Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph’s University advances the professional and personal ambitions of men and women by providing a demanding, yet supportive, educational experience. One of only 152 schools with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter and AACSB business school accreditation, Saint Joseph’s is home to 4,650 traditional undergraduate day students, 700 College of Professional and Liberal Studies adult undergraduates, and 3,600 graduate and doctoral students. Steeped in the 450-year Jesuit tradition of scholarship and service, Saint Joseph’s was named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for General Community Service. The University strives to be recognized as the preeminent Catholic comprehensive university in the Northeast.

 

Symbolism of the Shield

 

The Sheild

The modern shield is divided into four equal parts by a cross.

FIFTEEN BANDS

In the upper left quarter are FIFTEEN BANDS: seven gold and eight red. The seven gold bands represent the seven sons of the House of Loyola: St Ignatius and his six brothers. Red and gold are traditional as they are the heraldic colors of the royal House of Castille, to which the Loyolas were loyal.

COAT OF ARMS OF THE HOUSE OF LOYOLA In the upper right quarter is THE COAT OF ARMS OF THE HOUSE OF LOYOLA: two wolves at a kettle, said to symbolize the hospitality of the House.
A LILY In the lower left quarter is A LILY, an iconic attribute of St. Joseph, the patron of the University.
THE EMBLEM OF THE SOCIETY OF JESUS In the lower right quarter is THE EMBLEM OF THE SOCIETY OF JESUS. The letters “IHS” inscribed in a radiating sun at the center are the Greek iota, eta, and sigma, the first three letters of the word “Jesus” in Greek. Rising out of the “H” is a cross, the symbol of redemption and salvation through Christianity. Below are three nails symbolizing the Passion of Christ.