St. Joseph's College was established in the year 2009. The college is affiliated to the University of Mysore, one of the premier universities in Karnataka. St. Joseph's Institutions in Hassan had its humble beginnings in the year 1957. It is one of the oldest educational institutions established in the heart of the city of Hassan.
The Jesuits are known for their education throughout the world. They run other premier institutions in India, like Loyola College, Chennai, St. Xavier's College, Calcutta, St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, Xavier University, Calcutta, and Xavier University, Bhubaneswar.
The department of commerce was established in the year 2009 and the department of Business management, in the year 2010.
The college aims at a holistic and integral formation of its students, fostering in them a spirit of Academic Excellence, Character Formation and Social Concern, shaping them to become 'men and women' for others.
The motto of the college is 'Service the light of life' which serves as an inspiration behind the vision and the educational praxis of the college, forming men and women for service and becoming a beacon of light and hope in the country and in the world at large.