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Choosing the right college for you is more than just selecting a major and applying to schools. It requires research, visits, meeting people, asking the right questions, and getting to know the core of what makes that college special. At St. John’s, the proximity to New York City, the University’s heritage in the Catholic faith and the students are what help make St. John’s unique. With more than 100 different majors, a booming student life, and numerous study abroad opportunities, students come to St. John’s feeling apart of a community.
Click below to get an idea of the types of questions students ask St. John’s everyday.
What is your application deadline?
We have a “Rolling Admission” policy, where we process & notify as the applications are received, except for the six year Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program.
The Priority Deadline for the six year Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and Physician Assistant (PA) programs is November 15, 2014. The regular deadline for the six year Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and Physician Assistant (PA) programs is January 15, 2015.
Students seeking admission to a BFA program in fine arts, graphic design, creative photography, or illustration are required to submit an appropriate art portfolio by February 15. International students seeking fall admission are asked to submit their applications by May 1. International students seeking spring admission are asked to submit their application by November 1. See more International FAQs
What are your requirements for admission?
Admission requirements are dependent upon the program to which you are applying. The average SAT score for the Fall 2009 Freshman class is a 1092 out of 1600 (Math and Critical Reading). The average GPA is an 88 or 3.3 on the 4.0 scale. Please contact the Office of Admission at 718-990-2000 or email@example.com if you have questions regarding admission to specific majors.
Where do I send my transcript and supporting application documentation?
All applications and documents should be sent to our central processing site in Massachusetts. The address is
St. John's University
PO Box 413
Randolph MA 02368-9822
In order to successfully match all documents, use your legal name on all documents. Use this same full legal name on all of your application materials (including test scores). For U.S. citizens, this should be the same as it appears on your Social Security card.
Do I need to send a recommendation letter or essay as part of our application?
Although essays and recommendation letters are not mandatory, they are recommended. You may choose to write an essay on any topic that interests you. Remember, however, that your essay needs to provide us with additional information about you that cannot be gleaned from your application. Ideally, your essay should be approximately 250 words.
If you are applying to the Pharmacy program, an essay of 250 words describing why you are pursuing a career in Pharmacy and why you are applying to St. John's is required. You are also required to submit two letters of recommendation (one must be from a science or math teacher).
Do you accept AP, IB, or college credits taken in high school?
AP credit is awarded depending upon the score on your exam as well as your intended major. We also award credit for IB exams though we do not award credit for the full IB diploma. IB credit is awarded based on the score on your exam and your intended major. Students seeking credit for AP or IB courses must send their official AP or IB score report(s) to St. John’s University.
College credits in high school will be awarded based upon the grade in the class, the subject of the class, and your intended major. Generally speaking, college courses must be at least three credits and you must receive at least a “C.” Students seeking credit for college courses must send their final, official college transcript to St. John’s University.
Can I apply online?
Yes! More than 90% of our applicants for admission apply online. Our online application can be found at stjohns.edu/apply. We waive the application fee if you apply using our on-line application.
Is an interview required?
Interviews are not required for admission, nor are they a factor in the admission process.
Do you have part-time study?
With the exception of the Radiology and Physician Assistant programs, our programs can be completed on a part-time basis.
As a prospective student-athlete, where can I send my athletics films for the coaches to review?
If you are interested in playing for the Red Storm and are not currently being recruited, you can send your game films and athletic accomplishments information directly to the coaches of the teams you want to play for. The coaches contact information can be found here. You may also want to fill out the Prospective Student-Athlete Questionnaire by clicking here.
Can I apply if I have earned a GED?
Applicants with a GED are welcome to apply to St. John’s. You must submit the official GED score report along with the Diploma.
Does St. Johns University admit students who have been home schooled?
Students who are home schooled are welcome to apply to St. John’s. Academic transcripts as well as proof of a high school diploma are required. Home schooled students should contact the Office of Admission for specific enrollment requirements. For information pertaining to specific schools or programs, you may consult the bulletin.
If I will complete most or all of my high school requirements as a junior, can I apply as a high school junior?
You can apply as a junior in high school as long as you are receiving your high school diploma within that academic year.
