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Historic Milestones Of St. John's University

1865

The Most Rev. John Loughlin, first Roman Catholic Bishop of Brooklyn, reaches out to the Congregation of the Mission (the Vincentian Fathers) to establish “a day College where the youth of the City might find advantages of a solid education.”

1867

The Vincentian founders purchase three former farms in north-central Brooklyn to serve as the future site of St. John’s College.

1870

St. John’s College is founded with 47 students and six faculty on Lewis Avenue in Brooklyn.

1880

St. John’s awards its first scholarships.

1906

New York State charter grants St. John’s the powers of a university.

1908

The School of Pedagogy is founded, admitting men and women. It is renamed The School of Education in 1955.

Men’s basketball team makes first appearance.

1925

School of Law is founded.

1927

School of Accounting, Commerce, and Finance is established. It is renamed The Peter J. Tobin College of Business in 2000.

1928

To accommodate growing enrollment, construction begins on the Schermerhorn Street building in downtown Brooklyn.

1929

School of Pharmacy is established. In 2012, it is renamed the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

1933

Name officially changes to St. John’s University, Brooklyn.

1936

Future Queens campus, the Hillcrest Golf Course, is purchased by the Vincentians for the University’s relocation.

1954

Name officially changes to St. John’s University, New York. Construction starts on the St. John Hall, Queens Campus.

1962

The Junior College is established. It becomes the School of General Studies in 1968 through 1971, the College of General Studies for a brief period in 1971 to 1972, and St. Vincent’s College between 1972 and 1999. It was renamed the College of Professional Studies in 1999.

1964

St. Augustine Hall opens on the Queens campus.

1968

ROTC program started at St. John’s University

1971

University merges with Notre Dame College to the Staten Island campus.

1985

First study abroad program, College Europa, launches in Budapest, Hungary.

1995

St. John’s establishes a graduate campus in Rome, Italy, marking the beginning of the University’s global presence.

1999

The first residence halls are completed on the Queens campus.

2001

University acquires The College of Insurance (which is renamed the School of Risk Management, Insurance, and Actuarial Science) and its Manhattan campus at 101 Murray Street.

2008

Paris, France, campus is established.

2012

Discover the World location opens in Seville, Spain.

2013

Number of living alumni tops 170,000, with 80 percent living in the New York City area.

2014

Manhattan campus relocates to 101 Astor Place.

2017

St. John’s University Opens Long Island Graduate Center in Hauppauge, NY

2018

Discover the World location opens in Limerick, Ireland

Number of living alumni tops 184,000+, with 80 percent living in the New York City area.