St. Joseph's College for Women, Alappuzha, is a prestigious institution standing at the vanguard of higher education for women in Kerala.Set in the heartland of the historical town of Alappuzha, famed internationally as the Venice or Leiden of the East, the college is located in a central place easily accessible by road, rail and waterways. Envisioned by the International Congregation of Canossian Daughters of Charity, and established in 1954, the college which is affiliated to the University of Kerala, has been imparting value-based quality education as one of the well renowned Arts and Science Colleges in the region.Managed by the St. Joseph's Canossian Education Society, it upholds the precepts of the holy Foundress Magdalene of Canossa from Verona, Italy, who held that real value of education lies in the formation of hearts. True to its motto, Virtus et Scientia, (Virtue and Knowledge) the college makes it a point to impart liberal education based on secular, moral and spiritual principles with an idea to fashion a humane society spearheaded by its students, many of whom hail from the marginalized sections of the society, especially the coastal belt, who leave the portals as able and accomplished young women. To this end, the college maintains ideal academic ambiance in the campus providing ample opportunities and facilities to nurture integrated personalities. The college offers 10 undergraduate and 3 postgraduate courses and opens up different venues for the students in curricular and extra-curricular arenas to help them stay well in line with the strategic priorities of excellence and global standards. The college was accredited by the National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC) for the first time in 2004 with a meritorious B++ (82.5%). In 2013, it was reaccredited with an ‘A’ Grade with a CGPA of 3.13 on a scale of four. The college was recognized as a COLLEGE WITH POTENTIAL FOR EXCELLENCE (CPE) by the UGC in 2016, the only college to be recognized so in the University of Kerala, that year. The state-of-the-art lab equipments funded by DST – FIST, the newly emerging Diamond Jubilee Complex housing the Research Wing, and other digital and infrastructural additions help make the college an academician’s hub while the value education classes and the various community services undertaken by the college, reemphasize the universal values of service and commitment to the community around.