Incoming Class Reflects Yield and Selectivity Improvements

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

A nine-percentage-point improvement in the acceptance rate since 2014 headlines early Class of 2022 enrollment returns, indicating strength in the academic quality of the incoming freshman class. Additionally, Saint Joseph’s is poised to enroll the largest percentage of students of color and Pell Grant-eligible recipients in its recent history.

Freshman Class Profile – numbers include results as of May 1, 2018.

Applications: 8,814

Class Size: 1,149

Students of Color: 20.4%

Pell Eligible: 15.2%

Average SAT: 1203

Average ACT: 26.2

AP/Honors Experience: 87.4%

Average GPA: 3.62

“In line with our strategic plan, we have successfully increased academic quality and diversified our freshman class,” says University President Mark C. Reed, Ed.D. “The Class of 2022 shows incredible promise. I offer my sincere acknowledgement and gratitude to all staff in the Offices of Undergraduate Admissions, Financial Aid and Enrollment Management, as well as the many faculty and staff who engage significantly and support in important ways our student recruitment and retention efforts, for their hard work and results.”

Robert McBride, associate provost for enrollment management, adds, “The market is recognizing our commitment to academic excellence as evidenced by the top caliber high schools and students represented in this year’s applicant pool.”

To sustain and further build enrollment growth, Dr. Reed announced the appointment of Karen A. Pellegrino as vice president for enrollment management. Pellegrino joins Saint Joseph’s following a successful career at Fairfield University, where she was responsible for enrollment, admissions and financial aid.




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