Saint Joseph's University
|Saint Joseph's University|
|Latin: Universitas Sancti Iosephi|
|Motto||Spirit, Intellect, Purpose|
|Established||September 15, 1851|
|Religious affiliation||Roman Catholic (Jesuit)|
|Endowment||$193 million (5/31/2013)|
|President||Rev. C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J.|
|Academic staff||319 full-time |
|Other students||610 (professionals)|
|Location||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
|Campus||Urban - 114 acres (46.1 ha)|
|Former names||Saint Joseph's College (1851-1978)|
|Fight song||"Oh When the Hawks
Go Flying In"
|Athletics||NCAA Division I
Atlantic 10 Conference
Big 5 NEC
|Sports||20 varsity sports teams
(10 men's & 10 women's)
Saint Joseph's University (also referred to as SJU or Saint Joe's) is a private, coeducational Roman Catholic Jesuit university located at the intersection of the Wynnefield neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America, and the Lower Merion Township on the historic Pennsylvania Main Line. The University was founded in 1851 as Saint Joseph's College by the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits. Saint Joseph's is the seventh oldest Jesuit university in the United States. Saint Joseph's University is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.
Saint Joseph's University educates over 8,500 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students each year through the Erivan K. Haub School of Business, the College of Arts and Sciences, and College of Professional & Liberal Studies. The University offers over 60 undergraduate majors, 53 graduate study areas, 28 study-abroad programs, 12 special-study options, a Co-op program, a joint degree program with Thomas Jefferson University and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. It has 17 centers and institutes, including the prestigious Kinney Center for Autism and the Pedro Arrupe Center for Business Ethics.
Saint Joseph's has grown in physical size and scope since 2001 with the addition of the Maguire Campus, construction of new campus buildings, and the addition of new majors and programs annually. For the 2014 U.S. News and World Report rankings, in the Master's Universities (North) category, Saint Joseph's was ranked number 11.
The Saint Joseph's University athletics teams are called the Hawks. The Hawks are a NCAA Division I program that compete in the Atlantic-10 Conference and Philadelphia's Big 5. The official colors of the University are crimson and grey. The school mascot is the famous Hawk, which never stops flapping its wings while in costume.
- 1 History
- 2 Jesuit and Catholic Identity
- 3 Academics
- 4 Campus
- 5 Student life
- 6 Greek life
- 7 Athletics
- 8 Presidents
- 9 Alumni
- 10 References
- 11 External links
On the morning of September 15, 1851, some thirty young men gathered in the courtyard outside Old St. Joseph's Church on Willing's Alley, near Walnut and Fourth Streets, one block from Independence Hall. After attending High Mass and reciting the Veni Creator in the sanctuary, these young men were assigned to their classes in a building adjacent to the church. That September morning marked the beginning of a rich and exciting history for Saint Joseph's University.
As far back as 1741, a Jesuit college in Philadelphia had been proposed and planned by Joseph Greaton, S.J., the first resident pastor of Old St. Joseph's. The suppression of the Jesuits (1773-1814) and dissension within the Philadelphia Catholic community delayed for another hundred years the realization of Fr. Greaton's plans for a college. Credit for founding the college is given to Felix Barbelin, S.J., who served as its first president. In January 1856, Saint Joseph's College moved from Old St. Joseph’s to a more spacious site on the fashionable Filbert Street. Due to financial difficulties, the college returned to its Willing's Alley location in 1860. Shortly thereafter, the civil strife between the North and South became the first of many wars that would greatly diminish the college's enrollment. Through the Civil War and post-bellum years, Saint Joseph's College struggled to remain in existence.
With the 1866 purchase of a city block between Seventeenth and Eighteenth Streets fronting on Stiles Street as a new site for the college, its future began to look brighter. Burchard Villiger, S.J., one of the original members of the college faculty, became its president in 1866. A steady and strong growth, both in student enrollment and academic excellence, is recorded for the new life of Saint Joseph's College from September 2, 1889, when the college moved from Willing's Alley to Stiles Street, until 1927, when a larger campus was judged necessary. In November 1922, an ambitious building fund campaign to raise $1,000,000 was organized by Matthew Fortier, S.J. His work in this difficult undertaking was rewarded with contributions that exceeded the goal. Subsequently, Saint Joseph's College was able to purchase twenty-three acres in a beautiful residential area at the western edge of the city. Construction of a handsome building in modern collegiate Gothic architectural style began in 1925. Its dedication took place on November 14, 1927. From that time to the present, Saint Joseph's has been located on City Avenue.
