Saint Joseph’s College of Maine
278 Whites Bridge Rd.
Standish, ME 04084
(207) 892-6766
Accrediting Agency:
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

Saint Joseph’s College is a Roman Catholic liberal arts college in Standish, Maine. It was founded in 1912 by the Portland Regional Community of Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. Saint Joseph’s became a coeducational institution in 1970 and began offering distance education programs in 1976. U.S. News & World Report ranks St. Joseph’s College 82nd among Regional Universities (North) in its 2013 edition of Best Colleges. The college serves a student population of 3,129 and a has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Programs Offered

Saint Joseph’s College of Maine offers more than 40 majors in areas such as biology, business administration, chemistry, classics, communications, criminal justice, English, environmental science, fine arts, history, mathematics, nursing, philosophy, psychology, sociology, special education, sports management, and theology. Saint Joseph’s also has several undergraduate and graduate degrees online. Undergraduate degrees available online include accounting, business administration, criminal justice, general studies for degree completion, adult education and training, health administration, human services, long-term care administration, nursing, theology, psychology, and radiologic science administration. Online master’s degrees are available in accountancy, business administration, education, health administration, nursing, and pastoral theology. Saint Joseph’s also offers associate degree programs online.


The New England Association of Schools and Colleges has accredited St. Joseph’s College of Maine since 1961.


St. Joseph’s College of Maine requires students to submit a completed application with a personal statement or essay. Prospective students must also submit an official high school transcript, a letter of recommendation from a guidance or college counselor, and one additional recommendation. St. Joseph’s College also requires that SAT or ACT scores are submitted to the admissions office. Freshman applicants may also meet with an admissions counselor for an interview. However, this is not required for admissions. St. Joseph’s College of Maine sets an early action deadline of November 15, though regular applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants to the nursing program have a deadline of January 15. According to U.S. News & World Report, St. Joseph’s College had an acceptance rate of 88% in fall 2011.

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