Saint Joseph's University (SJU)

Men's D1 Coach: Taylor Wray
7 / 10
4,904 Undergrads / 7,589 Students
10 / 10
$35,242 Net Price
3 / 10
75% Admitted
  • Team Conference

    Northeast Conf. (NEC)

  • College Type

    4-year, Private non-profit

  • Campus Type

    City: Large

Student Body
  • Male
  • Female
  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • In-State
  • Out-of-state
  • Foreign
  • Other
  • White
  • Black
  • Asian
  • Latino
  • Foreign
  • Other
Student-to-faculty Ratio
11 to 1
Return For Sophomore Year
Overall Graduation Rate
Graduate On Time / in 6 Years
75% / 81%
Calendar System
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
On campus housing is provided and is not required for incoming freshman

Other includes American Indian, Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, two or more races and unknown race / ethnicity.

Coach Recruiting Interview

Head Coach Taylor Wray recently finished his third season at the helm of Saint Joseph’s men’s lacrosse team. With just nine wins in the previous three seasons combined, Wray led a 2012 Hawk team that tied for eighth in the country in overall improvement, led the nation in win percentage increase and tied for fourth in the nation in biggest jump in total number of wins with six overall victories. He finished the 2014 season 11-4 and undefeated in regular season conference play. For his efforts this season, Wray was named the 2014 Northeast Conference Coach of the Year.

He brings prior coaching experience from Lehigh where he was an assistant coach. As a player, Wray excelled at Duke serving as a team captain his senior year. He also played professionally in the National Lacrosse League.

Coach Wray takes a holistic approach to being a student-athlete at the Division I level. He encourages his players, regardless of their position, to be complete lacrosse players whether it’s being a physical attackman on offense or a defensive scoring threat in transition. In the classroom, Wray’s players embrace a broad approach to learning where faculty members emphasize ‘caring for the whole person’.

What advice do you have for young players interested in playing DI lacrosse?

Most importantly, players need to have a sound fundamental skill set. Practice and play often. Being an all-around athlete is important at the Division I level as well.

Also, don’t limit yourself to playing one position or to practicing skills specific to a particular position. If you’re a defenseman you should not only be good at scooping groundballs but you should also be a threat in transition and be able to shoot the ball. The assumption “Hey, I’m just an attackman so all I need to do is shoot” is wrong too. Being physical, riding hard, and having good footwork are all equally important.

What’s the best way for players to get on your recruiting radar?

The best way is definitely direct contact. Send a concise email including your grades and a highlight tape or a link to one. Tailor your email to a specific coach instead of sending out a blanket email to every college coach. College coaches receive tons of emails and highlight tapes every day, so be concise and send highlights that really showcase your skills.

The end of the season is the busiest time for me. Right now I have about 1,600 unread emails in my inbox. During the regular season I’ll have a couple hundred unread emails and typically respond to 60-80 of them per day.

What’s a question players should ask more during the recruiting process?

Ask a coach what three qualities he values most or ask what three things are most important to him. Think outside the scope of lacrosse and try to connect on a personal level. As a recruit, you should try to understand how the coach operates because he will ultimately be the guy motivating you for the next four years through some pretty intense environments.

What type of player do you look for – a raw athlete or a refined lacrosse player?

I look for a combination of both. In general, most coaches are looking for a skilled player with some athleticism. It’s tough to say what quality is more important because it goes both ways. You don’t want all skill and no athleticism because the different types of players compliment each other. You need the raw athlete to clear in transition or draw a slide while you rely on the skilled player to finish the play and score a goal.

We also look at different types of players depending on the position or depending on what we need for a specific recruiting class.

What’s special about being a student-athlete at Saint Joseph’s?

In terms of lacrosse, we play a very up-tempo style game. We’re aggressive and physical with or without the ball at every position. We also like good transition players because they help us play at a very fast pace. Our offense is patient and efficient too.