In 1943, an evening college was founded. It was also at this time that Saint Joseph's acquired several spacious homes adjacent to the campus, which were converted to its first student residences. Through the decade of the sixties, Saint Joseph's experienced unprecedented physical growth. Five residences were added to the campus, including the nine-acre estate of Margaret Gest, a Jesuit faculty residence, the Villiger classroom building, a science center, the Drexel Library building, a six-story student dormitory, and expansion of the Campion Student Center. All enhanced the modern facilities of the campus. In the fall of 1970, the College opened its doors to women as full-time students, bringing an end to its tradition as an all-male institution. Saint Joseph's was recognized as a university by the Secretary of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on July 24, 1978. The corporate charter was formally changed to reflect university status on December 27, 1978.
From 1978 through 1982 the university experienced a strong period of growth and development. The university added a College of Business and Administration to complement the College of Arts and Sciences, and expanded Gradate Programs to include health administration, criminal justice, gerontology, public safety and computer science.
Throughout the 1980s and 90s, Saint Joseph's shifted dramatically from a commuter school with a Philadelphia base to a residential institution drawing a majority of students from outside Pennsylvania. As the university welcomed larger, more accomplished classes, the number of full-time faculty increased by nearly eighty percent.
To accommodate the increased student body, Saint Joseph's embarked on a series of capital improvements that saw the construction of the McShain Hall residence center and the Michael J. Morris Quadrangle townhouses. A new chapel, named for revered, longtime administrator Michael J. Smith, S.J., provided a central place of worship for the university community. State-of-the-art Mandeville Hall was built to house the renamed Erivan K. Haub School of Business, and the Villiger building was given a technological renovation, made the new home of the university's social science departments, and christened John R. Post Hall. During the summer of 2003, the university broke ground on new residence halls at the corner of 54th Street and City Avenue that are now known as Rashford and Lannon Halls, named after the university’s 25th and 26th presidents, Nicholas S. Rashford, S.J., and Timothy R. Lannon, S.J.
The 2008 acquisition of the adjacent 38-acre Episcopal Academy on City Avenue began an unprecedented period of expansion for Saint Joseph's. Renamed the James J. Maguire ’58 Campus, it is now home to multiple academic departments, athletic fields, the Saint Joseph’s University Gallery and the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support. That same year, the university opened Hawks’ Landing, a parking and retail facility on 54th Street. The following fall, the Michael J. Hagan ’85 Arena was dedicated, ushering in the next century of storied Hawks basketball. In November 2010, ground broke for the John R. Post ’60 Academic Center and the John and Maryanne Hennings Post Learning Commons. Dedicated in March 2012, this ambitious initiative brought high-tech facilities and collaborative learning environments to the university with a three-story, 35,000-square-foot addition to the renovated Drexel Library. Villiger Hall, the new 400-bed residence hall that opened its doors to first-year students in August 2012, graces the corner of Cardinal and City Avenues. In August 2013, the University purchased the adjacent Cardinal's Residence (5800 City Avenue) from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for 10 million USD. Beginning with the Fall 2014 semester, all enrollment management offices will move into the residence, currently known as 5800 City Avenue.
The affiliated prep school once shared the same campus as the university and is now run separately and located at West Girard Ave but its President is a member of the university's Board of Trustees.
Jesuit and Catholic Identity
The University prides itself on its Jesuit heritage. There is a small community of roughly 100 Jesuits living on-campus, with 18 serving as faculty. The University's Jesuit Community lives in the Loyola Center, directly across the street from Barbelin Hall. The Loyola Center joins Manresa Hall, which is the home of the infirm Jesuits, and features a Carriage House (which serves as a "guest house"). Other Jesuit Residences include St. Alphonsus House (at 5800 Overbrook Avenue) and Faber Hall (39 Berwick Road). A few Jesuits also live in residence halls; the University President maintains an apartment in the Merion Gardens Apartment building.
The University also extensively uses its Jesuit identity in its branding. The University began "The Magis" campaign in 2013 to highlight this commitment to living greater. The Magis is taken from the motto of the society of Jesus "Ad maiorem Dei gloriam", meaning for "For the greater glory of God".
