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Queens, NY
Undergrads
11,514
Tuition
$36,450
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Junior

Diversity: There are a few things that you don't speak about to people about and expect to be happy with the answer. War, religion and politics. No one cares who you vote for and no one cares who you pray to expect those weirdos who try to push everyone around to the left or right of the spectrum.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off Campus housing is available both through the school and on your own. I wouldn't really be skilled in knowing that area. When finding a house or apartment to live in though, it's time to act like we're in the real world because the campus does not help students find housing other than the random posting of a room for rent flyer with an obscure number on it.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Are basketball teams are like the Knicks. People gaud over them year after year but at best we make the NCAA tournament and call it a great success. No one is doubting the talent of players who work hard but the fact is they don't put the results of a top tier division one school. Yet because we live NYC and because we play half our games at the Garden there are those who believe that we are a great program. No one is throwing the word cheating around but the fact remains if it got results I would be all for it. They used to have a football team and swim team both gone due to a president in the past. A ghost that still to this day, cast a shadow upon with the quality that he put forth. Neither team will get reinstated due to funding issues but we are apparently okay at St. John's vaulting teams like Lacrosse and Baseball to new heights when they haven't won a damn thing.

3 College Junior

Facilities: Most of the campus has been given a facelift but there is a certain feeling that if you scratch away the paint you can smell the glory days of the old St. John's around every corner. The problem with the campus is, they don't know what to do with every near Carnesecca Arena you have buildings that haven't changed structurally since the 1980's. There is an Asian building next to the D'Angelo Center for no apparent reason, other than donor request. And finally most people complain about cosmetic touches that are done to the campus every semester.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: If you are one of the many Asian kids or the pharmacy kids who work themselves to death every time midterms come around then housing for you is no problem. You have to maintain the high grades, so you get the pick of litter come lottery time. This is not to imply that Asians or Pharmacy students are smarter it is rather an observation that there are more of them on the campus than most. For the other student like me (Latino, College of professional studies) the chances to get the place I want to live in is not the most ideal. I have tried the housing process and promptly pulled out of it before action could take place. When they lottery process it should say 1919 World Series (for all non sports people means rigged) due to the new wifi connectivity in the buildings and campus wide, and the lack of staggering in the release of housing entires the housing you are looking for is virtually unattainable. If you have been written up for absolutely anything, you can pretty much wait until all other options have been taken because you will not be getting priority.

1 College Junior

Nightlife: If you are 21 then the world is your oyster simply take the E, F, or shuttle bus into the city and bar hop until your liver gives out in a hospital room. If you are not 21 however you are limited to the crappy two bar scene near the campus. Many a night there have been shouts of TRADS!!!! or PARSONS!!!! What feels like a Cheers episode turns into two bar who can't figure out what the hell they are. They are often filled to overcapacity and have been known to have awful music that can be changed at will with the help of a electronic DJ where money goes and the same Meek Millz, or country western song gets played until you want to throw with having consumed any liquor. If you are lucky enough to know one of the bartenders or just have upperclassmen friends. Your nights are filled with watered down beer that taste like crap and shots that truly aren't worth it. We get it, its a dive bar and your main crowd of people are college kids looking to get out of the dorm room to relieve some stress but all in all that shouldn't mean that the lack of options should exist.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: There a total of 10 possibly 11 stalls for workers to fill in the financial services offices but on the best of days it is filled by exactly four workers, one of them being a student who bounces the questions off of a more experienced person in the back. The call waiting takes an hour and you better be there when it opens during crunch time because if you don't then the line will be out the door. The university to solve this has let the students view the capacity of the office on a small webcam that quality looks like something out of the 1970's to be honest. When dealing with the financial aid workers themselves it is a crap shoot for students. You either get the answer you are looking for in a clear and concise manner or you argue with them for 30 minutes before you are crying due to the frustration of either losing your mind or finding out that something is wrong with the documents that you have filled out 15 times.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The health and safety is something more of an afterthought.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Dining options are good but not great. This is to be expected of the campus luckily the campus itself is about 40 minutes from the biggest city when it comes to all things culinary. If the average student would be so bold as to venture to manhattan or take a couple of trains and a bus to another borough perhaps Brooklyn or the Bronx then there is no limit to the options of food that is open to them. However, most are lazy and have closed minds when it comes to food. They view the basic everyday meal as something, that at most is esoteric to them. The dining hall is the usual option for most but the point stands. The opportunity for something better than average is a ride away.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Because it is a commuter school there is a mix bag of the student look on campus at all times. While most who live on campus choose to wear whatever they rolled out of bed with there are some who express themselves in a fashion point of view. Relationships are hard for the common college student here most people either have a girlfriend or boyfriend or they are in the middle of the goose chase that is sexual exploration. Feelings are worthless they don't matter to most, some people actually take pride in not having any.

