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Reviews 2556 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Junior

Transportation: Public transportation is very good around Saint John's. The location is ideal because it is in Queens, with the city being few minutes away. There is a shuttle bus that is located on campus which departs every 25 minutes offering a ride to the Subway and railroad transit, plus about two bus lines pass from outside and around the school making it very convenient to move around and about.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: The drug scene is not big or even seen at all. This is because St John's is a commuter college, so therefore everybody is there on their own time and majority of students come and go. Drinking is seen as a much more social and known activity, but drugs barely.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Almost everyone I know here has received some type of scholarship. Unfortunately, the school costs a lot of money, and even though it gives pretty good financial aid, it's still extremely expensive. Also, they changed my financial aid information like four times for some reason last year.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Let's face it- A LOT off kids smoke weed these days. Dorm rooms often reek of weed and I know a few people who have gotten in trouble for smoking in their dorm bathrooms. Most people don't really smoke on campus, though. They'll go travel off campus to do that and the return. Peer pressure really isn't that big of a deal. If you don't want to smoke or drink, people usually just shrug it off and don;t really try to force it on you. And no one really thinks differently of you if you walk away from it.
Alcohol is used more often on campus than other drugs here. There is drinking in the dorms, but if you're caught you can get in a lot of trouble.

3 College Freshman

Administration: A lot of people complain about the visitation rules at St. John's. They're not so bad. I mean, it's a pain in the butt that you'll get a violation if you have visitors in the dorms after a certain time (even if they already live on campus). You can't have members of the same sex signed in for an overnight visit (but I mean, come on, it's a CATHOLIC institution...they don't want you making babies all night...)
Other than that, the college really isn't that strict at all. And the public safety officers are usually really nice about things and don't really search for ways to get you in trouble.

4 College Student

Weather: Weather is weather anywhere you go. The weather in New York isn't that bad. In the winter it snows and the spring it rains. St. John's is really good at keeping the ground and driveways clean and they make sure it doesn't ice up.

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5 College Student

Greek Life: The Greek life is awesome. They have a "Greek Week" every April and its lasts for about two weeks. Sororities and Fraternities all compete against each other in various sports and activities. New York State has a law against "Frat and Sorority houses" so most of Greek Life live together off campus without their letters on their house.

5 College Student

Campus Quality: St. John's is beautiful. They have a great lawn and gardens that are beautiful. The library is big and has enough room for everyone, especially during midterms and finals. The student center is amazing and they help you with everything. There are always activities going on on campus for everyone as well.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: The classes at St. John's are filled with people of different races from all over the country and world, and etc.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Subway is a moderate walk away, public bus stops are all around the school and the school has a free shuttle to and from their Manhattan campus.

2 College Freshman

Parking: In order to park on campus you must first buy a parking pass that about $100. If you have morning classes parking is no problem otherwise come early! Also the parking spaces are very close together and my car has even been scratched in the lot! Public Safety gives really expensive tickets and are not easy to appeal them.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: There is always something going on with the greek life on campus. Thy post flyers all the time all over campus. There also performances put on by greek life for everybody to enjoy.

4 College Freshman

Parking: The is parking on campus and also a parking garage located net to the campus along with some parking right outside the university gates.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation is excellent! The school provide us with the bus that take you to the subway, shopping center and supermarket! This buses running all day for your convenience!

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There are students from different races and religions and they all received respect and equal treatment! The school policy is to respect and treat eveybody with respect regardless of their sexual orientation, political beliefs, etc.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received financial aid but it wasnt enough to cover even half of the tuition fee. I suggest reviewing family income with more details so students can be able to attend college with less stress!

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking here at St. John's is almost non-existent here. There are parking lots and garages but you have to get here early and parking in the neighborhoods around campus is pretty bad. You just have to ride around and find something but it'll take some time.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus dining options are like a bunch of fast food places like BK, McDonald's, Popeye's, Dunkin Donuts, small Italian restaurants, little corner stores, etc. There's a lot of places to eat you just gotta find it but you might have to walk maybe up to 15 minutes to find the places.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food on campus is ok, you just get tired of eating the same stuff. The dining hall food is good and has gotten better than years previous. We also have a Subway, Nathan's, Burger King, Taco Bell, and various other ethnic places to eat on campus besides the dining hall. So just don't be too picky and you should find something you like.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: NYC is the place to be, but St.John's is in Queens and about 30 minutes away from Manhattan. You just gotta get on the train and explore the city. This city is so big there is stuff always going on you can just take your pick. There's something for everyone so don't worry about stuff to do you should worry you won't be distracted from school too much.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is almost non existent. ST. John's don't allow sororities and and fraternities to have their own houses so you hardly notice Greek activity unless it is right in your face

3 College Freshman

Administration: St. John's is strict but they can be linant as well. They understand that you make mistakes but if you continue to get in trouble and bring attention to yourself in a negative way there will understandably have consequences. Since St. John's is a dry campus alcohol in the dorms is not allowed and the rule is enforced. Public Safety officers are overall nice guys as long as you follow the rules.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The student life at St. John's is pretty good. Everyone is pretty nice, there's a lot to do at all times on and off campus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Something that sets St. John's apart from most schools is the staff really wants you to succeed. There's a lot of other universities where your freshman advisor might not be as hands on. Our career center is excellent at finding what you're individually good at and helping you to prepare for a job, helping you to find one, and also helping you to get internships in your field.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus. The school is located in the suburban area of Queens so you're not going to have the same safety concerns as you might have if you were in the city.


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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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