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St. Joseph’s College, which has campuses in Patchogue and Brooklyn, has earned university status and will be called St. Joseph’s University effective immediately, the private institution for higher education announced Wednesday.

The New York State Board of Regents approved St. Joseph’s College’s petition to be named a university, which will bring more widespread recognition to the school’s academic offerings and professional development programs.

“This is a proud day for every member of the St. Joseph’s community,” said St. Joseph’s President Dr. Boomgaarden. “Since our founding in 1916 by the Sisters of St. Joseph, our mission has been to provide a strong academic and value-oriented education that supports provision for career preparation and enhancement for a diverse population of students that is now close to 5,000. These very same qualities are what will carry us forward under our new banner as a university serving three unique campuses: Long Island, Brooklyn and Online.”

St. Joseph’s offers more than 60 academic majors, special course offerings and certificates, and affiliated and pre-professional programs, while also offering one of the lowest tuition rates for a private university in the region. More than 1,500 students graduate from the institution annually.

“I’m excited for what this ascent to university status will mean for our students,” said Shantey Hill-Hanna, vice president for student life at St. Joseph’s. “This acknowledgement signifies to all our campus groups the remarkable resilience, continued progress and excellence the College has made even in the face of a pandemic. A university distinction will certainly increase the appeal of our student degrees to potential employers and open up new opportunities both professionally and personally long after they leave St. Joseph’s.” 

For more information, visit www.sjcny.edu/about/university.

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