The College seeks to create a free atmosphere in which students and faculty members together can investigate the major areas of human knowledge as the basis for a more effective participation in today's world. In support of this philosophy, the College pursues a number of specific objectives, including providing an atmosphere for open dialogue, individual attention, and innovative teaching; inspiring in students a spirit of inquiry and the joy of learning as an ongoing part of their lives; and preparing students for their lifework by providing the necessary professional and preprofessional training.
The Brooklyn campus in the historic Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn is easily accessible by public transit lines and automobile. The convenient location, where undergraduates can enjoy the freedom of campus life while profiting from the many cultural advantages of the New York City area, attracts students from every part of the metropolitan region. The College is in the center of one of the nation's most diversified academic communities, with six colleges and universities within a 2-mile radius. St. Joseph's offers its students easy access to the other colleges and such cultural facilities as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Brooklyn Public Library, and the Brooklyn Museum.
The LI campus, located on the beautiful south shore of Long Island, is easily accessible to its students from both Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Situated on the western rim of the Great Patchogue Lake, the 28-acre campus features comfortable classrooms and administrative and student facilities, surrounded by athletic fields and spacious lawns. The College and its students have established close ties with the neighboring communities and with the village of Patchogue itself.
The College recognizes the Advanced Placement (AP) Program and offers credit and placement for scores of 3, 4, or 5 on the AP test. In each case, the score is reviewed by the registrar and/or department chairperson to determine credit and placement. Depending on the specific area covered by a College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) test, credit may be granted.
The School of Professional Graduate Studies on each campus operates on numerous schedules. Courses are offered during the day, evenings, or weekends to best meet the needs of working students who are pursuing a degree. Some courses meet for a semester, some in six- or twelve-week sessions. An extensive summer program is offered.
Through a partnership between St. Joseph's College and Polytechnic University, students at St. Joseph's have the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree in the field of their choice and a master's degree in computer science in a combined B.A./B.S. plus M.S. program. The bachelor's degree is issued from St. Joseph's, and the master's degree is issued from Polytechnic University.
The Brooklyn campus also offers an accelerated biomedical program in cooperation with the New York College of Podiatric Medicine (NYCPM). After two years at St. Joseph's, students spend four years at the NYCPM. At the end of the six years, students receive a B.S. in biology as well as the D.P.M. from NYCPM.
The Long Island campus offers four-year programs leading to the B.A. degree, with majors in child study (including special education), criminal justice, English, history, human relations, mathematics, psychology, social sciences, and speech communication. The B.S. degree is available in accounting, biology, business administration, mathematics, mathematics/computers, and recreation. Certificate programs, which are registered with the New York State Education Department, are offered in applied sociology, criminology/criminal justice, gerontology, human resources, information technology applications, leadership and supervision, management, and marketing, advertising, and public relations.
Both campuses offer preprofessional programs in law, teaching, and numerous health fields, including dentistry, medicine, and optometry.
The School of Professional and Graduate Studies at each campus is designed especially for adults with nontraditional academic backgrounds or with professional training and experience. Bachelor of Science degrees are offered in community health, general studies, health administration, organizational management, and nursing.
The social life is maintained through these clubs, which sponsor numerous dances, barbecues, intramural sports, screenings of current films, and vacation trips each year. Since all students live in the vicinity of their respective campuses, they often organize informal social events among themselves.
Student government on each campus is active in many facets of academic and student life and organizes social events such as mixers, film festivals, lectures, and off-campus trips.
Facilities and Resources:
At the Long Island campus, the main building houses administrative and faculty offices; laboratories for biology, chemistry, physics, and psychology; the computer center; art and music studios; the Local History Center; and the Office of Counseling. A library building, with a capacity of 120,000 volumes, houses a curriculum library, seminar rooms, administrative offices, and two classrooms. The Clare Rose Playhouse, situated on the northeast corner of the campus, is an educational and cultural learning facility where students and local communities can explore the various aspects of theater from production to performance.
The College has constructed a high-speed fiber-optic intracampus
network that connects all offices, institutional facilities, computer
laboratories, and libraries on the Brooklyn and Patchogue campuses. Direct
Internet access is available to all students and faculty and staff members
through the College's server. The integrated online library system enables
students to locate and check out books at either campus and also provides
links to online databases and other electronic information sources.
Students who wish to enter as freshmen are expected to have completed at least 18 units of college-preparatory work by the end of their senior year. This should include the following distribution: 4 years of English, 2 years of foreign language, 3 years of mathematics, 2 years of science, and 4 years of social studies. Applicants interested in accounting, allied health fields, biology, business administration, chemistry, or mathematics should have more extensive backgrounds in mathematics and science. The College will also consider students who have received a general equivalency diploma.
The School of Arts and Sciences requires the submission of official results from the SAT I.
St. Joseph's College will accept a block transfer of credits from students holding an A.A. or A.S. degree in certain majors from an accredited junior or community college. All other transfers are considered on an individual basis.
The Division of General Studies has more flexible admission
requirements, reflecting its enrollment of adults with nontraditional
academic backgrounds and work experience.