Early Arrival Program applications for August 2019 are now closed. If you have questions, please contact Dan McDevitt at dmcdevit@sju.edu.

Program begins on Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

SJU Reads

This day-and-a-half experiential learning opportunity addresses one of the most hot button issues in U.S. politics and society today: immigration. Facilitated by SJU faculty and student leaders, activities will include compelling discussions of the selected reading (Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen), community-building, and the exploration of immigrant neighborhoods and venues in Philadelphia.

Programs begin on Tuesday, August 20th, 2019


This extended orientation focuses on the academic and social transition from high school to college. Students will participate in a variety of social activities and success seminars in order to better acclimate themselves to campus, meet other students, and learn about the resources available to help them succeed at SJU.

BEAGLE – Biology Experience Aimed at Growth, Learning, and Excellence

This intensive program for incoming Biology, Chemical Biology & Environmental Science majors is designed to help students make the transition to college-level academics, develop effective study skills, understand the pace and rigor of college-level science courses, and meet current faculty and upper-class students. Members of the BEAGLE program will have the option to live in the Science Residential Learning Community.

PSIP – Philadelphia Service Immersion Program

Students participate in community service, visits to historic and cultural destinations in the Philadelphia area, and reflection of purpose while expanding their horizons through intellectual discovery and urban exploration.

Running Start

Running Start is a transitional program that utilizes workshops, seminars, and activities to support the acclimation to college for traditionally underrepresented students -- this may include students of color, first generation college students, or those that come from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.