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St. Joseph's University is a private, coed, Roman Catholic Jesuit university. It was the seventh of its kind when it was founded in 1851 as St. Joseph's College, by the Society of Jesus. It remains one of just 28 member institutions under the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.

Each year, St. Joseph's teaches over 9,200 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students. At its 17 separate institutes and centers, the university offers over 60 different undergraduate majors, 53 graduate programs, 28 study-abroad programs, 12 special-study programs, one co-op program, a joint degree program with its neighboring school, Thomas Jefferson University, and a doctorate program in Educational Leadership.

St. Joseph's is located on the historic Philadelphia Main Line, in the suburb of Marion Station, roughly 15 minutes from the center of Philadelphia. Their supportive educational experience has inspired students to live greater since opening its doors so long ago. The average class size is 23 students, and their student to faculty ratio is about 14 to one. Their extensive educational programs are rooted in the liberal arts and they strive to prepare students for their own personal excellence, outstanding success, and engaged citizenship. Their mission, beyond getting students to think critically and make the right choices, is to seek and find God in all things.

St. Joseph's University Accreditation Details

St. Joseph's is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and has been approved by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education. The university's business school, Erivan K. Haub School of Business, is individually accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This form of recognition displays the highest standard of success for business schools worldwide.

St. Joseph's University Application Requirements

About 82 percent of all the applicants to St. Joseph's University are accepted, meaning out of 100 people that apply, only 82 will get in, making the university somewhat selective in their processes. Future students should strive to meet this core curriculum during their time in high school:

• Four years/units of English

• Three years/units of Math

• Three years/units of Natural Science

• Three years/units of Social Studies

• Two years/units of Foreign Language

• Five years/units of Academic Electives

Future students should navigate the admissions tab on the university's website and decide which admission date fits their enrollment decisions. Mandatory items to apply with include the school's application form (one of two kinds, again students should reference the website to see which of the two applies to them,) a $50 non-refundable application fee, official high school transcripts, a letter of recommendation from either a teacher or a school counselor, and a personal essay. Optional items that the school will consider for admission include SAT and/or ACT scores, social security number (when applying for financial aid,) and a ZeeMee profile, which is an innovative new app, designed to bring the application process to an in-depth video format.

Tuition and Financial Aid

St. Joseph's tuition for each academic school year is a firm $42,840, regardless of whether the student attends from in-state or out-of-state. Further breakdown of costs and fees can be found on the website under each major. If choosing to stay on campus, students have a range of buildings and rooms to choose from, but the fees associated with each will fall between $9,102 and $11,686, per academic year.

The university does offer a wide array of financial assistance and scholarship programs that students can, and should, apply for. The school works with families to help make an education at the highly-esteemed institution possible, through need-based grants, federal work study, and loans. Every student who properly fills out the application when applying, is automatically considered for merit scholarships, which are given out to the strongest ones of the academic pool.

ASPIRE Program at St. Joseph's University

One of the great centers at the university is known as The Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support. It is here where St. Joseph's has unleashed a twofold mission:

• Educating and training the autism professionals of tomorrow

• Supporting and serving the families and individuals affected by autism today

The main goal of the center is to help people with autism live a greater, more fulfilling life. They hope to improve the lives of those managing an autism diagnosis and train professionals who will carry out their mission beyond their walls. The center provides:

• An information, network, and advocacy support resource center

• Programs for children, teens, and adults that supervise peer mentoring skills

• Support and education for college-age students with the autism diagnosis

• Hands-on training opportunities for those interested in working in the field of autism

The Kinney Center also provides the ASPIRE program, which gives assistance to those students transitioning to college, who have been diagnosed with autism. The program is intended for those students who demonstrate the ability to succeed as a full-time student, but require additional assistance in the social aspects of being a student, in order to be fully successful.

The cost of the program is $6,000 per academic year. For this, the ASPIRE program provides crisis management and prevention, time-coping strategizing, independent living, training of social skills, and an extremely supportive work environment. This program has its own eligibility requirements as well, which include:

• Being accepted to SJU

• The documented diagnosis of autism, or autism-related disorder

• An unconditional willingness to participate in the program and all its functions

• Agreement to have any pressing information released to parents or guardians of student

• A motivation to succeed academically and beyond

A support coordinator from the Kinney Center will act as the student's case manager. They will meet with the student weekly and communicate important need-to-know information to the faculty and the parents of the student. A peer mentor from the SCHOLARS program at St. Joseph's will check in weekly and provide social visits, as well as attend monthly Kinney events with the student to help ease the process of developing better social skills.

Independent living classes and social skills classes will build up certain skills that are necessary for a successful, collegiate life. Those skills include money management, care of one's living space, self-advocacy, as well as shopping for and preparing full, balanced meals. After their third (sophomore) year in the program, The Kinney Center offers supported employment to the individual, granting them an opportunity to make their marks at St. Joseph's University, and then on the world.

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