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  • May 11, 2017

    Fr. Barry Fischer, C.PP.S. to Serve as Rector

    Fr. Barry Fischer, C.PP.S.

    The Board of Trustees of Saint Joseph’s College has named Fr. Barry Fischer, C.PP.S., to coordinate and oversee the initiatives that are underway to re-engineer the college. Operations at the college were suspended after commencement on May 6, 2017. Fr. Fischer will serve as rector. Rector is a canonical title that is used in the Church to indicate a position of significant authority. Seminaries, cathedral parishes, shrines, and other significant institutions in the Church are led by rectors. Fr. Fischer, a 1969 graduate of Saint Joseph’s College, is a former moderator general of the...

  • May 9, 2017

    Announcement from Chairman Ben Sponseller

    Robert Pastoor in front of the Core Statue "Transformations"

    Dr. Robert A. Pastoor has submitted his letter of resignation, effective May 12, 2017, to the Saint Joseph’s College Board of Trustees. He has been working with his cabinet, other employees and Board members to assure a smooth transition upon his departure.  In his letter Dr. Pastoor writes, “While I have only held the position of president for a little more than two years I have grown to truly value many of the faculty and staff whom have dedicated their lives to the College. It has been a privilege to get to know so many of the young men and women who attended Saint Joseph’s.” Dr. Pastoor...

  • March 17, 2017

    SJC’s Columbian Players to Present “Guys and Dolls”

    The Columbian Players of Saint Joseph's College will present Guys and Dolls on April 6, 7, and 8 at 7:30 pm CDT in the College Theatre.

    The Columbian Players of Saint Joseph’s College will present the Tony Award-winning musical comedy “Guys and Dolls” on April 6,7, 8 at 7:30 pm CDT in the College Theatre located in the Evans Arts and Science Building on the campus of Saint Joseph’s College. Admission is $5 for adults with children under 12 and all SJC students, faculty, and staff admitted free. Based on a story and characters first written by Damon Runyon,  “Guys and Dolls” features music and lyrics by Frank Loesser,  a book written by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, and has been one of the best known and most popular musicals...

  • March 3, 2017

    SJC's Science Olympiad a Success

    Payton Kellenburger '16, Alex McCormick '17, Amy Southworth '17, and Adri Lugosan '16

    On February 25, 2017, Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana sponsored its 27th annual Science Olympiad Regional Tournament, a competition for high school and middle school students.  11 high school teams from 10 schools, and 11 middle school teams from 10 schools participated. The teams, with about 380 students total (200 high school and 180 middle school), were welcomed to the Saint Joseph’s College campus by the tournament directors (Professor and Chair of Chemistry Dr. Rob Pfaff; Professor of Chemistry Dr. Anne Gull; senior Biology major from Fishers, Ind. Amy Southworth; senior...

  • January 13, 2017

    SJC’s Columbian Players to Present “The Mousetrap”

    The Columbian Players to Present Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap"

    The Columbian Players of Saint Joseph’s College will present Agatha Christie’s classic mystery thriller “The Mousetrap” on February 2, 3, and 4 at 7:30 pm CST in the College Theatre located in the Evans Arts and Science Building on campus. Admission is $5.00 with children under 12 as well as SJC students, faculty, and staff admitted free. “The Mousetrap” is the longest running show of any type in the world. The play opened in November of 1952 and has been playing in London ever since, amassing a record 26,000 performances in its 65 year run. The play takes place in Monkswell Manor where a...

  • January 10, 2017

    SJC’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Program to Feature Vop Osili

    Martin Luther King Jr.

    On Monday, January 16, Saint Joseph’s College, along with the surrounding community, will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy with its annual program. The celebration will feature several events, beginning with the Diversity March through Rensselaer. The program will kick off at 12:00 pm CST with participants being bused from SJC’s Rev. Charles Banet, C.PP.S. Core Education Center to the Jasper County Courthouse in downtown Rensselaer. Then, at 12:30 pm, the Diversity March from the Courthouse back to campus will begin. Participants will arrive at the Core Education Center’s Shen...

  • January 4, 2017

    SJC to Host Shoppes at Collegeville Grand Opening

    Hats in the College Store

    The Saint Joseph’s College Shoppes at Collegeville will hold their grand opening on Tuesday, January 10 on the main level of the Halleck Student Center. The doors open at 10 am CST. The community is welcome. The Shoppes at Collegeville consist of the Spirit Shop, formerly known as the College Store, a convenience store, and Jazzman’s Café and Bakery. The Spirit Shop and Jazzman’s were already well-established parts of campus but they have now been remodeled and relocated to provide a one-stop shop to better serve the needs of our students, staff, alumni, and the Rensselaer community. Now you...

  • December 21, 2016

    SJC Names New Director of Alumni Affairs and Parent Relations

    Michelle Searer, Director of Alumni Affairs and Parent Relations

    Saint Joseph’s College has appointed Michelle M. Searer as its new director of alumni affairs and parent relations. Searer most recently served as vice president of the South Shore Leadership Center in Valparaiso, Ind. where she was responsible for enrollment, marketing, and program development for the widely known regional community leadership programs South Shore Leadership Youth for Community Engagement (SLYCE) for high schools students and Leadership Northwest Indiana (LNI) adult community leadership program. During her service, she helped rebrand the organization, develop and expand the...

  • December 19, 2016

    SJC Sophomore Summer Bennett Receives Realizing the Dream Award

    Summer Bennett '19

    Saint Joseph’s College Psychology major Summer Bennett ’19 of North Judson, Ind. was honored along with students from other Indiana independent colleges and universities at the 27th annual Realizing the Dream banquet in Indianapolis on November 5, 2016. In order to receive the award, students must be the first in their families to go to college, be chosen for outstanding achievement by their college during their freshman year, and be advancing toward successfully completing a bachelor’s degree. With statistics showing that roughly one in three college students is a first-generation student,...

  • December 19, 2016

    SJC: A Peaceful Atmosphere to Celebrate Christmas

    The Saint Joseph's Chapel and the Fountain decorated in Christmas lights.

    As the snow starts to fall and our fingers numb from the freezing temperatures, we are reminded of the joyful arrival of Christmas and Christ’s birth. Despite the uplifting spirit it brings and the beautiful changing of the seasons, Christmas also comes with a sea of distractions. The world forgets to relax, but instead is overwhelmed by the rush to buy gifts, keep up with the endless barrage of Christmas movies, and fighting the bitter cold.  Saint Joseph’s College offers a new experience.   With “Christmas in Collegeville” still in effect, the College provides a peaceful atmosphere to...


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    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. 

  • Professor Fred and Sally Berger at Graduation


    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.

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    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.

  • Visiting Chinese Students


    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.

  • Hoop House student workers

    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.

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    Start Your Major Freshman Year

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

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

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

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


  • Images of Students


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

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    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.