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Resource Guide

Our Mission

St. John’s is a Catholic university, founded in 1870 in response to an invitation of the first Bishop of Brooklyn, John Loughlin, to provide the youth of the city with an intellectual and moral education.

St. John’s is a Vincentian university, inspired by St. Vincent de Paul’s compassion and zeal for service. We strive to provide an excellent education for all people, especially those lacking economic, physical, or social advantages.

St. John’s is a metropolitan and global university. As a metropolitan university, we benefit from New York City’s cultural diversity, its intellectual and artistic resources, and its unique professional educational opportunities.

As a global university, we are one of our nation’s most diverse institutions of higher education, enriched by a mixture of cultures, which complements an internationalized curriculum.

Core Values

The Vincentian tradition at St. John’s University is the foundation and source of the core values its members strive to embody:

Knowledge in accord with reality; behavior faithful to ethical standards.

Focusing and extending minds and hearts to nurture one’s own and one another’s good.

Awareness of and esteem for all individuals.

Circumstances favorable to serving others and preparing oneself for a fulfilling life.

Striving, growing, never being complacent.

Vincentian spirituality in action, a response to God’s call to give of ourselves.

St. John’s History

Most Rev John Loughlin Headshot

The Most Rev. John Loughlin, the first Roman Catholic Bishop of Brooklyn, NY, reaches out to the Congregation of the Mission (the Vincentians) to establish “a day College where the youth of the City might find advantages of a solid education.”

Farmhouse in Black and White

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

Black and White drawing of Lewis Avenue Campus in Brooklyn

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

Students from 1880 sitting at table studying

St. John’s awards its first scholarships.

St. Johns Queens Campus Gate

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

1908 Basketball Team

The men’s basketball team makes its first appearance.

The School of Pedagogy is founded, admitting men and women.

Students from the School of Education in the 1950s

The School of Pedagogy is renamed the College Extension.

St. John's College Announces the Opening of A Law Department in 1925

The School of Law is founded.

Students sitting at desks in the 1900s using typewriters

The School of Accounting, Commerce, and Finance is established.

Schermerhorn Street building in downtown Brooklyn.

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

School of Pharmacy Class of 1932 Class Photos

The School of Pharmacy is established.

St. John's University Doorway with people walking out onto the sidewalk

The name officially changes from St. John’s College to St. John’s University, Brooklyn.

The School of Accounting, Commerce and Finance is renamed the School of Commerce.

The School of Pharmacy is renamed the College of Pharmacy.

University Seal

The College Extension is renamed Teachers College.

Hillcrest golf course

The Vincentians purchase the Hillcrest Golf Course, the future Queens, NY, campus, for the relocation of the University.

College of nursing students standing infront of desk for photo.

The Department of Nursing is established at Teachers College.

Female faculty member infront of classroom in 1958

The Department of Nursing becomes a separate School of Nursing Education.

Teachers College separates its undergraduate and graduate divisions.

Construction trucks clearing land in 1954

The name officially changes to St. John’s University, New York.

Construction begins on the Queens campus with St. John Hall.

School of Education Crest Logo

Teachers College is renamed The School of Education.

Alumni Hall 1961

Alumni Hall is formally dedicated.

The School of Commerce is renamed the College of Business Administration.

University Seal

The Junior College is established.

Black and White image of St. Augustine Hall

St. Augustine Hall, the University’s hallmark building, is constructed.

University Seal

The Junior College is renamed the School of General Studies.

Rosati Hall on Staten Island

The University acquires its Staten Island, NY, campus, formerly Notre Dame College.

The School of General Studies is renamed the College of General Studies.

University Seal

The College of General Studies becomes St. Vincent’s College.

The College of Pharmacy is renamed the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions.

Exterior shot of tulips outside the School of Education

The School of Education is renamed the School of Education and Human Services.

Sculpture of the Globe during the sunset

The first study abroad program, College Europa, launches in Budapest, Hungary.

Student in Rome

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

Students at outdoor basketball courts next to Residence buildings

The first residence halls are completed on the Queens campus.

St. Vincent’s College is renamed the College of Professional Studies.


The College of Business Administration is renamed The Peter J. Tobin College of Business.

101 Murray Street Building

The University acquires The College of Insurance, which is renamed the School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science, as well as its Manhattan campus at 101 Murray Street.

The School of Education and Human Services resumes its former title of The School of Education.

St. Thomas More Church 1600x900

St. Thomas More Church, the first free-standing church on the Queens campus, is dedicated.

Alumni Hall is renamed Carnesecca Arena.

Paris Campus

The Paris, France, location is established.

D'Angelo Center Building

The D’Angelo Center, the hub of Queens campus student life, opens.

Pharmacy Student Microscope

The College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions is renamed the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Exterior of 101 Astor Place building

The Manhattan, NY, campus relocates to 101 Astor Place.

Top of St. Augustine Building

The College of Professional Studies relocates to its new home following office renovations in St. Augustine Hall.

Peter J. Tobin College of Business

Renovations for The Peter J. Tobin College of Business are completed.

St. John’s University Receives Historic Gift from Lesley H. and William L. Collins

The College of Professional Studies is renamed The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies.

School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science

The School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science is renamed the Maurice R. Greenberg School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science.

The University Seal

University Seal

The official seal of St. John’s symbolizes the main purposes and objectives for which the University was instituted. The periphery of the seal bears the legend Sigillum Universitatis Sti. Joannis Neo-Eboraci (The Seal of St. John’s University, New York).

The inner periphery contains a Greek text (John 5:35) of words uttered by Jesus Christ in praise of that great herald of the New Dispensation, St. John the Baptist, the patron of St. John’s University. Greek writing surrounds the lamp (“He was the lamp, burning and shining”). The date of St. John’s founding, 1870, is also included within this band. 

The central portion of the seal, the shield, displays three closed books surmounted by a burning lamp, symbolizing the educational aims of the University. The three books are identified by their Latin titles: Religio (Religion), Humanitas (Culture), and Scientia (Knowledge). The burning lamp is symbolic of the University patron, St. John the Baptist. Presenting opportunities for an education, which is traditionally classical and professional, St. John’s University aims to develop learned, cultured men and women according to the philosophical and theological principles and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church.  

Our Colors: Red and White

The Very Rev. John W. Moore, C.M., endeavored to generate a warm and distinct St. John’s spirit in the hearts of his collegians. 

Reflecting that the color red was more symbolic of the martyrdom of St. John the Baptist, Fr. Moore changed the colors of St. John’s College from maroon and white to red and white.

The color white remained as the symbol of innocence in the life of the Precursor of Christ.

NOTE: As of 2013, the University included blue in homage to the original University crest and our Vincentian tradition.

The Coat of Arms

St. John's University Crest

The coat of arms of St. John’s University embodies its heritage. The cross denotes that Christ is at the center of education at the University.

The Book, a symbol of learning, bears the words Ecce Agnus (“Behold the Lamb of God”), the testimony of St. John the Baptist to the divinity of Christ.

The Heart is the symbol of the charity of St. Vincent de Paul, founder of the Vincentians. 

The fleur-de-lis is a symbol of France, birthplace of St. Vincent. The fleur-de-lis has a distinct Marian significance, a reminder of the University’s dedication to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The Escalloped Shell, an ancient symbol for the sacrament of baptism, also signifies St. James the Greater, the titular of the Pro-Cathedral of the Diocese of Brooklyn, in which the University is located. As a secular connotation, the shell also signifies one of the Indian names for Long Island, Sewanhacky, or “Island of Shells,” the community that the University serves. 

The motto Educatio Christiana Animae Perfectio (“Christian Education Perfects the Soul”) is one of the significant notes of the encyclical of Pope Pius XI on the Christian education of youth. The principal tinctures of the shield are blue and red respectively, the liturgical colors of the Blessed Virgin and of the humanity of her Divine Son; red and white (represented by silver in heraldry) are the traditional colors of the University.

