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

Queens, New York

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St. John’s University is a private, Roman Catholic academic institution located in Queens, New York City. Founded in 1870 by the Vincentian Community, it serves to help make the world a better place. The university creates opportunities for students to gain inspiration from their individual faith traditions by volunteering, fighting injustice, and serving those in need. In 2018, the US News & World Report ranked the school at #165. Additionally, St. John’s University was ranked 31st in the nation for the school of education’s online graduate programs that same year. The institution is also among the Princeton Review’s most eco-friendly colleges for 2022.

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Overview of St. John’s University – New York

The church is the center of the St. John’s University Queens campus, preparing students to live in love and service. What occurs in the church helps nourish what happens in classrooms, labs, and playing fields. St. John’s University welcomes all students, regardless of religious designation, to take part in programs and discussions that deepen their faith while contributing to life in an academic community and beyond.

The student population is 19,658, with 15,452 pursuing undergraduate degrees. St. John’s University also employs 1,410 full and part-time faculty members, 92% of whom hold doctorate or other terminal degrees. This makes the student-to-faculty ratio 17:1, which is better than the national average. Professors focus their attention solely on instruction and mentorship. There are also 221 graduate assistant positions available, 49 of which are instructional and 172 which are involved primarily in research.

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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St. John’s University–New York Reviews

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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

The cost of attending St. John’s University varies depending on student classification, program of study, and the number of classes taken. The institution charges $1,541 per credit hour for traditional and distance learning students. It estimates those enrolled will pay approximately $23,115 per semester and $46,230 each year of attendance. As a private institution, tuition rates are the same for all students, regardless of residency status.

It's important to note, however, that some degrees have different rates. The per-credit tuition for the Peter J. Tobin College of Business is slightly higher, at $1,607. Those pursuing doctoral degrees in pharmacy will also pay more as the rate for this program is $1,764 per credit hour.

Additionally, the university charges several fees. Undergraduate students should be prepared to pay general fees, student government activity fees, and technology fees that total between $445 and $675 per semester depending on the number of credit hours. Most graduate students are expected to pay $425 in fees per semester.

Students are also responsible for other expenses such as housing, meals, books, supplies, insurance, and transportation. St. John’s University does offer on-campus housing and meal plans. There are many options to choose from, with prices ranging from $11,550 to $15,940 per academic year. Meal plans cost between $4,860 and $7,040. Notably, all freshmen must select the Carte Blanche plan, which is the most expensive of the options available.

St. John’s University students receive financial assistance through scholarships, loans, grants, and work-study programs. To apply for aid, students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). During the 2020-2021 academic year, 100% of beginning students entering postsecondary education at the institution for the first time received some form of financial assistance. All received some amount in grants and/or scholarships, and only 45% required additional student loans.

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 prepares students for success in today’s dynamic, global society. Those enrolled learn from world-class, internationally recognized faculty and scholars using real-world expertise to inform instruction.

Students can choose from over 100 programs of study offered by one of the university’s six colleges and schools:

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • School of Education
  • Peter J. Tobin College of Business
  • College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies
  • School of Law

Notably, St. John’s University offers accelerated education options for those seeking to gain degrees faster. The institution has several options available, including three-year bachelor’s degrees and five-year bachelor’s and master’s combination degrees. It is also possible to earn a doctorate in pharmacy in as little as six years.

As of fall 2021, St. John’s University had first-year, undergraduate retention rate of 82% for full-time students and 13% for part-time students. Notably, the national average is 68% for all higher education institutions. This indicates that the mass majority of full-time students enrolled at the university were happy enough with their experiences to return the following year.

The overall graduation rate for first-time students who began their studies in 2015 was 68%. Graduation rates demonstrate how frequently students complete their degrees or certificate programs within 150% of standard time, which is approximately six years. Most students strive to graduate within four years, and approximately 52% of full-time, first-time students were able to complete requirements within this timeframe.

Saint Cloud State University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association dedicated to quality assurance. It is recognized by the US Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The institution also maintains accreditation for its graduate online programs.

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

St. John’s University conducts a yearly graduation survey to identify the number of alumni who are employed, seeking employment, and planning to attend graduate school. Based on data provided in 2021, graduates had a 90% placement rate. Of those, over 83% were directly or indirectly employed within their desired fields. It’s also worth noting that just under 97% of respondents stated that they would recommend St. John’s University to others for higher education pursuits.

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

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