Facts & Figures

Saint Joseph’s College is a private, co-educational, four-year Catholic college welcoming students of all faiths. Founded in 1889 and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood (C.PP.S.), the 180-acre park-like campus is conveniently located in Rensselaer, the county seat of Jasper County in Northwest Indiana. With a population of 6,400, Rensselaer is a mere 90 minutes from Chicago and Indianapolis and 45 minutes from Lafayette and Merrillville.


The nationally acclaimed Core Program spans all four years and replaces general education distribution requirements like English composition and history with courses such as Humanity in the Universe and The Modern World.

With strong faculty mentoring, you become successful with a more personalized education than at a larger school. You get the thinking and communication skills employers crave because a liberal education is woven into your major with hands-on learning.

Education majors get into the classroom in their first semester.

Our Forensic Entomology professor, Dr. Neal Haskell, is one of the creators of this area of criminal investigation. Haskell testified as an expert in the high profile Casey Anthony trial. He co-authored the first textbook on forensic entomology for law enforcement, and has been featured on A&E, The Learning Channel, the Discovery Channel, and National Geographic.

  • The Princeton Review says Saint Joseph’s College graduates rave about our Core Program.
  • 27 majors, 35 minors, 4 group majors, and 9 pre-professional programs
  • 3 master’s programs
  • Students start their major freshman year
  • New MS in Forensic Science (non-Thesis), MS in Forensic Entomology (with Thesis), and non-degree Forensic Science Professional Development Program
  • Winterim term offers study abroad opportunities, online courses, and discounted tuition
  • New Sustainability Studies minor
  • New Educational Studies major
  • New Theatre minor
  • New Digital Media & Journalism major/minor


97% of Saint Joseph’s College’s Class of 2013 are employed or in full-time graduate/professional school (based on survey respondents).

Top Ten Enrolled Majors

  1. Nursing
  2. Biology / Chemistry / Biology-Chemistry / Medical Laboratory Sciences
  3. Business Administration
  4. Physical Education / Sports Management / Athletic Training
  5. Criminal Justice  
  6. Elementary Education   
  7. Psychology
  8. Accounting
  9. Music 
  10. English / English-Creative Writing


In 2014, 99% of SJC freshmen received financial aid.

The average financial aid package for full-time students in 2013-14 was $28,912.*

SJC provided more than $12 million in scholarship and grant assistance to students in 2013-14. 

Saint Joseph’s College awards 3 full-tuition scholarships annually.

* This figure does not include parent loans or scholarships from outside sources.

Notable Alumni

  • J. Patrick Lewis '64, former US Children's Poet Laureate
  • Kevin White '72, Vice President and Director of Athletics, Duke University, Durham, NC
  • Cassian Cheung ’76, Executive Director/Group CEO of Next Media Ltd, Hong Kong’s largest publicly listed Chinese-language print media company; former CEO of Nestle China, head of Quaker Oats Asia, and President of Walmart China 
  • Very Rev. Bill Nordenbrock, C.PP.S. '77, Moderator General of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood - International
  • Mark Doss '80, International opera star and Grammy Award winner
  • Pete Bensen '84, Executive VP and Chief Financial Officer, McDonald's Corporation
  • John Morikis '85, President and Chief Operating Officer, Sherwin-Williams Company
  • Loretto Szucs '90, Vice President of Community Relations, Ancestry.com
  • Jeannette Yeoman Mosher '90, Head Women's Basketball Coach, State University of New York at Cortland, Cortland's career wins leader with a record of 314-81 (.795)
  • Julie Obermeyer Shewmaker '93, Director of Accounting and Controller, Lumina Foundation; former CEO at Christian Theological Seminary
  • Peg McLeish '98, Director of Communications, Marion County Prosecutor's Office

Graduate Schools Attended

  • Duke University
  • Harvard University
  • Indiana University
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Loyola University School of Law
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Notre Dame

Clerkships (these highly prized opportunities after law school have been won by SJC students)

  • US Court of Appeals (4th and 7th Circuit) – Baltimore, MD/Chicago, IL
  • US Supreme Court – Washington, DC
  • Indiana Supreme Court – Indianapolis, IN
  • Iowa Supreme Court – Des Moines, IA

Internships (SJC students have obtained the following internships)

Agreements with other institutions make possible internships that relate to student interest, offering opportunities in Latin America, Europe and European Parliaments, Asia, and Africa. SJC students have obtained the following internships:

  • The Library of Congress (through The Washington Center)
  • Public Defender's Office in Maryland (through The Washington Center)
  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute – Washington, DC
  • Jasper County Hospital
  • Gary RailCats
  • Hillcrest Family Dental Center
  • 1st Source Asset Advisors
  • Prairie Arts Council
  • Jasper County Prosecutor's Office
  • Rensselaer Police Dept.
  • Jasper County Historical Society
  • Actor's Theater of Indiana
  • State Farm Insurance


  • Number of students: Nearly 1,200
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1
  • Legal residence: 95% Midwest
  • Students from 23 states
  • 62% of students live on campus


  • Number of faculty: 123 (full- and part-time)
  • 69% of full-time faculty have PhD or terminal degree


Saint Joseph’s College athletics compete in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) of the NCAA Division II. SJC features 18 varsity sports (9 men’s/9 women’s). SJC’s official school colors are purple and cardinal, and the College’s mascot is the Puma.

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Saint Joseph’s College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC); National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE);
State of Indiana Professional Standards Board for the Training of Elementary and Secondary Teachers;
International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE); Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE); and National League for Nursing (NLN).

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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.