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St. John's University


St. John's University
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, New York 11439
888-9STJOHNS or 718-990-2000

University Web Site

Type of Institution:

Private, coeducational, Roman Catholic university

2009-2010 Fees:

  • Tuition and Fees - $29,350; see website for variances
  • Room and Board - $13,140 (Queens campus, standard double plus standard meal plan); see website for details and other campuses. There were about 3,500 students living on the Queens, Staten Island, and Manhattan campuses in 2008.
  • Graduate: $905 - $1,090 per credit

    St. John's Law School: $42,200

St. John's - Overview:

Founded in 1870 by the Vincentian Fathers of the Roman Catholic Church. It was originally in Bedford-Stuyvesant, and gradually moved to its current Queens location starting in the mid-1950s. St. John's is now spread over three residential campuses in New York City:

  • Queens: The main campus; 105 acres on the border of Jamaica Estates and Fresh Meadows.
  • Staten Island: 18 acres in Grymes Hill, overlooking New York Bay.
  • Manhattan: 10-story building in Tribeca; opened in 2001 after St. John's merged with The College of Insurance.

and graduate centers in

  • Oakdale (Suffolk County): 175 acres on the South Shore of Long Island.
  • Rome (Italy, not New York).

The main campus is in Queens, in the residential neighborhood of Jamaica Estates, on the border of Fresh Meadows. 86% of the university's students are on this campus.

St. John's University is made up of six schools and colleges:

  • St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • The School of Education
  • The Peter J. Tobin College of Business
  • College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions
  • College of Professional Studies
  • School of Law

The most popular undergrad programs are Pharmacy, Liberal Studies, Finance, Psychology, and Accounting.

The most popular graduate programs are Law, Pharmacy, Business Administration, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Adolescent Education.

St. John's offers 100 undergraduate and graduate majors.

In its mission statement, the university is described as Catholic, Vincentian (emphasis on community service), and metropolitan (most of its campuses are in NYC).

Athletics - St. John's Red Storm:

St. John's is a Big East university, with 17 Division 1 NCAA teams. The most well known is the Red Storm men's basketball team.

Student Body / Faculty:

In 2008, St. John's had a total student body of 14,186 undergraduates and 5,293 graduate students from 44 states and 122 countries. Most come from New York City and Long Island.

Students of many different religions (or no religion) attend the school.

46% of the faculty are full-time.

The student-to-faculty ratio is 17:1.

For more demographics and other details, check out SJU's Factbook 2008.

St. John's Rankings:

Included in Princeton Review's "Best 368 Colleges"; and ranked #17 for Diversity. U.S. News & World Report: Tier 3 National University

Notable St. John's Alumni:

  • Raymond Kelly, NYC Police Commissioner
  • Mario Cuomo, former governor of New York
  • Hugh Carey, former governor of New York
  • Ron Silver, actor
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