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Section 1: About St. John's University

Founded in 1870, St. John’s is a Catholic and Vincentian university that prepares students for personal and professional success in today’s global society.

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St. John’s Is Catholic, Vincentian, Metropolitan, and Global

As a university,

we commit ourselves to academic excellence and the pursuit of wisdom, which flows from free inquiry, religious values, and human experience. We strive to preserve and enhance an atmosphere in which scholarly research, imaginative methodology, global awareness, and an enthusiastic quest for truth serve as the basis of a vital teaching-learning process and the development of lifelong learning. Our core curriculum in the liberal arts and sciences aims to enrich lives as well as professions and serves to unify the undergraduate experience. Graduate and professional schools express our commitment to research, rigorous standards, and innovative application of knowledge. We aim not only to be excellent professionals with an ability to analyze and articulate clearly what is, but also to develop the ethical and aesthetic values to imagine and help realize what might be.

St. John’s is a Catholic university,

founded in 1870 in response to an invitation of the first Bishop of Brooklyn, John Loughlin, to provide the youth of the city with an intellectual and moral education. We embrace the Judeo-Christian ideals of respect for the rights and dignity of every person and each individual’s responsibility for the world in which we live. We commit ourselves to create a climate patterned on the life and teaching of Jesus Christ as embodied in the traditions and practices of the Roman Catholic Church. Our community, which comprises members of many faiths, strives for an openness that is “wholly directed to all that is true, all that deserves respect, all that is honest, pure, admirable, decent, virtuous, or worthy of praise” (Philippians 4:8). Thus, the University is a place where the Church reflects upon itself and the world as it engages in dialogue with other religious traditions.

St. John’s is a Vincentian university,

inspired by St. Vincent de Paul’s compassion and zeal for service. We strive to provide excellent education for all people, especially those lacking economic, physical, or social advantages. Community service programs combine with reflective learning to enlarge the classroom experience. Wherever possible, we devote our intellectual and physical resources to search out the causes of poverty and social injustice and to encourage solutions that are adaptable, effective, and concrete. In the Vincentian tradition, we seek to foster a world view and to further efforts toward global harmony and development by creating an atmosphere in which all may imbibe and embody the spirit of compassionate concern for others so characteristic of Vincent.

St. John’s is a metropolitan and global university.

As a metropolitan university, we benefit from New York City’s cultural diversity, its intellectual and artistic resources, and its unique professional educational opportunities. With this richness comes responsibility. We encourage the metropolitan community to use our resources to serve its needs. As a global university, we are one of our nation’s most diverse institutions of higher education, enriched by a mixture of cultures, which complements an internationalized curriculum. Through collaboration with other institutions around the world, study abroad opportunities, and online courses and degrees, our outreach spans the globe. In educating students we pledge to foster those qualities needed for our alumni to become effective leaders and responsible citizens in a vibrant city and dynamic world.

Mission Statement of St. John’s University, New York
Approved by the Board of Trustees, December 1991
Modified and re-approved March 1999, March 2008, October 2015

Truth

Knowledge in accord with reality, behavior faithful to ethical standards. St. John’s affirms the threefold mission of a university to seek truth through research, to disseminate it through teaching and to act on it. The University values and utilizes the perspectives of different cultures to assist its members in seeking truth and developing ethical standards, while affirming the Judeo-Christian tradition.

Love

Focusing and extending minds and hearts to nurture one’s own and another’s good. Love expressed in the University community is not a feeling but an action for the corporate good manifested through the time, talent and energy of its members. It is a responsible dedication to utilize available resources and turn them towards humanity’s good.

Respect

Awareness of and esteem for all individuals. A courteous regard for all people whose diversity is embraced and shared in learning, teaching and service to others within the University community and beyond.

Opportunity

Circumstances favorable to serving others and preparing one’s self for a fulfilling life. Guided by its central commitment to equality, justice and Christian morality, the University makes its resources available to all its members to pursue their individual and collective interests.

Excellence

Striving, growing, never being complacent. The St. John’s Community empowers and inspires students, staff, faculty and administration to succeed in programs which assist them in every area of achievement.

Service

Vincentian spirituality in action, a response to God’s call to give of ourselves. Our obligation and commitment to service lie not only in our active compassion as an institution, but in the cultivation of these priorities and values in the members of our community. We are committed to a life of stewardship as a caretaker of God-given talents, resources and knowledge, and caregiver responding to the needs of others.

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St. Vincent de Paul

Who is St. Vincent de Paul?

