Saint Joseph's University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Saint Joseph's University

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Saint Joseph's University is a private Jesuit university with an acceptance rate of 75%. Established in 1851, Saint Joseph's University is located on an 103-acre campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The university's strengths in the liberal arts and science earned it a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Undergraduates can choose from 55 degree programs. Popular majors include accounting, biology, business administration, and communication studies.

Considering applying to Saint Joseph's University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, Saint Joseph's University had an acceptance rate of 75%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 75 students were admitted, making SJU's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 8,675
Percent Admitted 75%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 17%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Saint Joseph's University has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Applicants to SJU may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 70% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 570 650
Math 550 640
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that of those students who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of Saint Joseph's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Saint Joseph's scored between 570 and 650, while 25% scored below 570 and 25% scored above 650. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 550 and 640, while 25% scored below 550 and 25% scored above 640. While the SAT is not required, this data tells us that a composite SAT score of 1290 or higher is competitive for Saint Joseph's University.

Requirements

Note that Saint Joseph's does not require SAT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, Saint Joseph's participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. Saint Joseph's does not require the optional essay portion of the SAT.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Saint Joseph's has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Applicants may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 18% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 23 31
Math 21 27
Composite 25 30

This admissions data tells us that of those who submitted scores during the 2018-19 admissions cycle, most of Saint Joseph's admitted students fall within the top 22% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Saint Joseph's received a composite ACT score between 25 and 30, while 25% scored above 30 and 25% scored below 25.

Requirements

Note that Saint Joseph's does not require ACT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, Saint Joseph's does not require the optional writing portion of the ACT. Saint Joseph's does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered.

GPA

In 2019, the middle 50% of Saint Joseph's incoming freshmen class had weighted high school GPAs between 3.38 and 4.0. 25% had a GPA above 4.0, and 25% had a GPA below 3.38. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Saint Joseph's University have primarily A and B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Saint Joseph's University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Saint Joseph's University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Saint Joseph's University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Saint Joseph's University, which accepts three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat competitive admissions pool. However, Saint Joseph's also has a holistic admissions process and is test-optional, and admissions decisions are based on more than numbers. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. The college is looking for students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways, not just students who show promise in the classroom. While not required, Saint Joseph's offers non-evaluative interviews for interested applicants. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of Saint Joseph's average range.

In the scattergram above, the blue and green dots represent students accepted to Saint Joseph's University. The majority of admitted students had high school grades of "B" or better, combined SAT scores of about 1050 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 21 or better. A significant number of admitted students have grades in the "A" range.

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All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and Saint Joseph's University Undergraduate Admissions Office.