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About the University of Saint Joseph

Founded in 1932 by the Sisters of Mercy of Connecticut, the University of Saint Joseph is an accredited educational institution focused on preparing you for a successful future, both in your career and in your contribution to society as a whole. With small class sizes and a variety of available courses and degrees, an education at the University of Saint Joseph can challenge you to reach your full potential.

At USJ, we are more than a professional education institution for men and women: we are a tight-knit community that seeks to develop every aspect of what makes someone successful. When you graduate, you will not only have the benefit of a first-class education, but you will have a strong sense of personal integrity, the desire and need to serve others, and ethical values that are second to none.


  • Catholic Identity
    The University of Saint Joseph is grounded in its heritage as a Catholic institution, expressing the Catholic tradition in an ecumenical and critical manner.
  • Development of the Whole Person
    The University of Saint Joseph encourages, inspires, and challenges all students to fully develop their intellectual, spiritual, social, emotional, physical, and leadership potential.
  • Compassionate Service
    The University of Saint Joseph promotes, supports and facilitates caring service as an integral part of all teaching and learning experiences.
  • Academic Excellence
    The University of Saint Joseph provides a value-centered education that prepares students as global citizens, lifelong learners, and informed decision makers.
  • Respect/Integrity
    The University of Saint Joseph demonstrates respect and reverence for all people and fidelity in personal witness.
  • Hospitality
    The University of Saint Joseph is a welcoming community where its relationships are based on openness, inclusivity and mutual respect.
  • Multiculturalism/Diversity
    The University of Saint Joseph is committed to fostering the growth of an inclusive community that welcomes differences among community members and benefits from them.

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Academics / Majors

How Will You Prepare for Your Dream Career?

Our advanced academic programs approach education with the real world in mind. Our five schools of distinction help you hone in on your true passion as you take the first step towards the rest of your life.

USJ's versatile classes make education easier than ever. We offer traditional classroom settings, but we limit our class sizes (an average of 14 students per class) to ensure you get the personalized attention you need for success. Additionally, you can receive your education through online courses or at one of our partner local colleges.

USJ offers 26 undergraduate programs for men and women. Men and women can also take advantage of our evening and weekend career-focused graduate programs. We pride ourselves in having one faculty member for every 11 students, a ratio that can help push you further.

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Fast Facts


The Spotlight is on The Arts at USJ!

At the University of Saint Joseph, we have a robust artistic culture that is treasured by both our students and the local community. We celebrate creativity and we would love for you to come experience the talent and inspiration found at our Arts Center and Art Museum.

Our Arts Center is committed to providing audiences with first-class performances that rival Broadway. Our gorgeous Hoffman Auditorium has 365 seats, each with an incredible view of the stage. From brilliant musical performances to immersive live theater to moving dance shows, our Arts Center has it all, and you won’t want to miss one show.

Our Art Museum is renowned by locals and tourists alike as being one of the most sought-after campus museums in Connecticut. The over 2,000 art displays are transformative, and we frequently change the exhibits to keep it interesting. The Art Museum also offers learning opportunities for both students and the public, reiterating the importance of art in our culture.

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