First-Year Students

Apply to be a Blue Jay

If you are ready to join the Blue Jay flock, a vibrant community where immersive experiences, community engagement, and academic rigor empower career-ready leaders, it’s time to apply to the University of Saint Joseph. Our skilled staff will guide you through the process.

Submit an application online through the Common App or on the USJ website as well as the following application materials

  • Official high school transcript(s)
  • One academic letter of recommendation from either your School Counselor or teacher
  • An essay or personal statement

USJ is committed to a holistic, comprehensive admissions process for all applicants to the University. When reviewing applications, the Office of Admissions considers your academic record, accomplishments and activities in both school and the community, your essay, and all academic letters of recommendation received.

It is recommended that students applying for admission into 3+3 Pharmacy, Health Science (Direct-entry PA), and Nursing have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and earn a grade of B+ or higher in the following courses:

  • Algebra II
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geometry or Trigonometry

Students applying for admission into 3+3 Pharmacy and Health Science (Direct-entry PA) should also take pre-calculus in high school. 

Applicants who do not meet the above criteria will be still be considered for admission into their program of choice through the holistic admission process. 

You can monitor the status of your application by checking your Admissions Portal (link to or by contacting the Office of Admissions at [email protected] or 860.231.5216.

Application Deadlines

  • Early Action Deadline: November 1
  • Rolling Admission: After November 1 

Connecticut Automatic Admission Program

The University of Saint Joseph is participating in the Connecticut Automatic Admission Program (CT Auto Admit), which allows graduating high school seniors in Connecticut who meet identified thresholds to be automatically admitted to participating colleges and universities. As part of CT Auto Admit, Connecticut high school seniors with a 3.0 unweighted GPA or higher will be guaranteed admission to USJ.

Certain academic programs are excluded from the CT Auto Admit Program (including Nursing, Pre-Nursing, Health Science/Direct-entry PA, and 3+3 Pharmacy). The admission criteria for these programs include a minimum 3.0 unweighted high school GPA and a B+ or higher in the following academic courses: Algebra II, Biology, Chemistry, English, and Geometry. If one of these programs is your intended major, or if you are interested in USJ’s Honors Program, the USJ Admission Committee will review your application upon receipt of the additional admission requirements.

Connecticut high school seniors who are eligible for automatic admission to USJ through the CT Auto Admit program are not required to submit an application fee, essay, or letter of recommendation. To take the next step and apply to USJ as part of the CT Auto Admit program:

  • Submit your application for admission online by filling out a USJ application or through The Common Application
  • Upload the CT Auto Admit, provided by your School Counselor, your application
  • Submit official transcripts from your high school

**Applying to USJ via the Common Application requires submission of an essay. If you have already completed a Common Application essay for USJ or another institution, you are able to upload your Auto Admit letter from your School Counselor and will be reviewed as part of the CT Auto Admit program. If you are interested in USJ’s Honors Program, or your intended major is one that is excluded from CT Auto Admit, an admission essay is required.

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