Location: 5600 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131
Private or Public: Private
% of women: 53%
Most popular majors: Marketing, Accounting, Finance, and Psychology
Greek Life: 5 sororities and 3 fraternities
Acceptance Rate: 78.3%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores visit Saint Joseph's University Website at www.sju.edu/admissions.
Why Choose SJU?
"I chose Saint Joseph's because you just can't beat the community feeling that we have here. You feel it the second you walk on campus and it stays with you no matter where you go.
"A very underrated thing about any school is the people...I have found that there are so many genuine people"
"I was holding the door to the library one time when a tour came by. A prospective student's parents remarked on how wonderful the students were treating them by holding doors open. It had never dawned on me how on other campuses common courtesy isn't the norm."
"I had a gut feeling this place was for me. Everyone smiled at me."
"The few upperclassmen students I already knew constantly checked on me, offered their advice during the application process, and then, asked me to coffee when I moved in."
"Jesuit education. I feel like my education here has been invaluable, because the Jesuit education program mixes every type of learning. Your required classes besides your major build a knowledge base necessary to survive in the real world. I absolutley love that. Also, the Pope is Jesuit, and, he's visiting Philadelphia this year...enough said!!"
A+ Features include"
"The addition of the PLC is an amazing place to study. I remember looking around on my tour at all the students studying. I pictured myself sitting there, and now I'm there, every day!"
"Great team spirit. I love going to the basketball games and standing in the student section. Win or lose, games are really fun."
"I love that they just added a Coke Machine. I get to mix my favorite sodas every day, and it makes my lunch so much better."
"I like how close we are to Manayunk. Downtown Manayunk is fun on the weekends."
"The people, and the professors. I just love everyone here."
"The small class sizes are the best. You get to meet friends, and get to know your professors."
"THE CAMPUS!! SO BEAUTIFUL, ALL YEAR ROUND!!"
"Campion could be improved. And more food options around campus in general."
"DB hours of operation. 4-11 only on weekends, are you kidding me? There are barely any options for freshman in general."
"Not enough parking!"
"Shuttles aren't always reliable""Bars on campus for upper classmen would be nice. I'm tired of cabbing to Manayunk. Seniors should want to live on campus...at least I think""Need to add better on-campus places to eat. So tired of Landmark"
New Collegiette on Campus
"I can't help but smile when thinking of all the fond memories I made on Hawk Hill my freshman year. The excitement began at summer orientation."
"Orientation gave me the opportunity to meet so many fellow classmates. I also got to see the dorm I would be living in, and I got to visit center city Philadelphia."
"The blacklight dance at orientation is so fun! I met people who are still in my close group of friends today, and I'm a junior!"
"It's so easy to get involved in anything whether it be a sport, sorority, fraternity, business organizations...or theatre. It's easy to balance with classes, and being involved means more friends, and more fun."
"Being a red shirt has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life so far."
"One of my first introductions to freshman year was running up the 'Rocky' steps at the Philadelphia Art Museum. That was so much, and I met my best friend."
"There are four separate freshman dorms on SJU's campus, all within a short walking distance from one another. From my personal experience, I felt that living in the freshman dorms gave students the opportunity to create bonds with people they lived with and surrounded themselves with. The freshman dorm experience was absolutely one of the best parts of my freshman year."
"Mostly everyone I know at this school participates in some sort of club, activity, sports team, service group etc. that they feel strongly about."
"SJU has so much to offer and I greatly encourage getting involved as soon as you step on campus in order to meet friends with similar interests."
"SJU is truly unlike any other. There is a fire that runs through this campus, encouraging enthusiasm, involvement, and ensuring a tight-knit community."
All About Academics
"Hawk Hill gives value to my Jesuit Education. I do not just think about myself, rather, I think about the bigger picture. I could never imagine spending my four years anywhere else."
"Even though SJU gets a rep about the Haub Business school offering the best programs and degree...I'd have to say the Arts & Sciences does a pretty good job. I love being an English major, and I know I will be successful with my degree."
"Live greater. It's true...SJU makes you want to live greater."
