Mission and Goals of St. Joseph’s College
The mission of St. Joseph’s College is to provide a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, rooted in a liberal arts tradition that supports provision for career preparation and enhancement. The College aims in this way to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service-a life that is worthy of the College’s motto, Esse non videri: “To be, not to seem.”
Independent and coeducational, St. Joseph’s College provides affordable private education that serves a diverse population of academically eligible students.
St. Joseph’s College affirms the dignity, freedom, and inherent value of each person. This affirmation is realized through a student-centered environment wherein the faculty’s primary commitment is to excellence in teaching. In this open, supportive atmosphere, students are challenged to develop their full potential and are encouraged to acquire a spirit of inquiry and a joy in learning.
To accomplish this mission, St. Joseph’s College has established the following goals:
- to offer curricula that foster the knowledge and intellectual skills associated with the liberally educated person;
- to encourage students to develop personal value systems and responsible self-direction;
- to foster committed participation in the local and global communities;
- to help students develop as whole persons by providing individual attention, interactive teaching, and opportunities for active participation in academic and extracurricular programs;
- to prepare students for their careers by offering the necessary professional and pre-professional education;
- to provide for the needs of a diversified student population with varied educational and professional experiences;
- to foster an environment of openness to the exploration and understanding of diverse ideas, traditions and cultures;
- to support educational programs and services that will contribute to the vitality of the communities served by the Brooklyn and Suffolk Campuses.
St. Joseph’s College for Women, as it was then known, was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood, in response to the need for a day college for young women. The College received its provisional charter from the Regents of the University of the State of New York on February 24, 1916. From its earliest days, the College articulated its mission in terms of academic quality, value orientation, and career preparation. These values, coupled with the financial support and leadership of the Sisters of St. Joseph, brought early success and the College quickly outgrew its original facilities at 286 Washington Avenue. In 1918 the College moved to its present site at 245 Clinton Avenue, and the first baccalaureate degrees were conferred on twelve graduates on June 17, 1920. The College was accredited in 1928 by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The Regents granted St. Joseph’s College an Absolute Charter in 1929. Reverend William T. Dillon, J.D., Professor of Philosophy, who served as Dean of the College and later its President, guided its growth during the significant years that followed.
Under the visionary leadership of Msgr. Dillon, the College placed great emphasis on the holistic development of each student, encouraging personal independence and integrity. This student-centered culture has continued to characterize the College. Academically, the College pioneered in the study of child development, and in 1934 opened a laboratory pre-school, now the renowned Dillon Child Study Center.
With a reputation for strong academic programs and a faculty dedicated to excellence in teaching, the College undertook its first extensive building program during the presidency of Sister Vincent Therese Tuohy. McEntegart Hall Library opened in 1965 and the Dillon Child Study Center in 1968.
Sister George Aquin O’Connor’s presidency, 1969-1997, coincided with a period of radical change in higher education. To meet new societal needs, the College admitted men to full matriculation, developed the Suffolk Campus in Patchogue, Long Island, created the School of Professional and Graduate Studies for adult students, introduced undergraduate programs in Accounting, Business, Nursing, health professions, and a Master’s program in Child Study. In support of these academic programs, Callahan Library was constructed on the Patchogue Campus in 1988. For the enrichment of student life, the Danzi Athletic Center opened on the Suffolk Campus in 1997.
S. Elizabeth A. Hill, C.S.J., J.D., president from 1997-2014, emphasized the importance of both continuity and change. Undergraduate programs continued to grow even as the College introduced new master’s programs in management, executive M.B.A., literacy, nursing, special education, human resource management, hospitality and tourism management and an M.F.A. in creative writing. Reflecting the technological world in which we live, all college classrooms were equipped with the latest technological support. All buildings were wired, and the two campuses were connected with videoconferencing, enabling a number of courses to be taught simultaneously on both campuses. At SJC Long Island, the Business Technology Center opened in 2002 and a 25-acre Outdoor Field Complex was added in 2012. In Brooklyn, the purchase of the St. Angela Hall property in 2001 made possible major renovations in the College’s landmark-status buildings and ground was broken for The Hill Center in August 2012.
Jack P. Calareso, Ph.D., president from 2014 to 2017, and his wife Rose, were the first layman and first lady to serve St. Joseph’s College. As the College reached its centennial, a renewed commitment to its mission, vision and values prepared the path for the century ahead. A new strategic and operational plan called “Excellence at St. Joseph’s College” was created with input from the entire College community. From this plan arose the Office of Marketing and Communications and a fully online division of the College called SJC Online. A redesigned website was launched to serve the new three-college model: SJC Brooklyn, SJC Long Island and SJC Online. A Student Success Center was established and 31 new programs were added to the curriculum. The Hill Center, completed in 2014, was awarded the 2015 Building Brooklyn Award and earned LEED Gold certification in 2016.
