University of Saint Joseph
West Hartford, CT, USA

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University of Saint Joseph
3.75 Average Rating

Victoria from Cheshire, CT

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The professors here are incredibly knowledgeable about their subject areas. They are all sociable, and incredibly helpful. I learn more then just what's in the text books.
Am enjoying being here
I get homesick a lot still, but that's typical of any freshman. The girl's I live with are great. The school has an awesome First Year Seminar (FYS) program; and I've had the best time hanging out with the girls in my class. There's also a broad expanse of clubs to join. They also run activities that the whole campus to attend.
Bang for the buck
St. Joe's is expensive, that's for sure. But, when I put my mind to it and study hard, it translates into my grades. In the end, the money is worth it.
Tips for prospective students
Wear flip flops in the shower, get good rain and snow boots, and PARTICIPATE!!!
Great for these types of students
Education focused; it's not social-less, but it is a woman's college. They have an amazing education and nursing program, and professors and programs that will make you contenders for jobs in the real world.
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Jacqueline from North Andover, MA

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
The University of Saint Joseph offers a challenging academic undergraduate program. The work is difficult but the professors will never let you fail. The University of Saint Joseph is a great school to challenge yourself, perfect your time management skills, and it will give you the chance at fantastic opportunities you could not get anywhere else.
Tips for prospective students
Be ready to work hard. College is very different than high school. It is easy to get caught up in the large amount of free time you have. The University of Saint Joseph is a small university which is great because it allows you to have a better relationship with your professors. They can and will help you succeed.
Academic Rigor
There are a lot of assignments for each course. It can get overwhelming, especially since the work is challenging. The goal is not to make you suffer, but rather to challenge yourself to get the most out of your education and to work on your time management skills.
Dorm Life
A lot of students go home on the weekends which means that dorms are usually quiet which can be nice. For the most part, the bathrooms and showers are clean. In terms of the dorm rooms, they are a decent size. You have everything you need: a bed with a mattress, a desk and chair, drawers, shelves, and a closet per person. It takes a little while but eventually it starts to feel like a second home.
Food and Dining
Occasionally, the cafeteria food has some good and tasty options but the majority of the time, there is nothing appetizing or it does not taste good. They try to have a lot of healthy food options which can be important. Everyday, there is a salad bar and a deli station where you can make your own salad or sandwich with a panini press. There is a station called global where either someone makes you the dish they are serving for that meal or you can serve yourself depending on what the dish is. Monday-Thursday and now on Saturday there is an option called late night where you can use a meal swipe if you did not eat dinner in the cafeteria (or you can choose to spend either cash, credit card, or dining dollars) to order from a list of different foods. A few examples are wraps, salads, and quesadillas. Within a time period, you can go to the Jay's Nest (where late night is served) and buy pre-made sandwiches, pasta, soup, or a large variety of snacks. Personally, I prefer the Jay's Nest and late night food over the cafeteria's food.
What to do for fun
Social life on campus needs work. There are numerous events that happen throughout the weeks and months, but nothing too exciting. Sometimes there is a bus trip to events such as The Big E or, recently, a trip to New York. Since a lot of people go home on the weekend, there might not be a lot of people to do things with. Off campus, there are a lot of stores and restaurants to go to. There are two main areas, Blue Back Square and Bishops Corner. Freshmen are allowed to have cars which is nice because both locations are a quick drive. If you do not have a car, it will be a longer walk.
Bang for the buck
Honestly, University of Saint Joseph is an expensive university. I feel like this university is worth it because the education you receive here is challenging and rewarding.
Great for these types of students
If you are a woman who wants a great education, consider applying to University of Saint Joseph. Yes, it is an all-women's university. However, do not let that fact prevent you from considering this university. If you like a more personal relationship with your professors, apply to this university. It is a small university which allows the relationship between you and your professors to be better which will help you earn better grades.
Clubs and Activities
There is a club for everyone. There are many clubs to join which target different areas of interest.
Greek Life
There is none.
Campus Safety
Campus safety is great. The officers are wonderful. I had a roommate problem and the officer who was in charge of my case was very nice and very helpful. My friend has locked herself out of her room several times and had to call Public Safety. They were nice every time. I do not know of any issues dealing with safety at University of Saint Joseph.
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TC from New Haven, CT

