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  • 10/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 1 of 43

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for those who want balance. It is not a campus located in the middle of nowhere so instead of sitting on campus on a saturday after noon you can explore Philadelphia and the many things it has to offer. Yes there are parties but there is also a commitment to each students education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Campus is beautiful and it is just a comfortable enviornment to be apart of. Classes are a great size, and the teachers will get to know your name, you will not be just a number. Definitely visit the school before eliminating it due to cost because there are many ways with scholarships and loans to get around that.

    Bang for the buck

    Although at costly price if you do your best and become involved you will definitely not regret it. Saint Joe's wants students who want to be here and they will help you do what is needed for such a student to receive one of the finest educations around.

    Am enjoying being here

    Campus is great! To me it is safe, although you should never go anywhere by yourself. There is always something to do wether it be a club or an activity on campus or taking a trip down to the center of the city of Brotherly Love. The faculty is great and it is so easy to make new friends

    Am learning a lot

    Ultimately the learning is all up to the individual so it depends on the students dedication that they have. The teachers are very intelligent and they are willing to help with any problem. There are many different options for the student if he or she feels like they need some extra help, such as; SI sessions which current students have private or group tutoring sessions. The teacher also has set times where you can go to their offices and get extra help.

  • 01/11/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 2 of 43

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    College-bound students who are studious yet still want to have fun. Students who love the city but don't necessarily want to live in it, but can easily access it. Students who want a more one-to-one style learning (i.e. 20 students in a class) instead of a lecture hall of hundreds of students and fellow classmates that you'll never know their name and professor won't either.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're signing up for a residence hall...pick the houses. It's like a campus secret. They are much more spacious then the dorms, they have charm, and it's almost as if you're walking home at the end of the day. All campus houses are located on campus and most have kitchens! Another tip is to wait to buy your textbooks. Sometimes professors post books for the class as a recommended source instead of required. And usually renting your book from the bookstore or buying your books online is a lot cheaper if you know your not going to keep them.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, St. Joe's is a more-expensive school but there is so much that you can learn and participate in on campus. Most of the professors are wonderful and always willing to give extra help. The university also contains state-of-the-art technology that is useful during the learning process. The class sizes are small so the teacher-student/student-student relationship is possible which enriches the class material and often great friendships. The campus is always kept nice and well-maintained giving every angle a beautiful view...especially in the spring! Also, the set-up of the residence halls encourages an easy way to meet new people and potential long-lasting friendships. Freshmen year the dorms are a bit small but sophomore year to senior year there is much more space.

    Am enjoying being here

    St. Joe's offers a safe, fun campus. There are a variety of activities students can get involved with whether it's sports related or volunteer activities. If you're looking for something fun to do that doesn't cost a cent, you can always rely on the Student Union Board. SUB is the main student-run group on campus that manages anything from free movies to mini festivals on the lawn. You can also check out the Perch, a building used for students to relax, have fun, go to concerts, or study and talk with friends. The Perch is open 24/7 and includes pool tables, table tennis, arcade games, a computer lab, a stage (for concert nights) and a lounge area...and the best part is - it's all free! And after you relax in the lounge you can participate in multiple volunteer activities; some held right on campus and the majority of others, in the city! Volunteering is a great way meet new people and give back to the community.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors on campus are very knowledgeable in their subject matter. They are very helpful and want to assist students as much as they can, even if it does not pertain to the class's subject matter but life in general. Professor make class interesting by integrating hands-on activities and the use of technology to better their lectures. Also, the books they choose for the class are often excellent and up-to-date; although like many schools...expensive. The core major/minor classes are well taught and thorough...and the GER classes are not a waste of time. Attending St. Joe's will earn you a well-rounded education!

  • 12/19/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 3 of 43

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    SJU is a place for being loud and being proud, and offers those who may be a bit quieter a chance to let their thoughts be heard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take the chance and apply, and visit the beautiful campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Saint Joe's is very generous with scholarships, and the quality of life, education, and socializing available at SJU is unsurpassed.

    Am enjoying being here

    The students at St. Joe's are courteous and kind, but are also your typical teenagers. Debates in class can get lively, as everyone has a different point of view.

    Am learning a lot

    SJU is a school that offers a variety of majors, including ones that are not common, such as a first-rate Food Marketing Program. The teachers really challenge you to do your best, and are willing to help if they can. All you have to do is ask. The teachers are experienced in their field and dedicated to their subject; my Accounting teacher never missed a class, yet he flew back and forth to the Midwest three times a week to perform his duties at a company he works for.

  • 01/03/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 4 of 43

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Saint Joseph's is great for students who are looking for a school that is small enough that you get to know many of your teachers and classmates but still has many activities. It is great for students who are serious about their work and are looking for a great education.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should visit the campus and really get a feeling for the atmosphere. There are guided tours and open houses that are a great opportunity for that. If you plan on going to Saint Joseph's check out all the dorm options before deciding to see what option is best for you.

    Bang for the buck

    Saint Joseph's is an expensive school, but it is worth your money. The education you get is worth it. Saint Joseph's also helps with paying for school and is generous with scholarships.

    Am enjoying being here

    The school environment is just as great as the academic atmosphere. There are many activities going on each weekend. Different student groups organize dances, concerts, movie nights, etc. The sporting events are also a lot of fun. The school is very spirited. Basketball games are very intense and very exciting. The school location is also great! At Saint Joseph's you can use trains, buses, and other public transportation to get into the city, where there are lots of things to do and see. It is also great being close to many different colleges that you can visit and meet other people your age.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers at Saint Joseph's are dedicated to their work. They truly care about each individual student and take the time to make sure you are doing well in the class. If you show that you are putting forth effort the teachers will match or go beyond that effort. They have a lot of office hours each week and are easy to get in contact with. They are extremely knowledgeable in their subjects. The class sizes are at max 25 students. This means you need to show up to class but this also means that the teachers can get to know you individually.

  • 06/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 5 of 43

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to try new things, freshman year is a huge learning experience, and not just in the classroom. You will have to get used to living with and interacting with different types of people that you never interacted or lived with before. Freshman year is like your first step into some independence, you will probably switch majors or miss high school sometimes, or make some mistakes but it all ends with you coming out as a wiser and more experienced student and person. This school is really good and it really does a good job for gearing its students in the right direction.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is expensive, however the school is generous in giving scholarships and grants when students need them. Almost all of my friends at St. Josephs have some form of financial aid. For instance, I have a scholarship and a grant from this school and it has made my expenses much more cheaper, also, there are many campus jobs available, such as work study and these can help pay for the tuition and other expenses as well.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is very beautiful, it is peaceful and comforting and creates a atmosphere where it is easy to feel as if you are home. This school also haves a lot of volunteer opportunities that really get students involved with helping others throughout the city. There are programs available that anyone can feel comfortable doing. A St. Josephs student can always find a place where he or she can fit in and make an impact.

