School Profile: Saint Peter’s University


Healthcare Degree Choices at Saint Peter’s

Saint Peter’s University appears in our ranking of the Top 10 Best Online Nursing Degree Programs.

Dedicated to “Cura Personalis,” Saint Peter’s University pairs the School of Nursing and College of Arts & Sciences to award 14 healthcare degrees at an engaging 13:1 learner-faculty ratio. For example, the AAS in Health Sciences partners with the Englewood Hospital School of Radiography for a 62-credit diagnostic imaging curriculum and ARRT exam prep. With UMDNJ, the 127-credit BS in Health Information Management trains undergrads to design computerized patient systems. Led by Dr. Leonard Sciorra in Gannon Hall, the 125-credit BS in Clinical Laboratory Sciences offers Cytotechnology or Medical Lab Science concentrations. Each 15-week semester, the MSN in Primary Care: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner program admits 39-credit Jersey City cohorts for CCNE-accredited courses like Health Disparities. Other Saint Peter’s offerings include the MBA in Health Administration, Doctor of Nursing Practice, BS in Health and Physical Education, and BS in Pre-Physical Therapy with Rutgers.

About Saint Peter’s University

Saint Peter’s University was opened in 1878 on Warren Street as St. Peter’s Preparatory School for all-male liberal arts education that drew 71 teens initially. Exactly 40 years later, it closed due to the economic strain of World War I. In 1936, Jesuit priests reopened the school at its current 30-acre McGinley Square campus in Jersey City near Liberty State Park. By the 1960s, Saint Peter’s College was born, women were admitted, and admission was desegregated. Given university status in August 2012, Saint Peter’s further expanded to Englewood Cliffs, The Meadowlands, and online. Recently raising $64 million, Saint Peter’s University now has 3,544 Peacocks, including healthcare majors, from 35 nations who contribute 16,000+ service hours. Boasting over 30,000 alumni, Saint Peter’s has graduated medical pioneers like Nicholas Cifarelli, Robert Lahita, Joseph McGinn, Gary Horan, and more.

The U.S. News & World Report ranked Saint Peter’s the 97th best Northern school with 80 percent retention. On Niche, Saint Peter’s has America’s 237th most diversity, 367th safest campus, and 418th top value tuition. The Princeton Review featured Saint Peter’s University among its “Guide to 375 Green Colleges.” College Factual named Saint Peter’s the 120th best Catholic school with the 149th top-paid healthcare grads nationally. PayScale estimated the 277th highest mid-career salary of $96,800 at Saint Peter’s. In Washington Monthly, Saint Peter’s University has the country’s 242nd top graduation rate and 100th best buck. Given three Beacon Awards for Critical Care Excellence, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System ranks 14th in the NYC Metro. According to College Raptor, Saint Peter’s University has the largest New Jersey endowment at $30.99 million too.

Saint Peter’s University Accreditation Details

In 2013, Saint Peter’s University underwent a self-study review with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) to continue Level V accreditation for another 10 years under its 22nd president, Dr. Eugene Cornacchia, who earned the 2018 ACE/Fidelity Institutional Transformation Award. Located just 94 miles south in Philadelphia, this six-state Mid-Atlantic accreditor is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education to check the quality of Saint Peter’s six associate, 64 baccalaureate, 11 master’s, and two doctoral degrees. The School of Nursing hosted an accreditation visit from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in 2014. The International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) has also approved the Health Administration MBA since 2009.

Saint Peter’s University Application Requirements

Applying to Saint Peter’s University is labeled “moderately difficult” on Peterson’s because 3,425 of the 4,613 Fall 2016 candidates were admitted for 74 percent acceptance. First-year Peacocks flocking to healthcare degrees need to finish a high school diploma or GED. On average, freshmen hold a 3.15 GPA, 1000 SAT score, and 19 ACT score. Hopeful BSN majors must finish the Pre-Nursing Track with a cumulative “B” average or better. The 21-month RN to BSN option requires transferring 30+ accredited nursing credits like Anatomy and Basic Microbiology. For the Graduate School, applicants need a four-year bachelor’s education and minimum 3.0 GPA. The Health Administration MBA track seeks prerequisites, such as Statistics and Macroeconomics, graded “C” or better. MSN entrants need a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN licensure, one year of practice, and $6 million malpractice coverage.

Saint Peter’s University started an Early Action deadline of December 15th with rolling freshman admission thereafter. International undergrads must apply by November 1st for Spring and June 1st for Fall entrance. Graduate programs like the MSN suggest applying at least two months before start dates. Interested students should submit the Common Application or Saint Peter’s Online Application accordingly. Printed PDF copies can be mailed to 2641 John F. Kennedy Blvd. in Jersey City, NJ 07306 for free also. Please contact or (201) 761-7100 for further instruction. Most healthcare degrees request the following:

  • Official high school and post-secondary records
  • College entrance exam (ACT or SAT) scores
  • Two recommendation letters on student potential
  • Résumé detailing clinical and volunteer work
  • Unique, 500-word personal statement of intent
  • Verification of unencumbered RN licensure
  • Evidence of physical assessment skills

Tuition and Financial Aid

For 2018-19, Saint Peter’s University will charge full-time bachelor’s students $18,193 per semester or $36,386 annually. Adult SPCS courses in Jersey City or Lyndhurst cost $595 per credit. Online undergrad courses are further discounted to $495 per credit. Healthcare majors expect paying the $1,076 comprehensive fee and $290 orientation fee. Living at the Hudson County campus’ dorms like Millennium Hall adds $15,334 for room and board. Saint Peter’s suggests budgeting $1,000 for textbooks and supplies. Annual bachelor’s attendance costs around $54,326 on-site and $41,042 with family. The Graduate School presently prices the Nursing MSN and DNP at $1,148 per credit for $44,772 to $89,544 total.

According to the NCES College Navigator, the Office of Financial Aid connects 89 percent of full-time Saint Peter’s Peacocks to colorful assistance packages averaging $27,524 for $65.6 million combined. University funds include the Arrupe Award, Pavonia Scholarship, Ignatian Academic Scholarship, Magis Residential Award, Donohue Family Scholarship, Bastek Endowed Scholarship, Cornelius Heeney Memorial Scholarship, Eugene F. Kinkead Scholarship, and James Wood Scholarship. The Jesuit Tuition Exchange covers costs for children of Catholic colleges’ full-time employees. Federal Pell and FSEOG Grant money is available with FAFSA forms coded 002638. Federal Work-Study jobs provide maximum earnings of $2,000. The Yellow Ribbon member honors 100 percent of GI Bill benefits for 36+ months of U.S. Armed Forces service. New Jerseyans receive the Tuition Aid Grant (TAG), Educational Opportunity Fund, NJSTARS Scholarship, and Governor’s Urban Scholarship. Ranked 266th, Saint Peter’s University also reports median debt of $17,500 from Federal and alternative loans to Money magazine.

Learn more about Saint Peter’s University at the School of Nursing website.