The values of St. Vincent de Paul (1581-1660), the Patron Saint of Christian charity, continue to inform and inspire St. John’s students, faculty, staff and extended community. As a Vincentian university, St. John’s is committed to following St. Vincent’s teachings, which emphasize respect for the individual, service to the needy, human solidarity and adherence to the belief that giving of one’s self helps make the world a better place.
St. Vincent’s teachings form the core of St. John’s philosophy, which is driven by a passion for education and guided by a simple truth: Higher education is about more than getting a job; it’s about learning how to make a difference in the world. Consequently, a St. John’s education encompasses both academic study and direct, shared experience in helping those less fortunate. For example, our curriculum includes "academic centers of excellence" that emphasize research into the mechanisms of sustainable global development and social justice. What’s more, we actively involve students in volunteering, mentoring and "service learning" programs that extend across our campuses and around the world.
When you visit St. John’s, you’ll observe the vibrant diversity and easy fellowship among students and faculty, in an environment where people from all walks of life can convene in an atmosphere of mutual respect and common purpose.