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Calumet College of St. Joseph (CCSJ) is a small, family-oriented, four-year college offering master's, bachelor's, and associate's degrees. Our students, whether traditional or non-traditional, undergraduate, graduate or professional, come to Calumet College of St. Joseph to share our commitment to learning as a lifelong endeavor. They come to join a community whose members — faculty, staff, students, trustees, alumni and friends alike — believe that education must encompass the whole person: spiritual and moral as well as intellectual, the heart as well as the mind. And they come seeking the educational, professional and cultural advantages of a college located in a busy metropolitan area within minutes from the City of Chicago. We, in turn, take seriously our responsibility to foster and support excellence in Catholic higher education, to keep a Calumet College of St. Joseph education accessible to a diverse population of students, and to offer personal attention and care to each member of the Calumet College of St. Joseph family.


Calumet College of St. Joseph is accredited to offer master’s, baccalaureate, and associate degrees; certificates; and diplomas by the Higher Learning Commission, a member of the North Central Association, 230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604 ( The College has been approved by the National Council Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE). The Education Department holds membership in a number of state, regional, and national educational and professional associations, including the Indiana Conference of Higher Education, and the National Catholic Educational Association.
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Classic CCSJ BuildingIn 1951 the Missionaries of the Precious Blood established an educational outpost in Northwest Indiana. They served a community like their patron St. Joseph: selfless, hardworking, and devoted to family. In church basements and empty storefronts, they educated the sons and daughters of millworkers and first generation college students. Offering the Calumet Region’s first bachelor degree, the College changed lives. Providing access to education, the College grew. A move to Whiting accommodated expansion. In 1973, Amoco donated the building that currently serves as our 6-story “vertical campus.” During these early years, the College’s visionary mission was defined: to serve the Calumet Region by offering a quality education in the Catholic tradition.

In keeping with the Catholic tradition, we place high value on the dignity of every person. In addition to gaining knowledge and skill, our students learn to respect themselves and others. They learn to serve. Our graduates become alumni who make a daily difference in the community. They positively influence the fields of education, business, law enforcement, and the professions. They serve as artists and social workers, leaders of banking and industry. This dedicated family of alumni is the College’s legacy and future.

St. Joseph StatueWith our roots deep in the Calumet Region, the College continues to grow. We carry on the tradition of serving a diverse student population, changing lives through education. Master’s degrees and accelerated programs remove time and space barriers for our adult students. Innovative education programs assist professionals transition to teaching. An athletic program, established in 1999, swelled the College’s traditionally-aged academic population. Across the curriculum, our social justice emphasis fosters ethical behavior and civic engagement. We actively serve our neighbors with thousands of volunteer hours a year. We share our gifts with the less fortunate, providing books to the school-aged victims of Hurricane Katrina and adopting a Guatemalan village. Through academics and outreach, the College’s mission extends far beyond the classroom.

Mission Statement

Calumet College of St. Joseph is a Catholic institution of higher learning dedicated to the academic, spiritual and ethical development of undergraduate and graduate students. Informed by the values of its founding religious community, the Missionaries of the Precious Blood (C.PP.S.), the College promotes the inherent dignity of all people, social justice, an ethic of service, student empowerment, opportunity, and lifelong learning.

Approved by the Board of Trustees on January 20, 2011.

Social Justice

When you become a student at Calumet College of St. Joseph, you’re not just choosing a college, you’re choosing a way of life. It is a life dedicated to service and rooted in the Catholic tradition of social justice. This life is more than just a concept we talk about, it is a reality we try to live out everyday. At CCSJ you can start making a difference well before you graduate. The impact of CCSJ extends to the global community as well. Every spring a team of faculty, staff and students serve the poor of Guatemala by providing material assistance to some of the world’s most needy. In the past two years, our freshmen have given over 5,000 service-learning hours by volunteering within the community.

The following are just a few of the Social Justice Projects that CCSJ volunteers have served in:

  • Soup Kitchens
  • Retirement Homes
  • Coat Drives
  • Childcare Centers
  • Hospitals
  • Blood Drives
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Adopt-a-Beach

Contact the Office of Institutional Advancement to find out to get involved in upcoming social juctice projects.

Religious Affiliation

CPPS LogoCCSJ is a Catholic college sponsored by the Cincinnati Province of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood (C.PP.S.). CCSJ offers a quality education in the Catholic tradition: It is open to students of all faiths.

Instructional Facilities

Calumet College of St. Joseph delivers its academic programs at its main campus in Whiting, Indiana, and five off-campus locations. The main campus is home to an academic building that can accommodate more than 1,500 students each semester and that includes the following academic areas:

  • ​Adequate classroom and meeting spaces with appropriate instructional technology
  • The Specker Memorial Library, which maintains over 110,000 items in addition to online databases, complete reference services, and interlibrary loan services
  • The Bernard Gallery and Goodman Theater
  • Ceramics and sculpture labs
  • A Tutoring Center staffed by faculty members
  • Four fully equipped science labs
  • Instructional computer labs and computer access in the Commons, the Library, the Tutoring Center, and designated open labs
  • Two media labs
  • A chapel

In addition to the main campus in Whiting, the College utilizes classroom space at three locations in Chicago and two in Indiana to eliminate the time and space barriers that block the pursuit of higher education. These classrooms also have all necessary instructional technology. Students who study at these locations have access to support services through the College website, via e-mail, or over the phone. The College's book rental program delivers books to the homes of students who meet off campus.

Strategic Plan 2014 - 2016

Board of Trustees

  • Mr. Larry Meyers - Chairman
  • Mr. David Bochnowski - Vice Chairman
  • President Amy McCormack, Ed.D.
  • Mrs. Lynn Miskus - Treasurer
  • Ms. Linda Gajewski - Secretary
  • Bishop Donald Hying - Honorary Chairman
  • Ms. Gail Beloff
  • Mr. Karl Cender
  • Ms. Denise Dillard
  • Ms. Lynn Elkins
  • Mr. David Gladish
  • Mr. R. Louie Gonzalez
  • The Very Rev. Larry Hemmelgarn, C. PP.S.
  • Dr. Danita Johnson Hughes
  • Mr. Jeff Keith
  • Rev. David Kelly, C.PP.S.
  • Mr. Don Kubacki
  • Mr. Guy Mason
  • Rev. Timothy McFarland, C.PP.S.
  • Mr. Robert Migliorini
  • Rev. Mark Peres, C.PP.S.
  • Mr. Daryl Pomranke
  • Mr. Tory Prasco
  • Dr. Roy Scheive
  • Mr. Jose Guadalupe Valtierra
  • Mr. Cassel White
  • Mr. Bruce Wisowaty
  • Dr. Edward Williams

Map & Location

The Calumet College of St. Joseph main campus in Whiting, Indiana is just 15 minutes away from the Chicago Loop and about a mile from the Skyway Ramp. We are also close to Calumet Avenue, Indianapolis Boulevard and Burnham Avenue, as well as the Indiana Toll Road, Dan Ryan Expressway, and Interstate 94 (Borman Expressway).
Calumet College of St. Joseph is housed in a single high-rise building overlooking Lake Michgan. The campus offers ample free parking in a secure, well-lighted lot adjacent to the building.