Early Arrival Programs
Early Arrival Programs (EAP) are a great way to get comfortable with Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia and your fellow classmates in the days before all of the students move in. The benefits of these programs include moving to your own room, learning how to navigate campus and having a sense of belonging on the first day of classes.
Early Arrival Program registration for the Class of 2026 will open in spring 2022. If you have any questions about a specific program, please contact the point person for each program below.
The AIM program serves as an extended orientation for incoming students as they make the transition from high school to college. The multi-day program takes place the week before the fall semester begins. Students in this program move into their residence hall rooms early, get acclimated to campus before classes begin and participate in a series of social activities and success seminars designed to prepare them for both the social and academic transition from high school to college.
Benefits of this program include:
- A multi-day extended orientation prior to the start of classes
- Opportunity to make friends with other members of the first-year class before move-in weekend
- Partnerships and familiarity with support services on campus to help students be successful
- Social activities in Philadelphia with surrounding community partners
There is a fee for all participants, which covers the cost of housing, food, transportation and activities for the duration of the program. For more information, please contact Dan McDevitt, Ed.D., at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The AIM Program will begin accepting applications for the Class of 2026 in spring 2022. Please check back here for more details.
The Biology Experience Aimed at Growth, Learning and Excellence (B.E.A.G.L.E.) program is a four-day intensive for incoming freshman biology, chemical biology and environmental science majors at Saint Joseph’s. This intensive program is designed to help students make the transition to college-level academics, develop effective study skills, understand the pace and rigor of college-level science courses and meet current faculty and upper-class students. Members of this program will also have the option to live in the Science Residential Learning Community.
For more information, please contact Shaan Bhatt, Ph.D., at email@example.com.
The Philadelphia Service Immersion Program (PSIP) is a four-day optional early move-in experience. Students in this program participate in community service, visit historic and cultural destinations in the Philadelphia area and reflect on their purpose while expanding their horizons through intellectual discovery and urban exploration.
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Running Start Program
Running Start is a transitional program that utilizes workshops, seminars and activities to support traditionally underrepresented students' acclimation to college. This group may include students of color, first-generation college students or those that come from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.
SJU Reads is an experiential learning opportunity, facilitated by Saint Joseph's faculty and student leaders, involves a series of activities that include compelling discussions of a selected reading on the theme of structural racism, community-building, conversations with activists and relevant field trips in Philadelphia.
For more information, please contact Rick Gioioso, Ph.D., at email@example.com.