St. John's University -- Staten Island

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St. John's University -- Staten Island

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Welcome to St. John’s University in New York City

Welcome to St. John’s University in New York City
Home to nearly 1,200 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. 

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

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 international and domestic students alike.

St. John’s ranked #1 “Catholic University for Financial Generosity to International Students” by the 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 $5,000 per year to full tuition for four years of full-time undergraduate study. In addition, opportunities for application scholarships for international students range from $2,500–$10,000 per year for up to four years of continuous, full-time undergraduate study. An online application is required with a deadline to apply of January 15. Learn more at

Diverse and active campus community
St. John’s knows that being healthy and being successful go hand-in-hand. Numerous student resources are available for support. The refreshed on-campus Fitness Center is just one way to keep your health and wellness easily balanced and is conveniently accessible for students.

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. The 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. The helpful Campus Concierge can complete any 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 the vast alumni network of 187,000 offers extensive internship and unmatched job opportunities at leading companies around New York City and the world.

St. John’s students graduate with the knowledge, preparation, and experience to succeed in their chosen fields, and 94.3% of 2018 graduates were employed or enrolled in an advanced degree program within six months of graduation.*

* The data here is representative of three graduating classes (September 2017, January 2018, and May 2018) from the three main campuses (Queens, Staten Island, and Manhattan). The data provided pertains only to the 73% of undergraduates who responded to the survey.

Serving 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. Its 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)
St. John’s is committed to student success, so it offers an extensive support system that 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 rolling admission is offered, some programs close, and there are limited full-tuition scholarships. Send transcripts and test scores directly to an international counselor after applying online.

Take the first step toward securing a successful future with St. John’s by contacting the Office of International Admission. 


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 state-of-the-art 10-story “campus” in Lower Manhattan’s East Village.


Type of School: Private Roman Catholic, residential, coeducational four-year university sponsored by the Vincentian Fathers 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: 16,884 undergraduate; 4,759 graduate

Number of Faculty: 2,599 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, and School of Law; please visit for a list of programs and degrees.

Geographic Diversity: 127 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: $63,500 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 EBWR 440+, M 530; conditional admission available for students with scores below those mentioned; SAT/TOEFL code: 2799; ACT code: 2888

Application Deadlines and Fees: Early Decision, November 15; Early Action, December 1; rolling admission thereafter; priority given to those applying by February 1; Doctor of Pharmacy regular deadline, February 1; other program-specific deadlines may apply.

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