Academic Update (April 2022)
- Academic advisors and advising offices are available to help students with summer and fall registration and to answer all other advising-related questions.
Changing Your Major
- April 19 is the last day that curriculum change requests (e.g., major, minor) for spring 2022 may be submitted. The process for requesting a change in your major or minor effective for fall 2022 and forward will open on August 1. Advising offices will send more information about this process over the summer.
- Each University will communicate about the registration process for summer and fall 2022, since this will be happening in separate systems and using separate course numbering.
- Due to data integration, access to registration for the second summer session (summer II) will be closed from May 27 to June 15. Fall registration will be closed from May 27 through August 1. Please register for summer II and fall 2022 semesters prior to May 27.
- Access to add/drop courses for the fall 2022 semester will be restored on or before August 1.
- Additional details about the add/drop process for fall 2022 and student information systems changes will be forthcoming over the summer.
- Scheduling of faculty will be complete by August 1, when add/drop access is restored.
Academic Calendars, Catalog and Class Schedules
- A collaboratively developed academic calendar is now available. Use the drop down menus to access future semester calendars for key dates.
- The merged catalog will be available on or before July 1.
- The Saint Joseph’s common hour for fall of 2022 will be Fridays from 12:20-1:35 p.m.
- New time blocks can be viewed in this schedule builder tool.
- Transportation between University City and Hawk Hill will run every 45 minutes starting in late August and be aligned with the class schedule. The shuttle can be tracked on the Ride Systems app.
Academic Policies, Honors Societies and More
- Interim academic policies will be in place by August 1 for all academic programs of the combined institution. The interim grade replacement policy will likely be similar to the USciences grade replacement policy and should be approved mid-April. Questions about specific academic policies can be directed to the advising offices.
- Saint Joseph’s will continue to have active chapters of national/international honor societies. Duplicate chapters will be merged and there is no intent to eliminate any honor societies. Reach out to the department chairs to inquire.
- The registrar’s office will provide a grade change form to Philadelphia College of Pharmacy for changes needed after June 1.
- Transcript requests can be submitted to the National Student Clearinghouse after June 1. Systems will be down from June 1-8, but processing will begin immediately after that period.
Accreditation Update (March 2022)
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has reviewed the joint request for a complex substantive change (CSC) to merge and will change the scope of Saint Joseph’s accreditation to include University of the Sciences’ degrees and programs. Middle States (MSCHE) is the accrediting body that allows the University to grant degrees. With this development, Saint Joseph’s fully expects to close as scheduled on June 1, pending additional requirements
Academic Structure (September 2021)
The combined University academic structure was born from a highly collaborative and thoughtful process that involved the faculties of both institutions. It takes into consideration the needs of today’s students and those far into the future, while preserving each institutions’ individual legacies and the depth and breadth of all programs.
Our conversations and decisions were grounded, first and foremost, in our shared sense of mission and integration vision:
- Keeping the student at the center of all that we do
- An eye toward the future with new program possibilities and unique degree combinations
- Celebrating our collective and individual legacies and histories
- Financial stability, so that we can serve generations of students to come
College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
- Core of general education program
- Exciting career pathways
- Natural sciences, social sciences and humanities
Haub School of Business
- Integrate University of the Sciences pharmaceutical business programs
School of Health Professions
The new School of Health Professions will include the historic Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and physician’s assistant programs; be the home of SJU’s Master of Health Administration and health informatics programs; and integrate USciences’ health sciences and SJU’s health studies programs. The Philadelphia College of Pharmacy’s reputation and legacy will be stewarded through the continued use of its name and identity, and the Samson name will be honored within the School of Health Professions.
- Philadelphia College of Pharmacy
- University of the Sciences (USciences) occupational therapy, physical therapy and physician assistant programs
- Saint Joseph's master in health administration and health informatics programs
- Integrates USciences' health programs and Saint Joseph's health studies programs
School of Education and Human Development
This new and exciting school is positioned to support healthy communities through the development of leaders in education, behavioral health and social services. Its programs include all current Saint Joseph's University education degrees and the SJU degree in clinical mental health counseling. It will be able to quickly launch programs in high-demand careers such as social work and school counseling. In addition, it can respond to the pressing need to provide doctoral-level education for individuals preparing to become higher education health care faculty members.
- Positioned to support healthy communities
- Education, behavioral health and social services
- Opportunities for rapid program additions
Most of our adult, non-credit, non-academic certificates and continuing professional education programs will be slightly reorganized and now be known as the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. This move provides structure and a home to programs that were distributed throughout the universities, and it can be accomplished within the existing administrative framework. Both Saint Joseph's University and University of the Sciences fully online graduate degree programs, including USciences Online, will be embedded within their respective academic schools.