The Roman Catholic Church hoped to alleviate the symptoms of poverty in mid-nineteenth century New York City by educating its youth. The Vincentian Fathers founded St. John’s University in 1870, and today it remains a private not-for-profit Catholic institution. The main campus is located in Queens, New York with three additional New York campuses in Staten Island, Manhattan, and Oakdale, and two abroad campuses, one in Rome, Italy and the other in Paris, France. More than 21,000 students attend St. John’s from across the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and 100 plus countries. The University is divided into five undergraduate and six graduate schools and specializes as a doctoral/research institute.
St. John’s University is accredited by Middle States, Sloan-C consortium and the New York State Department of Education. In addition, St. John’s is the only New York State approved institution to offer online learning in the following programs that lead to New York state certification:
- School Building Leader Master of Science
- School District Leader Advanced Certificate in Educational Administration
- Dual School Building School District Leader Advanced Certificate
St. John’s University offers ten online Master’s degree choices, along with a number of Certificates and Advanced Certificates. Areas of study include topics like Global Development and Social Justice, Accounting, Taxation, Management of Risk, Library Science, Criminal Justice Leadership, Pharmacy Administration, along with the educational fields of teaching and administration. Students can opt to incorporate a concentration in Law Librarianship in pursuit of their Master of Library Science or Advanced Certificate in Library and Information Studies. The M.P.S. in Criminal Justice Leadership also includes a concentration in Homeland Security. Students desiring to further their teaching careers can complete online certificates, like the Advanced Certificate in TESOL Special Education or the 12-credit hour Certificate in Gifted and Talented Education. Students should note that many of the educational programs are structured according to New York State guidelines and requirements for New York teachers. Therefore, students should verify the transfer of a degree or certificate to another state.
St. John’s University has created an online environment similar to the on-campus setting by developing a host of support services. The Libraries’ Home Page is designed for online users accessing materials and St. John’s Central provides technical support. Students desiring help from the Writing Center can schedule an appointment which is conducted via chat room or e-tutoring. And students can purchase textbooks and supplies online at St. John’s University Book Store.
Tuition for undergraduates at St. John’s is $1,158 per credit hour. Graduate tuition is degree specific ranging from $1,050 to $1,260 per credit hour. Tuition for The School of Law graduate programs range from $1,600 to $2,003 per credit hour.
St. John’s recommends that all students complete a FAFSA for financial aid in order to choose from the best possible aid packages. St. John’s supports federal programs, like the Federal Stafford Loans, and aid for a majority of graduate students is based on need, calculated by the Federal Methodology, a federally approved needs analysis. The University also recognizes the Employer Tuition Reimbursement and scholarship programs for undergraduate and graduate students. Possible scholarship resources for eligible students include:
- Merit-based scholarships
- Transfer scholarships
- Application scholarships
- External scholarships
- Catholic scholarships
- Endowed scholarships
In addition, St. John’s provides veterans with financial aid and academic support through participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program.
Sector Of Institution:Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctorate degree
Adult Age Enrollments:3,640
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