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University Facts

General Information

Founded1870, by the Vincentian Community
CharacterA private, coeducational Roman Catholic university (Vincentian Community)
LocationsQueens, NY
Staten Island, NY
Manhattan, NY
Hauppauge, NY
Rome, Italy
Paris, France
Limerick, Ireland
Undergraduate Colleges
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
College of Professional Studies
St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business
The School of Education
Faculty1,471 full- and part-time faculty
92% of full-time faculty hold their doctorate or other terminal degree.
Unique ProgramsOver 100 programs of study in Business, Education, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Professional Studies.
Accelerated three-year bachelor’s degrees, five-year bachelor’s/ master’s degrees through our graduate schools, a six-year bachelor’s/J.D. through our top-tier School of Law are available, and a six-year Pharm.D. Program.
InternshipsMake professional connections and intern in New York City. St. John’s students have interned at a wide range of organizations, including Madison Square Garden, US Secret Service, Estee Lauder, Morgan Stanley, MTV, New York Mets, SONY, and Time Inc.

Enrollment (Fall 2017)

Student Faculty Ratio17:1

Total enrollment represents 45 states, District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and 116 countries.

Tuition and Financial Aid

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Queens CampusHigh-tech residence halls with Wi-Fi, lounges, study rooms, computer centers, 24-hour security, and dining halls. Townhouses are available for upperclassmen.
Staten Island CampusGarden-style apartment housing with Wi-Fi, lounge and study rooms, and a dining hall.
International CampusesRome and Paris locations offer outstanding academic and residential resources and are situated near Vatican City and the heart of Paris.


As a BIG EAST university with a proud athletic tradition, St. John’s has 17 NCAA Division I teams, including Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Soccer, Fencing, Tennis and Golf, Men’s Lacrosse and Baseball, and Women’s Softball, Volleyball, Track and Field, and Cross Country.

Team NameRed Storm
ConferenceBIG EAST

Historic Milestones


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.”


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


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


St. John’s awards its first scholarships.


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


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.


School of Law is founded.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 The Lesley H. and William L. College of Professional Studies in 2019.


St. Augustine Hall opens on the Queens campus.


ROTC program started at St. John’s University.


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


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


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


The first residence halls are completed on the Queens campus.


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.


Paris, France, campus is established.


Discover the World location opens in Seville, Spain.


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


Manhattan campus relocates to 101 Astor Place.


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


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.