Saint Joseph's University Reviews
SJU has a smaller campus located in West Philadelphia. The campus itself is beautiful but the surrounding area is decent, if you go one way on City Ave there are mansions but if you go the other way its the ghettos. Students at SJU are very involved, with 90% of students participating in some sort of community service. The classes are generally small sized, and for the most part the professors are approachable and nice. In terms of health science majors, I felt that the options for classes and times were limited compared to bigger schools. SJU is a close knit community so most of the social aspect depends on what you are involved in, who you connect with in class, or if you are in Greek life. There is no football team so no tailgating or anything, but they have a decent basketball team that students will go to see. Most of the action as an upperclassman is in Manayunk on the bars on main street or house parties off campus. The students at Saint Joe's are very homogenous, being mostly white richer Catholic kids, many of which went to private high school. It is mandatory to live on campus the first two years but after then a lot of students move into Manayunk, which is about a 15 min drive from campus. SJU is definitely more of a business school, with most people majoring in accounting, finance and marketing. Overall, I enjoyed my time at Saint Joe's, I personally would've preferred a bigger campus but everyone is very nice at this school and the actual education provided is very good!
Saint Joseph's was a great school that helped me in many ways with regards to learning more about humanities and becoming a worldly individual. Although my overall experience was not excellent, it was a good choice for undergraduate that offered many positive experiences. I'm happy that I attended Saint Joseph's as it was how I met many of best friend and close colleagues who are open-minded and caring individuals. The culture is very friendly and open; people have a certain warmth to them there.
Saint Joseph's University provides a great education and adequately prepares it's students for entering the work force. Not only do they provide the educational opportunities necessary for any career, they have an incredible advising team and are always working to help you improve your resume and marketability for your future career.
It was a good experience with a variety of different people. The school itself was beautiful and clean. The professors were always helpful.
Education - Grades 4th -8th (new program) Overall, my experience at SJU was great. At first, I was nervous about going back to school (graduated undergrad in 2010 with a BS in Health Sciences, then spent 2 years working at a daycare because I didn't know what I wanted to do), especially because I had always been intimidated by school. My anxiety got worse as I learned that much of my grades depended on participating in class discussions, which was not a forte of mine. However, that all went away during my first class. The professors create a comfortable and safe environment, and they treat you as colleagues. What I mean is that the professors make us, the students, feel like we're all working together to help better our classroom management methods or establishing rapport with our own students, or trying to find ways to cope with flaws in the education system. I have never been close to my professors in undergrad and I was surprised to find that my SJU professors remembered my name after only one semester, and through the end of my program. Additionally, the advisors and directors of certification and student teaching have been extremely helpful; whether it's going through the certification process with you step by step or finding a student teaching placement that fits you, the staff really takes their time to ensure your success. I have also been told multiple times from my professors and advisors to keep in touch while I'm working so they follow my success to see what they can do to not only improve their Education program, but even to help me grow as a teacher. I love this because they are making the effort to keep improving and reflect on what works and what could be better to make sure SJU education students are prepared for their field. Thank you, SJU. Go Hawks!
I truly enjoyed my time at this university. The only issues I had a long with way with both my senior undergraduate years and in my graduate years were with the advising departments. The were unorganized and expected the students to do navigate their way through an ever-changing system. When help was requested by myself and several other students, a sarcastic remark was often received, especially in the graduate school advising department. This school is expensive and this is the last issue one would expect to receive when trying to register for a class or plan for future classes.
I wouldn't go back. I hated the city and the track and field program was not at all what they recruited me for. If I could have, I would have chosen a degree that was less general and more specific, like engineering or physical therapy do the first four years at a community college until you are mature and then do your remainder years of college after you had life experience.