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Reviews 2344 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: No Laptop, No Problem – One really big perk of St. John's is that you get free laptops once you decide to come to the school. You get to choose a rally good laptop for the free ball, and if you want a macbook, then you pay 400 extra, which isn't bad. Printing's basically free as well too. Once you enroll you have 40 printing dollars a semester that roll over, and when it only costs 7 cents a page to print, it becomes hard to spend all of it. On the Staten Island campus there's only one library though, but when the campus is as small as ours there's always a computer free to use if you prefer traditional cpu's.

3 College Freshman

Majors: Biochemistry Lectures – My professor was Dr. Ochs and I didn't do as well as I wanted to in the class but he will forever remain a role model to me. He is a fair professor who encourages questions and submits thought provoking questions on his exams. When he teaches he is very organized and you will notice early on that this man knows so much about this topic. He has helped write a biochemistry text book in the past and he makes you want to know more about what happens in our own bodies by connecting biochemistry with our daily lives. Most amazing class ever. ( you must stay on top of your work to receive at least a B in this class).

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I came to St. John's knowing what major and field i wanted to go into, and the advisors helped me out finding exactly what was right for me. If you tell them your strengths and weaknesses, they'll put you in classes that will work for you. The majority of the professors are very well trained, understanding an helpful.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: I've never had any bad problems finding a parking spot, except for on rainy days! There are two "main" parking lots that get filled very quickly, but if you go around the back to Gate 6, theres a garage with a lot more parking.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The variety of food is okay at St. John's. There aren't a lot of places to eat, but the food that is there, is pretty good. They have little shops that you can buy snacks from, as well as places like Subway, Burger King, Dunkin' Donuts and Starbucks.

5 College Freshman

Academics: High Quality Education at St.Johns University – St. Johns provides a unique opportunity for business majors in that one majoring in business essentially has all the tools at their fingertips neccessary to excel in a corporate environment. From an investment fund to trips to Wallstreet, St Johns effectively primes a prospective business major for a competitive job market

1 College Sophomore

Parking: You really do have to get to campus at least 30 minutes before class starts because it will take a while to find a space. I expected parking to be bad because it is the city. If you have classes around 10am, you'll have the hardest time finding parking because most people will already be on campus at that time.

College Sophomore

Majors: Haven't Had One Yet, but Hopefully Will in the Future – Since I am undecided, I have not yet done an internship, but it is definitely something I would like to do once I know what I want to do. I think it really gives you a feel of the field you want to enter and you know more what to expect.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Good Curriculum – The classes that undecided liberal arts students have to take can be used in a wide variety of majors and really allow you to explore many of them. This way, you can decide what you are interested in. I have learned a great deal about what I might want to do from these classes.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Since I am undecided, I did not have to apply to the Liberal Arts program because you are automatically put in.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I Don't Regret Going in Undecided. I have not yet declared a major so I am basically doing Liberal Arts right now. It it pretty scary not knowing what I want to do, but I have found through this program that I increasingly interested in psychology. I am hoping that now, going into my second year, I will figure out if that is the major I would like to pursue.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Depends on Major – If you are a Business major or Pharmacy major the academics are great at St. John's University. There is also a great Sports Management program here. But for everything else the school is just mediocre and you'll an get average level of quality in the academics. I am a Business Major at St. John's and the professors are great and the career center is great with business internships and job offers.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Timing Is Everything – Basically you need to make sure you use your meal exchange at the other restaurants on campus BEFORE going to Montgoris Dining Hall just in case there is nothing but garbage to eat there. If you go to Montgoris first and you don't see anything you like, then you'll have to use cash if you go somewhere else. Montgoris food gets really repetitive and is best when there are tours or events going on because they are trying to impress the new people.

4 College Senior

Academics: It Depends.. I have encountered some of the best professors in the world that teach you sooo much. classroom material and things you need to know for the "real world". You do have some teachers who don't give a hoot and some that really care. I can't stress enough how important it is to use before choosing classes!!

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It Is Alright – Public safety can be tight on alcohol but it is very easy to get it past them.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: It's the BEES – St. John's is a great campus! from the events to the diverse people, whoever attends St. john's will fit right in.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Pretty Lax – There's the "smoke at least 30 feet away from building" sign all around campus, which is rarely followed. The employees smoke in front of the buildings and security never intervenes.

College Freshman

Majors: No Internship Yet – I haven't had the chance to have an internship yet. However, I do plan to have one by next year. Usually, my major looks for intern experience by the final years of the program.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Fair to Difficult – The pharmacy program is relatively fair in terms of admission. It is based solely on merit. However, as the program progresses, there are new and more difficult courses required each year. Inability to keep up with the program usually results in a semester of probation. Dropping out of the program due to the workload and finance is not uncommon among the students.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Very Diverse – SJU offers a variety of promising majors and programs which attracts students from all kinds of backgrounds and religions. Specifically, the education and health science programs are saturated with minorities. Additionally, SJU being a Catholic school also welcomes religion on the campus.

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The Staten Island campus night life is pretty bad. The parties held on campus are usually quiet but every once in a while someone throes a pretty good party. However, getting to the city is really easy and free and the cab ride back to campus is pretty cheap, so that's the silver lining

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Great People, Great Opportunities, but Shady Location – St. John's offers a variety of majors, scholarships, and opportunities. Like the study abroad programs, a student can choose from three great locations to study at or choose all three. The professors are laid back and flexible. This is coming from personal experience with the professors from the school of education. Unfortunately, the location of the main campus is located in a shady part of Queens and there are so many stories of students being mugged walking to and from campus. On the other hand, the Staten Island campus is in a better location, but most of the time the campus is dead. So, if you do choose St. John's I recommend dorming and never walking alone.

4 College Junior

Majors: Great Selection – I am in St. John's University. There are a variety of majors at this school. Some of the majors at this school you cannot find at other schools. I am a Administrative Studies major and it is hard to find my major at any other school, especially at a CUNY school. The professors in this field are very helpful and even allow you to come by during office hours for extra help. The psychology courses for this major are even far more superb. The professors teach you and you teach them and return. It is an all around learning experience.

5 College Senior

Scholarships: Though it is a long process, the financial aid on the Staten Island Campus of St John's University is amazing! The help that I got from my specific councelor, Ms. Rodriguez has been outstanding to say the least.

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4 College Senior

Majors: Awesome Networking Opportunities – I am at St. John's University as a Sociology major. I am about to go into my fourth year there, and I would say that the academic experience is just short of stellar. The professors are great and passionate about their craft, as well as willing to help. The opportunities for networking with different individuals and corporations pertaining to my specific field and most majors in general is outstanding. St. John's Career center is ridiculously efficient and helps connect student with prospective professionals in their fields.


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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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