The University also promotes the Jesuit principle of "cura personalis" or "Care for the whole person". The University requires undergraduates to complete a rigorous general education program that focuses heavily on traditional liberal arts disciplines. Every general education class is titled "154", which stands for the year 1540 AD the year the Society of Jesus was accepted by the Pope.
The Seal of Saint Joseph's University
The Seal of Saint Joseph’s University signifies many things that show the history and values of the University. Many of the symbols are not unique to Saint Joseph's and appear on the seals of other Jesuit Educational Institutions. The wolves are over a kettle pot to show the generosity of the Loyola family towards the poor. Tradition claims that the Loyola’s provided so much food for their soldiers that even the wolves had enough to eat. IHM are the letters JES in Greek, which stands for Jesus. This symbol regularly represents the Jesuits. The stripes signify the 7 sons of the House of Loyola, who died defending their home from the Moors. The lily is commonly used to represent Saint Joseph, wherever he is present. The seal is the unique graphical representation of Saint Joseph’s and its uniquely Jesuit identity.
|College of Arts & Sciences||Amanda McCombs Thomas, Ph.D.|
|Haub School of Business||Joseph A. DiAngelo, Ed.D.|
|College of Professional and Liberal Studies||TBA|
About 98% of tenure-track faculty hold the highest possible degrees in their fields. The 2008 graduation rate was 90% and the freshman retention rate is 89%. About 51% of undergraduates are enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences while 49% are enrolled in the Haub School of Business. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education has placed Saint Joseph's under the designation of "Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)".
College of Arts and Sciences
The goal of education in the College of Arts and Sciences is to "stimulate the mind to think more critically and more imaginatively; the heart to feel more compassionately; and the spirit to be more attentive to the intimations of the divine in the world." The College of Arts and Sciences comprises 16 departments, offering a wide array of majors as well as many interdisciplinary minors. These programs include actuarial science, aerospace studies (Air Force ROTC), Asian studies, biology, chemistry, classics (Latin, Greek, and classical studies), computer science, criminal justice, economics, education, English, English-professional communications, environmental science, European studies, fine and performing arts, foreign languages and literatures, gender studies, history, interdisciplinary health services, international relations, labor studies, Latin American studies, mathematics, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, sociology, and theology.
Graduate degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences include biology, computer science, criminal justice, education, gerontological services, health administration, health education, nurse anesthesia, psychology, public safety and environmental protection, training and organizational development, and writing studies. Many of the programs offer post-master's certificates in a variety of areas. The College also offers a doctoral degree in education.
Erivan K. Haub School of Business
The mission of the Haub School of Business is to "support the aspirations of students to master the fundamental principles and practices of business in a diverse, ethical, and globally aware context. All degree programs stress the development of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and values that prepare our graduates to assume leadership roles in organizations of all sizes and types." The largest undergraduate Jesuit business program in the country, the school is located in Mandeville Hall.
The MBA program offers concentrations in Accounting, Decision and System Sciences, Finance, Health and Medical Services, Human Resource Management, International Business, International Marketing, Management, and Marketing. An MBA from Saint Joseph's University is offered at SJU's campus or at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Courses at both locations are administered and staffed by Saint Joseph's.
Undergraduate programs include Accounting, Decision and System Sciences, Finance, Food Marketing, International Business and Marketing, Management, Marketing, and Pharmaceutical Marketing.
In addition to the MBA program, HSB offers graduate degrees in Human Resource Management, Financial Services, International Marketing, Decision & System Sciences, an Executive MBA, Executive MS in Food Marketing, Executive MBAs in Food Marketing and Pharmaceutical Marketing, and a number of China Programs. The school also offers post-MBA certificate programs.
The Haub School of Business is one of only 15 business schools in the country to feature a Wall Street trading room. The room provides access to electronic sources of financial and investment data, analytical tools, and trading simulations. Students in certain classes must trade stocks to prepare themselves for specific careers.
The HSB was awarded The Beta Gamma Sigma 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 Silver Chapter Award, and the 2010 Gold Chapter Award. The HSB has been ranked in numerous reports and studies done by national companies, magazines, and websites.
College of Professional and Liberal Studies
The PLS program is Saint Joseph's undergraduate continuing studies division. As early as 1852, the administration at Saint Joseph's organized educational opportunities for adults. A regular series of non-credit courses in several areas was offered beginning in 1942, and beginning in 1946, the Evening Division, which would eventually be known as College of Professional and Liberal Studies, was formally established. In addition to traditional on-campus programs and majors, PLS offers accelerated degree programs in English and professional communications, health administration, and leadership. PLS students wishing to pursue a degree during the day take advantage of the division's bridge program, and professionals in certain areas can take part in off-campus programs in professional communications, criminal justice, food marketing, and purchasing and acquisitions.
