History of SJC

St. Joseph’s College Founded

August 17, 1916

St. Joseph’s College Founded

Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph, the College opens its doors to 12 students in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn.

Bishop Charles E. McDonnell Becomes SJC’s First President

August 17, 1916

Bishop Charles E. McDonnell Becomes SJC’s First President

Bishop Charles E. McDonnell, president of the Board of Trustees, announces the opening of the College and becomes its first president.

Pratt Home Purchased

August 19, 1918

Pratt Home Purchased

St. Joseph’s purchases the Pratt home at 245 Clinton Avenue.

First Class Graduates

August 19, 1920

First Class Graduates

The first class graduates from St. Joseph’s College at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Bishop Thomas E. Molloy Named Second President

August 26, 1921

Bishop Thomas E. Molloy Named Second President

Bishop Thomas E. Molloy becomes St. Joseph’s College’s second president.

Permanent Charter Obtained

August 19, 1929

St. Joseph’s College obtains its permanent charter from the University of the State of New York.

College Preschool Opened

August 19, 1934

College Preschool Opened

One of the first college preschools on the East Coast is opened on the Brooklyn Campus.

Convent for Sisters of St. Joseph Purchased

August 19, 1936

Convent for Sisters of St. Joseph Purchased

The Pratt House at 232 Clinton Avenue is purchased and becomes a convent for the Sisters of St. Joseph. The surrounding gardens become part of the Brooklyn Campus.

St. Joseph’s College Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

August 19, 1941

As the College celebrates its 25th anniversary, enrollment reaches 469 and the number of alumnae climbs to nearly 1,200.

Rev. William T. Dillon Named President

August 19, 1945

Rev. William T. Dillon Named President

The Rev. William T. Dillon is named president of St. Joseph’s College.

S. Vincent Therese Tuohy is Appointed President

August 19, 1956

S. Vincent Therese Tuohy is Appointed President

President Dillon steps down; S. Vincent Therese Tuohy is appointed to take his place.

McEntegart Library Opens

August 19, 1965

McEntegart Library Opens

McEntegart Hall Library opens at 222 Clinton Avenue.

Dillon Child Study Center is Named

August 19, 1968

Dillon Child Study Center is Named

The preschool is named the Dillon Child Study Center.

S. George Aquin O’Connor, C.S.J., Named President

August 19, 1968

S. George Aquin O’Connor, C.S.J., Named President

S. George Aquin O’Connor, C.S.J., is named president of St. Joseph’s College. St. Joseph’s admits its first male students, making the transformation to a coeducational college.

Brentwood Extension Opened

August 19, 1971

Brentwood Extension Opened

An extension division of the College opens in Brentwood.

School of Adult and Professional Education

August 19, 1975

The College establishes the School of Adult and Professional Education.

Property for SJC Long Island Purchased

August 19, 1978

Property for SJC Long Island Purchased

A 25-acre lakeside property in Patchogue is purchased to house the SJC Long Island, and a four-year program is inaugurated.

Clare Rose Playhouse Opens

August 19, 1985

Clare Rose Playhouse Opens

The Clare Rose Playhouse opens on the Long Island Campus.

Callahan Library Opens

August 19, 1989

Callahan Library Opens

The Callahan Library opens on the Long Island Campus.

Weekend College Established

August 19, 1994

The Weekend College is established at the Long Island Campus.

First Graduate Degree Introduced

August 19, 1995

St. Joseph’s introduces its first graduate degree.

S. Elizabeth A. Hill, C.S.J., J.D., Named President

August 19, 1997

S. Elizabeth A. Hill, C.S.J., J.D., Named President

S. Elizabeth A. Hill, C.S.J., J.D., becomes College president and establishes the Council for the Arts to provide fine and performing arts programming to St. Joseph’s and its surrounding communities.

John A. Danzi Athletic Center Opens

August 20, 1997

John A. Danzi Athletic Center Opens

SJC Long Island’s John A. Danzi Athletic Center opens.

Online Library System Installed

August 19, 1999

An online library system is installed, enabling students to search for and check out books at either campus, as well as providing access to online databases and other electronic information sources.

St. Angela Hall Purchased

August 19, 2001

St. Angela Hall Purchased

SJC Brooklyn expands to bordering Washington Avenue with the purchase of St. Angela Hall Academy. St. Angela Hall becomes a classroom and meeting facility.

Business Technology Center Opens

August 19, 2002

Business Technology Center Opens

The 33,000-square-foot Business Technology Center opens at SJC Long Island.

Athletic Complex Land Purchased

August 19, 2008

Athletic Complex Land Purchased

St. Joseph’s College acquires 24.8 acres of property in the hamlet of East Patchogue to expand its more than 30 acres of existing property on Long Island. Located just east of the campus on the south side of the Sunrise Highway Service Road, the College has framed a composite preliminary program for the area with future expansion plans of developing an athletic complex.

Chair in Comparative Religion Established

August 19, 2009

Chair in Comparative Religion Established

St. Joseph’s College establishes The Dr. Reza and Georgianna Clifford Khatib ’52 Chair in Comparative Religion and hosts its inaugural lecture to promote interfaith dialog with the study of Islam being an integral part of the initiative on both campuses.

Athletic Complex Unveiled

August 19, 2012

Athletic Complex Unveiled

St. Joseph’s College unveils its new athletic complex — a 24.8 acre, state-of-the-art outdoor sports facility that is home to SJC’s baseball, softball, soccer, tennis and women’s lacrosse teams.

Jack P. Calareso, Ph.D., Named President

August 19, 2014

Jack P. Calareso, Ph.D., Named President

Jack P. Calareso, Ph.D., becomes St. Joseph’s College’s seventh president and the first nonreligious leader of the College since its founding in 1916.

Hill Center Opened

August 20, 2014

Hill Center Opened

A 40,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility located on Vanderbilt Avenue is the first new building on the Brooklyn Campus since McEntegart Hall Library opened in 1965. The building is fittingly named after S. Elizabeth Hill, SJC’s sixth president who retired in June 2014.

Centennial Celebration Begins

August 19, 2015

Centennial Celebration Begins

St. Joseph’s College begins its centennial celebration.