Donald R. Boomgaarden, Ph.D., the eighth president of St. Joseph’s College of New York, most recently served as the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Before arriving at Scranton, he was the dean of the College of Music and Fine Arts and David P. Swanzy Distinguished Professor of Music at Loyola University New Orleans, the only college devoted solely to the performing arts in the entire 28-university Jesuit system.
St. Joseph’s College has three campuses: the main campus (SJC Brooklyn), is located in the residential, historic Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn; SJC Long Island is located in Patchogue, Suffolk County, Long Island; and SJC Online is a fully digital online campus.
SJC Brooklyn is spread over four city blocks and offers easy access to all transit lines, to the Long Island Expressway, to all bridges in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens, as well as to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to Staten Island. This convenient location brings students from every part of the Greater New York Metropolitan area to the College each day, where they enjoy the freedom of campus life while profiting from the many cultural advantages of New York City. Within the space of one half hour, students leaving St. Joseph’s College may find themselves in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the 42nd Street Library, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, the Broadway theatre district, Madison Square Garden, Citi Field or Barclays Center.
The College itself stands in the center of one of the nation’s most diversified academic communities, consisting of six colleges and universities within a two-mile radius of each other. St. Joseph’s College offers its students easy access to the other colleges and such cultural facilities as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Brooklyn Public Library, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
SJC Long Island is located in Patchogue. The thirty-two acre campus is bounded on the south by West Roe Boulevard and on the north by Sunrise Highway. It is easily accessible from the south shore locations via Southern State, Sunrise Highway (Exit 52), and from central and northern Long Island via Veterans Highway, Patchogue-Holbrook Road, Nicolls Road or Route 112.
SJC Online can be accessed at sjcny.edu/online.
Facilities- SJC Brooklyn
Sister Vincent Therese Tuohy Hall
Named in memory of a late President of the College, the Administration Building contains classrooms, an auditorium, computer facilities, student government offices, student lounges and administrative offices. The chemistry and physics laboratories, and the art studio are on the third floor. The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, the Office of Career Development and Engagement, the Council for the Arts, Campus Ministry, and the college nurse and psychologist are also housed here.
This beautiful Federal-style building contains formal parlors, a formal dining room, a chapel, the Admissions Offices, student lounge and kitchen, and the biology instructional and research laboratories.
St. Joseph’s Hall
This five story building houses the Office of Institutional Advancement, the Alumni Office and the Director of Security. The beautiful Bloodgood garden, located behind St. Joseph’s Hall, provides space for alumni reunions, student gatherings, and receptions.
Lorenzo Hall, located at 265 Clinton Avenue, houses the administrative offices of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Office of Graduate Management Studies and several academic department offices.
McEntegart Hall, a fully air-conditioned five-story structure, houses the College Library, the Academic Center, the Academic Advisement Center, a nursing education laboratory, and a video conference room. There are also smart-classrooms, computer labs, a chapel, cafeteria, and faculty and student lounges.
On the first floor of McEntegart Hall Library are a large reading area, student lounge, and numerous study carrels that provide an excellent research environment in addition to the Reference Collection. There are twenty-four PC desktop computers available for use in the Library in the main Reading Room as well as ten Macintosh desktop computers available for use at the “Computer Bar.” The Library Information Technology Center (LITC) is also located on the first floor of the Library, this classroom provides students access to twenty-four PC desktop computers and also one PC desktop computer for instructor use. A copier and book scanner are provided as well. There are three private Group Study Rooms where students and faculty can connect a laptop to the flat screen televisions for easier viewing and use the white board wall to facilitate learning. Laptops, cables for audio-visual connection to the televisions and white board supplies are all available to borrow from the Library. Also located on the first floor of the Library is a Faculty Resource Center where faculty enjoy the use of computers and private work space.
The Library’s collection contains over 209,280 items, including books, audio-visual materials, serial back files, e-books and other paper materials. The circulating collection is housed on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the building. There are two special collections: The Local History and Rare Book Collections both located on the first floor of the Library. Patrons have access to numerous full-text electronic databases in a variety of subjects and access can be enjoyed 24/7 both on-site and off. In addition to these resources, the Library offers the use of laptop computers. The Curriculum Library, located on the third floor of McEntegart Hall, includes centralized children’s books and textbooks, provides support to the Child Study curriculum. Adjacent to the Curriculum Library there is a seminar room available for private study.
