Location
Philadelphia, PA
Undergrads
4,433
Tuition
$37,830
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 894 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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3 College Junior

Diversity: I have my own religious background. I will attend a take part of other religious gatherings for support and knowledge

4 College Junior

Athletics: We have great sport teams to include basketball, soccer football, track and lacrosse.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There is housing all around the university most in safe areas..

3 College Junior

Nightlife: The parties are usually at the dorms or off campus. The parties can have a positive impact if students don't over due there drinking. I'm sure there have been times where students may have had too much to drink and things didn't turn out well.. Students should learn not to drink to the point that they aren't able to conduct themselves in an orderly fashion.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: When there has been an incident on or around campus, it has been dealt with professionally

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: The dining area allow us to choose a variety of meals at an affordable price

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have enjoyed all my courses and profession have been enough for me to comprehend and excel in my studies.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I feel I'm getting what I need from my professors, the courses are easy to understand.

believe the career center and other services offered to the students are very helpful

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing is great, there are several areas for students to live and feel safe

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There are different nationalities at campus. One group tends to stay with a each other, which some group with other classmate. Students tend to group with people that like the same thing. They often run in the same groups, dress code seems be whatever you have that works for you

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The rules as they pertain to campus are professional and put in place at all times. I have seen our public safety team and they are doing a great job..

4 College Junior

Facilities: The facilities at Saint Joseph's are great. I am very comfortable and satisfied with everything they have to offer the students. Everything is modern and up to date. Staff are friendly and eager to help.

5 College Junior

Majors: I had no problems during the admission process. I met with my advisor, registered for my classes filed for financial assistance and started classes right away.

3 College Junior

Majors: I have not participated in an internship. I would like to have one..

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There are many things to do in the city of Philadelphia. I have not had a problem with transportation and safety at and around campus is good. From what I have noticed there is a friendly atmosphere around the university and off campus. We have a variety of places to shop such as; grocery stores, malls and just about anything else a person would need.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: I have not had a problem with the financial aid process. I have receive what I needed thus far.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm not familiar with the Greek life at my University.

4 College Junior

Academics: I am enjoying my educational experience at Saint Joseph's University. Most of my classes have been off campus. The professors have been some of the best. The work load allows me to complete and understand the subject at hand. I'm looking forward to finishing my undergraduate program and move on to the graduate program. This will allow me the opportunity to receive a promotion, or a more suitable position at my current place of employment.

4 College Junior

Academics: The professors and curriculum are in sync with my major, the workload is enough to keep up with and not feel overwhelmed. I often study in the library it's a quite and relaxing area.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few fast food and other eateries in the area.

3 College Senior

Diversity: The school isn't very diverse. I was normally the only non-white person in any of my general education courses.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Most guys are rich kids who are into rich person sports

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: SJU has an incredibly wide variety of housing options. Freshmen can choose between McShain, Villiger, Sourin, and LaFarge. McShain and Villiger have traditional dorm layouts whereas Sourin and LaFarge are suite style. Sophomores have an incredible amount of options. You can choose from apartments, Lannon and Rashford being newer, Ashwood, Pennbrook, and Lancaster being older and homier, and Moore, which is less like an apartment and more like a larger version of McShain or Villiger yet still nice. If you don't want to live in an apartment, you can live in a campus house, which forms a great community among its residents and makes you feel like you're living in an actual house rather than a dorm because, well, you are! Upperclassmen can live in either the Merion Gardens apartments or the townhouses, both of which are great. The only thing is that your own interests aren't always the deciding factor; you're at mercy to the time you get assigned for your housing registration. Although the roommate with the earliest time can choose for all of their roommates, if you all have a late time, there's a good chance you won't get your first choice.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Most upperclassmen that live off campus either rent a nearby house with a large group of friends or lease one of the many apartments close to campus. Most if not all of the landlords know that they're catering mostly if not entirely to SJU students, so they're not expecting you to stay for more than a year or too, which is very nice. The cost isn't too bad for the area, especially if you're going in with a number of friends. There is a day in the spring where many local apartments come to Campion with posters and other information on what they have to offer which can be really helpful if you know you want to live off campus but have no idea where.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The older you get, the less strict RAs are. In the freshman dorms, especially McShain and Villiger which have traditional layouts, drinking or smoking are almost guaranteed to get you caught. It might be a little easier to get by in LaFarge or Sourin, which are suite style, although there's still a good chance you'd get caught. Sophomore housing is mostly campus houses and apartments, where it's relatively easy to get away with a lot and the RAs are notably more lenient. For the juniors and seniors that live on campus in the townhouses or Merion Gardens, you're basically set to do anything you want as long as you're not stupid about it. Basically, if you're smart and don't do anything too wild actually on the campus, you shouldn't have any issues with public safety.

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Tom Acox
Hometown
Central Jersey
Major
English
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To fully understand St. Joe's, you have to appreciate the people who run it. There's a uniform vibe amongst the faculty, staff, and students here that's unique to the school. A large number of students end up sticking around the area or moving to Philly for job offers after graduation. While it's true many grads pack up and head to D.C. or NYC for jobs, it's because of the time and effort they put in at St. Joe's that gets them there. Also, it's not uncommon for St. Joe's students to stick around the University with campus jobs in certain departments or as housing advisers.

Everyone at St. Joe's takes the school with a small sense of humor. There are some who love it and a small percentage who pretend they hate it, but most people agree this quirky school—in an even quirkier city—is endearing. The biggest complaint is the cost of attending; however, this is often offset by the large amount of scholarships given out. The running theme through the school is Hawk pride. A lot of students have the "grass is greener" syndrome when reflecting on their time here. However, ask a St. Joe's student if they would rather be down the road at UPenn or Villanova, and you might get a fat lip.

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