Does St. John’s accept the Common Application?
No. St. John’s is not a participating University in the common application. You can apply to St. John’s through our Web site.
I never took my SAT's in high school. I have been out of school for more than a year. Is it still required for admittance?
Students that have been out of high school for a year or more and have not taken the SAT or ACT must take the SAT or ACT or sit for the Accuplacer exam which is offered by the College Board and administered at a number of colleges and universities, including St. John’s. For answers to your questions regarding the Accuplacer exam, please contact the Office of Admission at 718-990-2000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I attended St. John's ten years ago and would like to return. What is the process I would have to go through?
You need to complete a readmit application. If you have attended another college or university, you must complete a transfer application. You must also supply us with a written statement of activity detailing what you have been doing since you were last enrolled in school. You can complete and submit your application online.
How do I log into UIS (University Information System)?
Your User ID is your official St. John's ID number -- it starts with a capital "X" and appears on your acceptance letter. Your PIN number is your six-digit birth date (for example, July 5, 1992 is 070592).
I am an incoming freshman and have decided on a different program to major in. What steps do I have to take in order to change it?
If you wish to change your major prior to enrolling at St. John’s University, you must submit a letter to the Office of Admission with the new program that you wish to major in. An admissions counselor will review your request. Once enrolled in St. John’s University, you must work with your Academic Advisor to change your major.
Do I need to bring a laptop to campus?
Every incoming student at St. John's University receives a free laptop during orientation. This Lenovo Think Pad X200 comes pre-loaded with all the programs you need, including “Tell me More” language software and is yours to keep once you graduate.
What are the hours for the library and computer labs?
Both the library and Sullivan Computer Lab are open 24 hours.
What exercise facilities are available on campus?
The state-of-the-art fitness center is located in Carnesecca Arena. In addition to having stairmasters, treadmills, dumbbells, ellipticals, life fitness pin loaded machines, and plate loaded free weights, the fitness center also offers a wide variety of free fitness classes. Students also have access to an indoor and outdoor basketball court, tennis courts, soccer field, and outdoor track.
Do you have a student center on campus?
The Queens campus of St. John’s University recently opened the D’Angelo Center, our 127,000 square foot luxury student life center. Boasting fourteen smart classrooms, state-of-the-art computer labs, a food court, our “campus living room,” and the cheapest Starbucks in New York City, this student center will be enjoyed by students for generations to come. The Campus Center at Staten Island features offices of Campus Ministry and Student Life along with a cafeteria, game room, student organization offices and a gymnasium. The strikingly modern Manhattan campus contains plenty of meeting and classroom space along with fitness and computer lab facilities, state-of-the art classrooms and an extensive library. Just across the street from the Manhattan campus is Battery Park featuring waterfront promenades.
Can I bring a car to campus?
Plenty of on-campus parking is available for commuting students, faculty, staff and visitors. Commuting students must purchase a commuter parking pass. Upper-class resident students may also purchase a parking pass on a space available basis. Freshmen resident students are asked not to bring their cars to campus.
Doctor of Pharmacy Program FAQ’s
Is there a specific Pharmacy application?
No, you may use the regular St. John’s application and indicate you are interested in studying Pharmacy. If you received an academic achievement application you may use this application, however the 4 week decision would not apply and the supplemental documents (essay, resume, and letters of recommendations) are still required.
Do I have to submit an essay and recommendations with my application?
You are required to submit an essay of 250 words on the topic that is described in the undergraduate application (why you are choosing a career in Pharmacy and why you are applying to St. John's University) and are required to submit two letters of recommendation; one of these must be from either a science or math teacher and the second letter can be from anyone else such as a counselor, teacher, coach, etc. You are also required to submit an extracurricular activity sheet describing what activities you have been involved in as well as sign the Pharmacy Technical Standards portion of the admission application.
What is the difference between the priority deadline and the regular deadline?
The difference with the priority deadline (December 1) is that you will receive a decision from us sooner. Priority deadline applicants will receive a decision on or around January 15th and regular deadline (February 1) applicants we will receive a decision on or around March 1.
