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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.”

Welcome to St. John’s University in New York City
Home to 1,249 international students from 127 countries worldwide, St. John’s University has positioned itself
as a top private Catholic institution recognized for its exceptional diversity, academic leadership, and financial generosity to international students. 

Our gated Queens and Staten Island campuses are located in residential suburban communities, with Public Safety on campus and available 24/7. Both campuses offer accessibility to Manhattan within minutes, one of the world’s largest cultural, business, and economic hubs. In addition, St. John’s also has locations in Rome, Italy; Paris, France; and Seville, Spain.  

St. John’s University offers its students more than 100 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in seven distinguished divisions, making it a top contender for both international and domestic students alike.

St. John’s ranked #1 for Financial Generosity to International Students by College Board’s Big Future Site

International undergraduate scholarships
St. John’s offers merit scholarships to qualifying international students that require no additional application. Awards range from $5,500 per year to full tuition for four years of full-time undergraduate study. Opportunities include the Presidential Scholarship, Provost Scholarship, Scholastic Excellence Scholarship, St. Vincent de Paul Scholarship, Student Success Award, University Promise Award,
and Academic Achievement Award. 

Additional application scholarships for international students range from $2,500–$10,000 per year for four years of continuous, full-time undergraduate study and include Catholic Scholars Program, Ozanam Scholars Program, and Catholic School Scholarship. An online application is required. Deadline to apply is January 15, 2018. Learn more at

Welcoming and active campus life
At St. John’s, we know that being healthy and being successful go hand-in-hand. Numerous student resources are available for support, and our refreshed on-campus Fitness Center is one way we keep your health and wellness easily balanced and conveniently accessible.  

St. John’s offers more than 180 student organizations that celebrate the educational and cultural richness of the University, active Campus Ministry, and the excitement of our Division I Big East men’s and women’s athletic teams. Our men’s Red Storm basketball team’s home court is the world-renowned Madison Square Garden. 

With Manhattan only a short train ride away and authentic cuisine from all over the globe at every turn, it’s not hard to get a sense of home whenever the mood strikes. Allow Campus Concierge to complete your outing with tickets to the newest Broadway show—often at a discounted rate.  

Impressive career outcomes
Career services are central to a St. John’s education, and our vast alumni network of 178,000 offers extensive internship and unmatched job opportunities at leading companies around NYC and the world. 

Our students graduate with the knowledge, preparation, and experience to succeed in their chosen fields, and 94.3% of 2016 graduates were employed or enrolled in an advanced degree program within six months of graduation*.

Serving our international students
All international students enjoy personal support throughout the enrollment process from the Office of International Student and Scholar Services. The University Freshman Center was created to fulfill the commitment made by St. John’s University to mentor and guide first-year students from all over the globe with their transition from high school to college. Our mission is to welcome each and every student into the St. John’s community and support their overall transition, acclimation, and integration into the University setting in New York City.

Improve your English with The Language Connection (TLC)
We’re committed to our students’ success, so we offer an extensive support system, which includes The Language Connection (TLC). TLC offers English
as a Second Language courses, ranging from beginner’s to university preparatory level. For more information, email or visit

If at all possible, apply early. Even though we offer rolling admission, some programs close, and we have limited Presidential Scholarships. Send transcripts and test scores directly to an international counselor after applying online.

Take your first step toward securing your future with St. John’s by contacting our Office of International Admission.

* The data here is representative of the three graduating classes (September 2015, January 2016, and May 2016) from the three main campuses (Queens, Staten Island, and Manhattan). The data provided here pertains only to those 72.7% of undergraduates who responded to the survey. 


St. John’s University has two residential campuses. They 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 SCHOOL: 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 102 acres/39 hectares; Staten Island campus comprises 16.5 acres/6.7 hectares; new state-of-the-art Manhattan campus

Number of Students: 16,440 undergraduate; 4,647 graduate

Number of Faculty: 1,491 full- and part-time faculty, with a 17:1 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: 127 countries and 46 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: $62,970 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 EWR 440+, M 530; conditional admission available for students with scores below those mentioned before; SAT/TOEFL code: 2799; ACT code: 2888

Application Deadlines and Fees: Early Decision, November 15; Early Action, December 15; rolling admission thereafter; priority given to those applying by February 1; $50 application fee (waived when applying online); Doctor of Pharmacy regular deadline, February 1