St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn/Patchogue, New York)

Coordinates: 40°41′27″N 73°58′05″W / 40.69083°N 73.96806°W / 40.69083; -73.96806

St. Joseph's College
Motto Esse non videri
(To be, not to seem)
Type Private
Established 1916 (as St. Joseph's College for Women)
Affiliation Catholic
President Donald R. Boomgaarden, Ph.D
Undergraduates 3,878 (Brooklyn: 990; Long Island: 2,888)
Postgraduates 871 (Brooklyn: 222; Long Island: 649)
Location Brooklyn and Patchogue, New York, USA
Campus Brooklyn - Urban
Long Island - Suburban
Colours Blue and Gold
Nickname SJC Brooklyn - Bears
SJC Long Island - Golden Eagles

St. Joseph's College (SJC) is a liberal arts college in New York State, with campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn, and in Patchogue, Long Island. Affiliated with the Catholic faith as an independent and coeducational university, the college provides education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, offering degrees in more than 54 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.


Originally named St. Joseph's College for Women, the college was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood, in response to the need for a day college for young women. It is the only historical women's college in the borough of Brooklyn, NY. SJC received its provisional charter from the Regents of the University of the State of New York on February 24, 1916. After the college outgrew its original Brooklyn facilities at 286 Washington Avenue, it moved to its present site at 245 Clinton Avenue in 1918.[1] The college's first baccalaureate degrees were conferred on fourteen graduates on June 17, 1920, and the first valedictorian was Beverly Stubbenhouser. The College was accredited in 1928 by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Regents granted St. Joseph's College an Absolute Charter in 1929. Reverend William T. Dillon, J.D., professor of Philosophy, served as dean of the college and later its President, during the years that followed. St. Joseph's opened a laboratory preschool, the Dillon Child Study Center, in 1934 following several years of research in the field of Child Development. S. Vincent Thérèse Tuohy assumed the presidency in 1956. McEntegart Hall, a multi-functional building housing the library and classrooms, opened in 1965.

Sister George Aquin O'Connor was elected President and assumed responsibility on July 1, 1969. In 1970, a Charter amendment changed the name to St. Joseph's College and enabled the college to admit the first male students to full matriculation. On February 2, 1971, St. Joseph's inaugurated an extension program in the collegiate center formerly known as Brentwood College, and moved to develop a degree program in Brentwood, oriented to the third and fourth years of college. This Upper Division baccalaureate program opened in September 1972, and the Board of Regents of the State of New York authorized St. Joseph's College to join Long Island University C.W. Post Campus, in a Coordinate Campus program, the first such pattern adopted in the State. In 1976, this Suffolk County operation was authorized by the Regents to operate as a branch campus. In 1978, St. Joseph's College expanded its operation at the Suffolk Branch Campus to a full four-year program, and in 1979 moved to a 25-acre campus in Patchogue which includes a baseball field, two multi-story buildings that house classrooms, a multi-story research library, and a modern athletic facility that includes a convertible indoor sport floor, an indoor swimming pool, fully equipped weight rooms and several other offerings.

Since then, the Long Island Campus has expanded to include the Clare Rose Playhouse, the Callahan Library, the John A. Danzi Athletic Center, the 33,000-square-foot Business Technology Center, and most recently, the 24.8 acre, outdoor athletic facility. The Brooklyn Campus has expanded as well with the purchase of a five-story brownstone for staff and faculty office space, the purchase of St. Angela Hall Academy for additional classrooms, and plans for further expansion over the next 10 years, including a new athletic facility.

Student life


St. Joseph's-Long Island Golden Eagles

The Long Island Campus of St. Joseph's College has a 24.8 acre, outdoor sports facility, now home to baseball, softball, lacrosse, soccer and tennis. The Long Island Campus, known athletically as the Golden Eagles, is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III (NCAA D-III), and competes in the Skyline Conference. St. Joseph's-Long Island sponsors the following teams: baseball, men's basketball, cross country, golf, tennis, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, women's basketball, cross country, equestrian, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, swimming and volleyball.

St. Joseph's-Brooklyn Bears

The Brooklyn Campus, known athletically as the Bears, is a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA), and competes in the following athletic conferences: Hudson Valley Men's Athletic Conference (HVMAC) for men's sports; and the Hudson Valley Women's Athletic Conference (HVWAC) for women's sports. St. Joseph's-Brooklyn sponsors the following teams: men's baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis, volleyball, women's basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis and volleyball.

On September 9, 2014, St. Joseph's-Brooklyn had accepted an invite to join the NCAA Division III ranks, primarily competing for the Skyline Conference, effective with the 2015-16 academic year.[2][3]

Greek Life

Greek Life at St. Joseph's College - Long Island is administered by the Office of Student Life and directly by the Greek Council of St. Joseph's College - Long Island. Currently, St. Joseph's College - Long Island has 6 Greek social organizations. The local sorority Alpha Theta Rho, the Lambda Alpha Chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta International Women's Fraternity, the Epsilon Gamma Chapter of Alpha Phi Delta National Fraternity, the Sigma Xi Chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity, the Alpha Delta Chapter of Kappa Beta Gamma International Sorority and the Delta Beta Chapter of Theta Phi Alpha National Sorority.


St. Joseph’s College offers degrees in more than 26 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs through its School of Arts and Sciences and its School of Professional and Graduate Studies.

Undergraduate Majors

With more than 5,000 undergraduate students, St. Joseph's College offers majors in accounting, biology, business administration, chemistry, child study, computer information systems, computer science, criminal justice, English, history, human relations, journalism and new media studies, marketing, medical technology, mathematics, nursing, psychology, recreation and leisure studies, religious studies and philosophy, social sciences, sociology, Spanish and speech.


Minors include accounting, American studies, art, art history, business administration, chemistry, computer information systems, computer science, economics, English, environmental studies, fine arts, history, human relations, Latino studies, mathematics, music, peace and justice studies, philosophy, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, Spanish, speech, studio art, theatre, therapeutic recreation and women's studies.

Graduate Majors

St. Joseph's College offers the following graduate degree programs: executive M.B.A., M.A. in Childhood or Adolescence Special Education with an annotation in Severe and Multiple Disabilities, M.A. in Infant/Toddler Early Childhood Special Education, M.A. in Literacy and Cognition, M.A. in Mathematics Education, M.B.A. in Accounting, M.B.A. in Health Care Management, M.B.A. in Health Care Management with a concentration in Health Information Systems, M.S. in Human Services Leadership, M.S. in Management with concentration in Organizational Management, Health Care Management and Human Resources Management, M.S. with a major in Nursing and two online programs - Executive M.B.A. and Advances Certificate in Human Resources Management.


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