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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I lived on campus freshman year, and it was an okay experience. I definitely think one of the greatest pros we have are having our own bathrooms in our rooms. Many other schools have communal bathrooms, and I cannot imagine sharing a bathroom with so many other girls. One of the cons was that if you have a problem with your roommate, you cannot just request for a roommate or room change. You HAVE to speak with your RA, along with the roommate(s) you are having a hard time with, and try to resolve the problem(s). This may or may not work, depending on the type of roommates you're dealing with. Oftentimes, it can lead to more problems, and awkward living environment.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is okay at my school. Since SJU is a commuter school, there are not many frat or sorority houses on campus, unlike other big universities. The greeks are usually the ones who hold bake-sales or fundraisers. Non-Greeks do not think anything of the Greeks, since its not a huge part of the social atmosphere.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are random poles that have buttons you can press for emergency help, which is great in cases of unforeseen danger. You can also call public safety anonymously for any tips. The students also get emails every time an incident occurs on or off campus, so it helps us become aware of the environment, and the pros of traveling with at least another person.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: The school itself is in Queens, one of the five boroughs. My school always says how we are in the heart of NYC, but in reality, they are trying to refer to Manhattan, which is a bus+train or walk+train ride away. On average, it will take about 30 min to get to the first stop of Manhattan, which is Lexington Ave and 63rd Street. Manhattan, is of course, very lively and you will never find yourself with nothing to do. The local area around SJU, however, is just your regular suburban/urban area. If you take the bus to the more busy places, such as Flushing, you will find yourself in crowded areas filled with many people and restaurants.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: It's good for non-pharmacy students, but my school is more strict with their scholarship money for pharmacy students. The average scholarship given for pharmacy students is about $10,000-$12,000/year while for non-pharmacy students, it's about $19,000. The scholarship is based entirely upon your SAT score (M+CR). You can even prove this with the scholarship calcualtor that my school has online. If you use the same SAT score and GPA and keep changing the majors, you will see that every other major gets more money. I think this is very unfair. If I wasn't a pharmacy major, I would be getting so much more money.

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's incredibly hard to find off-campus housing. The options are very limited, and there are never places available that are in walking distance from school. I was able to find one location across the street from St. John's, but it was a mediocre house (shared by 4 other girls) for a somewhat pricey rent ($$ for the size of the room). I wish my school had some kind of website or something where other people can put up postings, to make it easier for the commuters to find off-campus housing.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: SJU's Men's Basketball team is definitely the most popular, and receives the most school spirit. This year, I heard we are doing exceptionally well, compared to the past few years, so I know there has been more popularity. Also, the fact that we have some games in the Madison Square Garden is definitely a pro, since this location is one of the most popular basketball arenas in the country. The other sports do get recognized, but definitely not as much as basketball.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing selection for my school is okay. The pro's is that most of them are walking distance, for the weather permitting months. Also, the schools shuttle busses stop at the place so that is a great pro.

4 College Student

Campus Housing: It's great. The dorms aren't really big but big enough and help you form great friendships. Everything is fun about dorming except the price. It can add up to around $20,000.

3 College Student

Party Scene: I have never been to any of those parties but everyone seems to like the ones at Trads.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of student discounts on almost all stores surrounding St. John's. This results in the prices also being low. There is a large variety of off-campus dining options and I would recommend Crepe N Tearia. They have the best crepes.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: I got financial aid to cover a great majority of tuition, but still had to pay thousands out of pocket.

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3 College Junior

Majors: Need more internships available to students in all majors, not just one particular section.

4 College Junior

Administration: Campus security is kind of overbearing especially when dealing with trivial situations.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Nothing special about it. Wish there was a Chipotle or Chick-Fila near by.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The culture sucks for a transfer student, everyone is already cliqued off by the time school starts.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: There's literally a fraternity or sorority for every combination of Greek letters.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I wish the school offered more classes and more varied class times.

4 College Junior

Local Area: As far as culture goes, this area of town is not diverse at all.

4 College Junior

Academics: Professors seem thoroughly invested in the education of their students

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Almost everyone has a scholarship .

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The Diner and the Marketplace is the best.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I think its worth my tuition.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Campus strictness for dorms is the worst.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know personally but I know there's always a place available . Price is expected to be high because it is NY.

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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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