    Am learning a lot

    Saint Josephs really does a good job of providing students with substantial learning resources within the classrooms. All of the professors that I had were really knowledgeable on the subject that they taught. This school also has many interesting and exciting classes that are offered to students that can prepare them for their career choice and the classes also help students discern exactly what ignites their interest and what they want to pursue.

  • 07/27/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 6 of 43

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    if you dont like to get involved you dont want to go to this school. they are very big on student involvment in activities and volunteerism.

    Tips for prospective students

    go visit the campus and stalk the website. let the school know you are interested. do not be afraid to contact staff. they want to help you get in. and they want to get to know you

    Bang for the buck

    SJU is a private school. that means it is expensive. they automatically consider each student for merit based scholarships. the campus is beautiful everyone is friendly and the school is just pretty awesome. it is worth the money for me.

    Will enjoy being here

    the campus is BEAUTIFUL. the dorms are average but they are building a brand spankin new building for the class of 2016. everyone there is very welcoming and friendly staff and students. at the open house there were lots of chances to talk to students and get real opinions from active students. they even had a room set up with professors from every department and they called it a community fair.

    Will learn a lot

    from what i was told and found for myself when i visited the open house this july was that the professors are very accessible. they all seemed very welcoming and easy to talk to.

  • 05/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 of 43

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    All you have to do is call them and they will pick you up anywhere and take you where you need to go.

    Greek Life

    It's here. It's not a big deal but the people in it love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons to do on campus. The cool thing to do is to get involved with a service site where you meet the most people.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a growing campus, a bit costly, but definitely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    St. Joe's is a city school, but with grass and trees! The train to get anywhere in the city is just a quick walk away. You are in Philadelphia, leaving endless possibilities available. The school itself is always offering things to do on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are good days and bad days.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is the same everywhere. But St. Joe's finds ways for you to stay close to campus all four years. For freshman housing suites are offered and they are a must! It really adds to the housing experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The work can be hard or easy depending on the teacher, what is difficult however is the quantity of the work. With some weeks you are swamped with papers and assignments. It is all challenging work, but in the end it gets easier to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Time management is something every student needs to learn here. With so many service sites and other ways to get involved on campus you have to find ways to have fun, but also get work done. The work seems like a lot at first, but it is all manageable.

    In three sentences

    St. Joe's is a school where you can never say there is nothing to do. With challenging school work and ways to get involved you can always keep yourself busy. There is a place for everyone here.

  • 05/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 of 43

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Overall, the campus is safe. There are security guards that sit in the freshman and sophomore housing at the front desk and make sure only students enter the building. Emergency buttons are located throughout the campus. It's not recommended to walk alone at night outside campus grounds; if this is needed there you can call a walking escort to accompany you while walking.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is not a big thing at our school. However, many people do join sororities or fraternities because it's a good way to meet new people and feel involved. There are many Greek life events and social gatherings which can be fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many different clubs and activities that are offered at Saint Joes. Being involved in any club or activity is preferred if you want to feel involved in the community.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like... *small class sizes *stone buildings *urban setting *student-teacher relationships *mid-size campus

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They say don't walk on the Saint Joseph's Seal before graduation or else it's bad luck. This is located in the foyer of Mandeville, the business school.

    Bang for the buck

    Although Saint Joes is expensive, it provides an outstanding academic curriculum with intelligent professors who are always willing to help. Saint Joes offers shuttle services to the east and west sides of city avenue. The west side is where most of the off-campus housing is located. The east side is where most of the stores, restaurants, and supermarkets are located as well as some off-campus housing. Also, there are escorts running 24/7 for your convenience.

    What to do for fun

    There are always events being held through the school, especially through the Student Union Board. There are so many to choose from and the nice thing is that most of them are absolutely free! Some examples are trips to the King of Prussia Mall, movie nights, comedians, etc.

    Food and Dining

    There is a cafeteria, which is buffet style, with a new addition of gluten-free foods. They usually provide different themes during the month. Along with the cafeteria, there is a declining balance side, which consists of 3 different food places with a variety of hot foods. There is also a small food/convenience store for students who don't have a car or are looking for something quick. Across from Saint Joes, right next to the bookstore, there is Larry's cheese steaks and Cosi which accept declining balance money through the school.

    Dorm Life

    As a freshman you have the option to live in a dorm-style, suite-style, or house setting. There is currently a new freshman dorm, said to be one of the biggest in the country, being built for the upcoming academic year. As a sophomore, you live off campus and Saint Joes provides you with housing options. As a Junior and Senior, you have the option to live in Saint Joes housing or find another place on your own. Many students choose to find places on their own because it's cheaper.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic curriculum is challenging, but not impossible. It depends on your major. Saint Joes is known for their business school as well as their food marketing program. Saint Joes provides many opportunities for jobs after graduation because of its academic reputation.

    Tips for prospective students

    This school is perfect for students who don't want to go to a huge state school or a tiny school; this school is a mid-size school with over 5,000 students enrolled. Also, Saint Joes is recommended for students who prefer the student-teacher relationship. The class sizes are relatively small and it's easy to get help. Your professor will know you by your name compared to being known as a number at big schools. To walk from one end of campus to the other is not far; it takes about 20 minutes, at the most. Additionally, many of the buildings are castle-like made of stone.

    In three sentences

    Saint Joseph's University is a quaint school with a beautiful campus. This school is a perfect mid-size school with a well-known academic curriculum. Saint Joes excels academically and athletically.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    9 of 43

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There when you need them! Just make sure you have your ID at all times or at least know your ID number by heart.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs to choose from! If you like it and what to join it, they have it. There is always activities, carnivals and gatherings, especially during the spring!

    Bang for the buck

    Overall SJU is what you make of it. Get involved, join clubs, participate in events, make memories and friends, but most importantly, excel in your studies!

    What to do for fun

    There are lost of activities to enjoy around the campus and on campus. There are plenty of campus events going on and you can check the calendar on the SJU site so you do not miss it! There are also a number of bars, Manyunk being a popular place where people hang and 40th street being another, right near University of Penn campus. There are also a number of clubs downtown in center city and plenty of things to do there as well.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great. So much to choose from. You could go to the convenient store located in campion to grab something quick to take back to your dorm or you could go to the dining side (near the convenient store to have a buffet style dinner. There is also the choice of going to the declining balance side in campion as soon as you walk in and go down the stairs and have the choice of quiznos, hawk wraps, etc. Hawk wraps are awesome!

    Dorm Life

    There are new dorms being built as I write this! There are a number of doors on campus and also the option of town houses for upper class men. There is sourin hall which is co-ed but each floor is assigned to one gender only. There Lafarge that could stand some work, it is not a bad or horrible hall but the showers are really small so if you're tall I do not think you would want to house there. Both of those halls are right next to each other and on campus. The town houses are a little off campus but not far, just down the street and if you do not want to walk it or drive there are hawk buses (shuttles) that come at certain times to pick students up and take them to designated stops on and near campus. There is also Moore hall located right near the townhouses and Ashwood, Merion gardens, Lancaster courts, Wynnewood and Pennbrook that are located further up the street from the townhouses and are all apartment style and nice places to live. Borgia and Rashford are across the street from the university and are also apartment style and very nice places!

