St. John's University

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8000 Utopia Parkway

Queens, NY 11439

Phone: (718) 990-6161
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#152 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. National Universities

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St. John's University is a private institution that was founded in 1870. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 15,840, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 97 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. St. John's University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 152. Its tuition and fees are $37,260 (2013-14).

St. John's University is a Roman Catholic institution open to students of all faiths. The school has campuses in the New York City boroughs of Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan. St. John’s offers more than 150 academic, professional and recreational student organizations, including the St. John's Bread and Life program, which provides support and services for the poor. Greek organizations have been a part of campus life since 1956. Because of St. John’s location in New York City, all freshmen are required to complete a course called Discover New York. This introduction to the city allows students to examine New York through a variety of academic disciplines. The Red Storm sports teams compete in the Big East Conference in the NCAA Division I. The university’s athletic program fields more than 15 intercollegiate teams but is most well known for its men's basketball team.

St. John's University has a variety of graduate programs, including a School of Law and School of Education. Along with campuses in the New York metro area, the school also has a campus in Rome, a location in Paris and a graduate center in Oakdale, New York. St. John's offers semesterlong study abroad programs in Europe, including trips to Rome, Paris and Seville, Spain. Notable alumni of the university include Bob Sheppard, former sports announcer for the New York Yankees; Gary Muto, president of brands for women’s clothing retailer Ann Inc.; and Hugh L. Carey, former governor of New York.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

New York City's leading Catholic university, St. John's prepares students to excel as informed, ethical leaders in today's international marketplace. St. John's is known across the country and around the world for combining quality academics, outstanding professors, confidence-building service activities and dynamic study abroad programs. Impressed by this preparation, scores of employers come to campus each year to recruit our students. The Wall Street Journal has ranked St. John's in its Top 100 Colleges "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." Students come from 48 states and 114 countries to pursue more than 100 programs in the arts, the sciences, business, education, pharmacy and the health sciences. Along with our three residential New York City campuses - in Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan -there is a location in Oakdale, NY, and a campus in Rome, Italy, as well as a study abroad location in Paris, France. The Staten Island campus offers the only accelerated, three-year bachelor's degree program in New York City. All new St. John's students get to have class in historic locations such as Central Park, Ellis Island and Wall Street through Discover New York, a freshman course. New students get an early start on studying abroad through the Freshman Passport Program, allowing them to spend two weeks of their first semester at the University's Rome, Italy, campus. Global Studies are available for all four years: Students can spend a semester, winter or summer break at the Rome campus or the Paris location. Through Discover the World, students can earn 15 credits living and learning in three great cities in a single semester. Following the example of St. Vincent de Paul, the 17th-century priest dedicated to serving those in need, the University encourages students to make a difference in the world. Through academic service-learning, every student can engage in course-related volunteer activities throughout the New York metropolitan area. The University's active Campus Ministry also offers many opportunities to distribute food to the homeless; volunteer at soup kitchens and other agencies; and participate in service "plunges" in locations including New Orleans, Europe and Central America. The University's Vincentian mission is evident in the unique Ozanam Scholars Program - a competitive, four-year scholarship program that prepares students to address global poverty and injustice through teaching, service and research. St. John's mission also is evident in the University's focus on preserving the environment. Students serve as "sustainability coordinators," working with administrators and faculty to promote recycling and other "green" habits on campus. The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition applauds St. John's varied sustainability efforts, including its pledge to reduce carbon emissions through an initiative sponsored by New York City's Mayor's Office. Mayor Michael Bloomberg awarded the University a "Gold Star" for its efforts in the "PLANYC 2030 Challenge," which aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent throughout the city. Along with quality academics, pre-professional and leadership preparation, students at St. John's benefit from vibrant campus life activities, including 180 student clubs and organizations. Of course, students also enjoy cheering for St. John's 17 Division I, BIG EAST men's and women's athletics teams.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1870
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $350,486,000


When applying to St. John's University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at St. John's University is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 53.2 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 53.2%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at St. John's University is 17:1, and the school has 39.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at St. John's University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Health Professions and Related Programs; Education; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 77.8 percent.

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Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 17:1
4-year graduation rate 37%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 22%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 10%
Health Professions and Related Programs 8%
Education 7%
Psychology 7%

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Student Life

St. John's University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 15,840, with a gender distribution of 45.7 percent male students and 54.3 percent female students. At this school, 31 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 69 percent of students live off campus. St. John's University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 21,087
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

St. John's University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. St. John's University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at St. John's University, 30 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at St. John's University.

Students who have cars on campus 30%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At St. John's University, 81.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $13,255.

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Tuition and fees $37,260 (2013-14)
Room and board $15,880 (2013-14)
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