St. John's University looks to St. Vincent de Paul (1581-1660), founder of the Congregation of the Mission, for its vision and inspiration. From southern France, Vincent pursued the priesthood as a way to assure a comfortable life. Through a profound conversion experience in his early ministry, Vincent unraveled a central paradox of life: it is in giving that one receives. In a Paris marked by great affluence enjoyed by a few as well as by dire poverty endured by the masses, Vincent discovered that one finds God and oneself in service to others. A man of deep faith, keen intellect, great business acumen and enormous creativity, he was at home in the hovels of the poor and in the palaces of royalty. Respected by the powerful and loved by the poor, Vincent bridged social classes through his works of charity and his advocacy for the disenfranchised.

St. John's University looks to St. Vincent dePaul (1581-1660), founder of the Congregation of the Mission, for its vision and inspiration. From southern France, Vincent pursued the priesthood as a way to assure a comfortable life. Through a profound conversion experience in his early ministry, Vincent unraveled the central paradox of life: it is in giving that one receives. In a Paris marked by great affluence enjoyed by a few as well as by dire poverty endured by the masses. Vincent discovered that one finds God and oneself in service to others. A man of deep faith, keen intellect, great business acumen and enormous creativity, he was at home in the hovels of the poor and in the palaces of royalty. Respected by the powerful and loved by the poor, Vincent bridged social classes through his works of charity and his advocacy for the disenfranchised.

In collaboration with St. Louise de Marillac (1591-1660), Vincent organized hospitals for the sick poor, founded asylums for the orphaned, opened workshops for the unemployed, championed literacy for the uneducated, advocated for the incarcerated, established local charities, and developed relief for the victims of and reformed the education and formation of the clergy throughout France where his community of priests and brothers undertook the spiritual care of the poor, particularly those in rural areas.

As a Vincentian university, St. John's extends Vincent's vision and continues his unflagging efforts for the poor and needy. The university directs its great resources of knowledge, research their privilege and responsibility to share this mission and to make a unique contribution to the human community and the development of the poor. All at St. John's are inheritors of Vincent's legacy and stewards of his mission to respect each person, serve the needy, and build human solidarity.

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Schools and Colleges

St. John's University is comprised of six distinct colleges:

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Academic Calendar

Please see the Office of the Registrar's Academic Calendar as well as the Final Exam Schedule.

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Common Hour and Course Schedules

Common Hour

The Common Hour is a regularly scheduled block of time during which no classes are held and members of the University community are, therefore, available to share in other activities. The goal is to promote involvement in the community life of the University. Students can schedule meetings of clubs, faculty can hold meetings, and students, administrators, and faculty together can participate in lectures, brown bag lunches, or any other events that they might wish to develop.

Common hour occurs only Mondays and Thursdays. The only exceptions to common hour are laboratory courses in the sciences or graphic arts, courses which are scheduled at nonstandard times, and all courses in the School of Law.

Undergraduate Course Schedule*

Monday/ThursdayTuesday/FridayWednesdaySaturday
7:30 a.m. – 
8:55 a.m.
7:30 a.m. – 
8:55 a.m.
7:30 a.m. – 
10:20 a.m.
8:30 a.m. – 
11:15 a.m.
9:05 a.m. – 
10:30 a.m.
9:05 a.m. – 
10:30 a.m.
10:40 a.m. – 
1:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. – 
2:15 p.m.
10:40 a.m. – 
12:05 p.m.
10:40 a.m. – 
12:05 p.m.
  
12:15 p.m. – 
1:40 p.m.
12:15 p.m. – 
1:40 p.m.
  
Common Hour1:50 p.m. – 
3:15 p.m.
1:50 p.m. – 
4:40 p.m.
2:30 p.m. – 
5:15 p.m.
3:25 p.m. – 
4:50 p.m.
3:25 p.m. – 
4:50 p.m.
  
5:00 p.m. – 
6:25 p.m.
5:00 p.m. – 
6:25 p.m.
  
7:10 p.m. – 
8:35 p.m.
7:10 p.m. – 
8:35 p.m.
  
8:45 p.m. – 
10:10 p.m.
8:45 p.m. – 
10:10 p.m.
  

* One night per week, courses for undergraduates may be scheduled for 5:00 p.m. – 7:50 p.m. and/or 7:10 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Graduate Course Schedule

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
5:00 p.m. –
7:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. –
7:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. –
7:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. –
7:00 p.m.
4:45 p.m. –
6:45 p.m.
7:10 p.m. –
9:10 p.m.
7:10 p.m. –
9:10 p.m.
7:10 p.m. –
9:10 p.m.
7:10 p.m. –
9:10 p.m.
7:10 p.m. –
9:10 p.m.

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