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History and Facts

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 2019)

Undergraduate Transfers268
Student-Faculty Ratio17:1

Total enrollment represents 46 states, District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and 119 countries.

Tuition and Financial Aid

St. John's University students receive financial assistance through scholarships, loans, grants and work/study programs. Find out more by visiting,, and


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.


190,000+ Alumni Strong. St. John’s offers a wide range of alumni associations and chapters, receptions and outings, giving societies, and opportunities to mentor or volunteer, you can always find a way to connect and give back to the St. John’s family. Find out more by visiting


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. Find out more by visiting

Team NameRed Storm
ConferenceBIG EAST

University Crest

The redesigned crest restores the original blue and red, liturgical colors evoking the “Blessed Virgin and the Humanity of Her Divine Son.” The white cross at its center further identifies Christ as the foundation and model for a moral, ethical character, as does the motto Ecce Agnus (“Behold the Lamb of God”), recalling St. John the Baptist’s testimony to the divinity of Christ. The fleur-de-lis symbolizes France, homeland of St. Vincent de Paul. The heart represents his commitment to charity. The escalloped shell—an ancient symbol of the sacrament of baptism—signifies St. James the Greater, titular of the cathedral of the Diocese of Brooklyn, where the University was founded. The shell also recalls a Native American name for Long Island: “Sewanhacky” (“Island of Shells”).

Especially prominent is the banner encircling the lower half of the crest. It bears the motto “Educatio Christiana Animae Perfectio” (“Christian education perfects the soul”), a testament to the ethos that guides St. John's University.