Saint Peter's University was founded in 1872 by the Society of Jesus and continues today as a private, co-educational Roman Catholic institution located in Jersey City, New Jersey.
The school is affiliated with the Jesuit Order of the Roman Catholic Church. Through that affiliation, the school aims to keep the academic and social priorities of that sect alive through the programs at the college. Civil rights have had a long tradition at Saint Peter’s. It was first desegregated in 1936, when the college admitted its first black student. The college granted an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree to Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1965, and the next year it became coeducational. Today, Saint Peter's is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. The school is conveniently located just south of Journal Square and 2 miles west of New York City. Saint Peter’s University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Apart from academics, the college offers many clubs and organizations to enhance the college experience for students. There are 50 active student-run organizations on campus with interests ranging from cultural, performing arts, and service-oriented clubs to social and media-related clubs. Through a number of volunteer opportunities that foster relationships with local, national and global associations, approximately 800 students contribute more than 16,000 hours of service annually. There are religious services and spiritual retreats are offered for all faiths. The school fields 18 athletic teams competing in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Known as the Peacocks, St. Peters is the only NCAA Division I team with that mascot.
The admission process is made quite simple. First applicants must fill out an application either online, on paper, through the Common Application or through the Universal College Application. Other requirements include an official high school transcript, ACT/SAT scores, two letters of recommendation and a required essay.
Saint Peter's University offers 60 majors to more than 3,000 undergraduate and 500 graduate students. There are seven graduate degree programs in the following subjects: Education, Business, Accounting, Criminal Justice and Nursing each offering a wide range of concentrations. St. Peter’s also offers 11 pre-professional programs in conjunction with New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rutgers University, Seton Hall University, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
The student-to-faculty ratio is 12:1 which provides students with a more personalized learning environment. There are 115 full-time and 164 part-time faculty members. Jesuit professors make up 6% of the total faculty. 80% of full-time faculty hold doctoral and terminal; 90% of those are tenured. The total student population is 3,045 that represent 29 states and more than 36 countries. There are 2,344 undergraduate students and 728 masters and doctoral students. There are around 41% of undergraduate students who live on-campus.
COSTS AND FINANCIAL AID
The tuition is $32,284 per year. This is the base tuition and does not include additional fees. Graduate/doctorate students pay $990 per credit. Financial aid is available to those students who qualify. Qualification is determined through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which all aid applicants are required to fill out. Financial aid is granted to 98% of full-time undergraduate students in the form of academic, need-based, and athletic grants. The average Financial Aid package is more than $20,000. Within the past year there have been 1,257 Pell recipients.
Sector Of Institution:Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Roman Catholic Jesuit
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctorate degree
Adult Age Enrollments:1,307
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