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Make a World of Difference

Why stop at making your mark? At St. John’s, you help to make the world a better place. We create opportunities for students to gain inspiration from their individual faith traditions by volunteering, fighting injustice, and serving those in need.

Facts-At-A-Glance

23

Faith-based Programs

100+

Students Participate

139,710

Student Service Hours

Living the Vincentian Tradition

As a Vincentian University, St. John’s strengthens your education by embracing the values and teachings of St. Vincent de Paul (1581–1660), patron of charities. The knowledge and skills you gain in class are combined with meaningful, real-world experiences helping those in need through a wide variety of service opportunities. 

Success at St. John's

"Being Vincentian also means having an open mind, going into a service activity with a sense of excitement, ready to accept and care for others. It’s about humbling yourself—the people we serve are our brothers and sisters in Christ, so they deserve our love and respect."
Rose Haslbauer ’18
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Taking on the Status Quo

If you don’t like what you see, change it. That’s the example St. Vincent de Paul set by fighting poverty and injustice—and that’s what you can do through St. John’s many programs devoted to social action. In fact, some of the most meaningful lessons our students learn are through actively helping to create a better world—socially, politically, and economically. 

Faith Events

09
Jan

DO IT!

8:00 am5:00 pm
Dr. M. T. Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery
25
Feb

Macon Plunge

7:10 am8:10 pm
Marcon, GA
25
Feb

Denver Plunge

8:10 am8:10 pm
Denver, CO
25
Feb

Los Angeles Plunge

8:15 am8:15 pm
Los Angeles, CA

Supporting Your Neighbors

A neighbor is anyone who needs you. At St. John’s, you have daily opportunities to help those in need near our campus, throughout New York City, and around the globe. The University’s varied service programs empower you to assist the elderly, to mentor children, to feed those who are hungry, and to build homes for those without shelter. Learn about the many ways you can help your neighbors—wherever they are. 

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Gathering Together

Welcome to St. Thomas More Church, the spiritual center of St. John’s University. This beautiful space is where students gather with classmates and professors for Mass, lectures, and other activities that enhance the learning that takes place in our classrooms and labs, and on our playing fields.

Answering the Call

You have what it takes to be a leader. St. John’s helps you fulfill your potential by combining sound management sense with faith-based values through programs like VITAL (Vincentian Initiative to Advance Leadership) and the Ozanam Scholars Program. See where your talents will take you.

Your Home on Campus

Whether you’re a resident or commuter student, Catholic or another faith, make Campus Ministry your home at SJU. We welcome all students to take part in programs and discussions that deepen their faith while contributing to life in our academic community and beyond.

Faith News

From Rome, Italy, to Elmhurst, Queens, more than 150 College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences faculty, students, administrators, and staff celebrated St. Vincent de Paul’s feast day in a way that would make him proud.
With the phrase “ARMY OF” written on her arm, Cassandra Ferrante ’17C raised an index finger to complete the sentence by suggesting the word “ONE.”
Jason Huang ’17TCB was one of 837 students who gathered to meet potential employers in Taffner Field House for this year’s Spring Career Fair held on February 16.
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From Rome, Italy, to Elmhurst, Queens, more than 150 College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences faculty, students, administrators, and staff celebrated St. Vincent de Paul’s feast day in a way that would make him proud.
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