4 College Junior

Majors: Internships are wide spread based on major and due to the help of the faculty members both teachers and deans internships are more than easy to obtain for those who work hard to achieve them.

5 College Junior

Majors: St. John's is unique in that getting into my program was easy it is only after you have joined the program that the rigidity of the courses and the overall difficulty of the program itself do people find whether or not they best suited for the role of public relations.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life amazing they contribute to events on and off campus and are generally great members of the university.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: It's usually very crowded, expensive and hot. I don't thin k the parties are worth it. Did I mention expensive??

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: I don't really care for them, mainly because they're not that big of a deal. The greatest thing we have going for us is our basketball team, which hasn't been doing too well very recently. We don't have a football team, which I wish we did, because football's a big thing in Texas.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Being in New York City, you are constantly exposed to the latest fashions and trends. Everyone and everything is pretty liberal and everyone's very accepting. It's very easy to make new friends and get along with others.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I didn't really encounter any challenges getting into my major and/or school. Most important thing for receiving financial aid would probably be academic achievement.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Being in New York City, the opportunities are endless. There is so much variety to the school and you can never really be bored.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love all my classes. My professors are really understanding and knowledgeable. With classes that contain a smaller amount of students, it's easy to get help from teachers and make new friends in class.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There is an entire department dedicated to helping students find jobs and internships! It's really exciting, especially being in the most influential and hard-working cities in the world!

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It was very easy to receive the aid that I got. The majority of the students that attend the school are given aid and that's why many choose to attend here.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is primarily popular within cultures, as there are different societies for different ethnic groups. The hazing is pretty bad though, and off campus societies have been known to cause trouble.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: My school is one of the most diverse campus' in the country. I know many people from different backgrounds, and it was a total culture shock for me as I've grown up in a white-dominated community in Texas.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: New York City is where everyone with a dream goes to achieve it. Everything from the food, nightlife and culture is just so enticing. I believe that you could live there you're whole life and you still wouldn't know every single place there, as it's enormous size and constant change make it difficult to ever NOT discover something new.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I go to a private school, so obviously it's going to be strict. The campus is known as a "dry campus" which means alcohol is not allowed whatsoever, whether you're 21 or not. Even if you're in the presence of alcohol, you still get in trouble, which is kind of a downer. The overnight guest policy is really tedious and a hassle. Overall, there is just a really low tolerance for anything.

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Sebastian Velez
Hometown
Valley Stream, New York
Major
Marketing
Grad Year
2013
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St. John’s has its ups and downs, but most students agree, sometimes reluctantly, that the bad outweighs the good. Some argue that with the high tuition cost, students should receive better student services and facilities. The school’s motto is, “We are St. John’s,” but does the administration listen when students speak? The school needs more dorm rooms, better computers, and more people ready to help students instead of giving them the runaround or transferring their calls to someone else. These things are not luxuries, but rather necessities to keep the students and the institution running smoothly.

Going to St. John’s is a good experience, and the name only seems to impress many people, which is a good trademark to use in the workforce. The overwhelming majority of teachers cares about its students. Check out St. John’s extensively before attending to see if it can meet your needs, especially monetary-wise. In 1870, when St. John’s was founded by the Vincentian community, it was supposed to be an answer for the poor students who couldn’t afford schooling; now many feel SJU is making the students poor. The costs are going up each year, but the financial aid is basically staying the same, making it hard for students to attend because of the lack of funding. Explore it for yourself. There’s plenty to enjoy and benefit from, but don’t get caught up in hype.

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