There’s something to be said for the Jesuit influence at Saint Joseph’s. It’s reflective in the way the teachers teach. There’s a focus on holistic education. I think it goes back to the Jesuit tradition that emphasizes ‘caring for the whole person’. This definitely attracts a certain type of student-athlete and a certain type of faculty member.

Great, thanks Coach Wray. Any final thoughts?

It’s an exciting time to be playing Division I lacrosse. When I played (Duke ’03) there were the top 10 teams and then everybody else. Now there’s a lot of competition out there. Any team can win on any day.

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Team Road Trips

Road trips are primarily scheduled in the Northeast. The team travels to Geneva, NY, Newark, DE, Staten Island, NY and Philadelphia, PA. Other trips in the past include High Point, NC, Ann Arbor, MI and Richmond, VA.

Recruit Commits
Evan McFadden West Chester Henderson HS West Chester, PA Def
Stevie Pileggi Springside Chestnut Hill Academy Philadelphia, PA Mid
Dean Hangey Downingtown West Highschool Downingtown, PA Mid, Def
Colin Sullivan Lampeter-Strasburg High School Lancaster, PA Att, Mid
Harrison Edwards West Linn High School West Linn, OR Att
Carter Truesdell Winter Park High School Maitland, FL Mid
Aidan Kreydt Springfield High School Springfield , PA Mid, Att
Jack Baird Corner Canyon High School Draper, UT Def, LSM
Owen Staunton Ridgewood HS Ridgewood, NJ LSM
Maliik Wood The Bullis School Potomac, MD Att
Giuseppe Morici Washington Township High School Turnersville, NJ Faceoff
Mike Waite Downingtown East Glenmoore (Hometown) Exton (School), PA LSM, Def
Pierce Hart The Hill School Pottstown , PA Faceoff, Mid
Brennan Catania Hudson High School Hudson, OH Def, LSM
Collin Campbell Sanford School Rising Sun, MD Att, Mid
Elliott Morgan Canandaigua Academy Canandaigua , NY Mid, Def
Jake Freebery Kennett HS Kennett Square, PA Att
William Quinn Downingtown Stem Academy Downingtown, PA Def
Mark Watters Leaside HS East York, ON Att
Danny Gaalaas Our Lady of Good Counsel HS Olney, MD LSM
Conor Trant Concord Carlisle HS Concord, MA Faceoff
Tommy Gross The Heights School Potomac, MD Goal
Henry Suarez Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas Dallas, TX Faceoff
Owen Mehok Bishop Shanahan Downingtown, PA Att, Mid
Sam Forte Kennett High School Avondale , PA Mid, Att
Jack McGorry Allentown Central Catholic HS Allentown, PA Mid
Shayne Ryan Oak Hall School Gainesville, FL Goal
Colin Zyck Saucon Valley Shs Hellertown, PA Att
Michael Gaughan St Rita of Cascia HS Chicago, IL Mid
Griffin Mallory Valor Christian HS Highlands Ranch, CO Mid
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Where Grads Live
  • Greater Philadelphia Area
  • Greater New York City Area
  • Washington D.C. Metro Area
  • Greater Boston Area
  • Baltimore Maryland Area
  • Reading Pennsylvania Area
  • Allentown Pennsylvania Area
  • India
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Greater Chicago Area
  • Harrisburg Pennsylvania Area
  • Greater Atlanta Area
  • Greater Los Angeles Area
  • Lancaster Pennsylvania Area
  • Miami/Fort Lauderdale Area
Where Grads Work
  • Vanguard
  • School District of Philadelphia
  • Merck
  • GSK
  • Penn Medicine (University of Pennsylvania Health System)
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Pfizer
  • PwC
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Comcast
  • AstraZeneca
  • Independence Blue Cross
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
What Grads Do
  • Sales
  • Education
  • Operations
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Information Technology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Healthcare Services
  • Consulting
  • Human Resources
  • Research
  • Media and Communication
  • Program and Project Management
  • Accounting
  • Support
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Test Scores
Critical Reading
520 - 610
550 - 650
1110 - 1300
23 - 31
21 - 27
23 - 29

This range represents the middle half of incoming freshman from the 25th to 75th percentile. The writing component is now optional and no longer reported.

