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Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Students come to Saint Joseph’s University seeking a values-based learning experience. They join a community that regards questions of ethics, morality and faith as centrally important to human existence. Students are guided to develop to the fullest in every facet of their intellectual potential.



On the morning of September 15, 1851, some 30 young men gathered in the courtyard outside Saint Joseph’s Church on Willings Alley, one block from Independence Hall. After attending High Mass and reciting the Veni Creator, these young men were assigned to their classes in a building adjacent to the church. That September morning marked the beginning of history for Saint Joseph’s University.


As Philadelphia's Jesuit, Catholic University, founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University provides a rigorous, student-centered education rooted in the liberal arts.


The Office of Research Services is the office through wihich federal, state, local, and private funding agencies channel their requests for assistance utilizing grants and contracts. In addition, it is the unit through which faculty coordinate their efforts in the development of research and other sponsored programs. The ORS assist faculty in making contracts with government and private agency officials; works to stimulate the interests of these agencies in appropriate university programs; and provide a clearing house for information on faculty interests and university capabilities.


Saint Joseph’s University graduates respond to Ignatius’ call to do good in the world in a myriad of ways. 96% of 2016 Saint Joseph’s University graduates are employed, pursuing graduate study and/or serving in volunteer program or in the military.

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Student services

Saint Joseph’s University and the Office of Student Success & First Year Experience are dedicated to cura personalis, the fullest development of the individual student's potential both inside and outside the classroom.

Housing services

On August 22, 2004 students at ELS/Philadelphia moved to beautiful new dormitory accommodations. This new dormitory building was designed especially for students of Saint Joseph's University and ELS/Philadelphia.

Library services

Selected primary source documents covering:

  • Business, the Economy, and Work
  • Defense, Security, and Military Affairs
  • Energy, Environment, Transportation, Science, and Technology
  • Government and Politics
  • Health Care, Social Services, Housing, and Education
  • International Affairs
  • Media, Culture, and Life in America
  • Rights, Responsibilities, and Criminal Justice

ICT services

To support the missions of teaching, research, and public service, Saint Joseph's University provides access to computing and information resources for students, faculty, and staff, within institutional priorities and financial capabilities.

Medical services

Saint Joseph's University is providing this Notice to you on behalf of the Health Plan (the "Plan").  The Plan is required by law to maintain the privacy of your health information.  The Plan is also required to send you this Notice which explains how the Plan may use information about you and when the Plan can give out or "disclose" that information to others.

Student Life

Campus life

One thing you should know about life at Saint Joseph's is that Hawks are happiest when they're in action.

Simultaneously being an urban and suburban campus, students take advantage of lounging under trees and enjoying some beautiful views as well as walking through the city streets and observing the cultures that make up the city of Philadelphia.  

We have over 100 organizations that support student’s academic, social, political, spiritual and athletic interests.

Sports facilities

At Saint Joseph’s University we work to reinforce the educational mission that emphasizes the whole person – including spirit, mind, and body.  The Office of Student Life organizes a number of fitness programs and group exercise classes available to students.  The O’Pake Recreation Center is open daily, featuring a 25-meter indoor pool and a fitness center with the latest cardio and strength equipment. The fitness center is located on the Maguire Campus side of campus. This center, offers various athletic and recreation facilities in addition to specialized classes and activities.

Student clubs

With 90 student organizations on the SJU  campus, every student has opportunities to join, lead, expand horizons, make friends and have fun. Listed below are student organizations currently registered at SJU. Look it over to find the one that’s right for YOU!


An AACSB International Accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Less than 5% of the world's 13,000 business programs have earned AACSB Accreditation. All Erivan K. Haub School of Business programs are accredited by AACSB, confirming our commitment to quality and to continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive review program.

Student Reviews

My Time at Saint Joseph's University
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Saint Joseph's University has a very strong Health Administration program. When I started the program in 2017 I was working full time and planning a wedding. Since the program was 100% online it worked really well with my busy life. The university is located on the east coast and I live on the west coast. Professors were accomodating and available whenever I needed help...

The Whole Person
Jack Forte rated 5 out of 5 stars

The International Relations/Political Science department was so close-knit that I often felt spoiled with how supportive they were as a unit. They were the reason I chose SJU over my local state school. The school community as a whole was also very close. There were lots of opportunities for extracurricular activities and activities to expand my studies. Great overall...

brilliant experience
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

I really proud that I graduate from this university. I wish I could find a Phd program with the same pathway

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