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Mission & Core Values



The University of Saint Joseph, founded by the Sisters of Mercy in the Catholic tradition, provides a rigorous liberal arts and professional education for a diverse student population in an inclusive environment that encourages strong ethical values, personal integrity, and a sense of responsibility to the needs of society.


  • 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.


More Information:

  • Find out how the General Education requirements are tied to USJ’s Core Values here.
  • Find out more about Campus Ministry here.

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