Founded in 1968, the President’s Society honors those students who combine scholarship, integrity, maturity, and a well-rounded personality with University-wide awareness, participation and leadership, demonstrated by their significant contributions to the academic, co-curricular, and extracurricular life of St. John’s University. Members of the President's Society are ambassadors who support the President at various events and functions. The President's Society is the highest honor society at St. John’s University.
Current juniors expecting to graduate in January 2022 or May 2022 (September 2021) from the following schools and colleges:
and for Pharm.D. students expecting to graduate in May 2024 from the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences are eligible to apply to the 2021-2022 President's Society. In addition, eligible candidates must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher to apply to the Society.
Students will receive a letter to their home address at the end of November and emails to their St. John's account in December and January regarding the mandatory virtual information sessions.
Download a PDF version of the information card
All interested eligible students must sign up for a mandatory virtual information session in order to start the application process.
Registration opens on Monday, November 30, and will close on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, at promptly 4:30 p.m. All eligible students must attend one of the following mandatory virtual information sessions on Webex:
During the virtual information sessions, you will become better acquainted with the application process and responsibilities associated with membership in the Society. Students who do not register within the timeline indicated or who do not attend a mandatory information session will not be able to continue with the application process.
The dress code for the virtual information session is business casual.
For students who have an academic conflict or questions regarding the registration process, please contact Rita Torsney-Sullivan via email at [email protected] BEFORE the sign-up deadline of noon on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, for special instructions.
After eligible students register and attend a mandatory virtual information session, students will be registered in the President’s Society Application Course on Canvas. This is the only way to access the official application form.
To complete the online application, students will need to download the application from Canvas. (Please note the Canvas login is the same username and password used for St. John’s Connect login.)
Please note that all applications are electronic, and all completed and uploaded applications are due no later than noon on Thursday, February 18, 2021.
If you have any questions regarding the application process, please call the Office of University Events at 718-990-6365 or email Rita Torsney-Sullivan at [email protected] BEFORE the application deadline of noon on Thursday, February 18, 2021.
After the application process is closed at noon on Thursday, February 18, 2021, the Selection Committee will conduct interviews. Following the interviews, the President's Society Selection Committee will nominate new members and submit the nominees to the President for final selection.
Members of the President's Society are considered ambassadors of the President and the University. Throughout the academic year, beginning in April 2021, Members will be designated special assignments at various University events and functions. As Members, students are entitled to wear the official insignia of the Society, in the form of a medal and a pin.
Acceptance to the President's Society requires a serious commitment from its student members. Members of the President's Society are expected to attend all University functions designated as presidential events and fulfill their duties during the spring 2021 semester and the 2021-2022 academic year.