College Profile

St. John’s University
A leading Catholic university in exciting New York City, St. John’s prepares students from around the world for success as ethical leaders in today’s global society, and we get results. According to The Wall Street Journal, St. John’s is among the top 100 colleges that are “most likely to help students land a job in key careers and professions— areas that are growing, pay well, and offer high levels of satisfaction.” St. John’s is also featured in The Princeton Review’s 2013 guide to The Best 377 Colleges. We are also #15 in the Forbes list of “Colleges That Will Make You Rich.”

Representing many nationalities, cultures, and faith traditions, St. John’s students are united in their desire to have a positive impact on the world. Courses, programs, and activities reflect the University’s focus on fighting poverty and injustice, a pillar of our Vincentian mission.

A great place to learn
St. John’s draws international students from 116 countries. They pursue more than 100 acclaimed academic programs in the arts and sciences, business, computer-related fields, education, pharmacy, and the allied health professions.

At St. John’s, you’ll learn from professors with international reputations for excellence. More than 92% of our professors hold doctoral or equivalent degrees in their fields. Our 18:1 student-faculty ratio offers students personal attention in the classroom and research opportunities with top faculty.

New York City is a vital part of our students’ education. With innovative courses like Discover New York, a wide range of service activities, and fantastic internships through our award-winning Career Center, students use metropolitan New York—America’s most dynamic “college town”—as an extended classroom.

Technology is part of the St. John’s experience. Students have access to St. John’s sophisticated academic software, including Tell Me More language-learning software. In addition, St. John’s has invested more than $20 million to upgrade its research labs, computer labs, and other science facilities.

A great place to live
You will enjoy life at either of St. John’s two residential New York

City locations: the 96.5-acre Queens campus or the 16.5-acre Staten Island campus, as well as our non-residential campus in Manhattan. We also have international campuses in Rome, Italy; Paris, France; and a location in Seville, Spain.

Campus life features 180 student clubs, fraternities, sororities, and an active campus ministry. We also offer the excitement of our Division I BIG EAST men’s and women’s athletic teams.

On our Queens campus, ultramodern residence halls form a Residence Village with some suite-style accommodations, 24-hour security, ample lounges, and a separate dining hall. Juniors and seniors also have the option of townhouse-style residence halls adjacent to the Residence Village. All are a short walk to classroom buildings, athletic facilities, cafeterias, and the University Library.

The Staten Island campus offers modern, apartment-style student residences adjacent to the campus. Featuring kitchens and common lounges, the residences are grouped around a grassy courtyard where students gather to chat, toss Frisbees, or just take in the sun.

Serving our international students
All international students enjoy personal support through our Office of International Student and Scholar Services. Our professional staff helps students adjust to academic life, obtain a driver’s license, secure immigration assistance, and get to know New York City.

Come to St. John’s
Take your first step toward the amazing St. John’s experience by contacting our Office of International Admission.

Application Deadlines
Rolling admission; Doctor of Pharmacy and Physician Assistant priority deadline, December 1; Doctor of Pharmacy and Physician Assistant regular deadline, February 1


20,448 Total Enrollment
15,765 Undergraduate Enrollment
4,683 Graduate Enrollment
1364 International Student Enrollment
43% Male
57% Female
17:1 Faculty-Student Ratio
631 Faculty: Full-Time
840 Faculty: Part-Time
115 Countries Represented
Top 5 China, India, Vietnam, South Korea, Trinidad and Tobago

English as a Second Language Program and Services

Does your institution have an Intensive English Program?

The Language Connection (TLC) exemplifies St. John’s University’s commitment to international education and to the promotion of global understanding. Our mission is to provide learners with quality language instruction, while helping them gain the academic skills and cultural knowledge necessary for their success in academic programs at St. John’s University and other academic institutions, and in their future professional and personal lives.

TLC makes every effort to provide our students with an optimal learning environment, including the most effective pedagogical methods and instructional materials, the latest technology, and modern classroom and living facilities.

