By Laura LaVacca
With a large transfer population, St. Joseph’s College welcomes students coming from other colleges with open arms. SJC is a transfer-friendly institution with about half of new students enrolling from other colleges. With two campuses, located on Long Island and in Brooklyn, students can choose to commute or dorm. Dorming is available at the Brooklyn campus. With classes having ratios of 15:1 and the wide range of undergraduate majors and minors, master’s degrees and certificate programs, St. Joseph’s is a great place to find a major that suits any student. There are online courses, dual degree programs and study abroad opportunities.
Transfers are attracted to SJC’s flexible credit policies, affordable tuition, and strong academics. Vice President for Enrollment Management, Gigi Lamens acknowledges that the campus “recognizes that transfer students bring valuable learning experiences with them to our campus community and they enrich our student body.” Lamens explains that SJC strives to “keep the transfer process as seamless as possible.” For example, students may apply online and use our online transfer credit system to review how their credits will transfer to SJC. Therefore, students have a leg up on knowing which classes are accepted and which they will have to enroll in. Furthermore, staff is always around to help with any issues that arise throughout the admissions and financial aid processes. Lamens also encourages students to visit the campus and meet one on one with counselors “to plan the pathway to their degree.”
A plethora of information about the process is available on their website. For example, SJC Brooklyn will accept up to 64 credits from a regionally accredited two-year school, and up to 90 credits from a regionally accredited four-year school. They will also accept comparable courses in which a grade of C- or higher was earned but some courses require a higher grade point and students should inquire further about specific subjects.
There are also quite a few special programs for transfer students. All new transfer students take a one semester class called SJC 200 which is designed to facilitate a smooth transition. This course introduces students “to the mission and goals of St. Josephs College.” Lamens continues, “Additionally students explore learning and research skills, opportunities for campus and community involvement, and the nature of the liberal arts as envisioned by SJC.” Transfer students are also offered the opportunity to enroll in dual BS/MS or BA/MS programs.
They also have a special honors program in place—“in fact, former Congressman Tim Bishops teaches one of the honors courses,” Lamens proudly shares. As per their website, selected students will take courses with dynamic faculty, have the opportunity to travel both abroad and in the United States. They will develop skills to help them excel in graduate school and their future careers.
Lamens wants prospective students to know that there are a multitude of reasons to consider SJC. “SJC has the highest graduation rate of any college on Long island—public or private.” Contributing to this could be the small class sizes and the mentoring relationships that exist between professors and students. All classes are taught by professors, “never a graduate or teaching assistant,” she emphasizes. SJC strives to offer a full college experience both in and out of the classroom from student activities, to community service opportunities to athletics—even internships.
“Our focus is, and always has been, on student success and achievement which is why our graduation rate is so high and why our graduates are successful in gaining employment and obtaining entry into graduate and professional schools.”
The campus has also won many awards. In addition to being ranked by U.S. News & World Report and Forbes as one of the nation’s best colleges to offer affordable tuition, expert faculty, programs and small classes, the Washington Monthly ranked SJC in the top 10 of their “Best Bang for the Buck” colleges in the Northeast. Military Times and GI Jobs Magazine recently listed the college as a Best for Vets and US News rated their online programs among the best for 2017.
Changes to the campus are on the horizon with resident halls planned for fall 2018 as well as new nursing labs opening in the fall of 2017. A new student center was just completed.
For more information, check out St. Joseph’s website www.sjcny.edu or connect with them on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.