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Build your future today at st. john’s university.
Our students benefit from leadership-building opportunities, a focus on academic excellence, and extensive study abroad offerings. The quality of a St. John’s education reflects our 146-year-old mission as a Catholic, Vincentian, metropolitan, and global university. 

St. John’s is widely recognized for the quality of its programs, students, and faculty. For example, the University is featured in The Princeton Review’s 2016 edition of The Best 380 Colleges as well as its most recent Guide to 353 Green Colleges, which ranks four-year institutions according to their individual commitment to the environment and sustainability.


Excellence without bounds
Founded in 1870 by the Congregation of the Mission (also known as the Vincentian Fathers), St. John’s embraces the legacy of St. Vincent de Paul, the 16th-century priest and social reformer who urged us to use our knowledge and talents to make the world a better place.

Students come to St. John’s from 47 states and 123 foreign countries. They pursue more than 100 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs in the arts and sciences, business, computer-related fields, education, law, pharmacy, and health-related fields. More than 90% of our professors hold a PhD or comparable terminal degree in their fields. St. John’s 17:1 student-faculty ratio ensures personal attention in the classroom.

Representing many nationalities, cultures, and faith traditions, St. John’s students are united in their desire to have a positive impact on the world. Courses, programs, and activities reflect the University’s focus on fighting poverty and injustice—a pillar of Catholic social thought.

As a part of our commitment to preparing students for ethical leadership, St. John’s offers several Catholic scholarship opportunities, including the Catholic School Scholarship, Catholic Scholars Program, and Catholic Student Scholarship.

Thanks to their education, our students successfully build upon their talents and aspirations. Over the past three years, for example, 26 students have won prestigious Fulbright grants, while others have earned awards including the Marshall and Truman Scholarships. On the playing courts and fields, St. John’s is New York City’s team—with 17 men’s and women’s Big East Division I athletic teams.


Action with impact
Faith, service, and success are central to a St. John’s education. In 2015, students logged more than 100,000 service hours in 125 city agencies and at 11 sites on four continents. St. John’s is among the few universities admitted with distinction to the
President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Students gain experience and build confidence through Academic Service Learning—course-related volunteer opportunities that allow them to have a positive impact on society even before they graduate. Activities include mentoring school children, advising small business owners, and volunteering in agencies that serve those in need. 

The University’s Campus Ministry and Student Life offices offer additional opportunities to make a difference, such as serving in soup kitchens and participating in winter and spring “Plunges” that assist communities throughout the United States, Europe, and other locations around the world. 

There are additional opportunities to blend academics and service through unique initiatives like the Ozanam Scholars Program. This highly selective undergraduate program provides students with four-year scholarships to partner with top professors and community leaders. Their aim: to address issues of poverty and injustice worldwide.

Undergraduates combine academics and service on an international level through programs like GLOBE, a student-managed course offered through the Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John’s. The initiative provides modest loans to struggling entrepreneurs in developing nations around the world. 

Spiritual life is enhanced through St. John’s active Campus Ministry. Mass is offered daily, and many students participate in discussion, study, and reflection groups that are available throughout the year.


Metropolitan and global
New York City is a vital part of our students’ education. With innovative courses like Discover New York, a wide range of service activities, and fantastic internships through our award-winning Career Center, students use metropolitan New York—America’s most dynamic “college town”—as an extended classroom.

St. John’s has two residential New York City campuses—the 96.5-acre Queens campus and the 17-acre Staten Island campus—in addition to a campus in lower Manhattan. Nearby sites such as Wall Street, Madison Avenue, Greenwich Village, and SoHo provide vibrant cultural and educational resources. St. John’s also has campuses in Oakdale, New York, and Rome, Italy, as well as study abroad locations in Paris, France, and Seville, Spain.

Through our wide-ranging Global Studies Programs, students may spend an entire semester, summer, or winter break earning credits in destinations throughout Europe, Latin America, and Asia. While enrolled in Discover the World, students can earn 15 credits living, learning, and volunteering in three European cities in a single semester. And, as early as freshman year, students can spend 10 days completing a core course at our Rome campus through our Global Passport Program.


Build your future today
Your St. John’s degree will command respect in any field you choose. Our 176,000 alumni include leaders in the arts, business, communications, education, law, medicine, and the sciences—they provide students with an outstanding network as they begin their own careers. 

To learn more about what St. John’s can offer you, please visit or call 888-9STJOHNS.