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International Profile

Take your first step toward a bright future at a leading private university in America’s hottest “college town.”

A leading Catholic university in exciting New York City, St. John’s prepares students from around the world for success as ethical leaders in today’s global society, and we get results. According to The Wall Street Journal, St. John’s is among the top 100 colleges that are “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.” St. John’s is also featured in The Princeton Review’s 2013 guide to The Best 377 Colleges, and we are #15 in the Forbes list of “Colleges That Will Make You Rich.”

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 our Vincentian mission.

A great place to learn
St. John’s draws international students from 115 countries. They pursue more than 100 acclaimed academic programs in the arts and sciences, business, computer-related fields, education, pharmacy, and the allied health professions.

At St. John’s you’ll learn from professors with international reputations for excellence. More than 92% of our professors hold doctoral or equivalent degrees in their fields. Our 17:1 student-faculty ratio offers students personal attention in the classroom and research opportunities with top faculty.

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.

Technology is part of the St. John’s experience. All new students receive their own laptop computer with full access to St. John’s award-winning network. Students also have access to St. John’s sophisticated academic software, including Tell Me More language-learning software. In addition, St. John’s has invested more than $20 million to upgrade its research labs, computer labs, and other science facilities.

A great place to live
You will enjoy life at either of St. John’s two residential New York City locations: the 96.5-acre Queens campus or the 16.5-acre Staten Island campus, as well as our non-residential campus in Manhattan. We also have international campuses in Rome, Italy; Paris, France; and a location in Seville, Spain.

Campus life features 180 student clubs, fraternities, sororities, and an active campus ministry. We also offer the excitement of our Division I Big East men’s and women’s athletic teams.

On our Queens
campus, ultramodern residence halls form a Residence Village with some suite-style accommodations, 24-hour security, ample lounges, and a separate dining hall. Juniors and seniors also have the option of townhouse-style residence halls adjacent to the Residence Village. All are a short walk to classroom buildings, athletic facilities, cafeterias, and the University Library.

The Staten Island campus offers modern, apartment-style student residences adjacent to the campus. Featuring kitchens and common lounges, the residences are grouped around a grassy courtyard where students gather to chat, toss Frisbees, or just take in the sun.

Serving our international students
All international students enjoy personal support through our Office of International Student and Scholar Services. Our professional staff helps students adjust to academic life, obtain a driver’s license, secure immigration assistance, and get to know New York City.

Come to St. John’s
Take your first step toward the amazing St. John’s experience by contacting our Office of International Admission.



St. John’s University has three residential campuses. Two are in Queens and Staten Island, New York City’s most suburban boroughs. Only 11.6 miles from Manhattan, our Queens campus is near LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International Airports. Our Staten Island campus is a 30-minute ferry ride to Manhattan. St. John’s also has a new, state-of-the-art 10-story “campus” in Lower Manhattan.


Type of University: Roman Catholic, four-year, residential, coeducational university sponsored by the Vincentian Fathers and offering liberal arts and pre-professional programs

Size of Campus: Queens campus comprises 96.5 acres/39 hectares; Staten Island campus comprises 16.5 acres/6.7 hectares; new state-of-the-art Manhattan campus

Number of Students: 15,765 undergraduate students; 4,683 graduate students

Number of Faculty: 1,471 full- and part-time faculty, with a 18:1 student-faculty ratio

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Science, School of Education, Peter J. Tobin College of Business, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, College of Professional Studies, School of Law; please visit for a list of programs and degrees.

Geographic Diversity: 115 countries and 47 states

International Student Services: English as a Second Language; international orientation; International Student and Scholar Services Office offering guidance on immigration, employment, on-campus living, etc.

International Student Budget: $59,000 for nine-month year—includes tuition, room and board, fees, books, personal items, health insurance, and travel within the United States

Financial Aid: St. John’s students can be awarded academic scholarships ranging from $5,000 to full tuition. Additional application scholarships are also available for international students. Contact the Office of International Admission for more information on all scholarship opportunities.

Test Score Requirements: Minimum TOEFL iBT 61 or IELTS 6.0 or SAT CR 400, M 500; conditional admission available for students with scores below those mentioned before

Application Deadlines and Fees: Rolling admission; priority given to those applying by December 15; $50 application fee (waived when applying online); Doctor of Pharmacy and physician assistant priority deadline, December 1; Doctor of Pharmacy and physician assistant regular deadline, February 1