Saint John’s University is a Roman Catholic research university in the city of New York, USA. The university was founded in 1868 by the Vincentian Fathers with the aim of providing an intellectual and moral education to the underprivileged youth of the city. The institution began life as the College of St. John the Baptist and its first building opened in Brooklyn in 1871. A law school was added in 1925, other schools followed and the college became a university in 1933. The university moved to a new campus in Queens in 1954 where it remains to this day. In 1971 St. John’s merged with Notre Dame College, a private women’s college, which became the university’s Staten Island Campus.
Today St. John’s university is a thriving private research university which retains its strong ties to the Catholic faith. The university is home to over 20,000 students studying a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications. The student body is diverse with over 100 different countries represented. The university offers over 100 majors for students to choose from and the academic offering is split into six schools: St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, The School of Education, The Peter J. Tobin College of Business, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, College of Professional Studies and the School of Law.
The university’s main campus is built on the site of a former golf club in Jamaica, Queens. The campus covers 105 acres of lawns and sports pitches and houses several academic buildings, eight residence halls, athletic facilities, and the university library. The campus also houses the University Centre which provides a food court, games rooms, student lounge and classrooms.