Alma Mater: "Old St. John's"

Thy children here today, galore,
Old St. John’s! Our dear St. John’s!
And true will they be ever more,
Old St. John’s! Our dear St. John’s!
Thy colors bright, the Red and White,
We’ll wave aloft from morn ‘til night,
Victorious, we’ll show our might,
Old St. John’s! Our dear St. John’s!
From fervent hearts we breathe our prayer,
Old St. John’s! Our dear St. John’s!
As we commend thee to His care,
Old St. John’s! Our dear St. John’s!
That He will guard thee by His might,
And be thy shield in every fight,
Thou champion of sacred rite,
Old St. John’s! Our dear St. John’s!

Athletic Logos Lost and Found

Athletics Logos Lost and Found

A Johnny’s Journey to Success

Johnny’s Journey helps develop the career competencies employers seek from St. John’s University students and graduates, including critical thinking, communication, technology, and leadership skills. Also essential are the ability to collaborate and perform well on a team and maintain a high level of professionalism—with a keen awareness of the need for equity and inclusion in the workplace.

  • Gather information on campus clubs and organizations and synthesize those that align with your goals.
  • Explore ‘What can I do with this major?’ in the Career Services section of St. John’s Connect, and determine the relationship between your interests and skills and your choice of major and career pathways.
  • Make an appointment to visit University Career Services, introduce yourself, and share your career goals with your advisor.
  • Connect with your academic advisor (either through the University Freshmen Center or your academic Dean’s office) to discuss your courses and academic plan.
  • Draft your résumé and/or cover letter and have it reviewed by Career Services.
  • Participate in the Emerging Leaders Program.
  • Explore Career Services online resources on St. John’s Connect for tips on sharpening your interview skills, writing cover letters, and networking. 
  • Participate in career events, especially virtual ones, including career fairs, information sessions, and presentations.
  • Login to Handshake to explore internships and on- and off-campus employment and volunteer opportunities. Create your profile so employers can reach out to you directly.
  • Participate in the Establish Relationships. Promote Possibilities. Impact Direction. Confirm Next Steps (EPIC) mentor program and meet with an upper-level student who has successfully navigated their first year at St. John’s.
  • Devote time to developing your online presence; select a professional profile picture; craft your LinkedIn headline; and update your experience.
  • Visit the library, Learning Commons, and Institute for Writing Studies for assistance. Be proactive, not reactive. 
  • Attend a multicultural affairs event.
  • Consider participating in a Campus Ministry retreat, interfaith ministry, or prayer opportunity. 
  • Checkout the “It’s on Us” webpage ( and register for a workshop.
  • Talk with professors and advisors about required course work and internship requirements; develop a list of target employers for internships, and choose elective courses that help develop skills (computer, public speaking, languages, etc.) 
  • Establish a professional presence online: ensure your Handshake profile is complete, review your social media pages (Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook), and being developing a LinkedIn profile 
  • Develop your 30-second pitch and share it at career fairs, academic events, employer event and presentations 
  • Participate in the Leadership Development Program (LDP) 
  • Become a leader in one of the organizations you have joined; consider membership in a professional organization off-campus 
  • Apply for a Peer Leadership Position – SGI, RA, OL, Career Peer, Diversity Peer Educator Wellness Peer Educator, VITAL, DNY Peer Leader, E.P.I.C. Mentor, etc. 
  • Explore Career Services online resources about interview skills, cover letters and networking on St. John’s Connect 
  • Consider a virtual internship 
  • Talk with professors and advisors about your career goals; work together to create a target list of employers for internship and job opportunities 
  • Participate in a mentoring program; become a mentor to first-year students 
  • Connect with your network; ask for input on opportunities, companies of interest, and strategies for accomplishing your goals 
  • Utilize social media and other news outlets to stay abreast of current events; be prepared to discuss news related to your career fields 
  • Network; prepare your pitch and practice delivering it 
  • Work with your Career Advisor on your Value-Add Proposition, Competitive Advantage, LinkedIn Summary/Bio 
  • Checkin with Career Services to re-evaluate your skills, interests, and values: discuss whether they changed since you began in your major/career pathway 
  • Login regularly to review your Academic Advisement Plan; meet with your Academic Advisor 
  • Research companies in which you have interest. Ask yourself: how do they communicate their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion?
  • Become a Conversation Partner to a non-native English-speaking student
  • Participate in Discover the World or a semester abroad 
  • Volunteer for a service event (SJU Serves, Vincentian Service or a Plunge) 
  • Research possible graduate programs, including prerequisite course requirements, admissions tests (e.g., GRE, GMAT, LAST, etc.), and application deadlines 
  • Practice your interviewing skills using Big Interview 
  • Develop a relationship/communication with a mentor; learn more about the Aspire Mentor Program 
  • Obtain an internship, secure part-time work, or volunteer in an area of interest 
  • Research possible graduate programs in your field of interest, including pre-requisite course requirements, application deadlines and required tests 
  • Getinvolved with the Aspire Mentor Program and develop a mentoring relationship with a professional; set goals together 
  • Engage in research with a faculty member 
  • Participate in a case competition within your college
  • Identify Professional Associations in your field and those that compliment your field; join as a student member 
  • Prepare your wardrobe for career events and interviews; ensure you have a few business casual options and some more professional pieces to wear to career fairs, academic events, employer events, and interviews 
  • Choose elective courses that will help you develop skills (e.g., computer, public speaking, language, etc.)
  • Reflect on any successes and missteps you have experienced along your journey  
  • Checkin with Career Services to re-evaluate your skills, interests, and values: discuss whether they changed since you began in your major/career pathway 
  • Login regularly to review your Academic Advisement Plan; meet with your Academic Advisor 
  • Become a Conversation Partner to a non-native English-speaking student 
  • Participate in Discover the World or a semester abroad
  • Conduct an informational interview with an industry professional or alum in your field; think about how world events are impacting your industry 
  • FineTune your resume often as you develop new experiences and skills
  • Ask professors for letters of recommendation
  • Participate in the Leadership Development Program (LDP) 
  • Participate in a mentoring program; become a mentor to first-year students 
  • Obtain an internship, secure part-time work, or volunteer in an area of interest 
  • Apply for positions using Handshake and your own network
  • Utilize social media (e.g., Twitter and LinkedIn) to stay up to date on current events and news within your possible career fairs 
  • Network; tell everyone when you are looking for opportunities. Become active on LinkedIn – join groups, follow companies of interest, and share content 
  • Engage in research with a faculty member
  • Participate in a case competition within your college
  • Finalize your resume and online profiles and have them reviewed by Career Services
  • Talk with professors and supervisors about serving as a reference for you; secure their preferred contact information (email, phone, etc.) 
  • Network; prepare your pitch and practice delivering it 
  • Connect with colleagues from your internship and send an update on your progress 
  • Attend a professional conference or meeting of an industry organization 
  • Attend career fairs, academic events, employer information sessions and other presentations 
  • Utilize social media and other news outlets to stay abreast of current events; be prepared to discuss news related to your career fields

Tips for Successful Advisement

Do Not Be Late
Schedule appointments early in the semester and arrive on time. It is important that you have regular contact with your advisor throughout each semester.  

Be Prepared
Write down your questions and concerns and bring that list with you to your appointment.  Print and bring your advisement report, which will assist you and your advisor in any discussions about degree requirements, progress, and selection of courses. 

Expand Your Experiences
Your advisor may also assist you with nonacademic matters (e.g., extracurricular activities, living on campus, etc.). Expect advisors to give you referrals; they are your link to resources across campus designed to facilitate your success.

Shared Responsibility
As an advisee, you have clear responsibilities in the advising partnership. In order to be successful, you must follow through with referrals or plans of action recommended during advising sessions. Understand that you are ultimately responsible for your education and decision-making.

Campus Activities

Campus Activities, an office within St. John’s University’s Division of Student Affairs, provides University-wide programs that promote school spirit and pride. Students who become involved in at least one campus activity report higher overall satisfaction with their collegiate experience and stronger organizational, communication, and leadership skills.

St. John’s offers a wide variety of student clubs and organizations, special programs, and social activities every semester. For more information, email [email protected] or visit @SJUActivities on Instagram and Twitter.


With more than 120 clubs and organizations on campus, every student can find a place to explore their interests, expand their knowledge, and gain a well-rounded education. Learn more about campus activities and student organization events by following @SJUActivities on Instagram.

Student organizations include honor societies, academic organizations, programming boards, service, religious, cultural, social justice, and special interest groups. Join established organizations (or start your own!) to develop leadership skills and expand your learning experience. 

Fraternities and Sororities have been a part of the St. John’s community since 1956. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life advises and supports these organizations and provides potential new members with opportunities to get involved. Our students bond together through common goals; these bonds are strengthened by values such as scholarship, service, leadership, and friendship. Membership in a sorority or fraternity means a deeper connection to St. John’s University and a strong support system that lasts beyond your college years. For more information, visit and follow @SJU_OFSL on Instagram.

Student Government,Inc. (SGI) is the official representative of the undergraduate student body and the parent organization of all undergraduate student organizations on campus. To learn more about student organizations, or to start your own, visit the SGI office in room 215 of the D’Angelo Center or follow them on Instagram @SJUSGI. 

St. John’s University provides countless opportunities for you to participate in fun virtual and on-campus events. Campus Activities hosts a series of events where you can network, share a talent, enhance a skill, and even win a prize.

“Let’s Talk” is a monthly lecture series that provides the space for you to learn and develop personally and professionally. Transitioning from college to the workforce can be overwhelming; this series features experts on topics such as financial literacy, personal branding, networking, and more. 

“In Real Life with Campus Activities” is the new and improved hybrid event experience you do not want to miss. Tune into @SJUactivities Live to connect with social media influencers, fellow students, and the Campus Activities team. Discover how to cook a traditional dish, paint a Picasso, curate a music beat, or how to wear the latest trends.  

Studio C showcases creative people and artists in our community and beyond. We connect the St. John’s community with live music, art, and more on select Fridays throughout the semester at 6 p.m. Enjoy performances, interviews, and curated content from a venue on campus or from the comfort of your own home!

Experience New York City and the World: Some of the best museums and attractions are just a click away. Check out our virtual events webpage,, and explore some of the world’s coolest places; take a day trip alone or schedule a Zoom experience with your friends.

Weeks of Welcome are a month-long series of programs offered at the beginning of the academic year to help you acclimate to campus life. They include an outdoor movie, fitness classes, activities fair, athletic events, and more.

Fall Fest Fest is an autumn tradition epitomizing the true St. John’s spirit. Events highlight St. John’s pride and include athletic events, social activities, career development opportunities, Family Weekend, and alumni events.

Winter Carnival celebrates the rich holiday traditions of different cultural backgrounds, faiths, and religious beliefs. The week’s highlights include the annual tree lighting and on-campus fireworks display.

Students are required to RSVP in advance to attend some in-person events. For more information about campus activities, email us at [email protected] or follow us on Instagram @SJUactivities for updates and announcements.

More Information

Campus Concierge  

Campus Ministry
[email protected]

Center for Counseling and Consultation

Human Resources 

Public Safety 
718-990-6281 (main)
718-990-5252 (emergency)

Residence Life
[email protected]

Student Engagement

Student Financial Services
[email protected] 

Student Government, Inc. 

Student Health Services

Student Operations

Student Wellness
[email protected]

University Career Services

University Freshman Center
[email protected]

University Learning Commons 

University Writing Center
[email protected]

Veterans Success Center 
[email protected]