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Reviews 2410 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life affects the social atmosphere in a big way because we don't have any intramural sports on the Staten Island Campus, greek life is the big thing to do. I feel it is hard to meet others and become involved in campus life and events without joining greek life. The majority of the campus is greek life and I think non-greeks view us in an average way, not against us or for us. There are no greek houses or fraternity houses, nothing like that.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: I never have done drugs and never have been around those whom do drugs so I've never came into contact with it. Also, I've never really heard of anything regarding drugs happening.

2 Recent Alumnus

Academics: On the Staten Island Campus there are about 4 professors in the Communications & Sciences Disorders field and two teach the majority of the courses. This makes it difficult to obtain letters of recommendation because everyone requests one from both professors. Also, only one audiology professor.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: I am a native Staten Island-er so I think the local atmosphere is fine. There are so many places to eat, things to do, bowling, movies, lounges, mini golf, shopping, there are quite a few parks and trails.

2 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: There are many parties to attend but often in crowded, hot dorms. There are not that many bars and you must be 21 to enter.

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Many students have alcohol in dorm rooms and apartments. Also, some students even carry alcohol in water bottles or coffee cups without anyone knowing! Many people who don't go to St. John's can be seen on campus often, there is rarely an ID check. Campus strictness really only is up there regarding parking because it is an easy way to make money and they give tickets if you park without a parking pass.

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3 College Junior

Party Scene: It depends on which campus you attend.
It's easier to have an on-campus parties on the Staten Island campus, but parties on the Queens campus tend to be better.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is for juniors and seniors only and is more expensive than on campus housing.

5 College Junior

Technology: You are given a personal laptop, and a printing fund that gets replenished each year, as well as free access to computer repairs and replacements.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The Staten Island housing is apartment style. Very comfortable living and gives a feeling of independence that many students enjoy. The only problem is that it's kinda far from Manhattan. Not too much of a problem though because there is a free ferry and shuttle to get you into the city.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: We are provided with computers in the beginning of freshman year and the computer labs are never crowded and the people that work there are very helpful.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: St. john's Queen campus has many athletics that have gotten the attention of many professional players and teams.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Not many people dorm on campus which makes the night life boring for those who do.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorming was a great experience. Amazing RA's and an easy way to set up housing roommates and everything in between I cannot wait to return!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The school is very diverse and active. My only complaint would be that even though the school is religious, they need to be accepting of all people in today's society!

College Sophomore

Majors: I have not really gotten into my major yet. I will next semester when I begin my journey!

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I changed my major but my Freshman advisor helped me a great deal. He made a difficult process very easy for me.

4 College Freshman

Weather: The only problem is the wind during the winter because it makes the cold unbearable.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The best way to explain the food in the dining halls is if you are hungry you will eat. Not the best and not the worst food I've had.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The people at St. John's University are incredibly diverse, people from all over the country and the world, it wouldn't do justice to the large scale of different people to say that most guys or girls are one thing, but it is definitely a great experience to meet people from everywhere.

1 College Junior

Parking: The parking lots are large and spread out, with the university officers constantly stalking around looking for people without permits and ticketing or even booting the car, off campus parking is either hard to come by or your better off walking.

2 College Junior

Athletics: The sports programs at St. John's are not bad, but not great either, with the main draw being the men's and women's basketball teams, so many other sports are overshadowed, such as the nationally ranked soccer and fencing teams, if the school could build up more support for all of its athletic programs, then all would benefit even more from the exposure and my opinion would be higher.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dormitories on my campus of St. John's University is an apartment style dormitories. The freshmen as well are all located in the same courtyard, allowing them to stay nearby, while sophomores and higher are allowed their own choice of apartment. The issues with this, however, is spacing issues, as not all apartments in the area are by the campus, thus meaning sharing space with normal residents. However, these issues are okay as the apartment style housing is extremely useful and social amenities are close and nearby.

3 College Junior

Weather: The weather here is decent, to say the least. Being in the North Eastern seaboard, weather usually doesn't get too bad, and snow is rarely a problem. Since the dormitories are close to the campus, weather issues rarely make a problem for attending classes. However, the campus will close campus if the weather does become too heavy.

5 College Junior

Technology: St. John's University is an extremely determined to allow all of its students access to computers and internet access. The University is extremely connected through wi-fi avaliable throughout the campus and with the dorms having their own, dedicated internet. As well, St. John's University provides laptops for all of its incoming freshmen, and devoted tech team to help maintain student laptops. Printing as well is cheap and available for all students and students are provided a fund each year to print.

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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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