First founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood in 1916 to serve young women, St. Joseph’s College New York is now a private co-educational Roman Catholic liberal arts institution. Each year, SJC enrolls more than 5,000 diverse students in small class sizes with attentive professors. St. Joseph’s is located on a main 61-acre urban campus in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, but a suburban location is also operated in Patchogue on Long Island. Offering more than 26 majors, SJC has the mission of providing value-added, experiential education through service learning, internships, and co-curricular activities.
According to the U.S. News, St. Joseph’s College New York is ranked the 74th best regional college and 56th top school for veterans in the North. Forbes magazine named SJC as the 144th best university in the Northeast. With a financial grade of C, St. Joseph’s also was crowned the 388th top college in America with “Grateful Grads.” In Washington Monthly, SJC was honored for being the 31st “Best Bang for the Buck” in the Northeast region. St. Joseph’s College was recently declared Military Friendly by GI Jobs magazine. SJC has a retention rate well above the national average at 85 percent.
St. Joseph’s College Accreditation Details
As a whole, St. Joseph’s College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). This is one of six regional accrediting bodies approved by the U.S. Department of Education and Council on Higher Education Accreditation. SJC’s academic divisions have also pursued five specialized accreditations. Health degrees meet the standards of the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The Department of Business is an educational member of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). SJC is recognized by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT) too.
St. Joseph’s College Application Requirements
With an acceptance rate of 70 percent, St. Joseph’s College New York has a selective admissions process. First-year undergraduates must hold a state-approved high school diploma or pass the GED equivalency exam. Following a college-prep curriculum with four units English, three units math, three units history, three units science, and two units foreign language is strongly encouraged. Admitted students have at average high school GPA of 3.3. Applicants generally must score at least 19 on the ACT and 1000 on the SAT. Transfers can be accepted from regionally accredited colleges. Undergraduate transfers should have at least 24 college credits with a minimum post-secondary GPA of 2.0.
Graduate students wishing to earn a master’s from St. Joseph’s must already possess a four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. university or foreign equivalent. Achieving a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above is required. Most master’s programs require a satisfactory score on the GRE or GMAT entrance exams. SJC Online applicants should have at least three years of work experience. International applicants must hold an F-1 Student Visa for admissions. Those from non-English speaking countries are also required to score at least 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) on the TOEFL.
Before the posted deadlines, interested students applying to St. Joseph’s College must submit the following documents to the Admissions Office:
• Completed online application form
• Non-refundable $25 fee (waived with promo code SJCOL)
• Official transcripts of all academic work
• Standardized testing score reports
• Two letter of reference forms
• Current resume or CV
• Verification of Employment letter
• One-page personal essay
Tuition and Financial Aid
Full-time undergraduates attending SJC will pay $11,750 in tuition per semester. Part-time campus learners are charged $760 per credit hour taken. Graduate students must afford $825 per credit hour for tuition. Fees, such as the $125 college fee, $100 technology fee, and $75 student services fee, will be included on a semester basis. Online students follow a slightly different pay structure though. Online undergraduate and graduate courses at St. Josephs have flat-rate tuition at $490 per credit hour. Online learners must pay a $70 college fee, $58 technology fee, and $42 administrative fee each semester.
Despite being one New York’s most affordable private schools, SJC students likely need financial aid to cover enrollment expenses. Flexible, no-interest payment plans are available. Students can borrow money via the Federal Direct, Direct PLUS, Perkins, or alternative education loans. Certain students filing a FAFSA form could receive the Pell Grant, FSEOG Grant, TEACH Grant, or Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant. In-state residents should apply for the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). Federal Work-Study can be awarded for part-time campus employment. Scholarships are also offered, such as the Dean’s Scholarship, Esse Non Videri Scholarship, and Catholic School Grant.
Online Degree(s) Available
Through SJC Online, non-traditional students can receive the same top-tier, accredited education in a flexible distance format. Online learners can currently select from five bachelor’s, six master’s, and five certificate programs. Coursework is available 24/7 via Blackboard on any computer, tablet, or laptop. St. Joseph’s has a generous transfer credit system that awards credits for life experience. The online programs include:
B.S. in Health Administration
Delivered 100 percent online, the B.S. in Health Administration program at St. Joseph’s College is focused on developing the business leadership skills and knowledge to oversee the provision of patient care delivery in healthcare organizations. The 120-credit curriculum will include courses on healthcare law, health information systems, financial management, statistics, managerial decision making, communications, and personnel management. Online students will complete a two-part capstone research project applying their skills in health administration.
B.S. in Criminal Justice Practice and Policy
SJC’s B.S. in Criminal Justice Practice and Policy uses an online, interdisciplinary curriculum to prepare undergraduates for applying fundamental concepts of criminology in becoming law enforcement’s next investigative problem solvers. The 120-credit program will build on a liberal arts core to explore everything from forensic bioscience and psychology to police science and corrections management. Emphasis is placed on the evidence-based practices of criminal justice policy analysis. Eligible applicants generally must have three years of related experience.
M.S. in Human Services Leadership
Consisting of 10 online courses, the M.S. in Human Services Leadership program strives to give graduate students the requisite leadership skills to become administrators in child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, family services, criminal justice, public safety, and more. The program offers progressive training with a holistic, research-based leadership development model. Coursework will cover topics in human behavior, ethics, social welfare, policy making, strategic leadership, and financial budgeting. Students must complete a Competency Application Project (CAP) in each course.
Other online learners at St. Joseph’s College New York could pursue the B.S. in Organizational Management, B.S. in General Studies, Executive MBA, or M.S. in Management for Human Resources Management.