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Saint Joseph’s University Overview

Saint Joseph's University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is Saint Joseph’s University Known For?

1,311 Undergraduate Awards
$42,763 Avg Cost After Aid
77% Acceptance Rate
  • The 4% student loan default rate at St. Joe's is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at St. Joe's.
  • In 2017-2018, 100% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from St. Joe's makes roughly $59,600 a year. This is 46% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • The average St. Joe's student graduates in 4.1 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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Saint Joseph’s University Rankings

St. Joe's landed the #209 spot in our 2021 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,320 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. St. Joe's also holds the #17 spot on the Best Colleges in Pennsylvania ranking.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

St. Joe's has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#45 Best Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#83 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#211 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at St. Joe's.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Insurance Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Best Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Best General Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#37 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#41 Best Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#44 Best Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#45 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards St. Joe's has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Best Colleges for Criminology College Factual
#5 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#8 Best Colleges for Marketing College Factual
#19 Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities College Factual
#38 Best Colleges for Psychology College Factual
#87 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central

Where Is Saint Joseph’s University?

Location of Saint Joseph's University

Contact details for St. Joe's are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 5600 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131-1395
Phone: 610-660-1000
Website: https://www.sju.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/saintjosephsuniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/saintjosephs

How Do I Get Into St. Joe’s?

You can apply to St. Joe’s online at: https://www.sju.edu/apply-request-information

Admission Requirements for St. Joe’s

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores considered but not required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into St. Joe’s?

77% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
66% Submit SAT Scores
St. Joe's has an acceptance rate of 77%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 45% of accepted students are men and 55% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 75%, and the acceptance rate for women is 79%.

Average Test Scores

About 66% of students accepted to St. Joe's submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 560 and 640. Math scores were between 550 and 650.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Saint Joseph's University  ( 560 to 640 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Saint Joseph's University  ( 550 to 650 )
200
800
St. Joe's received ACT scores from 28% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 27. Math scores were between 23 and 30. Composite scores were between 23 and 28.

ACT English Scores for Saint Joseph's University  ( 22 to 27 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Saint Joseph's University  ( 23 to 30 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Saint Joseph's University  ( 23 to 28 )
1
36

Can I Afford Saint Joseph’s University?

$42,763 Net Price
59% Take Out Loans
3.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of St. Joe's is $42,763. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At St. Joe's, approximately 59% of students took out student loans averaging $10,885 a year. That adds up to $43,540 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at St. Joe's is 3.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Saint Joseph’s University Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,222 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,784 undergraduate students at St. Joe's, with 4,222 being full-time and 562 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  St. Joe's

There are also 2,578 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,222 full-time undergraduates at St. Joe's, 47% are male and 53% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  St. Joe's

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Saint Joseph's University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of St. Joe's Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 105
Black or African American 199
Hispanic or Latino 332
White 3,325
International Students 89
Other Races/Ethnicities 172

Geographic Diversity

Pennsylvania students aren't the only ones who study at Saint Joseph's University. At this time, 28 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 63 countries are represented at St. Joe's. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at Saint Joseph’s University

2,074 Took All Classes Online
3,191 Took At Least One Class Online
9.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 3 bachelor’s degree and 16 master’s degree programs available online at St. Joe's. In 2017-2018, 3,191 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at St. Joe's has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 8th most popular in Pennsylvania for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of St. Joe’s

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Saint Joseph's University was 9.0%. This is the #1,401 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at St. Joe's regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of St. Joe's majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 15%
General Business/Commerce 12%
General Education 25%
Human Resource Management 22%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at St. Joe's ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at St. Joe's.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing #4
Insurance #9
International Business #19
Criminology #22
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods #23
Finance & Financial Management #38
Management Information Systems #41
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #46
Marketing #68
Human Resource Management #76
General Education #77
Instructional Media Design #80
General Business/Commerce #99
Social Sciences #112
Special Education #113
Teacher Education Subject Specific #120
Psychology #131
Accounting #142
Teacher Education Grade Specific #160
Educational Administration #163
Health & Medical Administrative Services #184
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #263
Liberal Arts General Studies #263
Education #389
Business Administration & Management #470

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Saint Joseph’s University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 85 0 174 0 259
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 176 0 59 0 235
Criminology 20 14 153 0 187
Finance & Financial Management 124 0 58 0 182
Health & Medical Administrative Services 2 0 171 0 173
Marketing 113 0 34 0 147
Educational Administration 4 0 99 16 119
Special Education 32 0 87 0 119
Teacher Education Grade Specific 65 0 44 0 109
Accounting 78 1 1 0 80
General Business/Commerce 0 0 68 0 68
Communication & Media Studies 65 0 0 0 65
General Psychology 45 0 20 0 65
Other Health Professions 63 0 0 0 63
General Biology 54 0 8 0 62
Human Resource Management 37 0 17 0 54
Insurance 50 0 0 0 50
International Business 39 0 2 0 41
Business Administration & Management 31 0 6 0 37
General English Literature 31 0 0 0 31
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 29 0 29
Computer Science 14 0 12 0 26
Liberal Arts General Studies 24 0 0 0 24
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 13 7 0 0 20
Political Science & Government 19 0 0 0 19
Economics 14 0 0 0 14
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 13 0 0 0 13
Entrepreneurial Studies 13 0 0 0 13
Instructional Media Design 0 0 13 0 13
Romance Languages 11 0 0 0 11
International Relations & National Security 10 0 0 0 10
Sociology 10 0 0 0 10
Chemistry 9 0 0 0 9
General Education 0 0 8 0 8
Writing Studies 0 0 7 0 7
History 7 0 0 0 7
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 7 0 0 0 7
Fine & Studio Arts 7 0 0 0 7
Philosophy 6 0 0 0 6
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 4 0 0 0 4
Religious Studies 3 0 0 0 3
Physics 3 0 0 0 3
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 2 0 0 2
Computer Information Systems 2 0 0 0 2
Mathematics 2 0 0 0 2
Music 2 0 0 0 2
Management Information Systems 1 0 0 0 1
Germanic Languages 1 0 0 0 1
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 0 0 1 0 1
Classical & Ancient Studies 1 0 0 0 1
Natural Resources Conservation 1 0 0 0 1
Homeland Security 0 0 1 0 1
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 0 1 0 1
Information Science 0 0 0 0 0
Environmental Control Technology 0 0 0 0 0
Area Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Human Development & Family Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Classical Languages & Literature 0 0 0 0 0
Nursing 0 0 0 0 0
Legal Professions (Other) 0 0 0 0 0
Gerontology 0 0 0 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0 0
General Social Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
Public Administration 0 0 0 0 0
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,311 24 1,073 16 2,424

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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