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Saint Joseph's University Admission Requirements

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Your chances of getting into Saint Joseph's University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

88.7%
Admission Difficulty for Saint Joseph's University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Difficult 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Saint Joseph's University is 88.7%.  Its admission rate is the 86th lowest in Pennsylvania.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Saint Joseph's University and can you get accepted?

Saint Joseph's University is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 8,609 out of the 9,708 who applied were admitted.

Saint Joseph's University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.65. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 13% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Saint Joseph's University?

89% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Saint Joseph's University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.65 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1240 on the SAT
  • Score 28 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class

Saint Joseph's University GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.65

Typical High School Grades 

B+

What GPA do you need to get into Saint Joseph's University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Saint Joseph's University are to have around a 3.65 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.65 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Saint Joseph's University accepts 89% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Saint Joseph's University is 3.65 on the 4.0 scale. 26% of students who get in have perfect 4.0 GPA's in high school. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #21 in Pennsylvania for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Saint Joseph's University is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.6 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Saint Joseph's University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 26.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 18.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 18.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 15.0% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 11.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 10.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 2.0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Saint Joseph's University SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Saint Joseph's University. If you optionally submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 28% of students submitted SAT scores and 4% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

1150-1330

Applicants Submitting SAT 

28%
SAT Scores for Saint Joseph's University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 580
Math 25th Percentile 570
Composite 25th Percentile 1150
SAT Scores for Saint Joseph's University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 670
Math 75th Percentile 660
Composite 75th Percentile 1330
Average SAT Score 1240

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Saint Joseph's University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Saint Joseph's University is 1240 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1150-1330. Students who get into Saint Joseph's University score in the top 32 percent of all SAT test takers..  Saint Joseph's University ranks #20 in the state of Pennsylvania for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1240 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Saint Joseph's University regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1150 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1150, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1060, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Saint Joseph's University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1240 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1240, you have around a 89% chance of being admitted. A 1330 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 94% chance of getting in.

Saint Joseph's University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1330 and Above Good >94%
1240 to 1330 Avg + 89%-94%
1150 to 1240 Avg - 81%-89%
1060 to 1150 Reach 69%-81%
Less than 1060 Low <69%
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Saint Joseph's University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

26-31 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

4%
ACT Scores for Saint Joseph's University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 25
Math 25th Percentile 23
Composite 25th Percentile 26
ACT Scores for Saint Joseph's University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 34
Math 75th Percentile 28
Composite 75th Percentile 31
Average ACT Score 28

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Saint Joseph's University?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Saint Joseph's University is 28, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 26 and 31.  The school ranks #21 in Pennsylvania and #231 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 28. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 26 and score in the score in the top 18 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 24.

4 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Saint Joseph's University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Saint Joseph's University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Saint Joseph's University for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 28 score has around 89% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 95% with a 31 ACT score.

Saint Joseph's University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
31 and Above Good >95%
28 to 31 Avg + 89%-95%
26 to 28 Avg - 83%-89%
24 to 26 Reach 74%-83%
Less than 24 Low <74%
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High School Class Rank

54% of Saint Joseph's University freshman are in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class and 24% are in the top ten percent.

High School Class Rank for admitted Saint Joseph's University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 24%
Top 25% of class 54%
Top 50% of class 83%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Saint Joseph's University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,771 3,937 9,708
Accepted 5,153 3,456 8,609
Acceptance Rate 89% 88% 89%
Enrolled 571 525 1,096
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 11% 15% 13%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Feb 1, 2024

Days left to Apply

None

The application deadline for Fall 2024 has passed. Applications were due on Feb 1, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Saint Joseph's University is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Saint Joseph's University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Saint Joseph's University Application Requirements
Test Scores Not required for admission, but considered if submitted (Test Optional)
High School GPA Required to be considered for admission
High School Class Rank Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Completion of College Preparatory Program Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Recommendations Required to be considered for admission
Demonstration of Competencies Not required for admission, but considered if submitted

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Saint Joseph's University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Saint Joseph's University is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.65 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1240 and ACT of 28 will almost guarantee your admission.

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