An unprecedented number of students are living on the campus of the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford this fall.
By Ronni Newton
All six on-campus residence halls at the University of Saint Joseph are filled to capacity this fall with students choosing the benefits of a full college experience and the connections that brings.
USJ President Rhona Free joined current students to welcome and help move new students into their dorms on Friday. Nearly 70% of new freshman have chosen to live on campus for the fall semester, with overall campus occupancy at roughly 360 – the highest it’s been since 2013 and above pre-pandemic levels.
Included among the new residents are 30 newly-recruited members of USJ’s newly-formed baseball team.
Officials noted that not only has residential space been converted and reassigned to accommodate students, but parking capacity has also been expanded, student lounges and meeting spaces have been added, and classrooms and lab spaces have been upgraded. Students in the School of Pharmacy have also been relocated to the West Hartford campus.
USJ reports that the average age of students residing on campus this fall is 19.6. Students represent 14 different states and territories, and six different countries.
Students of color comprise 33% of residential students as well as the overall percentage of undergraduate enrollment.
Of the students who live on campus, 39% are freshmen, 27% are sophomores, 20% are juniors, and 13% are seniors.
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