The Honors Program offers an enriched curriculum that broadens cultural interests, integrates knowledge, sharpens writing skills and encourages student involvement in the learning process. Students may enroll in General Honors, which is awarded upon successful completion of eight Honors courses, or a combination of six Honors courses and Departmental Honors, which is awarded upon successful completion of a two-semester honors level research project. Students of an exceptional caliber may apply for the University Scholar designation. Those who qualify are freed from four to ten of their senior year course requirements in order to complete an independent project of unusual breadth, depth and originality.
The University has received recognition for its Undergraduate and Graduate programs. Saint Joseph's has risen quickly through the rankings over the past several decades. Its primary focus to build a regional and national institution, rather than a local University, has pushed the University to new heights. The US News and World reports recognized Saint Joseph's as the 4th "Up-and-Coming Schools."
The University has been ranked 11th best amount Regional Universities (North) in 2014. The Princeton Review named the University one of the best Northeastern Universities in 2014. In 2013, Forbes ranked the University as the 227 best nationall, 167 best private school, and 94th best in the northeast. US News and World Reports ranked SJU's Marketing, Accounting, and Insurance undergraduate programs as 16th, 25th, and 11th respectively in the North.
In 2014, The Haub School of Business was ranked the 89th Best Undergraduate Business Program in the country, which represented a 3 spot increase from 2013. The Princeton Review also named Saint Joseph's as one of The 295 Best Business Schools.
The Haub School of Business' part-time master's program 79th best program in the country and the best in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. Bloomberg BusinessWeek also ranked the Haub School of Business Part Time MBA as 79th Best in the country. In 2010, US News and World Report ranked the Haub School of Business' part-time MBA program as the best in Southeastern Pennsylvania and one of the top 25 in the nation. The 2011 US News and World Report ranked SJU as the 8th best Master's University in the North.
In 2010, SJU's Executive MBA program was ranked 20th in the nation. The graduate programs in Finance, Management, Marketing, Accounting were ranked 20th, 23rd, 23rd, and 24th in the nation respectively.
Saint Joseph's University has expressed a commitment to increase its online offerings. Undergraduate, graduate, and MBA classes are offered online to students. US News and World Reports ranked Saint Joseph's as the 61st best online bachelor's program, 57th best graduate business program, and the 90th best online graduate education programs.
Saint Joseph's University's campus, often referred to as Hawk Hill, is located on City Avenue, which splits the University between the western edge of Philadelphia and Lower Merion Township. A bridge which goes over City Avenue, connects the two sides of the campus. Its 103 acres (0.42 km2) are concentrated from Cardinal Avenue to 52nd Street and Overbrook Avenue to City Avenue. The University also owns several buildings, which are not on the main campus. With the acquisition of the Maguire Campus, 57 of the 114 acres (0.46 km2) are located on the Lower Merion side of City Avenue. In all, there are 92 buildings on the university's campus.
It is within 15 miles (24 km) of La Salle University, Harcum College, Rosemont College, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Temple University, Bryn Mawr College, Haverford College, Philadelphia University and Villanova University. SEPTA regional rail train stations on each side of campus provide students with easy access to Center City.
The Campion Student Center is where students generally go to eat. It formerly included the Hawk's Nest, Campion C-Store, Quizno's, Bene Pizza, Ancho Grill, Hawk Wrap, Grille Works, Freshens Smoothie Co., and Jump Asian Station. Following a renovation in the summer of 2008 however, it only retained Hawk Wrap and Grill Works, and added Frescura, in the food court, along with the C-Store outside of it; opting to expand a meal plan cafeteria. The Student Center also features the Forum Theater where current movies are shown frequently. Prior to the renovation, it featured an area called the Hawk Rock where students could play pool, watch movies, play videogames, or watch live bands or speakers. This area was removed during the 2008 renovation; it was replaced by what is now known as the Doyle Banquet Hall. A similar area was opened, however, in the former bookstore which is near Campion and adjacent to Simpson Hall. This area is now referred to as "The Perch."
