University of Saint Joseph (Connecticut)

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University of Saint Joseph
Type Private
Established 1932 [1]
Affiliation Roman Catholic
President Rhona Free, Ph.D.
Academic staff
Students 2467 (fall 2016)
Location West Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Campus Suburban, 84 acres (340,000 m2)
Colors Blue, Gold and White
Athletics NCAA Division III
Affiliations GNAC
Sports 8 Varsity Teams [2]
Mascot Blue Jays

The University of Saint Joseph is a Roman Catholic comprehensive institution of higher education and an undergraduate coeducational university with graduate programs. It is located in West Hartford, Connecticut, United States and was founded in 1932 by the Sisters of Mercy of Connecticut.


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.[3]

Student life[edit]

The University has seven residence halls. The two newest halls were completed in Fall 2008. Named North and South Hall, these facilities offer student suites a shared living room, full kitchen, and bathroom for 8 to 10 residents per suite, with two suites on each of two floors. These facilities are wireless throughout with large lounges, laundry rooms, and a welcoming foyer. The older halls are more traditional.

The O'Connell Athletic Center provides students with a fitness area, pool, and indoor track and basketball courts. Pilates, aerobics, and other fitness classes are offered regularly.

McGovern Hall houses the campus dining hall, meeting spaces, a coffee and convenience store, provide students with social areas, and wireless lounge.


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.


The University of Saint Joseph is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The Chemistry program is accredited by the American Chemical Society and the Social Work program by the Council on Social Work Education. The Coordinated Undergraduate Program in Dietetics is accredited by the American Dietetic Association. The Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. The Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


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