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Saint Joseph College

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Established 1932
Type Private
President Evelyn C. "Bonnie" Lynch
Faculty 144
Undergraduates 1,020
Location West Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Campus Suburban, 84 acres
Colors Green and Gold
Mascot Blue Jays
Affiliations Roman Catholic
Website www.sjc.edu

Saint Joseph College, a Roman Catholic liberal arts women's college. It is located in West Hartford, Connecticut and was founded in 1932 by the Sisters of Mercy of Connecticut. The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... Private schools, or independent schools, are schools not administered by local, state, or national government, which retain the right to select their student body and are funded in whole or in part by charging their students tuition rather than with public (state) funds. ... University President is the title of the highest ranking officer within a university, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as Chancellor or rector. ... A faculty is a division within a university. ... In some educational systems, undergraduate education is post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelors degree. ... West Hartford is a town located in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... School colors are the colors chosen by a school to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification. ... A mascot, originally a fetish-like term for any person, animal, or thing supposed to bring luck, is now something—typically an animal or human character—used to represent a group with a common public identity, such as a school, professional sports team (the name often corresponds with the mascot... The Roman Catholic Church, most often spoken of simply as the Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church, with over one billion members. ... A website (or Web site) is a collection of web pages, typically common to a particular domain name or subdomain on the World Wide Web on the Internet. ... The Roman Catholic Church or Catholic Church (see terminology below) is the Christian Church in full communion with the Bishop of Rome, currently Pope Benedict XVI. It traces its origins to the original Christian community founded by Jesus of Nazareth, with its traditions first established by the Twelve Apostles and... A liberal arts college is an institution of higher education found in the United States, offering programs in the liberal arts at the post-secondary level. ... Womens colleges in the United States were primarly founded during the early 19th century. ... West Hartford is a town located in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will take you to a full 1932 calendar). ... The Religious Order of the Sisters of Mercy (RSM) is an order of Catholic women founded by Catherine McAuley in Dublin, Ireland in 1831. ...



Saint Joseph College was founded in 1932 by the Sisters of Mercy to provide rigorous higher liberal and professional education opportunities for a diverse student population of women while maintaining a strong commitment to developing the potential of women. The College is a community which promotes the development of the whole person in a caring environment that encourages strong ethical values, personal integrity and a sense of responsibility to the needs of society. Over the years, the College has remained true to this vision, offering students solid professional training grounded in a tradition rich in the liberal arts. Consistently cited on the national level for the quality of its academic programs, Saint Joseph College is committed to responding to the needs of an ever changing society. Today, the College serves the needs of a diverse, intergenerational student body while remaining true to its original mission.

Student Life

Saint Joseph has five residence halls: Madonna, McAuley, Assumption, Mercy, and Rosary. Madonna, the largest hall, houses 176 residents on 3 floors. McAuley, the latest addition to Saint Joseph housing, was established in 1955. Additionally, Mercy Hall holds the Office of the President, Campus Safety, Student Financial Services Center and the Academic Resources Center. Other buildings on campus include McDonough Hall, Lynch Hall, Lourdes Hall, McGovern Hall (which includes the dining hall), The Pope Pius XII Library, The Bruyette Anthenaeum, The Conner Chapel of our Lady, The O'Connell Athletic Center, The Gengras Center, and The "Little Red House". Soccer, lacrosse, tennis and softball fields can also be found toward the back of the campus.


There are 1,020 undergraduates in The Women’s College, where faculty members and students emphasize leadership in academics, career, and community. Drawing on its Sisters of Mercy heritage, the College is a community that promotes the growth of the whole person in a caring environment that encourages strong ethical values, personal integrity, and a sense of responsibility to the needs of society. Women lead every organization, from the Business Society and Student Government to Campus Ministry and Multicultural Affairs. They shine in artistic performances, as coordinators of community service projects, and on the athletic fields. Students also serve with faculty members and administrators on College-wide committees. In just twelve years since The O’Connell Athletic Center was constructed, the College has become competitive in eight NCAA Division III sports: basketball, cross-country, lacrosse, softball, soccer, swimming/diving, tennis, and volleyball. The athletic complex features a six-lane pool, gymnasium, suspended jogging track, dance studio, fitness center, outdoor track, softball field, and tennis courts.

Saint Joseph College has thirteen Georgian brick buildings, including five residence halls, which are arranged around two tree-lined quadrangles on an 84-acre campus, modeled after Virginia College designed by President Thomas Jefferson. Approximately 45 percent of the full-time Women’s College students live on campus. Special student services include career planning, alumnae mentoring, internship placement, counseling, health services, academic advisement, and campus ministry. Most recently, the College constructed The Carol Autorino Center to establish the arts and humanities as an integral part of the student psyche. The center celebrates and articulates the College’s rich liberal arts tradition.

McDonough Hall
McDonough Hall


Saint Joseph College alumnae are very active and have considerable impact on the welfare of their communities. They are leaders in many fields, including aerospace research, business, medicine, education, social work, environmental science, law, and politics. Recent graduates enjoy successful careers in business, industry, government, nonprofit organizations, education, health care, human services, and the arts.


Saint Joseph College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The chemistry program is accredited by the American Chemical Society and the social work program by the Council on Social Work Education. The Coordinated Undergraduate Program in Dietetics is accredited by the American Dietetic Association. The nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


The College is located in West Hartford, a suburb of Hartford and only 4 miles from the state capitol building and the city of Hartford’s arts and entertainment district. Among the nearby attractions are the Riverfront Recapture Project, the new Hartford Conference Center, the Hartford Civic Center; Bushnell Memorial Hall, where the latest Broadway musicals are performed; and the Wadsworth Anthenaeum, the oldest public art gallery in the United States. Hartford is cosmopolitan city with diverse ethnic flavors. It is also the home of the Tony Award–winning Hartford Stage Company, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the Connecticut Opera Company, the Hartford Ballet, and the Dodge Music Center, which features indoor and outdoor concerts. West Hartford, a prestigious bedroom community, just minutes from campus. offers an array of shopping, boutiques, coffee bars and street side and upscale restaurants in its West Hartford Center. West Hartford also features the Corbin's Corner shopping center and the nationally acclaimed West Farms Mall.

Saint Joseph is a short walk from two central shopping locations in West Hartford: Bishop's corner and the West Hartford Center. Students also have the luxury of taking a five minute bus ride to the mall or movie theater.

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