Frequently Asked Questions for Campus Admissions

Are interviews mandatory?

Interviews are encouraged, but are not mandatory.

What standardized tests are required for applicants?

Typically, Saint Joe’s is test-optional for incoming first-year students, with the exception of those applying who were homeschooled or applying for our nursing program. In light of the impact caused by COVID-19, the College has adopted a temporary test-optional policy for ALL Fall 2021 applicants, including nursing and homeschooled applicants. We know these last few months have been difficult for many and it is our hope to make the application process for all students as simple, fair, and transparent as possible. The Office of Admission will continue to monitor the situation over the next year and update our policies as necessary.

What is more important – a high GPA or honors level classes?

Academic rigor is important. Applicants need to take at least college preparatory classes. If an applicant has a lower GPA but took honors classes, then the applicant is considered a stronger candidate because of the honors challenge.

Does Saint Joseph’s College have early action and/or early decision?

The college offers an early-action admission plan. Students interested in this nonbinding admission plan need to send their application along with all required supporting materials by November 15. Beginning mid-December, we will begin the notification process.

What are the application deadlines?

Early-action applicants are due by November 15. The regular admission priority deadline for nursing applications is December 15 and for all other programs is March 1. Students may apply until August 1, if space is available. The financial aid priority deadline is March 1.

Can I use the Common Application to apply?

Yes, we accept the Common Application.

What do I need to send in order to be considered?

Applicants will be considered for application when the Admission Office receives the completed application form including an essay, official high school transcript and official copies of any course work, a recommendation from a guidance or college counselor, a recommendation from a teacher and SAT or ACT score (for nursing applicants only).

How soon will I find out if I am accepted?

Beginning mid-December, we will begin notifying Early-action applicants. Regular admission applicants are generally notified 2 to 3 weeks after their application becomes complete.

What should I expect from an admission interview?

The admission interview is a way for us to learn more about you and it allows us to answer any questions you have about Saint Joseph’s.

When can I visit?

We offer visit days throughout the season. If you prefer, individual tours are available Monday through Friday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. In April, we host an open house for high school juniors. To visit the campus, please call the Admission Office at (800) 338-7057 or (207) 893-7746.

I’m ready to make a deposit. What is the process?

Once accepted, to reserve your seat in the Fall, you must submit a New Student Deposit Form and a $200 tuition deposit. Deposits are due May 1. Note: deposits are refundable with written notice to the Office of Admissions by May 1st. After this date NO refunds will be issued.

For students who will be living on campus, please be sure to also fill out the housing contract in mySJC.

How many students return after their first year?

Saint Joseph’s College is committed to helping students choose the best college for them. The current retention rate is 82%.

What is the graduation rate?

The four-year graduation rate for Saint Joseph’s College students is 52%.

What is the average class size?

The average class size is 16 and laboratory classes generally have only 15 students.

What is the student to faculty ratio?

The student to faculty ratio is 13 to 1.

What is the classroom environment like?

There is a spirit of excitement that is shared by students and faculty in a Saint Joseph’s classroom. Our 13:1 student-to- faculty ratio allows collaborative learning to take place. A typical class size is 20-25 students, though laboratory classes generally have only 15 students. As students progress further into their major area of study, classes often become even smaller to allow for more in-depth discussion.

Education in the classroom is supplemented by real-world experience. Opportunities abound for fieldwork, internships, research, and study abroad. Students graduate from Saint Joseph’s prepared for the next chapter in their life, whether it be graduate school, entering into a career, or both.

What can I do with a degree from Saint Joseph’s?

The Saint Joseph’s graduate leaves knowing that they can make a difference. Employers say our graduates are extremely well prepared and ready to contribute professionally. Alumni of Saint Joseph’s College are vice presidents of international banks, emergency room nurses, television reporters, teachers,principals, and successful entrepreneurs. Students who choose to continue their education attend graduate schools across the country and abroad.

Career Services assists with career planning, job search strategies, and the graduate school application process. In a recent survey conducted by Career Services, 95 percent of graduates were either employed or attending graduate school within eight months of graduation.