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Saint Joseph College begins first day as an university

By Saint Joseph College

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WEST HARTFORD, CT - Saint Joseph College today becomes the University of Saint Joseph, celebrating its role as an innovative and comprehensive center of higher education.

The University of Saint Joseph has a wealth of coeducational graduate programs. After the successful launch of its first doctoral program (Pharm.D.) through the School of Pharmacy, the University is planning a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and investigating other doctoral options. Its range of master’s degrees – including education degrees that are offered at locations throughout Connecticut, and a number of online graduate programs – continue to evolve to meet societal needs, with the most recent addition being the master’s degree in Autism and Behavior Studies.

The University offers undergraduate students more than 22 majors and six pre-professional programs within its five schools, each of which reflects the University’s mission to provide a liberal arts and professional education. There are options for undergraduate women as well as coeducational undergraduate programs for adult students through the Program for Adult Learners.

“The University of Saint Joseph is on the move and more vital than ever,” said USJ President Pamela Trotman Reid, Ph.D. “Today we introduce a new name that reflects our growth as an institution of regional, national and international importance.”

Under President Reid’s leadership, the University of Saint Joseph has established five schools – Health & Natural Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, Education, Pharmacy, and Graduate and Professional Studies – located on two campuses in West Hartford and Hartford. In addition, USJ is expanding its international outreach to include partnerships with educational institutions in China, Ghana and the Middle East. Among its local partnerships, the University of Saint Joseph has collaborated with the Hospital for Special Care on their new Autism Center in New Britain, and developed a unique degree-completion program with graduates of the Connecticut Community College Nursing Program.

“The University of Saint Joseph is indeed a world-class institution, and at the same time continues to strengthen its local ties with surrounding communities,” said Jeanne B. Merola, chair of the University of Saint Joseph Board of Trustees.

The University, which was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1932, continues to build on its tradition of academic excellence with a focus on women’s leadership and community service. The University of Saint Joseph community also includes two laboratory schools for younger populations. The Gengras Center, considered one of the top special education schools in the state, serves students from 50 Connecticut and southern Massachusetts towns. The School for Young Children, which just marked its 75th anniversary, is a nationally-accredited program that was one of the first preschools in Connecticut.

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