The web-based OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) encompasses the Callahan (Patchogue) and McEntegart collections and may be searched by students and faculty at both campuses. Librarians provide library and information literacy instruction throughout the academic program from orientation sessions through thesis preparation. Faculty-selected course materials are available through the Electronic Reserve System and librarian-published LibGuides (online research guides for disciplines/courses offered) are regularly updated. The hours of library service are adjusted throughout the year to meet student needs and are posted in the lobby as well as on the library website
McEntegart Hall Library is a member of Academic Libraries of Brooklyn (ALB) and Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), which grants students access to libraries throughout the city and provides resource sharing on a regional basis. Full membership in OCLC (On line Computer Library Center), allows limitless access to all types of resources. In addition, the Library is a member of the Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) which allows our patrons to borrow materials from other member libraries in the area. The Library provides reference and instruction services to all patrons in-person, via chat, email, and telephone.
McEntegart Hall also houses the College Archive, located on the second floor. The Archive contain more than 3,200 images, Footprints (the SJC Brooklyn yearbook) and Horizons (the SJC Long Island yearbook), newspaper clippings from 1916-present, and the original College charters. Other Archive collections include the Board of Trustee meeting minutes, college publications such as Loria, 245, SJC College Magazine, Alumnagram, and the course catalogs.
The Library’s website (http://www.sjcny.edu/brooklyn/library) provides constantly updated information to Library patrons.
St. Angela Hall
This former elementary and high school was acquired in 2001 and contains sixteen classrooms, the ACES Center, some faculty offices, an auditorium, video conference room and lounge.
A high-speed, fiber optic intra-campus and inter-campus network connects all offices, classrooms, computer labs and libraries on both the SJC Brooklyn and SJC Long Island campuses. The network provides both wired and wireless internet access to all students, faculty and staff. All classrooms are equipped with projectors, computers, speakers, and touchscreen control panels that provide our faculty with an easy tool to display content to their students. Several of our classrooms are outfitted with SMART’s interactive whiteboards that allow professors to save their whiteboard notes and distribute to students easily.
Two real telepresence video conference classrooms, connect the two campuses, allowing for a real-time distance learning experience. The rooms are equipped with interactive boards, high definition video cameras, televisions, document camera, and computers.
MySJC Portal, is a single sign-on portal that gives students a convenient way to access their personal records including billing, grades, financial aid, class schedules, Google Apps email, Learning Management system and more.
Students are provided with a Google Apps accounts for communication and collaboration which includes unlimited storage and the power of Gmail, Google Hangouts, Google Calendar, and Google Drive. They also receive access to Office 365 and unlimited storage on One Drive with the ability to download 5 copies of the Microsoft Office Suite at no charge.
Dillon Child Study Center
The Dillon Child Study Center offers toddler, preschool and kindergarten programs based on the child development approach to the education of young children. Located on St. Joseph’s College campus in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn, Dillon, founded in 1934, is historically one of the first college preschools on the East Coast.
The Outdoor Theatre
Overlooking the Mall is the Molloy Memorial Outdoor Theatre.
The Hill Center
Located on Vanderbilt Avenue, between Willoughby and DeKalb avenues, the new 43,623 square-foot Brooklyn multipurpose building features a 270-seat NCAA regulation basketball and volleyball court, a fully equipped fitness center, locker rooms, an athletic training room, multipurpose room and parking. The Hill Center was awarded LEED Gold Certification, which serves as an example of our commitment to sustainability as an institution.
Accreditation and Memberships
St. Joseph’s College is accredited by the following:
||Middle States Commission on Higher Education
||3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
The College’s Nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
||Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
||3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
The College’s teacher education programs (Early Childhood, Childhood, Early Childhood: Disabilities: and Adolescence Education: Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Social Studies and Spanish) are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
||Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
||2010 Massachusetts Avenue
NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036
The College’s Recreation and Leisure Studies program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT).
||National Recreation and Parks Association
||22377 Belmont Ridge Road
Ashburn, Virginia 20148-4501
The College’s programs are registered with the
||New York State Education Department
||Office of Higher Education and the Professions
Cultural Education Center, Room 5B28
Albany, New York 12230
The College’s programs are approved by the New York State Education Department for the training of veterans.
The College is a member of many associations, including the following:
The Association of Colleges of Sisters of Saint Joseph
Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
Council for Higher Education Accreditation
Council of Independent Colleges
Downtown Brooklyn Partnership
Long Island Association
Long Island Regional Advisory Council on Higher Education
National Association of College and University Business Officers
National League for Nursing
NCAA Division III
Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Degree Network System (Core Member)