Statement of Accreditation Status

    The Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS) is the official statement of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) about each institution’s current accreditation status and scope of accreditation. The SAS also provides a brief history of the actions taken by the Commission.

  • Institution:
    Saint Joseph’s University
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Address:
    5600 City Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19131
  • Phone:
    (610) 660-1000
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Ms. Jill Cleary
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Sean McKitrick, Vice President

Accreditation Summary

For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures.

  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1922
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2014
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2023-2024
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2028

Alternative Delivery Methods

The following represents approved alternative delivery methods included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Distance Education
Approved to offer programs by this delivery method

Correspondence Education
Not approved for this delivery method

Credential Levels

Approved Credential Levels

The following represents credential levels included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

  • Postsecondary award (< 1 year) Included within the scope:
  • Postsecondary award (1-2 yrs) Included within the scope:
  • Associate's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate Included within the scope:
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Post-Master's Certificate Included within the scope:
  • Doctor's Degree - Professional Practice Included within the scope:
  • Doctor's Degree- Research/Scholarship Included within the scope:

Locations

The following represents branch campuses, additional locations, and other instructional sites that are included within the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Location Type
Delaware County Intermediate Unit
200 Yale Avenue
Media, PA 19070
Additional Location
University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia,, PA 19104
Additional Location
Bucks County Training Center
1760 South Easton Road
Doylestown, PA 18901
Other Instructional Site
Delaware County Community College Southeast Center
2000 Elmwood Avenue
Sharon Hill, PA 19079
Other Instructional Site
Independence Blue Cross
1901 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Other Instructional Site
Keystone Mercy Health Center
200 Stevens Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19113
Other Instructional Site
Lower Merion Police Department
71 East Lancaster Avenue
Ardmore, PA 19003
Other Instructional Site
Main Line Health
100 East Lancaster Avenue
Wynnewood, PA 19096
Other Instructional Site
Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School
2600 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145
Other Instructional Site
Philadelphia Police Academy
8501 State Road
Philadelphia, PA 19136
Other Instructional Site
School District Philadelphia
440 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Other Instructional Site
United Way of Southeastern PA
1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadephia, PA 19103
Other Instructional Site
Upper Darby School District
4611 Bond Avenue
Drexel Hill, PA 19026
Other Instructional Site
Upper Providence Police Station
1286 Black Rock Road
Oaks, PA 19456
Other Instructional Site

Definitions: For definitions of branch campus, additional locations, or other instructional sites, see the Commission’s Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.

Accreditation Actions

The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years. For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures and the Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.