    Academic Rigor

    Pay attention in class and you'll be fine! Any additional S.I classes (for the science majors) or tutoring that you need, make time in your schedule to do so. It helps a lot and you will not feel left behind. Do not be afraid to ask questions because the professors are there to help and also have office hours if you need their additional help outside of class. The drexel library and the new Post hall attached are great places to find additional resources. Everything you need for academic success is on campus so use your resources. There is also a student success center for this as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students I suggest that you MINGLE!, MINGLE!, MINGLE! Get to know who you are in class with and anyone surrounding you. It will help make your experience better. For multicultural students I suggest that you too mingle and visit the OML (Office of Multicultural Life) in the campion building. All students of any race, culture and color are welcomed into the office and the director Dr. Sho is a very friendly and funny woman who will make you feel right at home. P.S if you have not already, FILL OUT SCHOLARSHIPS LIKE CRAZY! You'll need it!

    In three sentences

    Saint Joseph's University is a great school to graduate from and a place where the campus is close enough to the inner city but far enough not to be apart of the chaos the inner city comes with. A very comfortable atmosphere and campus.

  • 06/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 of 43

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Public safety on campus always does it's job.

    Bang for the buck

    SJU is really expensive but they give a lot of scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    The movie theatre is a couple minutes away. There is a bowling alley up City Line Ave and there are a lot of stores. Events are always going on around campus so I would advise you to get involved.

    Food and Dining

    The food is terrible. If you have money for restaurants, I would advise eating out a lot.

    Dorm Life

    Moore Hall is the only dorm with your own bathroom and the rooms are huge. Moore is also clean. All of the other dorms are small and dirty.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are good. They are not hard as long as you do the work. The good thing is that you really learn, unlike a lot of other schools.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to sit with a stranger in the caf. Strangers are friends just waiting to be made!

    In three sentences

    Saint Jose's is really a great place to learn and to meet new people. Everyone is really nice and there are always a lot of events going on campus. The teachers are also really helpful and they make sure that you stay on track.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 of 43

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    I live off campus so I am not sure of the meal planes or how the food is from what I was told they are extremely expensive.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't take the word or your academic adviser or your financial adviser always do your own research because they will lie to you and tell you a lot of false information which would leave you and your family in huge financial debt.

    In three sentences

    St. Joe's is not a bad school academic wise it is very good and the professors are excellent. but there academic and financial advisers are the WORST be mindful of them and what advice they give you.

  • 08/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 of 43

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is pretty safe. Like anywhere, just be smart about where your going and such. Also, SJU has shuttles and escorts available for students who need it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs/activities a student can get involved here at SJU! Just be open-minded and put in the effort to join some of them!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The location on campus is great! It is not directly at the center of the city, but the campus is on the outskirts of the city which is amazing.

    What to do for fun

    Visit Philadelphia, go to basketball games, take part in school clubs/activities.

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't that great. It's edible but not the most delicious things in the world.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are great. The staff are very supportive and will help you with your studies anytime you need it!

  • 10/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 of 43

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Public Safety keeps you safe! Not always security in the areas where they are supposed to be located, but bad things don't usually happen on campus. Just have to be careful and aware if traveling into the city or walking around!

    Greek Life

    Semi-Popular on campus. Although there are not a lot of sororities and frats, there are enough to make sure everyone who wants to be a part of one can!

    Clubs and Activities

    So many options and wonderful ways to get involved!!! Check them out: http://sju.edu/home/undergrad/clubs#6

    Great for these types of students

    Students who love community service and/or getting involved should definitely check out SJU!!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hawktoberfest-Alumni Weekend The Perch-A great place to hang out Basketball season- =) Saint Patrick's Day!!-A popular day on campus Every week is an event-examples: Wellness Week, Think Pink Week, Diversity Week, and more

    Bang for the buck

    This school is expensive! But scholarship money is so helpful and ultimately the cost is equivalent to the information we are taught, the experiences we have, the opportunities, and the planning for the future!

    What to do for fun

    Student Union Board always has things planned on campus and activities that take you off campus for free-$10! It's a lot of fun to get to pay ahead for these fun events. The train is also close to go into the city, into Manayunk, visit great places to eat, and more!!

    Food and Dining

    Campion is ok...it could be better and could be worse, just like any cafeteria. Luckily, on your Hawk Card there are Declining Balance dollars for Cost, the Landmark, and more!

    Dorm Life

    I live in a new dorm just built this year!!! So wonderful, but really all of the freshman dorms have their positives and negatives. As you get older you can live in a house, apartment style dorm, or in Manayunk!

    Academic Rigor

    It is definitely more difficult than high school because of the work load. You will get used to it. It is an adaptation that really makes you learn a lot more than being an excessive amount of work!

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit: the best advice about St. Joe's is that this is not for spectators, except if you are planning on being an engaged spectator at our basketball games! I also think it is important to want to get involved and learn to love this campus.

    In three sentences

    Saint Joseph's University is a campus filled with activity, things to do, and experiences to learn from! Everyone I know is more than involved in their schoolwork and their extra curricular activities because they learn so much from the experience. Community service is a huge part of this campus and really brings everyone together to make our community live greater!

  • 10/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 of 43

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Go to philadelphia.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come.

    In three sentences

    Awesome. Students, profs are nice. Food is good.

  • 10/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 of 43

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Saint Joseph's offer 100s of activities including sports at the D1, club, and intramural levels, academic clubs, and Greek life. Additionally, SJU is no further than a half hour from any main Philadelphia site. All the other local colleges including University of Pennsylvania, Temple, and Drexel are all within twenty minutes. Center City and South Street are a simple train ride away.

    Food and Dining

    At SJU, we have the main Campion Dining Hall. Like all college dining halls, quality can be suspect at times, but they do provide a great variety. Every day there is a salad bar open, tasty pizza is always, and even make your own sandwich. This is supplemented with Campion Food Court, where you can get a famous Hawk Wrap, a burger from Grille Works, or a salad and quesadillas from Frescura. Additionally, there are food carts and small delis in many campus buildings.

    Dorm Life

    I felt like home in the SJU dorms after only a week. As a freshman you have a choice of Villiger, McShain, Sourin, and Lafarge Hall. Villiger and McShain are regular hall style and would be my top reccomendations. Sourin and Lafarge are suite style, and present a good opportunity to become very close with your suite mates.

    Academic Rigor

    Saint Joseph's presents very challenging intellectual, psychological, and spiritual classes. One thing you get at Saint Joe's is smaller classes. Your biggest classes will be freshman introductory classes of only fifty students. Saint Joseph's sports a well rounded academic core, from Actuarial Science to Sports Marketing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely come to as many of the events as possible. Get a tour of the campus. If you know a current student, see if you can spend a night here to see what a whole day at SJU will be like. Come to Admitted Student's Day in April, it really enforced that Saint Joseph's is the school for me.

