St. John's University: Narrative Description

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8000 Utopia Parkway
Jamaica, NY 11439
Tel: (718)990-6161; 888-9ST JOHNS
Admissions: (718)990-2000
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Independent, university, coed, affiliated with Roman Catholic Church. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1870. Setting: 98-acre urban campus with easy access to New York City. Endowment: $236.3 million. Research spending 2003-04: $7.7 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $6730 per student. Total enrollment: 19,813. Faculty: 1,378 (580 full-time, 798 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 17,625 applied, 62% were admitted. 23% from top 10% of their high school class, 51% from top quarter, 80% from top half. Full-time: 11,809 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 3,039 students, 60% women, 40% men. Students come from 45 states and territories, 98 other countries, 10% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 15% Hispanic, 17% black, 15% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 5% 25 or older, 17% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 82% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; computer/information sciences; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Required for some: minimum X high school GPA. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $34,280 includes full-time tuition ($22,800), mandatory fees ($480), and college room and board ($11,000). College room only: $6900. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to class time, course level, course load, program, and student level. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $760 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $165 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to class time, course level, course load, program, and student level. Tuition guaranteed not to increase for student's term of enrollment.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 175 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 7% of eligible men and 7% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government, Incorporated, Student Programming Board, Community and University Services in Education, Haraya, American Pharmaceutical Association. Major annual events: Black Music Fest, Winter Carnival, Spring Fling. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 2,557 college housing spaces available; 2,485 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. St. John's University Library plus 1 other with 14.5 million books, 2.8 million microform titles, 19,249 serials, 22,918 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $11 million. 1,025 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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