The Main Campus is located on the Philadelphia side of City Avenue between Cardinal and Overbrook Avenues and 52nd Street. The Main Campus at Saint Joseph's contains the majority of academic buildings and freshmen dorms at Saint Joseph's University. The Main Campus is the original location of the University when it moved to its City Avenue location in 1927. The Main Campus is now considered the middle of campus, due to expansion up, down, and across City Avenue. The schools original building, Barbelin Hall, is located at the very heart of the Main Campus.
Saint Joseph's most recognizable building is Barbelin Hall, opened in 1927 when the University moved to its current location. The hall is known for its Gothic architecture, particularly the gargoyles that mark what is called the Barbelin Quadrangle (or Barbelin Courtyard) and the tall, four-spired bell tower that can be seen from miles away. The bell tower that sits atop Barbelin served as the University's logo for several years and is located upon Philadelphia's highest geographical location.
However, Barbelin, and adjacent Lonergan Hall, are only two of twelve classroom buildings on campus. Mandeville Hall, home of the Business School, Bellarmine Hall, Post Hall, the Science Center, and the library are all located on Main Campus. The library has two collections on campus: the Campbell Collection in Food Marketing & the Francis A. Drexel Library. Both are housed in a complex called the Post Learning Commons, which has approximately 355,000 volumes, 1,450 print journals, 15,000 full-text electronic journals, 2,800 e-books, 866,000 microforms, 4,975 audio-visual materials. Classes are also held in Claver Hall, which also serves as the home of the Honors Program. Main Campus also includes the Bookstore, Hawks' Landing Parking Garage, Sweeney Field (formerly known as Finnessey Field), and Hagan Arena.
There is also a vast amount of green space on main campus. St. Mary's, Claver House, and Wolfington are all lawns located on the Main Campus, while there are two quadrangles, College Hall Quad and Barbelin Quad.
As of August 2013, Main Campus now also includes 5800 City Avenue (former Cardinal's Residence on Cardinal Avenue), which was purchased from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Beginning with the Fall 2014 semester, 5800 will become the home of all enrollment management offices.
James J. Maguire '58 Campus
On August 8, 2008, Saint Joseph's completed the acquisition of the adjacent Episcopal Academy after purchasing the property in 2005. The new campus 38 acres (150,000 m2) was named the Maguire Campus for the lead donor, a Saint Joseph's alumnus, James Maguire. Many existing academic departments such as the English, Education, Sociology, and Fine and Performing Arts departments have relocated to the Maguire Campus since Spring 2011. The Maguire Campus is located directly across from the Main Campus on the Lower Merion side of City Avenue.
The Maguire Campus hosts the newly renovated Merion Hall, Connelly Hall, and Boland Hall, the University's Fine Arts Building, which features the University Gallery where paintings and other works of art are showcased to students and the public. These buildings are drastically expanded the University's classroom space and further reduced class sizes.
What was the old Episcopal Academy chapel has become the Cardinal John Foley Center, a multi-use space which will house lectures, concerts, and social gatherings. The Cardinal Foley Center is utilized extensively by Admissions to give presentations to prospective students before taking prospective students on tours.
The athletic department is also taking full advantage of the acquisition as eight tennis courts, softball, baseball, soccer, and two multi-purpose fields already reside there. A gym, 5 basketball courts, and an indoor pool is also used for intramurals and recreations.
Along with all of the buildings and fields, the Maguire Campus adds over 300 parking spaces for faculty and students and a number of acres will be turned into green space. There are over 600 different species of trees on the Maguire Campus.
The Maguire Campus is also home to the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support established in 2009 which was made possible with donations totaling over $8 million. The Center is located in Connelly Hall.
The Overbrook Campus is located about a mile from and Main Campus—near Overbrook Train Station. Saint Joseph's University owns buildings on both sides of City Avenue. Currently, the campus holds 6 dorms, reserved exclusively for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. These dorms are: Ashwood Apartments, Wynnewood Hall, Merion Gardens Apartments, Pennbrook Apartments, Morris Quad Townhouses, Moore Hall. It also houses the Alumni House.
Although it is located about a mile from the main campus, Saint Joseph's University runs shuttles every 30 minutes (and 15 minutes during peak hours) to accommodate students.
Approximately 60% of students at Saint Joseph's live on campus, and on-campus residency is required for freshmen and sophomores. There are a number of housing options including dorms, apartments, townhouses, and campus houses which can be found on various locations around campus.
