Founded in 1851 as Philadelphia’s Jesuit university, Saint Joseph’s University prepares students by focusing on academic excellence and exploration. Through a foundational liberal arts curriculum and strong professional programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Haub School of Business, the School of Education and Human Development and the School of Health Professions, Saint Joseph’s students are empowered, challenged and supported. There are nearly 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students. With over 100 academic offerings in the most sought-after majors, including in-demand healthcare programs, nearly 100% of students are employed, pursuing advanced degrees or engaged in service upon graduation.

Academic Programs

  • Research
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Liberal Arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • Communication
  • Music
  • Art & Design
  • Economics
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Government/Political Science
  • Health Science
  • Performing Arts
  • Social Science
  • Visual Arts

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Greek Life
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • Military/Veteran Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Religious Affiliation
  • ROTC Program
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Veteran Fee Waiver

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


Your application is reviewed on the basis of your academic and personal accomplishments, with primary consideration given to your high school record and strong academic performance in college preparatory courses. We'll also consider your personal essay, letter of academic recommendation, and extracurricular involvement. Submission of standardized test scores is optional. For high school seniors, we offer four application deadlines to choose from, including Early Decision, Early Action and Regular Decision.  There is no application fee.


There's no deadline to apply as a transfer student. Transfer applications are reviewed on a rolling basis for the fall and spring semesters. You can enter St. Joe's as a traditional transfer student (pursuing one of our four-year undergraduate degrees) or as a professional transfer student (pursuing a degree in occupational therapy, pharmacy or physical therapy).

Additional Information

Each year, Saint Joseph's University awards merit-based scholarships to first-year students who have outstanding academic achievement records. These scholarships range from $1,000 per year to full tuition. All students who submit a complete application for admission are considered for merit-based scholarships. Typical recipients have a minimum B+ grade point average and a strong academic record.

Visit us

The best way to get a feel for life as a Hawk is to experience Saint Joseph’s University for yourself. We offer a variety of visit opportunities to explore our two campuses: the 125-acre Hawk Hill campus that borders Lower Merion and Philadelphia, and our 24-acre University City campus, which is just minutes from Center City.  To get started, go to

According to Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, Saint Joseph’s is among the nation’s best in return on investment. Ten years after graduation, Saint Joseph’s alumni salaries are in the top 2.5% nationally.

Karen Pellegrino, Vice President, Enrollment Management
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Admissions office

Visit us

School location

5600 City Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19131, United States of America

Phone number

(610) 660-1300