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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My experience in this university has been fun. Adapting to living alone but if i had to do it all over again i wouldnt come here because its too small and it feels like a highschool

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Ok, so obviously not Shmacked top 10 material, but the parties are there, you just have to know the right people. Even if you're bored with Queens, Manhattan is a train ride away. Party there.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Best parties take place at the Kappa Sig or TKE house. There are tons of people at Trads on the weekends. Parsons is great, cleaner than Trads. Midtown bars, Bell Boulevard, or the Hofstra Strip always have tons of places to party.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors know their stuff. Grading isn't that rough, but that depends on your professors anyway.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Not a fan of forced diversity. The good thing is, SJU doesn't have that. We just have tons of people from all over. It provides cool insights on life when you get to know these people from across the country, or across the globe.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Public safety doesn't kick down your door if they smell pot, and personally I like it that way. I don't do drugs other than alcohol, but I'm more for personal freedom. Use common sense, don't smoke weed outside in broad daylight, and if you do it in your room, please make sure your roommates are cool with it, and keep a fan on.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Remember, you get what you give. Make connections, meet friends, go out. Don't sit inside all day and then complaint that nothing happens. It's your fault if that happens.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Honestly, I have no experience with this. I see that as a good thing. I don't know of any crimes on campus, and I know a lot of people and I'm out often. I only know about one guy who got drunk and tried to start a fight. He lost. Security broke it up quickly, they're pretty good at patrolling and such. As far as off campus, watch your back. The people in Jamaica know who goes to SJU. While you're safe within the general vicinity of SJU, don't go past Hillside by yourself at night.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: So, I came in as a finance major. One of the reasons I switched was because I had always heard that you will get laughed off of Wall Street if you aren't Ivy league. Of course, this isn't true, but I just gave every excuse because I ended up hating finance. The vicinity of SJU to Manhattan makes getting internships easier. The SJU name won't carry you far but your connections will. Do not rely on the name of the school. There are many successful alumni, many of whom went into politics. There are a good amount of recruitment opportunities on campus and there are always speakers and job fairs.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Do not dorm in Donovan or St. Vinny's for your own sake. The other dorms are fine. You can even move off campus if you have money. No major complaints other than the cramped atmosphere of Donovan hall or the outdated St. Vinny's. Housing is expensive overall. On the plus side, no communal showers.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: There are no gigantic FSU-tier frat houses. It's Queens, houses are cramped. You get what you make out of it. Make a lot of friends and let yourself go and you'll have a great time. Keep an open mind to Greek Life, because while you won't be an outcast for not joining, it amplifies the college experience.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Involvement isn't great as far as basketball games, which is our biggest sport. We could use more students going to the games. The turnout at Madison Square against Syracuse this year was great though. The gym is small but does have a decent amount of equipment. Could be bigger for a D1 school. Go in the mornings if you like empty gyms, or go at six P.M. is you're a regular, because you'll know all of the other regulars there. It's a weird gym relationship that we all have.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Some people seem to think that St. John's is going to be like West Virginia or Syracuse in terms of partying or greek life. There are a lot of parties and the frats are active, but you can't expect them to come to you. The people who say there is nothing to do must be locked in their rooms because if you aren't out at the gym, playing intramurals, joining clubs, going to parties, or just taking time to meet people and hang out, you have no one to blame but yourself for your boredom. I mean, how many other students at other schools have the chance to just up and go to Manhattan if they are bored? Exactly. The professors from my experience are very knowledgable. Every one I have had has their PhD, and they are all enthusiastic in what they teach. They always make sure to advertise their office hours and many stay after class to answer questions. I could go on and on about my experience at SJU, but it's been great in short. Make connections and go out, and you'll have a great time. The cafeteria sucks most of the time, though.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I really enjoy campus housing and I am happy I was able to live on campus!

4 College Junior

Athletics: I work in the fitness center and athletic facilities are great

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: This school is just okay.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There are quite a few drug and alcohol busts every week on campus. There are occasions where you can smell marijuana in the dorms due to parties or kids smoking together.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Being a high school student athlete, I see that St. Johns is amazing when it comes to sports. Tip off was great and each and every sports event is clearly advertised. I've always loved sports and one of the main reasons why I applied to St. Johns was because I know that their sports teams are division 1, the best of the best. I have tons of merchandise for my high school as I now do for St. Johns and I feel as though I cannot get enough of it. I love showing school pride and I will continue to do so.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I think Greek life is the way to go. As a freshmen, I have been considering joining a sorority because they are so welcoming. Greek Life brings people together and there are always tons of activities hosted by the different sororities and fraternities. I think joining Greek Life would help me in truly discovering myself out there in the real world. I enjoyed getting to walk around on the lawn to see what all of the different sororities had in store for me and I even stay in contact with a few.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I believe that the security on campus is very protective. Although the students have received many emails through the public safety of St.Johns, I know that they are doing all they can to try and secure and protect their students around and in the St. Johns facility. I feel more safe on campus when surrounded by a group of people during the day where I can actually see where I am headed.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The courses that I took my first semester at St. Johns were really helpful. With taking general ed courses, it gives me a wide variety in looking at majors. My professors taught me well and everything was handed in on time. I took a wide variety of classes ranging from history, writing, music, and even theology. All of my classes were of a normal amount like that of high school. Hearing my friends from other schools, it seems as though some of their classes involve 300+ students.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: When looking at a resume, St. Johns will automatically stand out to the employer you wish to be hired by. St. Johns is a great school and is very well known. The employers on campus will usually work to lower their tuition and I believe that it is a great idea for St. Johns to give that opportunity to its students.

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4 College Junior

Academics: The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is great.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: There are various public safety bells that you can ring around the campus if you feel that you need help.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I don't have time to attend many on campus activities because of my rigorous workload. Thus, I miss out on a lot of the fun activities that the university has planned.

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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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