As of August 2012, Saint Joseph's University features two traditional freshman residence halls (McShain Hall and Villiger Hall) and two freshman suite-style residence halls (Sourin Residence Center and LaFarge Residence Center). Villiger Hall is the newest freshman residence hall, opened its doors in August 2012 to the Class of 2016. Upperclassmen can choose to live in several campus houses, including Hogan, Jordan, Tara, Quirk, St. Albert's, Sullivan, St. Mary's, and Xavier Halls. Apartment-style living is available for upperclassmen on campus at Pennbrook, Lancaster Court (Weymouth and Hastings), Ashwood, Rashford, Lannon, and Wynnewood. As of August 2012, Saint Joseph's University features two Junior/Senior living communities (that is, communities that include only Juniors and Seniors) in the Merion Gardens Apartments and the Morris Quad Townhouses. Rashford and Lannon Halls are the newest upperclassmen residence halls, which were opened in 2004.
Students may also live on historical Lapsley Lane, which is located on the Lower Merion side of campus. These houses are single-sex mansions that have been converted into residence halls, primarily for freshman and sophomores. Two other houses are also located on the City side of campus, near Campion student centers. Some of the Lower Merion campus houses that used to be student residences were converted into administrative offices. These include Bronstein Hall (Undergraduate Admissions), Regis Hall (President and Provost), and St. Thomas Hall (Financial Aid and Enrollment Management). Additionally, Simpson Hall (the current home of offices for the Student Newspaper, The Hawk, among other similar offices) used to be a residence center.
Current developments and plans
In September 2012, it was announced that Saint Joseph's signed an agreement to purchase the adjacent Cardinal's Residence on Cardinal Avenue at City Avenue for $10 million.
During a presentation to the faculty in April 2013, President Kevin Gillespie, S.J., announced that, partially thanks to the popular Magis campaign, the University is beginning to expand, as it has a freshman class of 1,300 students enrolled for the Fall 2013. By 2017, it hopes to enroll 6,000 undergraduate students
Saint Joseph's 8,860 students come from all over the United States with most coming from the Northeast, including Pennsylvania. 4,670 of these students are traditional undergraduates, while the university's graduate and professional student population is numbered at 3,580.
|Undergraduate||Professional||2010 U.S. Census|
|American Indian/Alaskan Native||.01%||.02%||.9%|
|Hispanics of any race||4.7%||5.5%||16.4%|
|Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian||.01%||.02%||.5%|
|Two or more races||1.4%||1.1%||2.9%|
The student body is 51.5% female and 48.5% male. The retention rate for Saint Joseph's is outstanding, with about 88.3% of students returning for their sophomore year. 74% of students graduate within 4 years. This is due to, in part, the student-faculty ratio, which is 14:1. Additionally 39.7% of classes have less than 20 students.
Saint Joseph's University is considered "selective" through its admission rate. The overall acceptance rate is 78.3% with the early action acceptance rate of 88.4%. The average freshman retention rate is 88.3%.
94% of the Class of 2013 were either employed, pursuing graduate studies, or involved in full-time volunteer programs within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was $48,400 for the Class of 2013, while the average graduate student from the Class of 2013 received $13,600 in scholarships.
Beginning with the Class of 2014 high school graduates, Saint Joseph's University is test optional. This means that it does not require applicants to submit SAT or ACT test scores, although applicants may choose to submit these scores. The University's program is a 4 year test program, which will be reaccessed in 2017
The school offers over a 100 student organizations. Saint Joseph's has 20 NCAA Division 1 Athletic programs, 30 clubs and intramural sports, fitness programs, and competes in the Philadelphia City 6 Extramural Classics. Organizations include national fraternities and national sororities, a radio station, and two newspapers, The Hawk and the HawkEye, the Student Union Board, the Student Senate, and the Student Concert Committee among many others.
The Villiger Debating Society, the school's 150 year-old, nationally recognized speech and debate team, has finished in the top twenty in the nation for the past ten years.
Given its commitment to serve others, over 500 students participate in weekly service through the school. The University also promotes the alternative Spring Break program Appalachian Experience, where students perform service in Appalachian communities.
Any student may start any club provided that they reach the required minimum number of students, have a faculty advisor, and file all appropriate paperwork with Student Leadership and Activities.