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Applicants 8,692 3,967 4,725
% Admitted 75% 73% 76%
% Admits That Enroll 17% 17% 17%
Incoming Freshman Average GPA 3.6
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  • Waitlisted
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    Majors / Programs

    Degrees offered by popularity. Type = Bachelor.

    Business (55%)
    Special Products Marketing Operations (10%)
    Marketing/Marketing Management, General (9%)
    Finance, General (8%)
    Accounting (6%)
    Social Sciences (6%)
    Biological & Biomedical Sciences (6%)
    Education (5%)
    Communication & Journalism (5%)
    Speech Communication and Rhetoric (5%)
    Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General (5%)
    Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other (5%)
    Elementary Education and Teaching (5%)
    Psychology (4%)
    Biology/Biological Sciences, General (4%)
    Psychology, General (4%)
    Insurance (3%)
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    Net Price

    Average net price = sticker price - financial aid.


    Average net price by income for incoming freshman receiving financial aid.

    Net price for all students (private non-profit and for profit institutions).

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    Sticker Price

    Sticker price = estimated total cost of attendance.

    On Campus
    Tuition & Fees$46,550
    Books & Supplies$893
    Cost of Living$14,840
    Personal Expenses$1,347
    Sticker Price$63,630

    Personal expenses includes laundry, transportation, entertainment and furnishings.

    Financial Aid

    98% of full-time, incoming freshman receive financial aid.

    Receiving Aid %
    Avg. Aid Amount
    Type of Aid
    Grant or Scholarship98%$26,134
    Federal Grants15%$7,148
    Pell Grants15%$4,605
    Other Federal14%$2,667
    State & Local Grants11%$3,305
    Institutional Grants98%$24,680
    Student Loans63%$10,871
    Federal Loans62%$5,343
    Other Loans16%$21,739

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    All financials shown for full-time, incoming freshman.

    Total Amount
    Per Student
    Financial Assets $280 Million $36,939

    Value of endowment assets at fiscal year end.


    Total federal debt after graduation for undergrad borrowers: $23,485.

    Total cumulative student debt by percentile.

    Total Principal
    Monthly Payment
    10 Year Repayment $19,500 $250

    Most student loans have a grace period before repayment begins.

    3 Year Avg. Default Rate: 3.4%

    Avg. rate for colleges with lacrosse is 5.1%.

    Total federal debt excludes private student loans and parent PLUS loans. Cumulative debt cohort includes 2,140 students.


    Earnings 10 years after enrollment: $59,600

    Earnings of former students working by percentile.

    Earnings of former students who received federal financial aid. Figures shown are median.


    How long until this college investment pays off: 5.25 years.

    Median debt and foregone earnings divided by median earnings. Foregone earnings assumes 4 years to graduation; at this school, 75% of students graduate on time.

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    Campus Safety
    On Campus
    In Residence Halls In Res. Halls
    Criminal Offenses
    Murder - -
    Negligent Manslaughter - -
    Rape 4 4
    Fondling 2 2
    Incest - -
    Statutory Rape - -
    Robbery 1 1
    Aggravated Assault - -
    Burglary 1 1
    Motor Vehicle Theft - -
    Arson - -

    In Residence Halls are a subset of On Campus statistics. Murder includes non-negligent manslaughter.

    The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here. Statistics represent 3-year average data.

    Data from The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

    Carnegie Classifications
    Basic ClassificationMaster's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs
    Undergrad InstructionProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
    Graduate InstructionResearch Doctoral: Single program-Education
    Enrollment ProfileHigh undergraduate
    Undergrad ProfileFour-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in
    Size and SettingFour-year, medium, highly residential

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