Admissions Requirements and Procedures
Admission to St. Joseph's College is competitive. Each applicant is carefully and individually reviewed for indicators of academic achievement and potential.
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: academic transcript; co-curricular activities and community service resume; essay or personal statement, letters of recommendations; and standardized test scores.
At St. Joseph’s College we understand the vital role that you as high school counselors play in a student’s college search and application process. We have put together the following admissions procedure guidelines in order for you to most effectively assist your students in completing their application and continuing their academic career here at SJC.
For a student applying as a freshman to St. Joseph’s College, a file is considered complete and ready for an admissions decision upon receiving the following materials:
- A completed, signed and dated Application for Undergraduate Admissions. Students can complete the St. Joseph’s College paper application or the Common Application available at www.commonapp.org
- An official high school transcript
- Official SAT or ACT scores sent directly through collegeboard.com or ACT.org. Many high schools will not release test scores to colleges but we can accept them as official if coming directly from the guidance office. If a student submits multiple test scores, the highest score will be used when making an admissions decision and also for scholarship consideration.
- Beginning Spring 2016, the redesigned SAT will be administered to students for the first time. This page outlines the upcoming changes and what students should expect when considering taking the redesigned SAT.
- For students entering in fall 2016 or fall 2017, SJC Long Island will accept the old SAT or the redesigned SAT introduced in spring 2016. The highest scores from each portion of the test will be superscored, however superscored exams must be the same version of the SAT. We encourage students to complete the writing portion of the redesigned SAT.
- Two letters of recommendation, preferably one from a teacher and one from the high school counselor
- A nonrefundable $25 application fee is required. Students who have received an application fee waiver must include this with their application.
- A personal statement or essay of 200-350 words. This part of the application gives the student the opportunity to express to the admissions office who they are beyond what their transcript and test scores show.
If a student will be receiving AP, IB or college credit through a college or university, they are required to send in these grades and/or transcripts in order to receive credit at St. Joseph’s College. Typically St. Joseph’s College will award credits to students who score a 3 or higher on the AP exams and/or receive a C or higher on college-level courses. To see how AP credit is accepted view this guide. For more information on how credits will transfer, students are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions and speak to a counselor.
Students are encouraged, but not required to have an informational interview with an admissions counselor. We are available for the students to learn all about what St. Joseph’s College has to offer and they can make an appointment by calling 631.687.4500 or online.
- St. Joseph’s College has rolling admissions, but it is recommended to apply in the fall of a student’s senior year in high school.
- We begin accepting applications for the following school year in the fall of a student’s senior year in high school.
- Students who have a completed application will be notified of their admissions decision beginning on or around November 15. After this date, students will receive a decision as their files are completed or updated.
- Students can begin processing their financial aid on October 1 of their senior year using tax data from the prior-prior year. Students whose financial aid application is complete before February 15 will be packaged first. The financial aid package will be sent out through the Office of Financial Aid in early spring.
- A priority deadline for scholarships is March 15, though students who apply for admissions after this date may still be considered for scholarship.
- Students are encouraged to send in their $250 tuition deposit once a decision to attend St. Joseph’s College has been made. This deposit is refundable up until May 1.
- Admitted students will be invited to attend an admitted student reception in the spring. We encourage students to attend this event to ask any remaining questions they may have regarding SJC.
- Registration for incoming freshmen typically will take place in late May or early June. Students will receive registration packets 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 SJC and meet their adviser.
At any point in your student’s application process, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Admissions. We want to assist you in making the application process as simple as possible for both you and your students. As always, we thank you for helping us guide your students to their future at SJC.