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Every week, each class would introduce new and comprehendable material which is fun and educational. Most classes are discussion based and open to free speech as long as it is on topic. It also teaches you life skills ouside of the classrooms such as work studies and independence from home.
Am enjoying being here
Everyone on campus is friendly and polite. You can walk to class and see the dean standing outside greeting students individually as they walk past her. Campus security is all around, giving that sense of comfort knowing that you are safe. There is always an on-campus activity taking place and for those who like being off campus our shuttle runs you to wherever you so desire in the west Hartford/ Hartford area. Being that it is a small campus every staff member gets to know your face and will greet you with a warm smile every time they see you.
Bang for the buck
Financial aid provides a generous amount each year to deserving students to lower the cost of living. The financial aid office is open weekdays from 8am- 4:30 pm and they have even more scholarship opportunities posted on the wall for those you need it.
Tips for prospective students
For maximum achievement, visit the center for academic excellence and your academic advisor's office at least twice a week. The center for academic excellence because they provide help on any given day for all courses and for most social problems such as time management, best social events on campus, and most importantly how to survive in the real world. Visiting your academic advisor is essential because they are there to help you as much as possible with anything including personal problems. They are paid to do as much as they can for your best benefit.
Great for these types of students
If you are more of the interactive learner, this would work out wonderfully for you because a lot of the classes are discussion based and the professors like to hear students speak up more than they like to just stand there lecturing for the entire period of time. Here they provide a better teacher- student rraltionship because it is a small campus so each person is an identity instead of another face in the crowd. If you like
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J from Groton, CT

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
You definitely learn a lot. This is a small school, and for the most part, the professors here are interested in helping their students learn the subjects that they teach. They always have office hours or you can send an email and get a response in the same day. Really good college for learning your stuff.
Am enjoying being here
I really enjoy this college. It is an all female college though. I have no problem with it. If you have a problem with it go somewhere else. There is a lot to do during the week. A lot of SPEC (Students Programming and Events Council) activities such as Spa Day, bingo, concerts, craft nights and comedians all for free. The weekends are really quiet her but perfect for homework and during the weekends you have to be willing to make your own fun.
Bang for the buck
This school is really expensive. Almost forty thousand dollars a year. But they really help with financial aid and the average person pays half that price. I paid $1500 out of pocket for my first semester so there financial aid is definitely helpful.
Tips for prospective students
This is a really great college that will prepare you for the work world more than other colleges. There is some work involved though but as long as you go to class and do you assignments you should be fine.
Great for these types of students
Socialble, friendly, wellrounded
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Rebekah from Torrington, CT

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
The University of Saint Joseph is a place where you can study your major as well as have that sense of community. Everyone is always welcomed with a warm and inviting smile, I can't wait to continue my journey here at the University of Saint Joseph.
What to do for fun
There are always activities throughout the week as well as on the weekends where you get to meet lots of students. These students become life long friendships.
Campus Safety
Always safe here!!!
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Teri from Cromwell, CT

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
I am in the Weekend Learner Program, and have found the staff and faculty very helpful. The courses are available around my work schedule. The tuition and fees are expensive, but its worth it.
Tips for prospective students
Fabulous faculty. Nice campus.
Academic Rigor
Courses are challenging and rewarding.
Dorm Life
Unable to evaluate as I commute.
Food and Dining
Wonderful dining!!
What to do for fun
I commute, work full time and have 2 kids - no fun times for me!
Bang for the buck
Love it!
Campus Safety
Very visible. Parking is inexpensive.
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Alicia from South Windsor, CT

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I got to the CAE once a week and it ensures fantastic grades on all my tests. They are great there and having plenty of times that you can meet with them. The teachers are enthusiastic and want to see you succeed.
Am enjoying being here
I'm a commuter and I'll stay a few extra hours in the library because I love to take over a really large table and spread out all my homework and just work. It's a great environment for homework.
Bang for the buck
Yes, it's expensive but I got a great financial reward and am definitely getting my money worth by using all the services they offer and attending lots of fun little mini events, meant to help you make friends and take a break from school.
Tips for prospective students
Use the CAE!!! It's there for you and free! Remember you need to study. And don't forget all the girls here are super nice, so make sure to talk to people!
Great for these types of students
Great for bright girls who really want someone focused on their future.
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