  • June 21, 2022
    Staff acted on behalf of the commission to request a supplemental information report, due July 15, 2022, addressing recent developments at the institution which may have implications for current and future compliance with Standard IV: Support of the Student experience. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • June 8, 2022
    To acknowledge receipt of the notification that the transaction occurred on June 1, 2022. To note the action of March 10, 2022. To note that University of the Sciences has merged with Saint Joseph's University as of June 1, 2022, and to remind the institution of its obligation to address the team findings from the evaluation visit of the University of the Sciences. To direct the institution to conduct a new comprehensive evaluation in accordance with Commission policy and procedures and federal regulation 34 CFR § 602.22(h). To note that the institution is currently in self-study in anticipation of an evaluation visit in 2023-2024.
  • March 10, 2022
    To acknowledge receipt of the complex substantive change request. To note the change in legal status, form of control, or ownership within the institution's scope of accreditation. To note the complex substantive change request includes a merger of University of the Sciences with Saint Joseph's University effective June 1, 2022. To require notification of the date of the closing of the transaction within five calendar days of the transaction. To request a supplemental information report, due September 1, 2022, documenting (1) the updated status of the merged institutions; (2) a final version of the integration planning team milestones including timeframe and status (Teach-Out Plans and Agreements Policy and Procedures); (3) submission of any written evidence of approvals from all necessary licensing, regulatory, or other legal entities as necessary, including the United States Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (Requirement of Affiliation 5); (4) financial planning and budget processes that are aligned with mission, goals, and objectives and are evidence based (Standard VI); (5) enrollment management planning linked to budget development (Standard VI); and (6) a clearly articulated and transparent governance structure that outlines roles, responsibilities, and accountability for decision making by each constituency of the merged institution (Standard VII). To direct a complex substantive change site visit as soon as practicable but no later than six months after June 1, 2022, the anticipated date of the transaction. To note the transfer of University of the Sciences student records, programs, and services to Saint Joseph's University. To further note that degree granting authority from the Pennsylvania Department of Education will cease for University of the Sciences as of December 31, 2022. To note that the following credential levels are included within the institution's scope of accreditation: Postsecondary Award/Certificate (<1 year) and Doctoral Degree–Professional Practice. To note that the following additional location is included within the institution's scope of accreditation: University of the Sciences campus at 600 South 43rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. To require immediate notification when instruction commences at the additional location. To direct a substantive change site visit as soon as practicable but no later than six months after the commencement of instruction at the additional location. To note that the Commission may rescind this action if instruction does not commence within one calendar year from the date of this action. To note that the following additional location is closed: ACE Center at Ridge Pike and Manor Road 800 Ridge Pike, Lafayette Hill, PA 19444. To remind the institution of its obligation to inform the Commission about any and all developments relevant to this action. To note that the Commission reserves the right to rescind this action if any developments reveal additional information that might have affected the Commission's decision and/or the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action. To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission's expectations. To note the action for the University of the Sciences on March 10, 2022. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • March 4, 2021
    To note that the Mid-Point Peer Review has been conducted and no further evidence is required at this time. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • July 2, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close its additional location at Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Almirante Barroso 10, Santiago, Chile. To require immediate notification when instruction ceases at the additional location. To note the Commission may rescind this action if the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action.
  • July 2, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the teach-out plan. To approve the teach-out plan for the closure of the additional location at Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Almirante Barroso 10, Santiago, Chile. To note that the institution will conduct and complete its own teach-out and that teach-out agreements are not required. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • July 2, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the reclassification of the additional location at Ace Center, 800 Ridge Pike, Lafayette Hill, PA 19444 as an other instructional site and to include the change within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days that the site ceases to operate as an additional location. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • July 2, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close its additional location at Giant-Ahold, 1149 Harrisburg Pike, Carlisle, PA 17013. The Commission requires notification within thirty days of the closure of this additional location.
  • July 5, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note that the institution has closed its additional locations at (1) The Vanguard Group, Inc., 100 Vangaurd Boulevard, Malvern, PA 19355; (2) Ursinus College, 601 Main Street, Collegeville, PA 19426; (3) Donghua University, Shanghai, China; (4) Philadelphia County Intermediate Unit, 21st and Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103; (5) Nazareth Hospital, 2601 Holme Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19152; (6) Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, 1605 West Main Street, Norristown, PA 19403; (7) Einstein Hospital, 5501 Old York Road, Philadelphia, PA 19141; (8) Chester County Intermediate Unit, 300 Root Road, Downingtown, PA 19335-3404; and (9) Bucks County Intermediate Unit, 705 Shady Retreat Road, Doylestown, PA 18901. To remove these additional locations from the institution's accreditation. The next self-study evaluation is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • July 5, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at Giant-Ahold, 1149 Harrisburg Pike, Carlisle, PA 17013 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at this additional location. Operations at the additional location must commence within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next self-study evaluation is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • November 17, 2016
    To accept the progress report. The next self-study evaluation is scheduled for 2023-2024.
  • June 25, 2015
    To accept the monitoring report and note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To request a progress report, due October 1, 2016, documenting further implementation and evidence of (1) goals, objectives, and strategies, both institution-wide and for individual units, that are clearly stated, reflect conclusions drawn from assessment results, are linked to mission and goal achievement, and are used for planning and resource allocation at the institutional and unit levels (Standard 2); (2) an organized, and sustainable assessment process that includes (a) clear and measurable outcomes; (b) evidence that results are shared and discussed with appropriate constituencies and are used in institutional planning, resource allocation, and renewal (Standard 7); (3) an organized and sustainable assessment process that includes direct evidence of student learning, with evidence that results are used to improve teaching and learning (Standards 12 and 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2019.
  • November 20, 2014
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative. To remind the institution of the monitoring report, due March 1, 2015 documenting further development, implementation, and evidence of (1) goals, objectives, and strategies, both institution-wide and for individual units, that are clearly stated, reflect conclusions drawn from assessment results, are linked to mission and goal achievement, and are used for planning and resource allocation at the institutional and unit levels (Standard 2); (2) a well-defined system of collegial governance including written policies outlining governance responsibilities of administration and faculty that are readily available to the campus community (Standard 4); (3) an organized, and sustained assessment process, including (a) clear and measurable outcomes to evaluate and improve the total range of programs and services, and the achievement of institutional mission, goals, and plans, and assessment results shared and discussed with appropriate constituents and used in institutional planning; (b) evidence that assessment results are shared and discussed with appropriate constituents and are used institutional planning, resource allocation, and renewal (Standard 7); (4) student achievement of general education learning outcomes (Standard 12); and (5) an organized, systematic, and sustainable process to assess the achievement of student learning goals in all programs that includes direct measures of student achievement of student learning outcomes. (Standard 14) A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2019.
  • June 26, 2014
    To reaffirm accreditation and to commend the institution on the quality of the self-study process and report. To request a monitoring report, due March 1, 2015 documenting further development, implementation, and evidence of 1) goals, objectives, and strategies, both institution-wide and for individual units, that are clearly stated, reflect conclusions drawn from assessment results, are linked to mission and goal achievement, and are used for planning and resource allocation at the institutional and unit levels (Standard 2); 2) a well-defined system of collegial governance including written policies outlining governance responsibilities of administration and faculty that are readily available to the campus community (Standard 4); 3)an organized, and sustained assessment process, including (a)clear and measurable outcomes to evaluate and improve the total range of programs and services, and the achievement of institutional mission, goals, and plans, and assessment results shared and discussed with appropriate constituents and used in institutional planning; (b)evidence that assessment results are shared and discussed with appropriate constituents and are used institutional planning, resource allocation, and renewal (Standard 7); 4) student achievement of general education learning outcomes (Standard 12); 5) an organized, systematic, and sustainable process to assess the achievement of student learning goals in all programs that includes direct measures of student achievement of student learning outcomes. (Standard 14) A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission's expectations. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2019.
  • August 27, 2012
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and note the institution's decision to close its additional location at Archbishop Carroll High School, 211, Matson Ford Road, Radnor, PA 19087. To remove this location from the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2013-2014.

Information about the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is one of seven institutional accrediting organizations in the United States and is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). MSCHE accreditation applies to an institution as a whole rather than the specific programs within an institution. MSCHE does not approve or accredit individual programs. The MSCHE accreditation review cycle is continuous and accreditation does not expire. Each institution is reevaluated and monitored on a regular and consistent basis in accordance with the institution’s assigned accreditation review cycle and Commission policy and procedures. An institution maintains its accreditation unless it is voluntarily surrendered or withdrawn by the Commission for cause, after the institution has been afforded due process. The institution’s current accreditation phase and accreditation status are displayed on the institution’s listing in the Institution Directory and in the Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS).