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Merit-Based Scholarships

Academic Scholarship Requirements

Fall 2021 Freshman Merit Scholarships

The information below is intended as a guide to provide students with an idea as to what merit scholarship first-time, full-time freshman applicants may be eligible upon admission to St. John’s University for the Fall 2021 entry term. While evaluating each student's academic record, St. John's will award the highest scholarship available from the charts below based on EITHER the cumulative high school GPA, OR standardized test score (whichever is more advantageous to the student). Students choosing to apply via St. John's test optional admissions policy will have their high school GPA utilized to determine their merit scholarship level.

For example, a student with a 90 cumulative high school average and a composite SAT score of 1100 will fall in the $19,000 to $21,000 range on the Queens campus and the $10,000 to $11,000 range on the Staten Island campus in merit based on their GPA. A student with an 85 GPA and 1300 composite SAT will fall in the $23,000 to $25,000 range on the Queens campus and the $12,000 to $13,000 range on the Staten Island campus based on their SAT score. Students who apply test optional will be evaluated based on their GPA.

Based on your background and financial situation, additional grants and scholarships, as well as need-based aid, may be available to you in addition to the merit scholarships.

Cumulative High School GPAQueens/Manhattan CampusesStaten Island Campus
97+$30,000 to $32,000$16,000 to $17,000
94 to 96$26,000 to $28,000$14,000 to $15,000
92 to 93$23,000 to $25,000$12,000 to $13,000
89 to 91$19,000 to $21,000$10,000 to $11,000
85 to 88$15,000 to $17,000$8,000 to $9,000
< 85Up to $10,000Up to $6,000


Composite Test Score (SAT/ACT)Queens/Manhattan CampusesStaten Island Campus
1450+ / 33+$30,000 to $32,000$16,000 to $17,000
1350 to 1440 / 30 to 32$26,000 to $28,000$14,000 to $15,000
1250 to 1340 / 27 to 29$23,000 to $25,000$12,000 to $13,000
1150 to 1240 / 24 to 26$19,000 to $21,000$10,000 to $11,000
1050 to 1140 / 21 to 23$15,000 to $17,000$8,000 to $9,000


If you would like more information about our other scholarship opportunities, please feel free to look at our Catholic, Ozanam, and transfer scholarships. In addition, please look into all of the financial assistance available at St. John's through our financial aid services.

Office of Undergraduate Admission

Queens and Manhattan Campus
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Staten Island Campus
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