SJU Among Top 10 in U.S. News’ 2012 Rankings

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

PHILADELPHIA (Sept. 13, 2011) - Saint Joseph’s University has moved into the top 10 – at No. 8 – among 193 master’s universities in the north in U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 edition of Best Colleges. The rankings, which were released on Sept. 13, placed Saint Joseph’s in the top tier in its region for the fourteenth consecutive year.

Interim President John W. Smithson ’68 (B.S.), ’82 (MBA) said that this recognition “confirms Saint Joseph’s reputation for academic excellence and a transformative, values-centered student experience. It is gratifying to know that the ambitious initiatives we continue to pursue to enhance our students’ experience – in the classroom, through service to communities both near and around the globe, through hands-on research and internship opportunities – are recognized and valued by our peers.”

In the 2012 U.S. News rankings, Saint Joseph’s made a dramatic jump from its No. 13 berth last year. “It is a testament to the excellence and dedication of our faculty, our students, and indeed the entire Saint Joseph’s community to make this significant advance in a category of truly outstanding academic institutions,” Smithson added.

In this year’s rankings, Saint Joseph’s overall score improved from 2011 as well as peer assessment rating, average freshman retention rate and average graduation rate.

“The excellence of a university is not easily encapsulated by a single number,” said Smithson. “But clearly, Saint Joseph’s has successfully delivered on its promise of an outstanding academic experience within the context of the Jesuit vision of ‘concern for the individual student’ (cura personalis) and a commitment to social justice.”

Saint Joseph’s shares the No. 8 berth with SUNY Geneseo and the University of Scranton.

In addition to the overall ranking, several Haub School of Business programs were ranked in their discipline. Accounting achieved a first-time ranking of #25; Insurance #11, and Marketing #16.

Additional information on this year’s rankings is available at

Media Contact

Harriet K. Goodheart, Assistant Vice President for University Communications, 610-660-1532,

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