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Saint Joseph College: Narrative Description


1678 Asylum Ave.
West Hartford, CT 06117-2700
Tel: (860)232-4571
Admissions: (860)231-5216
Fax: (860)233-5695
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, women only. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1932. Setting: 84-acre suburban campus with easy access to Hartford. Endowment: $13.6 million. Research spending 2003-04: $125,000. Educational spending 2003-04: $7601 per student. Total enrollment: 1,792. Faculty: 85 (75 full-time, 10 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 789 applied, 70% were admitted. 6% from top 10% of their high school class, 27% from top quarter, 57% from top half. Full-time: 860 students. Part-time: 312 students. Students come from 6 states and territories, 1 other country, 7% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 8% Hispanic, 14% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.1% international, 32% 25 or older, 20% transferred in. Retention: 75% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; protective services/public administration; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at members of the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education, Wesleyan University. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 11/15 for early action. Notification: continuous until 6/14, 12/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $31,195 includes full-time tuition ($21,370), mandatory fees ($600), and college room and board ($9225). College room only: $4345. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $515 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $60 per course.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group. Social organizations: 24 open to all; 30% of eligible undergrads are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Student Nurse Association, Psychology Club, SJC choir, Business Society. Major annual events: Convocation, Diversity Day, Student Symposium. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 428 college housing spaces available; 391 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: women-only housing available. Pope Pius XII Library plus 1 other with 120,094 books, 77,096 microform titles, 479 serials, 3,627 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $686,672. 150 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The campus is located in a suburban community within 5 miles of Hartford, the capital of Connecticut. Known as the Insurance City, Hartford offers multiple internship and employment possibilities and diverse attractions such as ballet, opera, theater, symphony, museums, historic landmarks, sporting events, shopping, churches, and hospitals. Many volunteer opportunities are also available.

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