"We are ranked #11 from the Best Colleges U.S. News Rankings as one of the best colleges in the North Region."
"With an undergrad number of around 5,000 students, classes are small. I can say I love all my classes, and especially the professors."
"Need a tutor or extra help? It's so easy and your professors can help you get one. They also always have office hours for your questions and any extra help you may need."
Learn From the Best
I love Professor Mendoza because he cares about his students and knows we are looking for careers in the long run and wants us to succeed.”
“Professor Campbell for business stat ruled. She is so down to earth, makes students laugh, and you learn a lot.”
“Dr. Anastasio is a great advisor, which is hard to come by, and en even better teacher. She is always keeping classes exciting with her sense of humor and extremely approachable demeanor.”Classes:
“I love having all of my chemistry classes with the same people from semester to semester because it makes for a really comfortable environment, and it is like we all have a common goal.”
Meeting professors outside of class:
“I think students go to office hours more at SJU than at other schools because of the close knit atmosphere that SJU has. Also, the student/teacher relationship is something very unique here."
“Professors love when you go to their office hours because it not only helps you better comprehend the material but shows that you care and are taking initiative in their class. They have always had open arms and have been willing to help."
Interest & Involvement
“The best way to find out about all the clubs and organizations that SJU has to offer is through the activities fairs, specially the Fall semester one.”
“Getting involved in a sports teams is really cool. I met a lot of people when I joined the field hockey team.”
"Last year I played on a intermural co-ed basketball team. SO much fun, and less time commitment than a club or varsity sport."
“Saint Joe’s has about any kind of club you can imagine. There are language clubs, Greek Life, a ton of club sports, acappella groups and a million more things. We are all about getting involved."
“Greek life is definitely a growing on Saint Joe’s campus. Letters are everywhere and a lot of girls are going through recruitment now!”
"Basketball games are extremely popular to attend at Saint Joseph’s University, selling out student season tickets nearly every year. Big rivals include Villanova and Creighton and of course any team in the A10 conference."
"Games are usually on Wednesday and are a lot of fun. It's a great thing to go to on weeknights with your roomates."
"It's great that we have landmark on campus now. So after a basketball game, a lot of students head to the bar for a drink. It's a lot of fun."
"So much school spirit, not matter what sport. Of course basketball is huge though."
"During every game, both home and away, you’ll find our beloved mascot, the Hawk, diligently flapping his wings, non-stop because as the saying goes, “The Hawk Will Never Die!”
"Attending an SJU Men’s basketball game along side one of the most passionate and revved up student body’s around, is truly an experience unlike any other."
"Being on a club lax time was the best decision I ever made here at SJU. I feel like my teammates are my bestfriends."
"It's easy being a girl on campus. You can meet so many girl friends in the freshman dorms."
"I met my best friends when I went through sorority recruitment freshman year. Best decision of my life."
"Her Campus SJU is an awesome way to meet women who are smart, and have the same interests as you. Plus, who wouldn't want to write for the school's magazine!"
"I feel like there are way more girls than boys on this campus...but apparently it's almost half and half."
"I love being a girl on campus at SJU. I meet friends in classes, and in my dorm."
"Join a sorority and meet your bridesmaids."
Food & Drink
“Since we are a small campus, we only have one dining hall on campus for the entire school. It does get crowded, but you always run into your friends while having eating…what could be better?! It’s required you get a meal plan here for freshman year, but after that its optional.”
“Campion is your typical college dining hall. The food isn’t as good as your mom’s homemade meals cooked with love, but it gets the job done. They do have a lot of variety, so there is always something to satisfy your craving. If not, put in some mac and cheese back in your dorm microwave.”
“My favorite place to eat on campus would be DB, or the Declining Balance side, of Campion. We just got a Subway and Jamba Juice, in addition to The Grille which makes your typical chicken fingers, burgers, fries, etc. While you’re in there, make sure you try the Hawk Wrap, it’s our claim-to-fame.”
“Larry’s is by far my favorite place to eat while at school. Since we go to school in Philadelphia, who doesn’t want a good cheesesteak? It’s the place to be Friday and Saturday nights, and something comical always happens.”
