About Saint Joseph’s College

Saint Joseph's College, named a "character-building college" by the Templeton Foundation and a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review, is a four-year, Catholic college offering 27 majors, 4 group majors, 35 minors,  and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the nationally acclaimed Core Program. SJC also offers three master's degree programs.

Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, approximately 90 minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, on a park-like campus of 180 acres and has an enrollment of nearly 1,200 students.


Saint Joseph’s College is the only college with the Core Program, the heart of the SJC curriculum. At other colleges, students are required to take a number of courses in different areas to fulfill their general education requirements. This often takes place during the first year or two of the student's college experience. However, at SJC these required general education courses are evenly spread out through a student's four years at the College. This means that you get the benefit of beginning study of your major in your first year of college.

For our students who have declared a major, this gives the benefit of four years of study in the major as well as four years of general education. Students learn from students of other majors, and writing and other communication skills are developed throughout the four years of the college experience.

Faith & Service

As a Catholic college in the tradition of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, we are stewards of our Catholic tradition and our unique C.PP.S. heritage. Our mission defines our roots, our ways of proceeding, and the outcomes we strive to achieve.

At SJC, students are welcome to become involved in Campus Ministry in whichever ways they choose. From serving as a liturgical minister at Mass to volunteering for trips to local food pantries and soup kitchens, students have every opportunity to find their place in Campus Ministry at SJC.

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Explore the Core
  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Mentorship

    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Leadership

    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.