St. John’s University–New York Reviews and Ranking Awards

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With over 100 fields of study that span six colleges, New York's St. John's University has so much to offer its 17,000 undergraduate and 4,600 graduate students. Students have the choice of pursuing degrees in the Liberal Arts and Sciences, Education, Law, Business, Pharmacy and Health Sciences, or Professional Studies. To add to the plethora of academic options, St John's has campuses throughout the New York Metro area, including in Queens, Manhattan, and Staten Island. For students who desire to study abroad, St John's even has campuses in Rome, Paris, and Limerick, Ireland.

Overview of St. John’s University – New York

Though college is primarily about hitting the books, a well-rounded education includes a healthy dose of non-academic activities. On the Queens and Staten Island campuses, students can enjoy many of the same activities as their peers on suburban or rural campuses, with all that New York City has to offer just steps away.

St. John's campuses offer an abundance of recreational opportunities for students including a well-equipped Fitness Center where they can get a workout. The campus also offers a range of intramural sports league, E-sports, and club sports that include bowling, soccer, and basketball. If a student would like to start a new team, they can submit an application to the Director of Campus Recreation.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting City: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 16:1
Graduation Rate 63%
Year Founded 1870

Student Enrollment

Total Students21,718


Undergraduate Student

Male 7,347
Female 9,739

Graduate Student

Male 1,992
Female 2,640

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Male 11,589
Female 17,470


Male 8,112
Female 12,928

Acceptance Rate72%

Male 70%
Female 74%

Enrollment 3,138

Male 1,418
Female 1,720
Application Fee NA
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Considered But not Required
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Considered But not Required
Recommendations Considered But not Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Required
SAT/ACT Considered But not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline February 1
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Since St John's University is a private institution, they are bound to be a bit more expensive than their publicly funded cohorts. However, when one considers the high quality of education, the expense of a SJU education is certainly worthwhile.

Their price for tuition, books, fees, and supplies is just over $45,000 for a year. When room, board, and other living costs are factored, a full year at SJU is between $60,000 for off campus living and $65,000 for dorm living. However, these prices plummet once the financial aid office works its magic.

Once scholarships and grants are factored into the equation, the average net price for a year at SJU, including living expenses, comes to under $27,000. In fact, lower income households see a cost of under $24,000 and top-income households face an average net price of $31,000 for a year at SJU.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $26,993
Average Total Aid $27,312
Students Receiving Financial Aid 100%
Room & Board $17,970

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $44,760
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $44,760
  • Books and Supplies - $670
  • Room & Board - $17,970
  • Other - $2,213


St John's University is a private, non-profit school that operates in the Vincentian, Catholic tradition. They thus have a strong dedication to academics and the development of each student. This dedication is realized in the strength of their academics. To measure this strength, researchers evaluate St John's educational statistics. In particular, educational researchers reviewed St John's retention rate, graduation rate, and student-to-faculty ratio.

The retention rate is a measure of how many first-time, full-time students return to campus for a second year. When a high rate of students return to campus, many interpret this as a high rate of satisfaction with the school's faculty, curriculum, degree programs, and even campus resources. After all, no student would stay in a school if they weren't learning and having a bit of fun on the side.

St John's retention rate is rather strong. They report that 82% of their first-time, full-time students are retained for a second year. St John's also reports a 63% graduation rate. It should be noted that around 30% of students also enroll in other institutions. It seems clear that St John's helped all of these students solidify a strong academic foundation on which to capitalize either on the Queens campus or elsewhere.

Student Population Total

Student Population 21,718

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 673 Total Graduates / 26%
Finance, General 174 Graduates
Accounting 153 Graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 143 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 103 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 268 Total Graduates / 10%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 256 Graduates
Toxicology 12 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 257 Total Graduates / 10%
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 95 Graduates
Physician Assistant 71 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 53 Graduates
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 23 Graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 238 Total Graduates / 9%
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 122 Graduates
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other 50 Graduates
Journalism 31 Graduates
Advertising 30 Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 210 Total Graduates / 8%
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 153 Graduates
Securities Services Administration/Management 57 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 37%

Outcome & Salary

When it comes time to launch a career, SJU alumni have no problem. Their excellent educational credentials open doors all over the NYC area, and even elsewhere in the nation. When surveyed, SJU alumni reported on their income and the allied health students came out on top. These diagnostic, treatment, and intervention professionals report a median salary of $102,000. Meanwhile the finance professionals start their careers with a salary of $58,000, before bonus and benefits. Other high-performing SJU degree holders were from the management sciences, insurance, and information technology bachelor's degree programs.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $49,800
College Grads Average Salary $75,164
College Grads Mid Career Salary $77,200
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $751,640
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,523,640
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $107,972
10 Year Projected ROI $643,668
20 Year Projected ROI $1,415,668
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840