Saint John’s University in New York is a private, coeducational Catholic university located in Jamaica, Queens. Aside from its main campus, it also maintains branch campuses in Staten Island, Manhattan, and Oakdale in New York and in Europe, Rome, Italy and Paris, France.

The university was founded by the Vincentian Fathers in 1870 upon the invitation of the first Bishop of Brooklyn, Rev. John Loughlin, who felt that the underprivileged youth of the city needed an intellectual and moral education. Surviving several transfers and a major labor strike that threatened to close down the university in 1966 to 1967, Saint John’s has steadily grown and expanded to what it is today with its various branch campuses fulfilling the educational needs of various undergraduate and graduate students in the tradition of St. Vincent de Paul, the patron saint of Christian charity.

Currently, there are 20,069 students enrolled at the university’s five locations ably assisted by 1,456 fulltime and part-time faculty members around 90% of whom hold a Ph.D. or the highest degree possible in their chosen field of study. With a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1, students of the university are guaranteed a focused, one-on-one interaction with their teachers.

Cost of tuition for academic year 2009-2010 for undergraduate students is US$31,600 and varies for graduate students per degree program. For students enrolled in the School of Law, cost of tuition for day classes is a fixed rate of US$42,200 and for evening classes, US$31,650. The university extends financial aid to its students in the form of loans, grants and scholarships to make sure they are able to pay for their cost of tuition.

For more information on admissions, college majors, degrees offered, online programs, athletics, school rankings, tuition, scholarships and financial aid options, please contact Saint John’s University.