St. Joseph’s College earns university status


St. Joseph’s College has become a university.

St. Joseph’s was awarded university status by the New York State Regents and New York State Department of Education, effective April 12, according to a press release.

The new name is officially St. Joseph’s University, New York.

SJC, founded in 1916, earned this new status after the NYS Board of Regents amended its definition of a university this past January, allowing colleges that provide “advanced academic offerings” the opportunity to apply for the designation.

Since then, other New York colleges such as Molloy, Utica, and D’Youville have been upgraded to universities.

St. Joseph’s — which has two campuses, one in Patchogue and the other in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn — enrolls around 5,000 students each semester and offers a mix of undergraduate, post-grad and professional programs.

“This change will not impact the core tenets of a St. Joseph’s education — students will still receive the transformational education, personal attention and opportunities for social, spiritual and professional growth that they have come to expect all at a reasonable cost,” reads a statement from St. Joseph’s press release. “These core values and this reclassification will provide St. Joseph’s University, New York with the foundation it needs to continue to grow, thrive and advance its mission in a highly competitive higher educational environment in service to our surrounding communities.”

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