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About Saint Joseph's University

Saint Joseph's University is a private, religious school in an suburban setting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Saint Joseph's University was founded in 1851 and now enrolls around 6,779 students a year, including 4,299 undergrads.

Saint Joseph's University offers housing for up to 2,499 students. Most students live off campus,.

As of 2021, the total market value of Saint Joseph's University's endowment was $294.287 million The institution spends around $11,658 for each full-time student enrolled. For each full-time professor, there are about 10.5 undergraduates enrolled at Saint Joseph's University.

2021 Saint Joseph's University Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 80%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 69%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 92%
Average GPA 3.6
Mean ACT score 26
Tuition $47,740

2022 Saint Joseph's University Regular Decision Application Deadline

The deadline to apply regular decision to Saint Joseph's University for Fall 2022 is February 15. All regular decision applicants should hear back from Saint Joseph's University by March 15.

Early Admission at Saint Joseph's University

Saint Joseph's University offers early decision and early action.

Mark Your Calendar!

The deadline to apply early to Saint Joseph's University is on November 1, 2021, which is coming up soon!
Saint Joseph's University admits 92% of students that apply early action. 69% of applicants that applied early decision in 2021 got in to Saint Joseph's University.

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Saint Joseph's University Acceptance Rate

It is moderately difficult to get into Saint Joseph's University. The acceptance rate at Saint Joseph's University is 80%. Out of 7,633 applications received in 2021, 6,111 students were offered admission.

Saint Joseph's University Waitlist 2021

Saint Joseph's University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in the most recent year.

How Do I Get Into Saint Joseph's University?

Saint Joseph's University is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Saint Joseph's University, applicants must submit the following items.

Saint Joseph's University Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Test Scores for Saint Joseph's University

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.6 /4.0. The mean ACT score for Saint Joseph's University students is 26.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Saint Joseph's University.

Is Saint Joseph's University Test Optional?

Saint Joseph's University is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 64% submitted the SAT. 14% submitted the ACT.

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Does Saint Joseph's University Offer On-Campus Housing?

Yes! Saint Joseph's University provides on-campus housing for up to 2,499 students.

Saint Joseph's University students are active in the school's Student Union Board, Hand-in-Hand and 54th Airborne / Booster Club. Activity Fair, Spring Concert, and and Hawk Fest are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Saint Joseph's University.

Financial Aid at Saint Joseph's University

Saint Joseph's University meets 81% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Saint Joseph's University full-time are awarded $37,781 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Is Saint Joseph's University a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a school is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Saint Joseph's University

About 89% of students who start at Saint Joseph's University return the next year. Out of the 1,348 students who started at Saint Joseph's University as first-time freshman, 1,012 graduate within four years.

Around 81% of students who started at Saint Joseph's University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 92% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent grads have an average starting salary of $52,538 a year. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $42,747 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Saint Joseph's University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Saint Joseph's University a good school for you?

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Where is Saint Joseph's University?

Saint Joseph's University is located in the suburban setting of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, less than an hour from Philadelphia.

If you want to see Saint Joseph's University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 76 to Philadelphia, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Philadelphia International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Saint Joseph's University and Philadelphia are like without leaving home.

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College Info

5600 City Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19131-1395

Campus Setting: Suburban

Saint Joseph's University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Saint Joseph's University is Feb 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Saint Joseph's University is Mar 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Saint Joseph's University ACT Scores


ACT Range

23 - 29

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Saint Joseph's University is 26. Students with an ACT score of 29 and above have a good chance of getting into Saint Joseph's University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 23 and 29 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 23 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Saint Joseph's University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

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Math SAT Range

540 - 640


Reading SAT Range

560 - 650

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Saint Joseph's University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Saint Joseph's University is like? There are approximately 6,779 students enrolled at Saint Joseph's University, including 4,299 undergraduate students and 2,480 graduate students. 92% percent of students attend school full-time, 46% percent are from PA and 54% percent of students are from other states.


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