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Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate89%

Saint Joseph's University Admissions

Saint Joseph's University is moderately difficult to get into. The university admitted 89% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 9,708 applications received in 2023, 8,609 students were offered admission.

If you are planning on applying to Saint Joseph's University, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Students who submit their applications to Saint Joseph's University for fall semester should hear back from Saint Joseph's University by March 15.

Saint Joseph's University Admissions Stats at a Glance

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

Saint Joseph's University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 28%
Mean SAT Score 1218
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 41%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 6%
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 15
Early Decision II Yes January 15 February 15
Early Action Yes November 1 December 15

Applying Early to Saint Joseph's University?

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

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due January 15. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 15.

πŸ—“οΈ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Saint Joseph's University will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Saint Joseph's University is 63%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 89%. In 2022, Saint Joseph's University admitted 65 of the 103 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will boost their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of acceptance, since it demonstrates your interest in a school.

➑️ See a list of some competetive colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Saint Joseph's University Admissions

Is Saint Joseph's University Difficult To Get Into?

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

In 2022, Saint Joseph's University accepted 89% of students, around 8,609 of the 9,708 students who applied.

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

In 2022, Saint Joseph's University waitlisted 255 students and 73 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 13 eventually got in.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Saint Joseph's University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When assembling 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 areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Saint Joseph's University

What does Saint Joseph's University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Class Rank Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Application Essay Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Interview Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation 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. 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 3.7.

Out of all students that were admitted, 32% submitted a class rank. At Saint Joseph's University 28% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 52% were in the top 25% and 80% 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 27%
3.75 and 3.99 20%
3.50 and 3.74 17%
3.25 and 3.49 15%
3.00 and 3.24 9%
2.50 and 2.9 10%
2.00 and 2.49 1%

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 highlights 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 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, 41% of Saint Joseph's University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 6% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

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

To be competitive with other Saint Joseph's University applicants, you should aim to score between 1130 and 1300 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Saint Joseph's University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1300 and 25% of scored lower than 1130, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Saint Joseph's University student is 1218.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Saint Joseph's University students scored 660 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.

To be most competitive at Saint Joseph's University, you should strive to earn between 26 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 26 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Saint Joseph's University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 26.

More Information on Transferring to Saint Joseph's University

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

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Summer Term

Saint Joseph's University Admissions FAQs

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

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

Does Saint Joseph's University accept transfer credits?

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

β€’ CLEP subject tests β€’ DSST/DANTES

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

βœ… Saint Joseph's University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) 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 your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

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

βœ… Saint Joseph's University's acceptance rate is 89%.

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

βœ… Saint Joseph's University's early decision acceptance rate was 63% 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 89%. This means that the institution accepts 88 out of every 100 applicants.


Saint Joseph's University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

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

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Saint Joseph's University is Continuous processing.

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

Saint Joseph's University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1130 - 1300


Math SAT Range

560 - 660


Reading SAT Range

570 - 660

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1300 and Above


1130 to 1300


1130 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Saint Joseph's University students is 1218. Applicants with SAT scores of 1300 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Saint Joseph's University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1130 to 1300 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1130 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Saint Joseph's University.

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 3.69. 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.

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