St. John’s University (SJU) is a private, Roman Catholic, coeducational university located in New York City
Founded by the Congregation of the Mission(C.M., the Vincentian Fathers) in 1870, St. John’s University was originally located in the neighborhood of Bedford–Stuyvesant in the borough of Brooklyn. Beginning in the 1950s, the school was relocated to its current location to Utopia Parkway in Hillcrest, Queens. St. John’s also has campuses in Staten Island, Manhattan, and Rome, as well as a graduate center in Oakdale, New York. A campus in Paris opened in the Spring of 2009. The school is named after Saint John the Baptist.
St. John’s is organized into five undergraduate schools and six graduate schools. As of 2011, the university has a total of 15,720 undergraduate students and 5,634 graduate students. In 2011, St. John’s was ranked as a Tier One university by U.S. News & World Report’s college rankings.
St. John’s is a large, four-year, primarily nonresidential doctoral/research university. The full-time, four-year undergraduate program is balanced between the arts and sciences and professional fields; while being primarilty non science and non engineering based school. The university is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and has 13 specialized accreditations.
The annual tuition rate is currently $29,350 per academic year for undergraduates, $33,600 for pharmacy majors (Pharm.D), and $42,200 for law school students. In 2007, St. John’s awarded $338 million in financial assistance through scholarships, loans, grants and work-study programs, including $138 million from university-funded grants. Around 95% of freshman students received grants directly from the university in 2007. The average undergraduate loan debt for 2006 graduates was $21,633, an amount lower than the national average for graduates of private institutions. By 2007, this increased to 28,010 (with 74% of students graduating with some sort of debt, far above the national average. Currently, the average student debt at St. John’s is over $30,692.