St. John’s University
Queens, New York
Those who become a part of St. John’s University discover a world of opportunity available at New York City’s largest Catholic university. For 150 years, St. John’s has prepared students to become real leaders in both their careers and communities. Today, St. John’s offers more than 100 academic programs, dynamic study abroad opportunities, and a focus on service, altogether supplying the knowledge and tools needed for success in a constantly changing world.
St. John’s has three residential New York City campuses: a park-like, 96.5-acre campus in Queens; a wooded, 16.5-acre campus on Staten Island; and an award-winning “vertical” campus in Manhattan’s financial district. Like the city itself, St. John’s is a cosmopolitan community, drawing students from 46 states and 115 foreign countries. New York City quickly proves itself to be an important part of every student’s education, with classes, programs, and internships available at some of the city’s most exciting businesses and organizations. St. John’s students are not just metropolitan, but they are also global, studying at the University’s Rome and Paris locations as well as dozens of other cities throughout the world.
Founded in 1870 by the Vincentian Community, St. John’s University is a private, coeducational Catholic university that grants associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.
Get to know St. John’s University
- Campus Ministries
- Choral groups
- Greek Life
- International Student Organization
- Intramural Clubs
- Jazz band
- Literary magazine
- Music ensembles
- Musical theatre
- Pep band
- Radio station
- Student government
- Student newspaper
- Student-run film society
- Television station
- First-Year Seminars and Experiences
- Common Intellectual Experiences
- Learning Communities
- Writing-Intensive Courses
- Collaborative Assignments and Projects
- Undergraduate Research
- Diversity/Global Learning
- Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning
- Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience
- Career Services
- Academic Tutors
- Writing Center
- Financial Aid Advisors
- Academic Advisors
- Student Success Initiative
- Library Services
- Veteran Services
- Faculty Mentors
- Peer Mentors
- Disability Services
- Health Services
- Multicultural Engagement Center
- Veteran Success Center
As a Catholic university in the Vincentian tradition of excellence and service, St. John’s gives every student ample opportunities to make a positive difference both on and off campus. Through the University’s active Campus Ministry, students explore the spiritual and social issues that impact their education and their lives, building leadership skills through such service opportunities as “Midnight Runs,” in which students distribute food to the needy; “Bread and Life,” a St. John’s institution that operates a soup kitchen and other services for those in need; and service “plunges” at domestic and international locations. Students also engage in Academic Service-Learning, which incorporates course-related material into volunteer activities throughout the metropolitan area.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Non-U.S. Citizen: 2%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 10%
White, non-Hispanic: 49%
Native/Indigenous American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 14%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 4%
Students at St. John’s learn from professors who are internationally acclaimed scholar-teachers. More than 90 percent of professors at St. John’s hold a Ph.D. or other terminal degree in their fields, having received prestigious awards like Guggenheim, Fulbright, and more. And because St. John’s places a special emphasis on student research, undergraduates have many opportunities to engage in meaningful research with leading faculty.
Global Studies is a vital part of the educational experience at St. John’s. Through the Global Passport Program, for example, students can study abroad as early as their very first year at St. John’s, traveling to locations throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America at virtually any time throughout the calendar year. What’s more, St. John’s unique Discover the World program lets students earn 15 credits living, learning, and serving in three cities—all within a single semester.
SPECIAL STUDY OPTIONS
Programs available at this institution.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Liberal arts/career combination
Teacher certification program
New students quickly discover that St. John’s is a close-knit community where everyone is encouraged to reach their full potential. There are more than 180 student clubs and organizations on campus, encompassing academic, cultural, social, and pre-professional interests. Students also love to cheer on St. John’s 17 BIG EAST, Division I men’s and women’s athletic teams.
St. John’s has three New York City campuses (in Queens, Staten Island, and Manhattan), a campus in Hauppauge, NY, and locations in Rome, Italy, Paris, France, and Limerick, Ireland.
17 NCAA Division I, BIG EAST men’s and women’s athletic teams.
Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Soccer, Fencing, Tennis, and Golf
Men’s Lacrosse and Baseball
Women’s Softball, Volleyball, Track and Field, and Cross Country
School Color: Red
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 44%
Campus housing options.
Apartments for single students
Special housing for disabled students
“My experience at St. John’s has been great thus far! Through all the trials and tribulations, I have always found myself coming out on top and learning more about myself and others as well. My college experience has done more than just teach me about my major but it has also taught me how to be an individual and how to deal with working with other individuals and I’m loving every bit of it.” — Nnaemeka Ifeajekwu, Biology Major, 2021
READY FOR THE REAL WORLD
Through both St. John’s Career Center as well as the University’s many academic programs, students have access to outstanding internship opportunities at leading businesses, cultural programs, and other organizations throughout the New York City region.
In fact, a recent survey has shown that students and parents enjoy a tremendous return on their investment from their undergraduate education at St. John’s, recognized as one of the top 100 schools “most likely to help students land a job in key careers and professions—areas that are growing, pay well, and offer high levels of satisfaction.”
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Standardized test scores
Class rank | Application Essay | Recommendation(s)
Extracurricular activities Talent/ability | Character/personal qualities
Alumni/ae relation | Volunteer work | Work experience | Level of applicant’s interest
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 540 | 75th Percentile: 640
25th Percentile: 540 | 75th Percentile: 660
25th Percentile: 23 | 75th Percentile: 29
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25th Percentile: 22 | 75th Percentile: 31
Tuition & Cost
When students apply to St. John’s University, they are automatically considered for the University’s merit-based scholarships. Applicants are notified of any academic scholarships awarded in their acceptance letter.
Merit-based scholarships are awarded at the time of admission and include the Presidential Scholarship, a prestigious, full-tuition scholarship.
Scholarships for which students must apply include the Ozanam Scholars Program, Catholic Scholars Program, and Catholic Student Scholarships. The Ozanam Scholars Program provides a select group of scholars with a unique and innovative learning experience. Designed to allow students to work in small groups with dedicated faculty to contribute to solving real-world problems in local, national, and international communities, the program begins freshman year with each student receiving up to a $10,000 scholarship (renewable annually for four years).