University of Saint Joseph (Connecticut)

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University of Saint Joseph
Religious affiliation
Catholic Church
PresidentRhona Free
Academic staff
Students2,467 (fall 2016)
Location, ,
United States
CampusSuburban, 84 acres (340,000 m2)
ColorsBlue, Gold and White
AthleticsNCAA Division III
Sports8 Varsity Teams [2]
MascotBlue Jays

The University of Saint Joseph is a private Roman Catholic university in West Hartford, Connecticut. It was founded in 1932 by the Sisters of Mercy of Connecticut.[3]


In November 2016, the University of Saint Joseph began its comprehensive research and review of becoming a coeducational institution. Based on this review, the university will begin admitting male students to all full-time undergraduate programs in the fall of 2018.[4]


The University of Saint Joseph has maintained a distinctive Georgian brick architecture in most of its 19 buildings, including five residence halls, a library, student life building, administration and classroom buildings, and an arts center with a theater and art gallery, among others. The athletic complex features a six-lane pool, gymnasium, suspended jogging track, dance studio, fitness center, outdoor track, softball field, and tennis courts.

The buildings are arranged around two tree-lined quadrangles on an 84-acre (340,000 m2) campus designed by the Olmsted Brothers. Approximately 45 percent of the full-time undergraduate students live on campus. There are 1,039 undergraduates in the Undergraduate Programs.

McDonough Hall

The School of Pharmacy is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education; it is located in the XL Center complex in downtown Hartford, CT.


Saint Joseph College teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Blue Jays are a member of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC). Women's sports include basketball, cross country, lacrosse, softball, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis and volleyball. There are also eight club sports.[5]

In September 2018, the university made headlines by signing Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Coach, Jim Calhoun as head coach of the newly formed men's basketball team.[6]


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  3. ^ "About Us".
  4. ^ University of Saint Joseph (June 14, 2017). "University of Saint Joseph Opens Full-Time Undergraduate Programs to Men". Archived from the original on 2017-06-17. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  5. ^ "Sports at USJ".
  6. ^ "Jim Calhoun Officially Named Head Men's Basketball Coach". Saint Joseph CT. 2018-09-18. Retrieved 2018-10-18.

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Coordinates: 41°46′47″N 72°43′50″W / 41.7796°N 72.7305°W / 41.7796; -72.7305