    In three sentences

    Saint Joseph's has been the ultimate college experience. The classes are great with small sizes and passionate professors, there is hundreds of clubs and activities to do once class is over, and the people you will meet are amazing. The pride in being a SJU Hawk is what set this school apart from all others.

  • 10/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 of 43

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Even though I am not on campus, there are always emails and mobile connections in attempts to create good security and emergency prepardness.

    Greek Life

    Not involved

    Clubs and Activities

    Even though I am unable to participate in any clubs, there are many that are incorporated on campus that help students meet others and participate in new exciting activitites.

    Great for these types of students

    Distance learners, and students who wish to get a good education.

    Bang for the buck

    SJU is wonderful for the price. They even offer military discounts! Definitley recommend.

    Food and Dining

    Attending online courses.

    Academic Rigor

    Tough courses and good professors who help guide you through the process because they are there to teach you, not make you fail.

    Tips for prospective students

    Participate in class discussions.

    In three sentences

    Saint Joseph's has been a wonderful experience and I have received really good professors who are very helpful and provide good constructive feedback on assignments. The professors are tough but want to help you learn. Great School!

  • 11/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 of 43

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is very good. Public Safety is always willing to pick students up and escort them back to campus no matter what.

    Greek Life

    There is greek life but it isnt that big.

    Clubs and Activities

    Alot of community service options, sports, club sports,and variety of different student lead clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to be close to home and want a college thats like their high school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    School doesn't have a football team but does have a great basketball team.

    Bang for the buck

    Some courses are harder than others but basically the same level as high school courses.

    What to do for fun

    Located in the city so its easy to travel into the city and do things there. Campus has different on-campus events each weekend and trips places like King of Prussia or NYC. Always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    Food gets old fast but definitely not the worst food for a college.

    Dorm Life

    Suite style living exposes you to more people you ordinarily would't talk to. Dorms can get loud but usually aren't and are pretty clean.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are hard but doable. not too stressfulwhen making the college transition.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you are okay with little diversity if you are considering going here and alot of people going home on the weekends.

    In three sentences

    Saint Joseph's University is a small school dedicated to service which is nice if you are involved in community service. Alot of kids already know one another before they begin their freshman year because they attended the same high school which is intimidating. the smallness of the school however does provide for a close knit community.

  • 11/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 of 43

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    I belong to the first student chapter of SHRM, and it has been a great experience

    Great for these types of students

    great for all types of students

    Bang for the buck

    It is very expensive

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on, on campus

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food isn't too bad

    Dorm Life

    can't really speak to it as I do my course work online, but from what I hear it is very safe

    Academic Rigor

    I am in the accelerated online degree program and it is fast paced, but as soon as you are growing weary of 1 class you are on to the next

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for as many scholarships as you can, they don't offer many Go to a 2 year college first to save on money

    In three sentences

    It has a great online professional degree program Transferring from a 2 year college was a breeze Beautiful Campus

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of different clubs to get involved in.

    What to do for fun

    Go into the city, go to activities the school is having that weekend.

    Food and Dining

    Typical college food.

    Dorm Life

    There is two types of housing for freshman: suite style or a normal dorm style. Whichever you choose seems to be good.

    Academic Rigor

    Known for their business school and Food Marketing major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you check out the dorm rooms before you decide where you want to live and tour the school more than once.

    In three sentences

    Saint Joseph's is a very fun college, but also very good academically. There is always something to do on and off campus. The staff is also helpful when you need them!

  • 12/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 43

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Public safety is awesome. They will pick you up from anywhere if you don't feel safe or don't feel like walking. They are always around keeping us safe. They have a district right on campus that looks like a real dispatcher.

    Greek Life

    It is almost like a club here. There is no Greek housing so sororities and fraternities have meetings and participate in activities together without a house.

    Clubs and Activities

    Everything you could ever want to be into exists, and if it doesn't, you can start it.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing people who love to embrace opportunities. There is not a typical student here, every type of person is represented here, regardless of what you are into.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The hawk will never die! is the main tradition on campus. Basketball is really popular since we do not have a football team, and the hawk mascot cannot stop flapping throughout the whole game. It's a great environment and really shoes the community aspect of our school.

    Bang for the buck

    You get what you pay for. Everything you could ever need is on campus here, and everyone is on your side and is here to help you.

    What to do for fun

    Taking a train or bus into the city of Philadelphia takes less than 20 minutes and is $2 or $4. Manayunk, a town near by has shops and bars if you are older. Ardmore is right near as well. There is an array of activities on campus on weekends as well.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall food is OK. There is always food that is safe to eat, like pizza and an awesome salad bar and ice cream and cereal. Sometimes when the dining hall tries something new, it doesn't always come out the best. But it's typical for college food.

    Dorm Life

    A new residence hall for freshman was just built in 2012 and is beautiful. All the freshman dorms are right on campus and in close proximity to everything. Living on campus is a great opportunity.

    Academic Rigor

    Saint Joe's will give you what you're paying for, and you aren't paying for an easy A.

    Tips for prospective students

    Branch out of your comfort zone. My biggest mistake was hanging around only with my friends from high school. Get involved in things your friends aren't necessarily involved in and meet new people.

    In three sentences

    Saint Joe's has a great community aspect. If you're looking for a place where you will recognize people in the library, in the dining hall and in your classes, this is the place for you.

  • 12/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 of 43

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those students who enjoy relationships with their professors and other classmates.

    What to do for fun

    The school is about a 15 minute walk from the train line that goes to the center of Philadelphia. From there the options are limitless.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a tough school but it is well worth it. If you enjoy having a close relationship with your professors then this is the school for you

    In three sentences

    Saint Joseph's University is an excellent college that encourages students to take challenges and explore all of their options. The faculty and staff are very interested in their students well being and provide plenty of opportunities to help students grow.

  • 12/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 of 43

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    there are always public safty officers walking around campus

    Bang for the buck

    the school is not cheap but totally worth it, I love it here and totally made the right choice

    What to do for fun

    tons of clubs and intermural sports, tons of sports to just go and watch if you not involved in any

    Food and Dining

    Foods not that great but you can survive.

    Dorm Life

    McShain is the place to be! You have your own closet and build in desks.

    Tips for prospective students

    come and check out the campus it is beautiful

    In three sentences

    I love St. Joe's. It is a comfortable atmosphere, professors are great, and classes are a lot of fun yet challenging. It really feels like a family, GO HAWKS!

  • 01/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 of 43

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Public safety is boasted to be great but I would never trust them if i were in danger. Never walk alone because there are often muggings and other conflicts within the neighborhood.

    What to do for fun

    Extracurricular activities, parties, friends.

    Food and Dining

    Very bad dining service.

