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Pontifical College Josephinum

Pontifical College Josephinum in the sprawling metropolis of Columbus, OH is a Roman Catholic seminary comprised of a College of Arts and Sciences and a School of Theology. Primarily a men's college, College Josephinum is the world's only pontifical institution outside of Italy.

Open Admissions, Religiously affiliated, Seminary / Bible College


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Pontifical College Josephinum in the sprawling metropolis of Columbus, OH is a Roman Catholic seminary comprised of a College of Arts and Sciences and a School of Theology. Primarily a men's college, College Josephinum is the world's only pontifical institution outside of Italy.

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The Pontifical College Josephinum is a Roman Catholic seminary whose mission is to prepare men for the ordained priesthood through human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral formation. The seminary consists of two academic divisions: The College of Liberal Arts and The School of Theology, which includes a Pre-Theology Program.

The Josephinum is a pontifical institution immediately subject to the Holy See, through the Apostolic Nuncio, and governed by the Board of Trustees. Its programs follow the norms established by the Code of Canon Law, the Congregation for Catholic Education, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Continuing the vision of its founder, Msgr. Joseph Jessing, the Josephinum seeks to prepare priests for the new evangelization and to serve the pastoral needs of the Church. In fidelity to this vision, the Josephinum provides resources to prepare candidates for the priesthood, enabling them to respond to the particular needs of their local communities. The Josephinum shares its resources with the wider Church by promoting vocations and by offering continuing education to clergy and laity.

Student Life

Student Life

Student Body

Total Undergraduates 135
Geography 39% In State / 61% Out of State / 2% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 11% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
White 80%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1%
International 3%
Hispanic/Latino 12%
Ethnicity Unknown 1%
Black or African American 1%
Asian 2%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%


Campus housing is available for undergraduates and is mandatory for freshman. Freshman allowed to have car. No pets.

100% of students live on-campus.

100% of freshman live on-campus.

  • Housing Mandatory
  • Housing Offered
  • Men's Dorms


  • Government or Political Activity
  • Choral Groups
  • Music Ensembles

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: learning center reduced course load remedial instruction tutoring writing center
  • Computer Services: computer center, libraries dorms wired for access to campus-wide network dorms wired for high speed internet connections wireless network available
  • Counseling Services: career counseling health services personal counseling chaplain/spiritual director financial aid counseling
  • Facilities
  • Special Needs Services: partial services for students with learning disabilities wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): double major english as a second language (esl) honors program independent study
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services



Popular Majors

Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities, Other (76%), Philosophy (17%), Humanities/Humanistic Studies (2%), History (2%)

Majors Offered


A program that focuses on the general study and interpretation of the past, including the gathering, recording, synthesizing and criticizing of evidence and theories about past events. Includes instruction in historiography; historical research methods; studies of specific periods, issues and cultures; and applications to areas such as historic preservation, public policy, and records administration.

Job Opportunities:

Managers, All Other
All managers not listed separately.
Research, analyze, record, and interpret the past as recorded in sources, such as government and institutional records, newspapers and other periodicals, photographs, interviews, films, electronic media, and unpublished manuscripts, such as personal diaries and letters.
History Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in human history and historiography. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

A program that focuses on combined studies and research in the humanities subjects as distinguished from the social and physical sciences, emphasizing languages, literatures, art, music, philosophy and religion.

Job Opportunities:

Postsecondary Teachers, All Other
All postsecondary teachers not listed separately.

Any single instructional program in liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities not listed above.

A program that focuses on ideas and their logical structure, including arguments and investigations about abstract and real phenomena. Includes instruction in logic, ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, metaphysics, symbolism, and history of philosophy, and applications to the theoretical foundations and methods of other disciplines.

Job Opportunities:

Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in philosophy, religion, and theology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Administration & Faculty

Rector/Presisent Msgr. Christopher Schreck
Rector/President Msgr. Christopher Schreck
Accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Full-time Faculty 22
Student : Faculty Ratio 5 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 81 : 18
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 100




Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Standardized Test Scores, Religious Affiliation Commitment

Important: Level Of Applicants Interest, Rigor Of Secondary School Record, Interview, Academic GPA, Application Essay

Also Considered: Extracurricular Activities, Work Experience, Volunteer Work

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
English 4 0
Math 2 4
Science 1 4
Social Studies 2 4
Foreign Language 1 2

Other Application Information: SAT or ACT



Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $33,904 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $31,724
$30K-$48K $33,353
$48K-$75K $34,998

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $19,985, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $19,985 Same as On-Campus
Fees $629 Same as On-Campus
Housing $8,984 N/A
Books $1,000 $1,000
Total (before financial aid) $30,598 $21,614

Students Receiving Aid

32% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 21% $2,723
Federal Scholarships/Grants 16% $1,550
Institutional Grants 11% $2,638
Other Federal Grants 5% $500
Pell Grants 11% $2,075
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 5% $1,140
Student Loans 21% $2,723

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

59% of students graduated on time.

77% of students graduated in six years.

84% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.



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