St.Joseph's College is an autonomous First Grade College , affiliated to the Bharathidasan University. It was established in 1844 by Fathers of Society of Jesus ( The Jesuits). It was originally affiliated to the then Madras University in 1869. The College celebrated its centenary in 1944, sesquicentenary in 1995 and acquired the Five Star status awarded by NAAC in 2000. It became autonomous in 1978 and was recognized by the University Grants Commission as a College with Potential for Excellence in 2004. It was nationally reaccredited by NAAC with A+ Grade in 2006.