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms are beautiful and new, yet some are very old and in need of renovation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Understand the lack of diversity and nightlife. Be ready to work relatively hard for good grades. Be aware it is easy to get to the city, but not as close as you may think.

    In three sentences

    For me, it has been an average experience. Many other students have made great friendships and often would rather be at school than at home. It is a great school for getting involved and working within the community.

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    24 of 43

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is decent at SJU but it could be better. The campus safety comes when a student calls them or needs them for something. It was taxing on me and my family when I would return from break and need someone to escort me back to school, the campus safety did a decent job at helping me back to campus.

    Greek Life

    I am not personally aware of the Greek life but I know that it is not popular at SJU. There are professional Greek-life organizations but other than that, there aren't houses for Greek members to live in.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs to choose from and wherever you fit, you can find something. Personally, I was a member of youth ministry and attended mass every Sunday at 7pm. An activity I thoroughly enjoyed was participating on the Women's Collegiate Crew team. I will never forget the friendships I made and the fun I experienced as a result of this program.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who want a small campus and in the heart of a city. Most students are from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virgina, so it was a shock to many of my peers that I was from North Carolina.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A newly popular location on campus would be the recently renovated, Francis Drexel Library. This library is beautifully constructed; it seems as if the student is studying in a modern piece of architecture when one looks out of the mosaic windows. The entire campus is known as Hawk Hill because the SJU mascot is the maroon and gray hawk. A great Hawk tradition is that basketball is the most popular entity of the school-life. When basketball season rolls around, pep rallies are held in the Hagan gymnasium which is also the place to attend spring and fall concerts.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is a great location and the professors were great, but I do not believe that I used my money to it's fullest. I wished there were more rigorous classes and a less homologous student body.

    What to do for fun

    Being at Saint Joe's, you are at the helm of the second largest city in the United States, so explore for fun. I'd recommend riding the train and walking around Philly to see what the city has to offer. Make sure you bring a buddy because it is a bit dangerous. Other than that, go to eat and see the historic landmarks.

    Food and Dining

    There is only one cafeteria and the food is mediocre. The facility itself is very pleasant and clean. I enjoyed meeting friends in Campion Cafeteria to eat and talk about classes. The food was not that great, but the friendly cooks made up for it.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm-life is excellent and safe on campus. There are check-ins that requires students to swipe in order to enter. At the main desk of each dorm, there are security personnel watching you swipe and will check-in your guests. One vexing thing about the check-in stations is that there is only a certain amount of people who can be in your dorm at a given time. It is time-consuming to give your information and card, simply to visit a friend.

    Academic Rigor

    It is not very rigorous, but depending on what you take it can be. As a freshman, I took junior and senior courses just to be challenged. The english courses are a joke and seem as if one is still sitting in his or her high school classroom.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would check your financial aid and make certain that you have enough to fully pay your tuition. Saint Joe's is not a cheap institution so it is wise to secure finances before attending. Also, many students, such as myself, have transferred due to financial burdens or not fully researching their financial aid package...the scholarship the school rewards in the admittance letter may appear to be a great amount, but it might not be as much it appears

    In three sentences

    This college is located in the beautiful city of Philadelphia, which makes exploring a great past-time for students. Saint Joe's is a smaller-sized, Catholic institution with many good professors and exquisite facilities. The students that populate the campus are friendly and its small enough to recognize faces and make friend, but also big enough to meet new people.

  • 01/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 of 43

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Its not a big deal if you don't get involved in the greek life because there are plenty of other people who aren't.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit and take a tour here to see if it's the right fit for you.

    In three sentences

    St joes is a great community once you find your place. Get involved in a lot of things in the beginning - there's something for everyone.

  • 01/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    26 of 43

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is pretty good. There is a shuttle/ bus that picks up students from close proximities and any time of the night they will drive you to where you need to go.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of activities for students (academic, social, and athletic) and there are always activities going on. (Movies, trips, volunteering, etc.)

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who appreciate smaller class sizes but still have a good community and college feel.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I don't know any because I am a transfer student and this is my first year. However I was told students will not step on the hawk (our mascot) on the floor of Mandeville Hall because it is supposedly bad luck.

    Bang for the buck

    As a middle income student it is a bit expensive. As a transfer student the school didn't accept a lot of my classes and they made me re-take the St. Joes version which cost me quite a bit of money and made me behind for my degree. Take advantage of the Health Center if you're sick, the counseling office, the library and Career Development Services. Get your money's worth!

    What to do for fun

    Downtown Philadelphia is a short bus or train ride away where there are museums, restaurants, shops, etc. Manyunk is also a short bus ride which is a wonderful area with bars, restaurants, and movie theater.

    Food and Dining

    I can't rate the food and dining because I am not on a meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    I live in an on-campus apartment and it is wonderful. The rooms are spacious and it includes a full kitchen and wifi/ cable. It is expensive but it is considered the nicest of dorms so it's understandable.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging but manageable and the professors are passionate about what they teach. Having professors that love what they do make learning so much more fun!

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all school opportunities. Whether it's clubs, trips, health services, or activities, make sure you get your money's worth!

    In three sentences

    The class sizes are about 20 students per class so the professors really get to know you on a personal level. The professors and staff are wonderful and extremely helpful. It is a bit expensive, and the Financial Aid office isn't the most helpful.

  • 03/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    27 of 43

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    A little too much for me.

    Great for these types of students

    Sports and activities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They have an incredible dance team.

    What to do for fun

    Explore the city.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join some form of a group or team.

    In three sentences

    Saint Joseph's is a great small community school. Teachers are helpful and willing to go the extra mile for their students. For a city school, the campus is safe and secure.

  • 03/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    28 of 43

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    If you call enough times they will come get you.

    Clubs and Activities

    The more you get involved the more friends you will have, and the more fun you will have. I'm on the dance team and we never stop!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The hawk never stops flapping during a basketball game! Come see for yourself!

    What to do for fun

    Basketball games are always fun and everyone goes so there is a ton of school spirit. Philly is only one train stop away ($4) and in a city there are tons of museums and fun activities you can find!

    Food and Dining

    Campion is gross, I have so much food in my room that my mom makes fun of me! Next year I'm not getting a meal plan at all!

    Dorm Life

    Depending where you live and who you live with will provide different experiences. I currently live in Lafarge in a suite and HATE my suitemates but love my roommate. It's not a big deal though because I have lots of friends outside of my building!

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your major and what teachers you get. As a freshmen its very discouraging to not do well in a class you know you should be good at, it's not always your fault.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get the highest declining balance amount that the school offers, especially boys. The food is much better there then at Campion.

  • 03/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    29 of 43

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Public safety is always around as well as surrounding local police. I always feel safe.

    Greek Life

    It is good if that is something your into.

    Clubs and Activities

    A lot of clubs,frats, and sorotites are available. They encompass most of the interests of the students.

    Great for these types of students

    Good for students who do well, but have a lot of space for having a good time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Campion is the breeding ground for meeting people. Basketball games are big as well.

