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Reviews 810 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There seem to be an endless amount of food places near the school.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not in Greek Life

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I don't see many people do it but it's out there on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Philadelphia is a quick 10-15 minute train ride from a train stop on campus, the arenas/stadiums/ballparks are good fun to go to and generally cheap, the food here is absolutely fantastic and I recommend it especially Reading Terminal Market

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: It's solid-the bar scene in Manayunk I have heard from people is quite fun but the taxi ride back is a pain, unless you live there for off-campus housing.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The Pros of off-campus housing is by far the best because Philadelphia is a cheap city and the rent isn't going to be out of this world but the con is that you do have to GET to school. Parking isn't good so try your best not to bring your car unless it's an absolute necessity.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The on campus houses are okay, they get really hot and really cold in the winter until the heat/AC turns. The social atmosphere is solid, people here at this school are pretty nice to each other. The cost is a bit pricey in comparison to most schools but at the end of the day the degree and name reputation from this school is worth it.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The security of campus is good, Public Safety arrives within the minute of an alarm going off just about anywhere on campus. They're pretty cool people too. Campus is pretty safe-well lit and a Public Safety officer is usually within 100 meters of anywhere you go, I've never had any issue with it.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The History program is solid to get into, there are tough courses with a lot of papers-as is every history major anywhere else-but the teachers here know a lot and they are all generally solid people to get to know. Likewise, the European Studies program isn't difficult to get into and the faculty for that program is really good.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: It's open ended in the sense that European Studies you can make it what you want it to be either a lot of history courses or political science or cultural (literature, music, etc.) The freedom of the program is the greatest part about it. The requirement of the 4 upper-division language courses is the most difficult part but the faculty, I can only speak for the Spanish department, is really knowledgeable and are genuinely good people.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There's really no difference b/w Greeks and non-Greeks

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The fan support for the D-1 Squads is inspirational

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Sometimes the shuttle is late

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: A lot of crime around campus

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Love being close to the city

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Wireless is difficult on campus

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Better if you can get into bars

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We have more sororities than fraternities

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: We do have a lot of international students

5 College Sophomore

Majors: SJU offers a lot of majors

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: We need more healthy options

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I also have a twin so my parents needed more financial aid to send us both to college.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: They should give out more scholarships to poorer people. This school costs a lot of money

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3 College Freshman

Weather: It's in the North, it's going to be cold

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: You can find everything on City Ave


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Tom Acox
Central Jersey
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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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