Saint Joseph’s College of Maine is a Catholic liberal arts college in Standish, Maine
St. Joseph’s College of Maine grants bachelor’s degrees in a traditional on-campus setting, as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees via online education. The college’s 430-acre (1.7 km2) campus in southern Maine is located on the shore of Sebago Lake, just 18 miles (29 km) from Portland, Maine’s largest city. It is the only Catholic college in Maine.
Saint Joseph’s was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1912 as an institution for women. The college, run by a lay and religious Board of Trustees, was located on the convent grounds in nearby Portland until 1956 when it moved to its lakeside location in Standish. In 1970, Saint Joseph’s became coeducational and six years later began a distance education program for working adults. Saint Joseph’s College Online offers its online programs to 2,400 students in 50 states and nine countries.
On campus, the college offers more than 40 majors, minors and partnership programs. The average class size is 17. The student-to-faculty ratio is 16:1. On campus, the college offers undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, as well as professional programs. The most popular majors are nursing, business, education, exercise science/sports management, and biology.
The Academic Center offers first-year students help with transition to college, including faculty/staff mentors, study skills workshops, tutoring, and a writing lab. Saint Joseph’s also offers internships to enhance education in a professional setting, which can lead to contacts for future employment.
Through Saint Joseph’s College Online, there are roughly 2,400 students enrolled in more than 30 academic programs leading to bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as associate degrees and certificates. Support for students includes advisors, online tutors, help desk and financial aid. Students also have the option to take courses on campus during the summer.