    Bang for the buck

    It is very expensive, but you the value depends on what you do on campus.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs, intramural sports, and events on campus. If you meet good friends then you make your own fun.

    Food and Dining

    Campion has a wide range of food and good quality. Local restaurants and delivery options puts St.Joes in a great spot.

    Dorm Life

    Once again, if you branch out and make friends then the dorm life is better than you can imagine. It feels great to leave your parents and be 100% independent.

    Academic Rigor

    It is like ever other college. the work can be tough, but your results are dependent on how much effort you put into it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved early and often. Find close friends.

    In three sentences

    Saint Joseph's is a great school and creates a comfortable and enthusiastic environment. The students, professors, and faculty are very friendly which leads to fun and safe experiences every way you turn. If you get involved and do what you like to do, the Saint Joseph's is second to none.

  • 05/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    30 of 43

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Public Safety is just a call away, the office is close and escorts will pick you up when the shuttles aren't running

    Greek Life

    Fraternities and sororities are a big deal!

    Clubs and Activities

    Club sports, Varsity sports, language clubs, multicultural organizations

    Great for these types of students

    Any students! But mostly those who are willing to get involved

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hawk-A-Palooza is a great tradition. Every semester there is a community service day. At orientation there is a black light dance! The spring concert is always a hit!

    Bang for the buck

    Saint Joe's is a great place to break out of your shell, try new things, and become a part of a strong family that will always support you.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved, join clubs, at the end of every year we have a party call Hawk-A-Palooza, its a great time!!!!

    Food and Dining

    Campion dining hall is pretty good, plus you get extra money to spend at the food court and Cosi. Also Starbucks, Landmark and Larry's are on campus!

    Dorm Life

    Try to find your roommate at orientation. Suite life is great.

    Academic Rigor

    Check out professors on Ratemyprofessor.com and ask upperclassmen

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the opportunities given, there will be many!

    In three sentences

    Great experience. Home away from home. Great place to get involved.

  • 06/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    31 of 43

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Saint Joe's is located right outside Center City Philadelphia. Two train stops from campus and you are in the heart of Philadelphia. Along with the city being very close and accessible there are always sporting events or club events occurring around campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Saint Joe's is just like the food at any other college, its not the best but its not the worst.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at Saint Joseph's is amazing. The university just built a brand new freshman door which is beautiful with larger rooms and huge bathrooms.

    Academic Rigor

    The general classes a freshman is required to take can be challenging. Saint Joseph's curriculum involves a large amount of reading and writing. On average during my freshman year I wrote 3 to 4 papers a week.

    Tips for prospective students

    Any student starting at Saint Joseph's University should become interested in joining every club or sport that may seem intriguing. Joining these activities really does help new students feel like they are a part of the community.

    In three sentences

    Saint Joseph's University is an amazing college from its classroom settings to the recreational activities. During my Freshman year at St. Joe's I learned more than just the material in my books, I learned how to give back to the community through the many service opportunities this school provides. The combination of academics and community service allows Saint Joseph's University to stand out from other Universities.

  • 06/10/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    32 of 43

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Many options.

    Dorm Life

    Very good

    Academic Rigor

    You are expected to learn 60% of what you know out of the textbook, not from the professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    You need to be willing to learn and push yourself.

    In three sentences

    Saint Joseph's is a very good school which offers many co-ops and study abroad programs. Saint Joseph's professors graduated at the top tier of their class. The school has a comfortable, fun, and safe enviornment

  • 06/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    33 of 43

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Public Safety has its moments where its a tad unreliable but overall, the officers are some of the kindest, most hardworking people you'll ever meet.

    Greek Life

    There are no greek houses on campus but there are plenty of active sorority and fraternities. There is even an honors co-ed business frat.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for all types of interest at SJU.

    Great for these types of students

    Energetic, creative, passionate students

    Bang for the buck

    If you're looking to foster good working relationships with professors, SJU is definitely the place for you. They don't have too diverse of a selection of academics but you will definitely develop better skills. I'm not sure that its worth the price tag though.

    What to do for fun

    There is plenty of things to do. SJU sponsors many events throughout the year including movies, formals, laser tag, skiing, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good. SJU has been developing more healthy, vegetarian, gluten free, and vegan options.

    Dorm Life

    The housing is always separated by sex. First years by floor, upperclassmen have mixed sex floors but they cannot room with persons of the opposite sex. Very nice accommodations, also pretty expensive. Most upperclassmen live in on campus apartments.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on your major and course load. Some students are always in the library and some have a very relaxed work loads. All professors expect a high quality of work and work ethic from students.

    Tips for prospective students

    I think a really important think for students looking to come to SJU is to present all the things about you that would make you a good fit for the school on a very personal level. For example, if you're really into crew, it would help to speak to what way this has benefited you in your growth as a person.

    In three sentences

    A great school if you want to be near an urban setting but not exactly in it. Students have a lot of pride for the school. A very community-centric university.

  • 07/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    34 of 43

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus itself is very safe. I have never felt threatened or nervous walking late at night. However, when around Philly, BE CAREFUL late at night. That rule should apply everywhere but it definitely is the case in some shadier spots of town.

    Greek Life

    Jesuit school reduces greek life to the level of a normal club which is extremely unfortunate. Sororities are perceived much better than Frats, which sometimes are looked down upon in general. In my opinion, greek life is what you make of it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Sports are huge around campus. Varsity and club sports dominate the social scene in the fall. Get to know the athletes, they are people too and can hook you up with some sweet perks as well.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing kids thrive at SJU (I assume they thrive everyhwere however). The style around campus is very preppy, so if you don't have any clothes that fit the style it might be time to hit the cosignment store and pick up some new threads for cheap.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our mascot The Hawk is a perennial legend at SJU. The hawk receives a full ride but for the entire time he spends in the costume, he must flap his wings and NEVER stop. The chant The Hawk Will Never Die rings through Hagan Arena every basketball game and defines the strong spirit of a relatively smaller school. THWND!

    Bang for the buck

    Very expensive school, but in my experience and the experience of friends that attend SJU, financial aid is everywhere. I would not attend if it wasn't for the absurd amount of money they give away each year.

    What to do for fun

    Philadelphia is at your feet as a student at SJU. Popular bands and festivals drop by the city almost weekly to perform. Art is everywhere in older (and safer) parts of the city as well. The culture in center city is fantastic, and the food follows suit. Make the most of the city while at SJU. Also, Manayunk is AWESOME and always worth the cab ride for parties.

    Food and Dining

    Campion Dining Hall is the bane of my existence at Saint Joseph's. Sub-par food options, limited variety, and even worse hours create a sour spot on an otherwise grade A experience.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are a ton of fun. Villliger Hall, Rashford Hall, and Lannon Hall are all drop dead gorgeous. Most people are very respectful.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are taken seriously be professors and students. It is mutually understood by both groups that hard work is expected (for the most part) and that makes the school very successful. However, joke courses still exist during your freshman/sophomore years.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved and get involved early. Sports are always looking for managers and walk ons, Greek life constantly recruits, and clubs welcome everyone. The people who are involved at SJU are the ones that seem to go far after graduation . Coincidence?