Publications and Media
Saint Joseph's University has two newspapers, the HawkEye and The Hawk. The HawkEye is a newsletter for faculty and alumni while The Hawk is for students and written by students. Another online only newsletter is called Hawk Hill Online. The Crimson and Gray Literary Magazine showcases the best of student fiction, poetry, and artwork in an annual publication; students and faculty may download the magazine for free (available from the organization's website) or pick one up from select locations around campus. The university also has a magazine called SJU Magazine that is printed every season. The Drexel Library has its own newsletter called Library Lines. The Saint Joseph's University Press prints books and articles written by faculty and other authors. The university's radio station is WSJR and it is a member of the Philadelphia College Radio Collective.
Traditionally Greek Life is associated with only with social fraternities and sororities. Saint Joseph's University fully recognizes fraternities and sororities on campus. These organizations are given full support by the University, including financially and with a full-time Greek advisor. Although many Greek-lettered organizations exist on campus, below are the only social fraternities and sororities at Saint Joseph's University. Although there are business and honorary Greek-lettered organizations, they are not associated with the Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, or Greek Council. Examples of these non-social Greek-lettered organizations, include Phi Sigma Pi (honorary), Delta Sigma Pi (business), and Beta Gamma Sigma (honorary).
Approximately 9% of men and 19% of women are in social fraternities and sororities, respectively.
|National Fraternity||Greek Letters||Chapter Name||Opened|
|Lambda Chi Alpha||
|Sigma Phi Epsilon||
|National Fraternity||Greek Letters||Chapter Name||Opened||Closed||Reason|
|Alpha Delta Gamma||
|Pi Kappa Alpha||
|Pi Kappa Phi||
|Tau Kappa Epsilon||
|National Sorority||Greek Letters||Chapter Name||Opened|
|Alpha Gamma Delta||
|Alpha Omicron Pi||
|Sigma Sigma Sigma||
|Phi Sigma Sigma||
|Track & Field||
Saint Joseph's University is home of the Hawks, the University's athletic program. The Saint Joseph's school colors are crimson and gray. It fields teams in 18 varsity sports in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The Hawks are part of the Atlantic Ten Conference. Since the Atlantic 10 does not support men's lacrosse, the Hawks play in the Northeast Conference for that sport only.
Along with the Atlantic 10, Saint Joseph's is a member of the Philadelphia Big 5. The schools in the Big 5 are: Saint Joseph's, Villanova University, University of Pennsylvania, La Salle University, and Temple University. The Big 5 intensifies local rivalries within Philadelphia City Schools. Its effect on Saint Joseph's causes intense games with Temple University and Villanova University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the inter-conference rival LaSalle University.
Saint Joseph's is also a member of the City 6. Similar to the Big 5, the City 6 comprises the entire Philadelphia Big 5 plus Drexel University. In addition to official team rivalries, the local colleges also compete in various extramural sporting events to crown a City 6 Champion.
The Hawk Mascot
One of the most famous mascots in college sports, the Saint Joseph's Hawk has been flapping its wings for 57 years. Jim Brennan originated the idea for a hawk as mascot during the 1954-55 season. Brennan, an ex-Marine and SJU cheerleader, at first wanted to secure an actual hawk, but later switched to the costume idea. The student government raised the 120 dollars needed to buy the initial costume, which Brennan donned for three years. He made his debut as the Hawk on January 4, 1956, a 69-56 win over La Salle at the Palestra."
The Hawk is best known for staying in constant motion by flapping its wings throughout every basketball game and representing the Saint Joseph's motto, "The Hawk Will Never Die". In addition to the constant flapping, the Hawk is also recognized by its "flying" in figure eights around the court during timeouts.
While Saint Joseph's fields 20 NCAA sports, the University's most popular sport is the Men's basketball team. Saint Joseph's has a rich basketball tradition. The Saint Joseph's basketball teams play most of their home games at Hagan Arena on the school's campus, while some games are played at the Palestra, which is located at the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.
Saint Joseph's major rival is Villanova University. The rivalry is known as the Holy War, although starting in 2013 both schools have requested the media refrain from using the term. The school maintains other intense rivalries with the other Philadelphia Universities.
Fans of the Hawks often chant "The Hawk Will Never Die!". Since the school's undefeated regular season, this chant has gained familiarity with the team's opponents. In 2003, Sports Illustrated listed that cheer among The 100 Things You Gotta Do Before You Graduate (Whatever the Cost), calling it "the most defiant cheer in college sports."
