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Welcome to St. John’s University!

For more than 148 years, St. John’s University has educated the sons and daughters of immigrants.  Founded in 1870, the University was established by the Vincentians at the request of the first Bishop of Brooklyn to provide higher education to a growing immigrant population.  We are proud of this tradition which fosters openness and respect for every person and equal opportunity to attain a college education.  As such, it is not surprising that St. John’s is among the most diverse national universities in the country.

St. John’s University instills in its students not only the desire for knowledge and pursuit of academic excellence but also the compassion to serve others—especially those most in need—following the example of St. Vincent de Paul.  Because of this mission, the University is noted for its academic service-learning programs, which combine academics with opportunities to cultivate faith while engaging in service.

At St. John’s, our primary goal is to ensure the success of our students. I encourage you to learn more about the University’s excellent programs, our beautiful campuses, and our outstanding faculty, staff, and administrators who support our more than 20,000 students and over 184,000 alumni.

I thank you for your interest in St. John’s University.


Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, Ph.D.