Open main menu

University of Saint Joseph (Connecticut)

The University of Saint Joseph is a Roman Catholic comprehensive institution of higher education and an undergraduate coeducational university with graduate programs. It is located in West Hartford, Connecticut, United States and was founded in 1932 by the Sisters of Mercy of Connecticut.[3]

University of Saint Joseph
Established1932 [1]
AffiliationRoman Catholic
PresidentRhona Free, Ph.D.
Academic staff
Students2467 (fall 2016)
Location, ,
CampusSuburban, 84 acres (340,000 m2)
ColorsBlue, Gold and White
AthleticsNCAA Division III
Sports8 Varsity Teams [2]
MascotBlue Jays



In November 2016, the University of Saint Joseph began its comprehensive research and review of becoming a coeducational institution. Based on this review, the university will begin admitting male students to all full-time undergraduate programs in the fall of 2018.[4]


The University of Saint Joseph has maintained a distinctive Georgian brick architecture in most of its 19 buildings, including five residence halls, a library, student life building, administration and classroom buildings, and an arts center with a theater and art gallery, among others. The athletic complex features a six-lane pool, gymnasium, suspended jogging track, dance studio, fitness center, outdoor track, softball field, and tennis courts.

The buildings are arranged around two tree-lined quadrangles on an 84-acre (340,000 m2) campus designed by the Olmsted Brothers. Approximately 45 percent of the full-time undergraduate students live on campus. There are 1,039 undergraduates in the Undergraduate Programs.

McDonough Hall

The School of Pharmacy is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education; it is located in the XL Center complex in downtown Hartford, CT.


Saint Joseph College teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Blue Jays are a member of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC). Women's sports include basketball, cross country, lacrosse, softball, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis and volleyball. There are also eight club sports.[5]

In September 2018, the university made headlines by signing Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Coach, Jim Calhoun as head coach of the newly formed men's basketball team.[6]


  1. ^
  2. ^
  3. ^ "About Us".
  4. ^ University of Saint Joseph (June 14, 2017). "University of Saint Joseph Opens Full-Time Undergraduate Programs to Men". Archived from the original on 2017-06-17. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  5. ^ "Sports at USJ".
  6. ^ "Jim Calhoun Officially Named Head Men's Basketball Coach". Saint Joseph CT. 2018-09-18. Retrieved 2018-10-18.

External linksEdit