Praise from Peers

Featured below are the awards and recognition we've received from national organizations who believe in the mission and value of an SJC education.

Saint Joseph's College has been named a best college in the Midwest and a top 10 value college in the Midwest in the 2013-14 edition of "Best Colleges" by US News Media Group.

The Princeton Review assists students with standardized test preparation and the college selection process. SJC is one of the schools on the site receiving the "Best in the Midwest" designation.

The Center for Student Opportunity recognizes SJC as a good value college for low-income, first-generation college-bound students.

Saint Joseph's College is a member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). A national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation, CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations.

The nationally renowned Core Curriculum at Saint Joseph's College was honored as the cover article of the esteemed lay-Catholic independent journal Commonweal. The nationally distributed magazine featured an article on the Curriculum written by Dennis O'Brien, President Emeritus of the University of Rochester, who spoke on the College's campus in January 2007 on the relation of Catholicism to higher education, sponsored by the Commonweal Speakers Program.

Saint Joseph's College hosted the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education in October 2005. An individual, departmental accreditation agency that visits qualifying institutions on a nine-year basis, NCATE awarded SJC with an "unconditional" accreditation, the highest rating an institution can achieve.

The Board of Commissioners of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) formally granted specialized accreditation to SJC, capping a five-year process for one of the largest academic divisions at the College.

Barron's Best Buys in College Education, a well-known directory that aids parents and students in selecting institutions that offer first-class educations and competitive prices, recently included Saint Joseph's College in the publication's ninth edition.

SJC is nationally recognized for leadership in the development of student character.

The goal of the John Templeton Foundation's College and Character Initiative is to encourage colleges and universities to do as much as they can to reinforce the positive values instilled by parents, such as honesty, compassion, self-discipline, and respect. The initiative seeks to foster widespread conversations within the higher education community about character development and to inform college-bound students, parents, policy makers, and the general public about how colleges and universities, individually and collectively, are responding to this challenge.

The Templeton Guide: Colleges that Encourage Character Development profiles 405 exemplary college programs in ten categories that inspire students to lead ethical and civic-minded lives, as well as 50 college presidents selected for their leadership in this area and 100 colleges named to the Templeton Honor Roll.

National Research Center for College & University Admissions

Explore the Core
  • SJC Education Students in the field

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Images of Students

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

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

  • Images of Students


    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.

  • Images of Students

    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.