undergraduate students243
Graduate students2,509
Doctoral students70
Total enrollment7,362


Undergraduate stats:

Freshman acceptance rate75%
Freshman to sophomore retention rate88% (7% above national average)
Six-year undergraduate graduation rate81% (21% above national average)
Student representation50 states, 50 nations 



$305 million


Sources: 2019 SJU Census, SJU 2018-19 Fact Book, NCES