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Saint Joseph’s Welcomes 1,400 Students to Campus for Admitted Student Days

Prospective students of the Class of 2027 came from near and far to learn more about life at Saint Joseph’s as they get ready to commit to their next four years.

A family standing in front of a Saint Joseph's University backdrop with signs that say "SJU Mom," "SJU Dad," "Go Hawks" and "#HawkHillBound"

Written by: Diane Holliday

Published: April 18, 2023

Total reading time: 3 minutes

April 16 concluded Saint Joseph’s third and final Admitted Student Day for the Class of 2027. In total, over 1,400 Hawk hopefuls visited the University’s Hawk Hill and University City locations to solidify their decision to attend the Jesuit institution ahead of National Decision Day on May 1.

Admitted students and their families came from near and far — from California and Maine, New York and New Jersey — to hear from current students and campus leaders, and to get a taste of life at St. Joe’s.

"I’m excited to go to SJU because campus has such an inviting vibe and it has an amazing program for my majors," says Justin Francis '27, incoming first-year student and double major in management and entrepreneurship with a minor in business intelligence and analytics.

Attendees participated in an array of programming, including “Get to Know” sessions with campus organizations like Greek life, Campus Ministry and the Center for Inclusion and Diversity, as well as club sports and campus recreation. They also toured the University’s business and science labs, attended mini open houses with SJU’s centers and institutes, toured the facilities and residence halls, and participated in faculty-led academic sessions by major.

“An event like this is not possible without the participation and support of our entire SJU community — students, faculty and administrators,” says Karen Pellegrino, vice president for enrollment management. “Students and parents lingered on Hawk Hill well into the afternoon, wanting to soak in every aspect of campus life. Perhaps not surprisingly, we received a record number of deposits during the event and throughout the evening."

The 2023 Admitted Student Days mark the first academic year that incoming first-year students could enroll in programs offered under the new School of Health Professions. From new majors like pharmacology and toxicology to direct-entry programs like occupational therapy, physical therapy and pharmacy, students could take advantage of the University’s growing portfolio of health sciences programs, which will also include a BSN on Hawk Hill in 2024.

While the next four (or more) years were top of mind for most attendees, students also got a sneak peek at life after college, with opportunities to meet with staff from the University’s Career Center, as well as representatives from Penske Corporation.

“Penske is a valued partner of Saint Joseph’s and hires many of our graduates,” says Joseph A. DiAngelo Jr., EdD ’70, dean of the Haub School of Business. “We’re grateful they came to campus to talk to our admitted students about career opportunities — it’s just a small taste of the networking opportunities students will have available to them at St. Joe’s.”

Students who were admitted early action and regular decision will have until May 1 to commit to their university of choice — though many submitted their deposits while on campus for Admitted Student Day.

“I fell in love with St. Joe’s as soon as I stepped foot on campus back in my junior year of high school,” admits Aubrey Neary ’27. “Admitted students day just solidified my choice. We all knew that SJU was going to be my home and I would be well taken care of — I am so beyond excited to go to my dream school.”