Why USJ?

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The University of Saint Joseph is the premier private university in Connecticut for future in-demand professionals in health care and social services, education, digital media, and the sciences with its undergraduate and graduate degree programs designed for your goals!

A USJ degree is a proven credential for undergraduates seeking a traditional New England college setting with exceptional NCAA Division III athletics and a strong sense of community.

For graduate students ready to learn more and earn more, USJ offers online, hybrid, and on-ground masters and doctoral programs with innovative modular curricula that attract students from around the world.



History & Location

  • The University of Saint Joseph is an independent not-for-profit organization, founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1932 in the Catholic tradition.
  • USJ’s beautiful 90-acre main campus is one mile from West Hartford’s thriving downtown and three miles from Hartford, Connecticut’s capital city. Explore Blue Back Square!


Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees are available:


Program Options

  • 25+ undergraduate majors and pre-professional areas of study
  • Accelerated bachelors-to-masters degree options
  • Online degree programs
  • Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program for veteran students, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Faculty & Classes

  • More than 85% of full-time faculty hold terminal degrees
  • All classes taught by faculty (never teaching assistants)
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 8:1
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Application Benefits


  • USJ is fully test optional for all programs and scholarships

Earn Credits while in High School

  • The USJ Challenge Program is designed for students to expand and enrich their academic program with a collegiate experience while still attending high school.

Transfer easily to USJ!

  • Even before you apply, USJ will work with you to organize your transfer credits and see how much time you can save by earning your degree faster with transferred credit!
  •  USJ offers a Guaranteed Admissions Program with Connecticut’s community colleges.

Want a career that pays off your student loans quickly? 

While you are at USJ we have resources to help make career decisions: resume writing workshops, one-on-one career counseling, and professional development guidance. The University will help connect you to unpaid/paid internships, on-campus and off-campus employment, and events with alumni and other professionals in a wide range of careers.



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Campus Highlights

  • Six residence halls – including suite-style housing for juniors and seniors
  • NCAA Division III Athletics – nine women’s teams and seven men’s teams
  • The O’Connell Athletic Center – includes two gymnasiums with seating, a strength and conditioning area, six-lane pool, fitness center, indoor track, the Beekley Center for Student Health and Wellness, and more
  • The Bruyette Athenaeum – includes the 365-seat Hoffman auditorium, the O’Connor Archives, an art studio, dance studio, classrooms, and faculty offices
  • The Art Museum at USJ – houses a distinguished collection of more than 2,000 works of art
  • McGovern Student Center – the hub of student activity, which houses the Dining Commons, a snack bar, activities offices, a community lounge, and the University Campus Store

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