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International Profile

John Jay is one of the nation’s premier criminal justice and liberal arts institutions. The College brings together Pulitzer Prize–winning faculty and undergraduate/graduate students in diverse liberal arts disciplines to engage with issues of justice and diversity. The theme of justice is at the heart of each program.

With a rigorous curriculum across the humanities, natural sciences, arts, and social sciences, we offer our students a range of opportunities to explore their academic interests and passions. At John Jay we place special emphasis on developing students’ critical-reasoning skills, intellectual abilities and competencies, and enhancing their capacity to make a difference as fierce advocates for justice.

Our campus
Centrally located in Midtown Manhattan, the John Jay campus provides convenient access to the city’s famous sights, world-class museums, and hot spots. We are only a short walk from two of the world’s most renowned centers for music and dance, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. 
Our 100% wireless, leading-edge campus features a new, state-of-the-art building with “smart classrooms” featuring advanced presentation capabilities, cyber lounges, a football-field-sized outdoor plaza affectionately called “The Jay Walk,” a new science wing with over 36,000 square feet of high-tech laboratories, an Emergency Management Simulator that can serve as a real-time emergency operations center, the Gerald W. Lynch Theater, a black box theater, and the Shiva Art Gallery. Our sports and recreational facilities include a cardiovascular fitness center, tennis court, outdoor running track, and an NCAA-regulation swimming pool.

From the arts and humanities to the natural and social sciences, ideas that change the world are the hallmark of John Jay’s learning experience. Whether in forensic laboratories, law enforcement, CIA and FBI offices, public service endeavors, human rights organizations, or prominent law firms around the world, John Jay students and alumni contribute significantly to a wide range of professions. With more than 55,000 John Jay alumni around the world, we offer exciting networking opportunities through our career services office.

John Jay offers comfortable and caring housing options to its students. The College ensures that each residence hall has a welcoming home atmosphere, and each room includes amenities like study desks, chairs, chests of drawers, closets or wardrobes, wireless Internet access, and a cable connection. The residence halls are also conveniently located, offering an easy 15-minute subway commute to campus.


As the world’s commercial and cultural epicenter, New York City, New York, offers unparalleled social and professional opportunities to students, residents, and visitors. The campus is near New York’s most accessible transportation hubs, including Penn Station, Grand Central, and Port Authority.


Type of University: Public

Size of Campus: Five buildings in the heart of Manhattan, New York City

Number of Students: 15,000

Number of Faculty: 1,100

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: John Jay College offers 27 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors, 11 graduate programs, and three doctoral programs.

Geographic Diversity: International students come from more than 30 countries.

International Student Services: The Office of Admissions and the Office of International Studies and Programs provide immigration, orientation, programming, and support services.

International Student Budget: (Undergraduate)
Tuition and Fees$13,920
Living Expenses$26,786

Financial Aid: International students with high achievements in SAT scores and high school averages can apply to the Macaulay Honors College at John Jay College. For more information visit

Test Score Requirements: The College requires SAT or ACT scores. TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for students whose primary language is not English.

Application Deadlines and Fees:
Fall semester: February 1
Spring semester: September 15
Freshman application fee: $65