St. Joseph's College
St. Joseph’s College is a private not-for-profit independent institution committed to providing high quality and affordable liberal arts programs to a diverse community of students. It prepares students to lead lives that feature integrity, social responsibility and service. It strives to help students reach their maximum potential and find enjoyment in their education. St. Joseph’s is committed to sustaining low education costs while keeping a firm standard of excellence. Its mission is to provide superior academic and value-oriented education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The U.S. News and World Report ranks St. Joseph’s College as one of “America’s Best Colleges.”
St. Joseph’s College offers over 23 undergraduate majors, certificate and pre-professional programs, and various graduate degrees. The learning environment is centered on students and faculty members are primarily dedicated to providing excellent instruction. Faculty members also focus on individualized attention to promote educating a student as a whole person in a supportive and open learning atmosphere. Curricula are developed to develop and advance the knowledge and intellectual abilities of students and encourage them to develop personal values and responsibility. Programs focus on interaction and opportunities for active participation.
St. Joseph’s College offers online programs that promote educational and career advancement. They enable working adults with busy schedules to pursue their education while maintaining other obligations. Online students are able to acquire knowledge and abilities relevant to business, management, human resources, and organizational behavior to lead successful careers. Online courses are delivered via the Blackboard course management system, which is an easy to navigate system that features asynchronous discussion opportunities, online grade book, and easily accessible assignments. Online programs offer the same academic benefits as traditional on-campus programs such as faculty support and academic advising. The online programs include a certificate in human resources, certificate in leadership and supervision, bachelor degree in organizational management, and Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA).
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood founded St. Joseph’s College, as St. Joseph’s College for Women in 1916. In 1920, the college conferred its first bachelor degrees and it became accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in 1928. It opened a laboratory preschool in 1934, which is now the well-known Dillon Child Study Center. The college changed its name to St. Joseph’s College in 1969 and began to admit male students. The School of Adult and Professional Education was established in 1975. In 1995, the college offered its first graduate degree. Throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, the college incorporated technology and began to offer online programs. Throughout its history, the college has looked back on its innovation and ability to change to meet the needs of students and professions. Today, St. Joseph’s College educates about 5,000 students.
The Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools accredits St. Joseph’s College.
Schools of Education
School of Arts and Sciences: offers various undergraduate programs including majors, minors, career readiness tracks, pre-professional programs, and adult learner programs. Areas of study include accounting, biology, communications, criminal justice, computer information systems, English, social sciences, humanities, and religious studies.
School of Professional and Graduate Studies: offers graduate degrees and advanced certificates in various areas such as criminal justice, health administration, nursing, organizational management, environmental studies, leadership and supervision, management, and health instruction.
St. Joseph’s College offers several scholarships based on academic merit and financial need including the Board of Trustees Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship, Blanche A. Knauth Scholarship, Sister George Aquin O-Connor Scholarship, Dean’s Scholarship, Scholastic Achievement Award, Academic Achievement Scholarship, Alumni Scholarship, Housing Grant, Incentive Grants, Alumni Grant, Two in Family Grant, and Adult Program Learner Scholarship. The college also accepts outside scholarships.
St. Joseph’s College participates in various federal and state financial aid programs. The federal programs include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), Federal Work-Study, Family Education Loan Programs, National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (SMART) Grant, Federal Direct PLUS Loan, Federal Direct Stafford Subsidized Loan, and Federal Direct Stafford Unsubsidized Loan. Additionally, the college has many different tuition financing options that are available through deferment programs.
Credit Earning Options
St. Joseph’s College accepts transfer coursework completed at another accredited institution. Students are able to transfer a maximum of 96 credits from four-year traditional institutions and up to 82 credits from a combination of two-year institutions, credit by examination, experiential credit, and non-traditional training programs. A Prior Experiential Learning Assessment program is offered to help students gain credit for experiences. Students can also gain credit for Advanced Placement, CLEP, and DANTES examinations. An official transcript, portfolio documenting experiential credit, and other supporting information is required.