All required documents must be on file with the Undergraduate Admissions office by the deadline you are applying for in order to be considered for the program.
What are the requirements to get into the program?
Acceptance into the program is based on the strength of the application pool. Your decision will be based on a combination of your academic credentials, your essay, letters of recommendation, and what activities you have been involved in. You must also review and agree to the program’s Technical Standards which are listed in the application.
You also have to have taken one year of Chemistry, at least four years of English, at least three years of Math, at least two years of a foreign language, and at least one year of History during high school.
Do you accept AP credits/college level courses?
The only AP classes that are acceptable for Pharmacy are Math (Calculus and/or Statistics) and English (English Literature and/or English Composition). For the math classes we look for a 5 and for English at least a 4 on the AP exam. Equivalent college level courses taken during high school for dual credit will be evaluated by the Dean’s office and/or the offering Department chair upon enrollment at St. John’s University to determine if credit will be awarded.
Do you have to take the PCAT’s?
No, since we are a 0-6 program and students are admitted directly from high school, you do not have to complete the PCAT’S to be accepted into the Doctor of Pharmacy program at St. John’s University.
Are transfer students accepted into the Doctor of Pharmacy Program?
As a result of our excellent student retention, the program does not routinely accept transfer students.
What are the residence halls like?
At our Queens campus, our residence halls were built within the past 10 years and all have in-suite bathrooms. At our Staten Island campus, resident students live in garden-style apartments adjacent to campus. Residents at our Manhattan campus share doubles, triples or quads and share common bathrooms. Residence hall rooms are included in our campus tours which are offered daily. To visit St. John's, please contact us at 1-888-9STJOHNS or email@example.com.
How are residence hall and roommate assignments made?
New freshmen are placed in housing based on the information submitted in the Housing Application and Roommate Questionnaire. Returning students participate in housing selection each spring.
When do admitted students receive their housing assignments?
Students will receive their housing assignments about one month prior to move-in if they have paid their housing deposit before the housing deadline.
Is campus housing available for transfer students?
Housing is available for transfer students.
Does the University guarantee housing?
University housing is available for freshman and sophomore years. Freshmen must submit their $300 enrollment deposit and $300 housing deposit by May 1 for fall semester enrollment or by January 15 for spring semester enrollment. Returning students must meet eligibility requirements to enter housing selection each year. Returning students should contact the Office of Residential Life for more information.
Is smoking allowed in University housing facilities?
All buildings on campus, including residence halls, are smoke-free facilities.
What is the dining hall food like?
St. John's University Campus Dining Services offers students the convenience of various locations and healthy dining choices on our Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan Campuses. Cafeterias, buffet-style dining, café and late-night dining, food courts and Starbucks are available and vary by campus.
Are there co-ed dorm arrangements?
Though each floor and suite in our residence halls are single-sex, the buildings themselves are co-ed.
Are pets allowed in the resident halls?
Pets are not allowed in any residence hall at the University.
Can I visit campus? Do I need an appointment?
Yes. The St. John's Office of Admission offers presentations by an Admission counselor followed by a student-guided campus tour. Campus visits provide prospective students and their families with an opportunity to explore all aspects of St. John’s University - from the residential village, to the various academic areas to campus life. Please see our Visit page for schedules and hours.
Can I stay in a residence hall when I visit campus?
Overnight visits are offered in the spring to accepted students. To view a list of upcoming accepted student events, please visit stjohns.edu/RedEvents.
Can I talk with current students during my visit?
Yes. We encourage all of our visitors to speak with current students. Your campus tour will be conducted by a current St. John’s student and is just one of the many opportunities you will have to speak with current students.
Can I meet with someone regarding my specific academic area of interest?
Open House and Accepted Student Day are offered in the fall and spring respectively. During those events all faculty are present to discuss specific academic areas. If you wish to speak with faculty outside of those designated events, please contact the Office of Admission at 1-718-990-2000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
When is the best time to visit campus?
Campus is beautiful during all seasons, but we recommend visiting during the school year so that you can get a real feel for St. John’s in action. There is limited access to the resident village when classes are not in session.