- John Smithson Field: Named after alum and former interim president John Smithson, the Hawks on-campus baseball field opened in 2012 on Maguire Campus. It features a synthetic surface with a dirt pitching mound and an AstroTurf 3D GameDay Grass surface. Bleacher seating capacity is 400 with much more space for standing room only.
- SJU Softball Field: The softball team opened their on-campus field in 2012. It features a turf outfield and bleacher seating for 400 spectators.
- Robert Gillin, Jr. Boathouse: Saint Joseph's University celebrated its sesquicentennial anniversary in 2000–01. In conjunction with that celebration, the SJU Rowing Program, along with Saint Joseph's Prep, kicked off a capital campaign to finance the construction of a state-of-the-art boathouse on the Schuylkill River. The boathouse provides a permanent home for the Hawk rowing programs. In addition, it provides the University with a significant presence on Kelly Drive. Named in honor of Robert Gillin, Jr., groundbreaking for the facility took place in the fall of 2001. The total cost for the project was approximately $3 million, plus an endowment fund to support ongoing operational costs.
- Sweeney Field: Laid out in a natural bowl in the center of Saint Joseph's campus, Sweeney Field (formerly known as Finnesey Field) has been the home of Hawk athletic teams since 1929. Originally constructed for football and opened in 1929 with plans for an eventual 70,000-seat stadium, the field has undergone numerous changes over the years.
- Tennis Complex at the Maguire Campus: The tennis team moved to the six refurbished courts on the Maguire Campus in 2009 with the first SJU Invitational.
- Finnesey Courts: Adjacent to Sweeney Field stand the Finnesey Courts and home to the Hawk men's and women's tennis teams from the late 1940s until 2009. Prior to that SJU primarily played its home matches at the nearby Narberth courts. When courts were first built on campus, they were located where Bellarmine Hall now stands. Due to Bellarmine's construction in the summer of 1960, however, the Finnesey courts were torn down and rebuilt in their current location. These courts are still used by students.
- Michael J. Hagan Arena: The on-campus home of the Hawks basketball teams, originally named Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse for the Saint Joseph's graduates who gave their lives in World War II. The building was officially dedicated on November 11, 1949 and two weeks later, played host to its first basketball game, a 62–46 loss to Rhode Island on November 26. Following that initial setback, SJU would go on to win the next 23 games in the friendly confines of the Fieldhouse. Overall, the Hawks have compiled an impressive 305–76 record (80.0 winning percentage) on Hawk Hill. Among the highlights of the Hawks' home court advantage was a 34-game winning streak from the late 1950s to the early 1960s, an 11–0 record in 2000–01 and the unbeaten 11–0 mark as the Hawks made their perfect season run in 2003–04. All told, SJU has had only two losing records in the Fieldhouse over 57 seasons. The Fieldhouse held 3,200 fans but the arena has a capacity of 4,200. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at the Fieldhouse in the 1960s.
- Ellen Ryan Field: The Field Hockey team returned to campus after a multi-year hiatus with the addition of Ellen Ryan Field on the Maguire Campus in 2011. Ryan Field has a synthetic AstroTurf12 pitch and is situated adjacent to City Avenue
The university also has a 240 by 120 four-court multi-purpose area for basketball, tennis, and volleyball, an indoor four-lane 200-yard (180 m) jogging track, an 8-lane 25-meter indoor pool with a 300 seat observation area, four racquetball courts, locker rooms and saunas, a large fitness center, and nine outdoor tennis courts. The Maguire Campus includes another two gyms, a pool, and a weight room, this has been renamed to the O'Pake Athletic Center.
Like many other Jesuit Universities, Saint Joseph's prides itself on its Jesuit heritage. Despite a decreasing number of candidates, Saint Joseph's has managed to keep its president as an ordained member of the Society of Jesus. The University hopes to continue this trend indefinitely.
On November 10, 2011, the University's Board of Trustees announced that it had selected Rev. C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J., Associate Provost of University Centers at Loyola University Chicago, as the 27th President of the University. Gillespie is a member of the University's Class of 1972 and has served as a trustee since 2006. Gillespie is only the second President to also be an alumnus of the University, the first was Rev. Cornelius Gillespie, S.J., who served from 1900–1907 and again from 1908-1909. Gillespie was formally presented at a reception on November 11, 2011, and formally assumed the Presidency on July 1, 2012. Gillespie was inaugurated as President on October 12, 2012.
List of Presidents
There are over 60,000 living alumni of Saint Joseph's who live in all 50 states and 59 countries.
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