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 College 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:

  • New: SJC Brooklyn has gone test optional. Official SAT or ACT scores (SAT code: 2802 / ACT code: 2890) are no longer required for fall 2021 and spring 2022. Applicants can choose to apply with or without scores and must indicate their intention on their application. Applicants for spring 2021 may request to be considered for admission without test scores by contacting the Office of Admissions at [email protected].
  • New: Applicants now have an additional opportunity to tell us about themselves in the Optional Writing section of the Common Application or the SJC 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, but not required, to have an informational interview with an admissions counselor.

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Important Dates

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

  • October 1: Students should begin applying for financial aid on or after October 1 of their senior year. Students who complete the FAFSA before February 15 will receive priority for financial aid consideration.
  • 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.
  • 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 SJC 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.

Test Optional Policy

Given the extreme circumstances faced by current high school students and the cancellation of Spring 2020 SAT and ACT exams due to COVID-19, St. Joseph’s College has temporarily suspended our standardized testing admissions requirement for the 2021-2022 academic year. For first-year applicants applying for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 admissions, the submission of the SAT and ACT will be optional. We will reinstate the required admissions testing policy for first-year students applying for Fall 2022 admissions.

This is an unprecedented time for all students, especially high school rising seniors about to enter the college admissions process. In these uncertain times, we realize that academic opportunities are evolving for many students and those who wish to submit their test scores and/or feel their scores are a strong reflection of their academic ability, will be encouraged to do so.

We hope that the temporary suspension of required standardized tests will alleviate some of the stress for students and help them gain greater confidence and flexibility as they navigate the college admissions process. Please note that SAT or ACT scores will be required for homeschooled students.