    In three sentences

    Saint Joseph's is a great academic school and does a great job of preparing you for the real world. The population is generally extremely friendly, however, it is not a diverse population as most students are caucasian. Excellent business program is the main draw and has great job placement.

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    35 of 43

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Get on the automatic registration program.

    In three sentences

    Great Online Program. Good help hotline. Books relatively inexpensive.

  • 08/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    36 of 43

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This campus is most likely the safest place in Philadelphia. Every single person on campus will look out for you, especially the upper class-men; it is an obligation to look out for each other, literally. When you come here do not think you have to fear getting bullied or robbed or shot or anything! It is like a utopia or something! Great place to study, make bonds, and feel safe.

    Greek Life

    I do not know much about the Greek life because I am not a part of sororities and did not plan to be in any when I entered college but based on what I have heard from those that are a part of Greek Life, enjoy it very much. They feel connected to each and everyone of their members and love this life.

    Clubs and Activities

    I love the clubs here. I am involved in ASA which is basically an Asian based cultural club. I am not Asian but I love the culture and the members do not make a point out that I am not Asian. It is not about what you are but who you are in these clubs. You do not have to be Asian to be a part of the ASA. I also take part in the Chinese language club to brush up on my Mandarin and love it . Best place for culture clubs!

    Great for these types of students

    _outgoing or introverted students _students that desire multicultural experiences _students that want a close knit feel to college _students that want a lot of office hours with their teacher _students that want to feel safe _students that want to feel like the upper class-men will always be there for you _students that want a moral foundation to college _students that desire a beautiful campus _students that want to be prepared for the workforce

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    As a Jesuit university there is the tradition of mass where students thank God for a great year (or reflect on a not so hot year) and pray on a better next year. There is also the freshman orientation tradition of going to the Reading Terminal for dinner which includes free ice cream of ANY kind. On my orientation, I tasted green tea ice cream for the first time in my life and loved it. I loved it so much I had another bowl of it because it was free! There is also the tradition of the field games and cheering on freshman orientation which is wonderful! Everyone is so hyped and excited that you cannot help but feel the same way! Another tradition would be the black light part for freshman at orientation. This is extremely fun because freshmen get to attend a part hosted by the mature and responsible upper class-men on campus in a large room where there are glow sticks, cool music, and karaoke and tasty pizza.

    Bang for the buck

    The university is worth the money one pays for because of all the activities and clubs and beautiful campus as well as great dorms and awesome volunteering options as traveling opportunities. There is also the chance to study abroad ANYWHERE ON THE PLANET in your sophomore and junior year which is so wonderful! You can choose to study abroad for major related reasons or to learn the language of the country you choose to study abroad in. This university is worth the money because of all of the activities and family feel but i just wish it was not so~ expensive. I also love the fact that the campus is small allowing for a private feel and a close knit family type feel to the experience.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things on campus to do for fun. There are always announcements about activities on campus on the weekends such as karaoke night or costume night. There are also traveling programs just for freshman such as the Appalachia trip for freshmen where selected freshmen out of a group of those that apply get to go out together and enjoy being together and having fun in the mountains. There is also the service learning program which is both academic and fun filled. This program places volunteering in tandem with study, in other words if you are a bio major you will have volunteering opportunities related to studying biology first hand. There are also many cultural clubs and sports that one could take part in. The campus is also great enough just to lay on the grass at night a look up at the stars with a friend.

    Food and Dining

    Dining is nothing special. It is all you can eat which range from pizza to cake to salad to fruit and all foods under the rainbow but, the food itself does not taste that amazing. The food tastes like something you could make on your own, without the supervision of you mother or grandmother, or anyone. It is nothing special but there is a variety of foods to eat.

    Dorm Life

    I love the dorms here. There are four centers for freshmen: Sourin, Lafarge, Villiger, and McShain. All of the dorms have an exercise center and large lounge areas. The room sizes are sufficient enough for two people. There is traditional style and suite style. I live in Sourin which is suite style which basically means that there are two beds, furniture and a large walk-in closet. The traditional has all the same, just without a walk-in closet. Both types of dorms are nice to live in. There is also a dorm program which allows you to live on a floor with students in the same major so you call all relate to each other's struggle or congratulate each other on how well you are doing, or just to get some academic help. There is a dorm adviser on each floor willing to help with any dorm needs and questions.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is very VERY VERY rigorous as far as academics goes, but it really does pay off in the end. The university makes sure you have all the classes you need as well as study time and time to participate in the many activities at the university. I am a bio major and I have a bio and chem class with a lab for both classes. I have applied statistics and Japanese language class. The work is difficult but the teachers are there for the students and have a large window for office hours. The teachers literally wait for students to come in with questions. If you don't feel comfy with teachers and questions, there is also peer to peer tutoring. There is one important fact that you must know. One hour of class equals three hours of studying so be prepared to study a lot, but know there is always someone to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not hesitate or be lazy with scholarships if you want to come to this university because it is quite expensive. Do not be afraid if you are not Catholic because it is like a family here. If you are a loner like myself, you will find someone you connect with. This is a good thing because you will always have someone there for you in your toughest of moments. There is one thing that you need to be aware of. If you have questions it is best to email the university board members at Saint Joseph rather than call them because they seem to reply quicker if you email them rather than call but if your questions require great detail you should call them. Be sure to call them during business days because no on will answer on a weekend which is a downside to this university as far as getting questions answered promptly. This goes for teachers as well ,not just the university board. Emailing is key here. The upperclassmen are a wonderful help. They will answer any question through email, calling, texting, ANY medium of contact. They are like big sisters or brothers.

    In three sentences

    The university is a bit expensive. Everyone is so nice and willing to answer any question and help you with any problem. The campus is beautiful and feels like a family; a wonderful university!

  • 09/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus security is highly recognized in the community. Ecort services are avaliable when students need the service anytime they call for assistance.

    Greek Life

    Saint Joseph's University fully recognizes fraternities and sororities on campus. These organizations are given full support by the University, including financially and with a full-time Greek advisor.

    Clubs and Activities

    Sports: NCAA, Division1, Atlantic 10, CAA, and the Big 5. Intramurals are popular on campus, especially thanks to the City 6 extramurals which pit all Philadelphia Division I schools against one another.

    Great for these types of students

    There is something at Saint joseph's University for all types of students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Saint Joseph statue: Students rub the toes of this statue in front of Barbelin Hall for good luck. The Seal: Many students avoid walking on the university seal in Mandeville Hall until their senior year The Hawk Will Never Die: The motto of Saint Joseph's athletics and the University itself. Chanted at basketball games, the mascot demonstrates the motto by flapping its wings the entire game including halftime. Chapel of St. Joseph/Michael Smith, S.J. Memorial: Being a Jesuit institution, the Chapel is an important and popular place for many students.

