Office of the President


Office of the President

Welcome to the University of Saint Joseph!

rhona-free-200x300.jpgSince its founding by the Sisters of Mercy in 1932, the University of Saint Joseph has established itself as an innovative institution that provides a professional and liberal arts education infused with opportunities for service and leadership. From the undergraduate Women’s College and Program for Adult Learners to the Graduate Program and the School of Pharmacy, USJ offers students rigorous academic programs led by expert faculty who empower students to pursue their passions and propel themselves towards personal success.  

Our Mission Statement speaks to the fact that USJ “promotes the growth of the whole person in a caring environment that encourages strong ethical values, personal integrity, and a sense of responsibility to the needs of society.” That sense of community is seen in the personal attention students receive, as well as the array of cultural events, leadership programs, opportunities for spiritual growth, and fitness and recreational options they enjoy. Additionally, they gain valuable real-world experiences in the two on-campus laboratory schools: the Gengras Center School and the School for Young Children. Centrally located within the state and just minutes from the capital city of Hartford, the University’s beautiful suburban location provides students with easy access to local cultural, recreational, community service, and experiential learning opportunities.

With rigorous academic programs that are designed to address current societal needs, USJ is proudly carrying on a tradition of innovation while remaining rooted in our Mercy traditions. Our Division III athletic teams attract true student-athletes, our Art Museum hosts innovative exhibits, our performing arts program welcomes thousands of people to campus each year, our internships provide students with vital career experience, and our service outreach programs – both locally and internationally – enable students to make a real impact on the lives of others.

As you explore this website, I hope you will enjoy learning more about the distinct characteristics that make the University of Saint Joseph such a special place. I encourage you to visit our campus and experience the spirit of USJ for yourself.

We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful New England campus.

~President Rhona Free, Ph.D.