Admissions Requirements and Procedures

Admissions Requirements and Procedures

Recognizing that each applicant offers a unique combination of skills, achievement and promise, the Office of Admissions considers all of the components of the application, including high school academic record, personal statement, and letters of recommendation in addition to optional items such as writing sample, co-curricular activities, community service and standardized test scores.

Admissions Requirements

Required of all applicants:

  • a completed application for admission (students may complete the St. Joseph’s University application or the Common Application)
  • official high school transcript
  • one letter of recommendation from a counselor, teacher or school administrator (letters from other sources may also be considered)
  • a personal statement of at least 250 words (no more than 650 words)
  • a nonrefundable $25 application fee (unless you submit a qualified fee waiver code)

Optional Application Items:

  • St. Joseph's University, New York operates under a test optional admissions policy. Official SAT or ACT scores are not required. Applicants can choose to apply with or without scores and must indicate their intention on their application. If you choose to apply with scores, you may use the following code to have your official scores sent (SAT code: 2802 / ACT code: 2890).
  • Applicants continue to have an additional opportunity to tell us about themselves in the Optional Writing section of the Common Application or the St. Joseph's University Application. Applicants who wish to submit this optional writing supplement will have their response reviewed and considered as part of our holistic admissions review process. Applicants are encouraged to submit this item.
  • Additionally, applicants are encouraged, but not required, to have an informational interview with an admissions counselor.

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Important Dates

St. Joseph's University follows a rolling admissions plan, but it is recommended that students apply in the fall of their senior year of high school. 

  • November: The Office of Admissions begins to notify candidates of its admission decisions in mid-November. Candidates whose applications become complete (including all supporting material) after November will generally be notified within three weeks of the completion date.
  • January: St. Joseph's University, New York recommends that the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) be submitted to receive maximum consideration for all types of student aid. The FAFSA is available online at The 2024-25 FAFSA will be available sometime in December 2023, and we encourage all students new to St. Joseph's University, New York to log into this application on or after January 1, 2024, and complete and submit the application by March 15, 2024, to ensure maximum consideration for all types of aid.
  • March 15: The priority deadline for scholarship consideration is March 15, though students who apply for admissions after this date may still be considered for scholarships. 
  • May 1: Tuition deposit deadline. Students must complete and return their Intent to Enroll Form and $250 non-refundable tuition deposit to the Office of Admissions by May 1. Tuition deposits received after May 1 will be accepted on a space-available basis.
  • May 1: Housing deposit deadline. Students must complete and return their Housing Application and $500 non-refundable housing deposit to the Office of Admissions by May 1. Housing deposits received after May 1 will be accepted on a space-available basis.

    Registration for incoming freshmen typically will take place in late May and June. Students will receive registration information in the mail and will spend a day on campus making their fall schedule with a faculty adviser. 

    Orientation for freshmen will take place in late August, where students will be able to get acquainted with St. Joseph's University and meet fellow students, faculty and staff.

At any point in the application process, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Admissions at 718.940.5800 or [email protected]. We want to assist you in making the application process as simple as possible.