City of Rensselaer

Welcome to Rensselaer, home to Saint Joseph's College and county seat for Jasper County. A bustling community that continues to expand, Rensselaer offers such amenities as a movie theatre, art gallery, roller skating rink, and bowling alley, all within the confines of a safe and friendly atmosphere where people remember your name. Its quaint downtown area offers unique dining and shopping options, and the city itself is within 45 minutes of Lafayette  (south) and Merrillville  (north), which provide additional entertainment opportunities for the community.

A Welcome from Mayor of Rensselaer, Mayor Stephen A. Wood

Special Attractions

Auto Needs

  • Charlie Roberts Chevrolet Buick
  • CTS Tire Express
  • Cooper's Tires and Service
  • Jack's Uptown Service
  • Mel's South Side Service
  • NAPA Rensselaer Auto Parts
  • Scott Hermanson Wheel Alignment
    Located at Airport and Bunkham roads
  • Quick Hicks Lube Express

License Services


  • Sto and Loc  (Affiliated with Jenkins Realtors, Inc.)
  • White-U-Store It


  • Amtrak 
    1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245)
  • Tri-State Coach Lines

Postal Service

Volunteer Opportunities

  • American Cancer Society  - Merrillville Office
  • Birthright 
  • CDC Resources, Inc.
  • Crisis Center
  • Habitat for Humanity
    * ask for Fred Berger (President of Jasper County Chapter, Faculty Advisor for SJC Chapter)
  • Jasper County Animal Shelter 
  • Jasper County Headstart
  • Franciscan Health - Rensselaer 
  • Jasper County Public Library  - Rensselaer Branch
  • Jasper County Youth Center
  • Monnett Elementary School
  • Rensselaer Adult Learning Center
  • Rensselaer Area Ministerial Association
    * ask for Pastor Phillip Leichty (of Burr Oak Mennonite Church) or
    * ask for Rev. Kenin Smith (of Iroquois Valley Christian Church)
  • Rensselaer Care Center
  • Rensselaer Central High School
  • Rensselaer Central Middle School
  • St. Augustine Catholic School
  • Van Rensselaer School (Elementary/Intermediate)
  • Wabash Valley Hospital Outpatient Services

Note: This website contains only a partial list of businesses and organizations in Rensselaer. For more information, contact Saint Joseph's College at 1.800.227.1898 or visit the city's official website at

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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.