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Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate83%
Acceptance Rate83%

Saint Joseph's University Admissions

If you are planning on applying to Saint Joseph's University, the regular decision application deadline is February 1 and the fee for the application costs $50.

Students who submit their applications to Saint Joseph's University for fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than March 15.

Saint Joseph's University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Saint Joseph's University's admissions stats.

Saint Joseph's University 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 24%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 39%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 7%
Waitlist Yes

Saint Joseph's University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Saint Joseph's University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 20
Early Decision II Yes January 15 February 15
Early Action Yes November 1 December 20
Regular Decision Yes February 1 March 15

Want to Apply Early to Saint Joseph's University?

Saint Joseph's University offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 which is not far away! EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 20.

Early Decision II applications are due January 15. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 15.

The Early Action deadline is November 1. Saint Joseph's University will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 20.

The early decision acceptance rate at Saint Joseph's University is 69%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 83%.

Saint Joseph's University accepts about 94% of early action applicants and 83% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Saint Joseph's University admitted 91 of the 131 students who applied early decision. Last year, Saint Joseph's University admitted 4,57 of the 4,81 who applied early action.

Some students apply early to college it will boost their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of admission, since it can show that you are interested in a school, because you are making it a priority.

➡️ Discover a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Saint Joseph's University Admissions

How To Get Into Saint Joseph's University

Getting into Saint Joseph's University is moderately difficult. Saint Joseph's University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Saint Joseph's University accepted 83% of all applicants, approximately 6,746 from the 8,119 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Saint Joseph's University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to Saint Joseph's University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Saint Joseph's University

Saint Joseph's University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Saint Joseph's University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Saint Joseph's University

What does Saint Joseph's University consider during the admissions process? Listed below are factors commonly taken into consideration during admissions decisions.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Class Rank Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Application Essay Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with Saint Joseph's University for more information on admission factors.

Saint Joseph's University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Saint Joseph's University, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with Saint Joseph's University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Saint Joseph's University?

Students admitted to Saint Joseph's University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

Out of all students that were admitted, 34% submitted a class rank. At Saint Joseph's University 24% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 54% were in the top 25% and 83% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Saint Joseph's University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 26%
3.75 and 3.99 18%
3.50 and 3.74 18%
3.25 and 3.49 15%
3.00 and 3.24 11%
2.50 and 2.9 10%
2.00 and 2.49 2%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Saint Joseph's University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Saint Joseph's University considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

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.

In 2022, 39% of Saint Joseph's University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 7% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Saint Joseph's University?

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Saint Joseph's University students scored 650 or higher and 75% of students scored 570 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Saint Joseph's University students scored 660 or higher, and 75% scored a 570 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Saint Joseph's University?

To be most competitive at Saint Joseph's University, you should strive to earn between 25 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Saint Joseph's University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.

A 25 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Saint Joseph's University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 25.

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More Information on Transferring to Saint Joseph's University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Saint Joseph's University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is March 1. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Saint Joseph's University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

Saint Joseph's University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Saint Joseph's University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Saint Joseph's University.

Does Saint Joseph's University accept transfer credits?

✅ Saint Joseph's University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Saint Joseph's University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests

Does Saint Joseph's University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Saint Joseph's University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Saint Joseph's University?

❌ No, Saint Joseph's University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Saint Joseph's University's acceptance rate?

✅ Saint Joseph's University has an acceptance rate of 83%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Saint Joseph's University?

✅ Saint Joseph's University's early decision acceptance rate was 69% in 2021.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Saint Joseph's University?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Saint Joseph's University was 94% in 2021.

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Saint Joseph's University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Saint Joseph's University? Saint Joseph's University is a somewhat selective institution. The Saint Joseph's University acceptance rate is 83%. This means that the institution accepts 83 out of every 100 applicants.


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

Saint Joseph's University ACT Scores


ACT Range

25 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

31 and Above


25 to 31


25 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Saint Joseph's University is 28. Students with an ACT score of 31 and above have a good chance of getting into Saint Joseph's University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 25 and 31 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 25 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Saint Joseph's University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

550 - 650


Reading SAT Range

570 - 660

Saint Joseph's University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Saint Joseph's University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.65. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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