    Bang for the buck

    Saint Josephs University is a very prestige and recognized school in the city of Philadelphia and across the United States. While attending there I can see why I've made a great chose in chosing this college for my education and career. NCAA Division I athletic fields for field hockey, softball, and baseball. Basketball: A rich and important tradition at a school in a city known for college hoops.A state-of-the-art library multimedia center which opened on March 12, 2012

    What to do for fun

    I engage in the intramural sports programs, go to the gym, play team ball sports. I also read in my pastime. Also involved in student team programs. I also support school team sports.

    Food and Dining

    If you enjoy cafateria food that great! They included various resturants and takeout that join the school in providing services for students choice.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was great and fun. Students helping one another.

    Academic Rigor

    When you give your all, The staff is there and willing to assist. Class sizes are great learning atmosphere. getting from class to class is easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the Campus to see for yourself. The student orientation will sell its self. Administration and students are very helpful and friendly.

    In three sentences

    An Awesome College with high standards, great learning atmosphere, very student and family friendly. This school is high tech, with plenty of resources and on a very beautiful campus. Very modern and located in a great location affording students to get around down with a shool shuttle or public transportation.

  • 09/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    With the activities fair at least once per semester, it's never too late to join the countless student clubs on campus. Political groups, club sports, service groups and numerous others make up the clubs and activities scene at SJU.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students with lots of school spirit, a will to learn, and passion for community service.

    What to do for fun

    While there are always activities, games, concerts, discussions and club meetings on campus, Saint Joe's proximity to Center City Philadelphia always provides exciting things to do year round. The $5 train ticket to Center City connects you to museums, galleries, restaurants, historic sites, great shopping, major sporting events, concerts and so much more. From cheesesteaks to the Liberty Bell to an Eagles game, there's something in Philly for everyone. St. Joe's does a great job of connecting its students to these opportunities for a great price, so you'll never be bored on Hawk Hill.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is not the greatest, but it gets the job done. The proximity to off-campus dining is definitely a plus, and all the restaurants in Center City are at your fingertips.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at St Joe's are well-kept and there are several living options, so there are a variety of choices for living arrangements. Houses, apartments, dorms and suites are available on and off campus, with many off-campus locations being provided with the SJU shuttle.

    Academic Rigor

    St. Joe's students take pride in their work, and dedicate hours in the newly renovated library to keep up their GPAs. Free out of class support is available in group sessions, and walk in tutoring is also a valuable resource to help students keep up with the academics. The course load for students at St. Joe's encompasses several theology, philosophy and writing courses, which consume a large amount of credit hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely research the gen ed classes before coming to St. Joe's, it's a great school and a degree from SJU looks great on a resume, but it's a lot of work and some people regret getting a degree that required so many (seemingly) superfluous classes like the required theology classes. Don't let the West Philadelphia neighborhood scare you off, SJU has a beautiful campus and great views of the city skyline!

    In three sentences

    THE HAWK WILL NEVER DIE! SJU loves community service. School spirit is a must, and everyone on campus gets involved.

  • 10/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    I do not attend on campus but I do know that there's plenty to do along City Avenue.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers and academic advisors are the best cheerleaders.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take in all that you can but most of all enjoy the experience. Yes the pressure can get a little rough at times but please know that help is never too far away.

    In three sentences

    I love Saint Joseph�s University. My faith in higher education has been renewed. I wouldn�t trade this school for anything.

  • 12/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Good

    Greek Life

    Fair

    Great for these types of students

    Study hard and succeed

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Library

    Bang for the buck

    Nothing.

    What to do for fun

    Interact with others students

    Academic Rigor

    Tough

    Tips for prospective students

    Class attendance is mandatory Study hard to stay on track Success as a goal

    In three sentences

    Great Challenge in Academic Work Wonderful Stuffs Openness

  • 01/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Never walk alone, you are in the city. Take advantage of all the campus security, they are there for you.

    Bang for the buck

    Ask for merit scholarships, there is plenty to go around.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the basketball games as often as possible and show your school spirit, your family might even see you on TV.

    Food and Dining

    Take advantage of the food plans but cut back on them as you get closer to graduating.

    Dorm Life

    Take your time when choosing your housing, there is a lot of different options. Explore different housing each year to maximize your experience at school.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers are educated and excited to teach. Help is readily available whenever needed and is encouraged. Classes have many choices for times and professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Explore all your options for housing before making your final decision. Become involved in as many activities as your schedule will allow.

    In three sentences

    An excellent small school that offers multiple opportunities to make the most of your educational experience. It encourages internships and offers help finding them. It is a small well rounded school.

  • 02/16/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is a blue-light call box system in place and keycard swipe stations at every building. I felt like the campus was very safe and located in a good area.

    Great for these types of students

    Someone who is driven and wants to succeed and be involved in the school community but who is also able to just have fun and relax for a little while. I get the sense that the education you will receive here is very good, but you won't feel extremely stressed out all the time because of the curriculum or your professors.

    Bang for the buck

    While the price of tuition is a little high, it seems to me that the academics here are top notch, the campus is beautiful, the location can't get any better, the students are welcoming and inclusive, the amount of activities on campus seems limitless, and the financial aid is relatively good.

    What to do for fun

    There's multiple clubs and events on campus. The school has provided various hangout locations for students all over campus and the dorm buildings are wonderful, especially with the newest one being built only a few years ago! And if you don't want to be on campus, Philadelphia is a short train ride away.

    Food and Dining

    I wasn't able to have a meal here during my visit, but the dining hall had a very good selection of food. There is a convenience store on campus and one other restaurant. The surrounding area has businesses where you can find a good meal. I was told, however, that the Hawk Wrap is a must for any St. Joseph's student.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life and interactions among students here seems stable, inclusive, and fun!

    Tips for prospective students

    From my experience talking to students and from all the information I've been given, if you go to St. Joe's, get ready to get involved with the school community.

    In three sentences

    The campus is absolutely beautiful and located within a short train ride of the heart of Philadelphia. The students and faculty are extremely welcoming and show a lot of school pride. My visit to campus was wonderful and I really felt like becoming a Hawk would be a choice I wouldn't regret.

  • 03/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The food has its good days and bad days.

    Dorm Life

    I personally do not live on campus, so I would not know too much, but I have heard it was pretty nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Saint Joseph's University's academics are on point. You will get the best education and experience of a life time.``

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not procrastinate. The assignments may seem somewhat easy, so do not think that you can hold it off and write up something quickly later. The earlier you get it finished, the better because if you have a week left to finish it, then that a lot of days that you can review it and make it better for a higher grade.

    In three sentences

    Saint Joseph's University is a wonderful institution. It is a big family through the MAGIS and their motto, The Hawk Will Never Die! sends chills down spines! I highly encourage anyone to become a hawk.