St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn/Patchogue, New York)

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Coordinates: 40°41′27″N 73°58′05″W / 40.69083°N 73.96806°W / 40.69083; -73.96806

St. Joseph's College
SJC logo CMYK reduced resolution.jpg
MottoEsse non videri
(To be, not to seem)
TypePrivate university
Established1916 (as St. Joseph's College for Women)
PresidentDonald R. Boomgaarden, Ph.D
Undergraduates3,878 (Brooklyn: 990; Long Island: 2,888)
Postgraduates871 (Brooklyn: 222; Long Island: 649)
Location, ,
United States
CampusBrooklyn - Urban
Long Island - Suburban
ColoursBlue and Gold
NicknameSJC Brooklyn - Bears
SJC Long Island - Golden Eagles

St. Joseph's College (SJC) is a private university in New York State, with campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn, and in Patchogue, Long Island. The college provides education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, offering degrees in more than 54 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.


St. Joseph's College 1922 students yearbook

Originally named St. Joseph's College for Women, the college was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood, in response to the need for a day college for young women. It is the only historical women's college in the borough of Brooklyn, NY. SJC received its provisional charter from the Regents of the University of the State of New York on February 24, 1916. After the college outgrew its original Brooklyn facilities at 286 Washington Avenue, it moved to its present site at 245 Clinton Avenue in 1918.[1] The college's first baccalaureate degrees were conferred on fourteen graduates on June 17, 1920, and the first valedictorian was Beverly Stubbenhouser. The college was accredited in 1928 by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The regents granted St. Joseph's College an absolute charter in 1929. Reverend William T. Dillon, J.D., professor of philosophy, served as dean of the college and later its president. St. Joseph's opened a laboratory preschool, the Dillon Child Study Center, in 1934 following several years of research in the field of child development. S. Vincent Thérèse Tuohy assumed the presidency in 1956. McEntegart Hall, a multi-functional building housing the library and classrooms, opened in 1965.

Sister George Aquin O'Connor was elected president and assumed responsibility on July 1, 1969. In 1970, a Charter amendment changed the name to St. Joseph's College and enabled the college to admit the first male students to full matriculation. On February 2, 1971, St. Joseph's inaugurated an extension program in the collegiate center formerly known as Brentwood College, and moved to develop a degree program in Brentwood, oriented to the third and fourth years of college. This Upper Division baccalaureate program opened in September 1972, and the Board of Regents of the State of New York authorized St. Joseph's College to join Long Island University C.W. Post Campus, in a Coordinate Campus program, the first such pattern adopted in the State. In 1976, this Suffolk County operation was authorized by the Regents to operate as a branch campus. In 1978, St. Joseph's College expanded its operation at the Suffolk Branch Campus to a full four-year program, and in 1979 moved to a 25-acre campus in Patchogue which includes a baseball field, two multi-story buildings that house classrooms, a multi-story research library, and a modern athletic facility that includes a convertible indoor sport floor, an indoor swimming pool, fully equipped weight rooms and several other offerings.

Since then, the Long Island Campus has expanded to include the Clare Rose Playhouse, the Callahan Library, the John A. Danzi Athletic Center, the 33,000-square-foot Business Technology Center, and most recently, the 24.8 acre, outdoor athletic facility. The Brooklyn Campus has expanded as well with the purchase of a five-story brownstone for staff and faculty office space, the purchase of St. Angela Hall Academy for additional classrooms, and plans for further expansion over the next 10 years, including a new athletic facility.

Student life[edit]


St. Joseph's-Long Island Golden Eagles[edit]

The Long Island Campus of St. Joseph's College has a 24.8 acre, outdoor sports facility, now home to baseball, softball, lacrosse, soccer and tennis. The Long Island Campus, known athletically as the Golden Eagles, is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III (NCAA D-III), and competes in the Skyline Conference. St. Joseph's-Long Island sponsors the following teams: baseball, men's basketball, cross country, golf, tennis, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, women's basketball, cross country, equestrian, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, swimming and volleyball.

St. Joseph's-Brooklyn Bears[edit]

The Brooklyn Campus, known athletically as the Bears, is a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA), and competes in the following athletic conferences: Hudson Valley Men's Athletic Conference (HVMAC) for men's sports; and the Hudson Valley Women's Athletic Conference (HVWAC) for women's sports. St. Joseph's-Brooklyn sponsors the following teams: men's baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis, volleyball, women's basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis and volleyball.

On September 9, 2014, St. Joseph's-Brooklyn had accepted an invite to join the NCAA Division III ranks, primarily competing for the Skyline Conference, effective with the 2015-16 academic year.[2][3]

Greek life[edit]

Greek Life at St. Joseph's College - Long Island is administered by the Office of Student Life and directly by the Greek Council of St. Joseph's College - Long Island. Currently, St. Joseph's College - Long Island has 6 Greek social organizations.


Burns Hall

St. Joseph’s College offers degrees in more than 26 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs through its School of Arts and Sciences and its School of Professional and Graduate Studies. The college has more than 5,000 undergraduate students.



  1. ^ "13 Jul 1918, Page 16 - The Brooklyn Daily Eagle at". Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  2. ^ "St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) To Join Skyline Conference In 2015-16 - St. Joseph's College Brooklyn".
  3. ^ "St. Joseph's-Brooklyn To Join Skyline Conference In 2015-16".

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