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October 2019

Saint Joseph's College (Indiana), a Catholic college founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, pledges itself to a tradition of excellence and to a liberal education that is a united endeavor of intelligence and faith.

College Enlists Aid of Hunter Global Education

In its drive to return academic programming to the Rensselaer campus, Trustees have enlisted the aid of Hunter Global Education. Hunter is led by Dr. William J. Carroll. Carroll was formerly the president of Benedictine University for twenty years during which time the institution grew from fourteen hundred students to almost eleven thousand. During that time, The Chronicle of Higher Education named Benedictine the “fastest-growing university in the country” for ten consecutive years.

The Saint Joseph’s College Mission is alive and well and is the warrant and guide for us to move forward in exciting directions.



The “founding” of an institution is not a one-time event. It is a continuous founding by successive generations of “founders” guided and inspired by the institutions’ mission. Saint Joseph’s College has been on an exciting and groundbreaking journey since its founding in 1889. This journey has been met with twists and turns in the road with the College stopping “to recreate” itself at times — all of which the College has navigated successfully. In spring 2017, the Saint Joseph’s College Board of Trustees voluntarily suspended the College’s accreditation and operations in order “to recreate”— to work on the next chapter of the institution’s journey. The goal is to restore Saint Joseph’s College as a viable and model Catholic liberal arts institution for the 21st century offering academic programs at the Rensselaer campus.


The 128 Core Partners Plan Update

The 128 Core Partners document targeted December 31, 2019, for the development of “a comprehensive three-year plan.” The College is on target for developing that plan to be delivered to the Board in December with planned dissemination in early 2020.


Fund Raising Status

Upon the recent resignation of Bill Hogan, the College is in the process of developing a job description for the position. Bill has laid a wonderful foundation for us to be able to continue to move forward. Regarding donations received, $2.3 million has been raised and pledged. The immediate goal is to continue to raise operational funds to continue returning the campus to academic programming. Immediate financial needs are for operational costs which are estimated to be several million dollars for the next three years.


Campus Use Status

The goal is to begin offering classes in the “Core” building, which is ready for business and grow from there. Apartments are available.


New Partnership

Saint Joseph’s College is pleased to announce a partnership with Indiana Agriculture and Technology School (IATS) for the 2019-2020 school year. IATS is a blended learning environment serving Indiana students grades 7 – 12 with an emphasis on agriculture and technology. This significant partnership will allow secondary students the opportunity to be regular visitors to the SJC campus and will serve as the northern Indiana site for IATS. The College is excited to work together and serve Indiana students at the Saint Joseph’s College campus.


Contact Us

Saint Joseph’s College PO Box 300 Rensselaer, IN 47978

Phone: 219-866-6000

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