TLC fully supports and promotes the ongoing professional development of our faculty and staff in order to stay at the forefront of changing trends in the field of international education and the teaching of English as a second language.

For more information:
Click here
+1 (718) 990-6845

Can your institution issue an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 Student Status to a student who has been admitted only to the Intensive English Program?
Yes. For more information, click here.

Does your institution provide courses of English as a Second Language to admitted students?


The English as a Second Language (ESL) program at St. John’s University, housed in the Department of Languages and Literatures, provides non-native English speakers with the language skills necessary to succeed in both academic and professional settings. The comprehensive program includes language evaluation, advisement, instruction, and cultural orientation.

Undergraduate students in the ESL program receive credit toward their degrees and fulfill their language requirements, while graduate students receive three credits toward full-time visa status.

For more information, click here.

International Student Housing Options

We have many residence halls that offer a variety of living options, including traditional and suite-style halls as well as apartment style housing. All rooms include basic cable, utilities, and Wi-Fi at no additional cost. (In the Goethals Apartments, cable, utilities, and internet are not included and have to be purchased separately.)

Incoming freshmen are assigned to a traditional or suite-style freshman residence hall to enhance the first-year experience. The Freshman Center works closely with these halls to bring unique opportunities to freshman residents. Upperclass residents have the opportunity to select from one of our suite-style residence halls. These halls, through programming and other initiatives, these halls provide environments that promote continued growth and independence.

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For more information:
Office Location
Donovan Hall, Room C-16
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439

Monday – Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Summer Fridays: Closed

Collaborative Programs

  • Australian Catholic University, Australia
  • The University of the West Indies, Barbados
  • Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Brazil
  • Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Brazil
  • Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais (PUC-Minas), Brazil
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC-Chile), Chile
  • Dauphine University, France
  • St. John’s University, Paris, France
  • All Hallows College, Ireland
  • National University of Ireland, Ireland
  • University College Cork (NUI Cork), Ireland
  • Maynooth Trinity College, Ireland
  • St. John’s University, Rome, Italy
  • The Rome University Institute of Movement Sciences, Italy
  • The University of the West Indies, Jamaica
  • Sophia University, Japan
  • Kokushikan University, Japan
  • Yengnam University: College of Commerce and Economics, South Korea
  • Uppsala University, Sweden
  • The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Moscow State University (faculty of Journalism), Russian Federation
  • University of Leicester, United Kingdom
  • Foreign Trade University, Vietnam

First Year, Transfer, and Graduate Students

International admissions – click here to learn more
Undergraduate admissions – click here to learn more
Graduate admissions – click here to learn more
Transfer admissions – click here to learn more

Financial Aid

Financial aid is offered to students who are permanent U.S. residents or citizens. International students are eligible for academic scholarships. Academic scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to a small number of applicants with outstanding academic records. A combined Critical Reading and Math SAT score of 1000 is required to be considered for scholarships. Please visit our scholarships page for information.


Student Activities and Campus Life

Whether you explore dynamic New York City or immerse yourself in campus life, there’s always something to do at St. John’s. We offer a remarkable range of academic, cultural, and athletic events and activities—from BIG EAST athletics at Madison Square Garden to our renowned academic lecture series on campus. Ranked fourth by U.S. News & World Report among America’s top-10 universities for ethnic diversity, St. John’s also is home to a cosmopolitan student body, a place where different cultures are embraced and celebrated.

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New York City

St. John’s University


Amy E. Arcario
Assistant Director of International Admissions

Visa Information

Does your institution issue I-20 for F-1 visa status and/or DS-2019 for J-1 visa status?

Cost of Attendance & Financial Assistance

On campus total living expenses: $18,078
Off campus total living expenses: $14,413


"I was born in Moscow, moved to Madrid when I was three years old and have lived in the U.S. ever since I was 12 – I truly believe you don’t know the world until you see it."

Cristina Fernández Méndez ’09C

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