Project Description


University of Saint Joseph

1678 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117

Phone: 860-232-4571
Fax: 860-231-8396

Melissa J. Marcucci, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Biology:

General Information
Founded in 1932 as Saint Joseph College, the University of Saint Joseph is a comprehensive institution with undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs. Enhanced by the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and the values of its founding religious order, the Sisters of Mercy, USJ challenges students to reach their full potential in a culture of achievement and collaboration. USJ serves the needs of a diverse, intergenerational student body through liberal arts and professional programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, while maintaining a strong commitment to developing the potential of women.

The undergraduate program at USJ consists of the Women’s College, founded in 1932, and the Program for Adult Learners (PAL), which was established in 1985. The graduate programs include a mix of on-campus and online programs, as well as an Off-Campus Master’s in Education which is offered to students at various locations in the state.

Further, USJ operates two laboratory schools, the Gengras Center School (established in 1965) and the School for Young Children (SYC). The Gengras Center School serves up to 145 K-12 students with special needs from about 50 towns throughout Connecticut and Southern Massachusetts. The SYC is a preschool with an enrollment of approximately 120 students, to date.

The accomplished faculty at USJ are committed to helping students reach their full potential. In 2015- 2016, all full-time (132) and part-time (5) faculty held at least a Master’s degree, and the vast majority of full-time faculty hold doctoral-level or terminal degrees. USJ employs well-qualified staff to facilitate student success. As documented in Standard Six, there are 39 academic staff members who support students through the Academic Advisement Center, Interdisciplinary Writing and Reasoning Center, Career Development Center, Center for Academic Excellence, study abroad opportunities, the performing arts and art museum, Teaching and Learning Center, experiential learning opportunities, and the Library.

Faculty are dedicated experiential learning. For example, USJ students have worked in faculty members’ laboratories, presented at regional and national conferences, and enhanced their global awareness through a variety of study abroad programs. Liberal arts and professional courses complement each other, and often include opportunities for community service. There are more than 30 student organizations focused on academics, social and global concerns, diversity and cultural issues, and community service.

USJ is member of NCAA Division III, competing in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference. Regarding creative activities, the Carol Autorino Center for the Arts and Humanities hosts a year-round array of music, theater and dance performances, art exhibitions, films, lectures, classes, and seminars. Through extensive programming options, the Art Museum and the Autorino Center serve both the academic needs of the University and the cultural needs of the greater community.

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