150 Reasons to Love St. John’s: Spring Edition

St. John's in the Spring

Spring is a season associated with renewal, rebirth, and regrowth. As the world slowly finds its way back to normal (or something closer to normal), we find relief and joy in the reminders all around that brighter days are ahead. At St. John’s, those signs of a spring awakening are everywhere.

Great Lawn in the Spring

Reason 1. 

The Great Lawn on St. John’s Queens, NY, campus fills with students once the weather gets warmer. Whether curled up with a book, stretched out on a blanket, or going all out in a game of ultimate Frisbee, the Lawn has been a destination for Johnnies for decades.

Reason 2.

Spring Fling 2019

The Great Lawn is also the site of Spring Fling, a carnival complete with rides, games of chance, food, and performers that takes places just before final exams. Last held in 2019, Spring Fling is expected to return in 2021.

Reason 3.

Mighty oak trees mark the perimeter of the Great Lawn, while river birch and cherry trees dot the rest of campus. Each spring, their blossoms burst open, usually around the same time colorful tulips emerge from the ground.

There's so much to love about St. John's in the spring!

Breathtaking views, signs of new life, and wonderful waffles (to name just a few)

Skyline of Manhattan from St. John's Campus
Reason 4. If a picture is worth a thousand words....

...the views from our Queens and Staten Island campuses are worth millions.

Waffles with Ice Cream
Reason 6. What about the waffles?

We have a truckload of them when the Wafels and Dinges Belgian waffle truck arrives on campus.

Reason 7.

Spring is a great time to visit St. John's!

Reason 8.

Accepted Student Day people in front of gate

Fresh faces appear on campus during Accepted Student Day, an annual spring tradition that welcomes the next great class of Johnnies to campus. Accepted Student Day was a virtual event in 2020 and 2021 due to social gathering limits, but in the future, it will return to an in-person gathering.

Reason 9.

Organic Gardening

Each year, the world celebrates Earth Day, and St. John’s commitment to sustainability can be seen in every corner of campus—from the Student Community Garden, to the food compost system, to a new solar-paneled Health Sciences Center scheduled to open by Fall of 2024.

Reason 10.

Each April, Research Month highlights the University’s brightest minds as they inspire others and get inspired themselves during poster presentations. Traditionally held in Taffner Field House, this year poster presentations are taking place online.