“Although it’s not a meal, having Oops! Frozen Yogurt on campus is one of the best decisions this school made. It has such cool furniture, every topping and flavor you could ever want. I love it.”
“If I’m tired of campus food, I usually will go to Cosi or Landmark Americana. Cosi is quick and always good, kind of like Panera. Landmark is more of a “real” restaurant with waitress service, and a lot of people will go there to watch sports games at the bar. They also have really good $0.50 wings on the weekends.”
“We have so many restaurants by school that you can always find something. From Chili’s, to California Pizza Kitchen, to Chipotle, to Sushi. You name it, City Avenue has it.”
“HoneyGrow is my new favorite place to go off campus. It’s so close, and if you don’t have a car the walk isn’t bad, but the shuttle also drops you off right there. They serve salads, stir fry, and dessert, and the food is homegrown and so fresh. I would definitely suggest going there if you haven’t already!”
"Manayunk is a great place to eat/drink, and has nice restaurants, especially for parent visits. City Avenue has a lot of fast food, it's not great. But, a 5 minute drive can get you to some really good places in Lower Merion and Manayunk"
“I love being a sophomore now because I have my own kitchen. All but one residence hall has kitchens in every apartment, so most of us cook our own meals. It makes me feel like such an adult! I still have a limited meal plan, so if I need to eat on campus I still can.”
"The frats don't have houses so the on campus party scene is really lame."
"Manayunk, Manayunk, Manayunk. On campus parties suck."
"It's definitely a bar school. Since sophomore year, I have been at bars every weekend."
"Until I turned 21 I always went to parties. It's no Animal House, but they were fun."
"I love Manayunk on the weekends! The small downtown has awesome restaurants, and the parties are usually better there."
"I hate the fact you have to take a cab to Manayunk. I prefer to stay on campus, and usually find things to do."
"Everyone is pretty friendly and looking to meet new people, especially at parties."
"Freshman go to Spankys or Blarney Stone. Juniors go to Flat Rock and Cuddies. Seniors go to Kildares, always."
"Manayunk, and Mad River especially for Juniors and Seniors on Thursdays."
“Two of the freshmen dorms are suite style. I love it because I automatically had 11 other girls to become friends with!”
“It’s required for all freshmen and sophomores to go through campus housing. After that, upperclassmen usually get houses of their own. Some even get houses in Manayunk to be closer to the night life. It’s a short 15 minute drive to campus but has much easier access to the bars!”
“Most freshmen will find their roommate on Facebook, but some meet at orientation or some just choose to go random!”
“You choose your housing based on a lottery system. Each person is assigned a certain time slot where they go online and choose their room for themselves and for their roommate if they have one.”
“There are four freshmen dorms. Three are centrally located on campus right near the dining hall and many academic buildings (Villiger, Sourin and Lafarge). McShain is on the Maguire campus, but is just a short walk across the bridge to the main campus.”
"I think SJU has the best location. You're not in the city, but your only a 10 minute train ride away from Center City. That way, you get to have a beautiful campus, but the city feel as well. It's the best."
"I LOVE Philadelphia. The restaurants and the bars are fantastic. I would recommend going into the city and taking advantage of all Philly has to offer. Take the train at Overbrook, you are only three stops away from Center City. It's cheap and easy."
"Philly is the best!! Try a Philly cheese steak. You will never be the same."
"Freshman year my roommate invited me to a Phillies tailgate. Never had so much fun in my life...Philly sports are awesome and the people are crazy."
"I wish had taken more advantage of the city. My friends and I didn't start going until senior year, for the bar scene. It was so fun but there are so many things to do there it takes four years to experience it."
"City Avenue, the street SJU is on, is gross. The campus however, is beautiful. Downtown Philadelphia is even better. "
"Manayunk is really close and so cute. I love going there to eat and shop. Center City Philadelphia is also really close. It's important to take advantage of such a wonderful city."
"South Street in Philadelphia is so cool. I remember my roommate taking me the for the first time because she was from the area. We went to this awesome bar and all these crazy stores.
"If you love history, you will love Philadelphia."
HC's Complete College Guide: Saint Joseph's University
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