Established in 1870, St John’s University-New York is a private, Roman Catholic institution in New York City. It is a co-educational university which offers more than 100 programmes of study at undergraduate and postgraduate level, while accelerated courses are also available. It has had degree-awarding powers since 1906.
The university’s main presence is in Queens, home to a significant chunk of NYC’s arts scene and sport, hosting the US Open tennis tournament and baseball’s New York Mets. But it also has campuses in the neighbouring boroughs of Manhattan and Staten Island, in Oakdale, Long Island, 40 miles east, and European bases in Rome and Paris.
Built in 1995, its Rome campus in Prati, just over a mile from Vatican City, runs courses in international business, marketing management, finance, government & politics, international global development and social justice. Opened in 2008, its Paris Campus, located in the vibrant Sixth Arrondissement, is based in a newly-renovated building next to Vaneau metro station with 20,000 square feet comprising classrooms, study space and living space.
First-years at the university are expected to take a Discover New York programme to engage with the city and see it through a prism of arts, literature, politics and commerce.
Mario Cuomo, a two-term governor of the state of New York, and Chris Mullin, a five-time National Basketball Association all-star and two-time Olympic gold medallist most famous for his spells with the Golden State Warriors, are among its alumni. In 2015, Mullin returned to his alma mater to coach its men’s basketball team, Red Storm. Other alumni include Darryl McDaniels, a founding member of hip-hop group Run DMC, and rapper and songwriter J. Cole.