Calumet College of St. Joseph

Calumet College of St. Joseph
Type Private College
Established 1951
Affiliation Catholic Church (Missionaries of the Precious Blood)
Endowment US$3.9million[1]
President Amy McCormack, Ed.D., MBA
Administrative staff
Students 1035
Undergraduates 784
Postgraduates 251
Location Whiting, Indiana, United States
41°40′15″N 87°29′40″W / 41.670929°N 87.494385°W / 41.670929; -87.494385Coordinates: 41°40′15″N 87°29′40″W / 41.670929°N 87.494385°W / 41.670929; -87.494385
Campus Suburban

Calumet College of St. Joseph is a private Catholic college in Whiting, Indiana. It has additional campuses in Chicago, Illinois and Merrillville, Indiana. The college was founded in 1951 as an extension of Saint Joseph's College and is associated with the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. It currently enrolls 1035 students.[2]


In 1951, St. Joseph's College of Rensselaer, Indiana opened an extension in Lake County, Indiana. It was known as the Calumet Center. Most of its courses were taught in borrowed classrooms provided by Bishop Noll Institute in Hammond and St. John the Baptist Church in Whiting.[3] In 1960, the Board of Control authorized the expansion of this two-year extension into a full four-year, degree-granting college.[3] In doing so, the institution became the first college in the Calumet Region to offer baccalaureate degrees.[4] At that time, St. Joseph's College Calumet Campus moved into a new home, a former furniture store in East Chicago. Classes and administrative work were conducted in this building, which served the College well for 15 years and later became the Administration Building. The East Chicago Campus continued to grow throughout the 1960s.[5] Buildings were donated or acquired on Indianapolis Boulevard and Olcott Avenue to provide classroom and office space, a Library, laboratories, a theater, a communications center, and student recreational facilities.[5] In the Summer of 1971, the College was renamed St. Joseph Calumet College. It officially separated from St. Joseph's College on November 15, 1973, when Articles of Incorporation were filed with the State of Indiana. On December 31, 1973, the American Oil Company deeded its research and development facilities and 256 acres (103.6 ha) of land to Calumet College.[4] The College moved into its new facilities in January 1976 and is now using the largest of the 23 buildings on the site.[4]


Calumet College of St. Joseph offers associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees and certificate programs in a variety of fields. Undergraduate programs with the largest enrollments include criminal justice, science (biomedical and forensic biotechnology), business administration, education, and psychology.[6] The most recent addition is the biokinetics program which offers a BS from Calumet College of St. Joseph with an option to do an accelerated BS/MS degree with Saint Joseph's College.[7] Ethics and social justice are emphasized throughout the college's curriculum in accordance with the college's founding by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood.[4]


Calumet College of St. Joseph's athletic teams are known as the Crimson Wave. They compete in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, an affiliate of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Calumet College of St. Joseph began offering athletic programs in 2001. CCSJ added men's wrestling in the 2009-2010 academic year and the current head coach is ADCC placer, UFC Veteran, and 2 time NCAA All American Joe Gilbert. CCSJ Men's bowling finished 2nd in the nation at USBC Collegiate Championships, in the 2009-2010 season. In 2016, the men's bowling teamed moved up and ranked 1st in the nation at the USBC Collegiate Championships!

Notable alumni


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