St. John’s University
St. John's University (SJU) is a private, Roman Catholic, coeducational university located in New York City, United States. Founded by the Congregation of the Mission (C.M., the Vincentian Fathers) in 1870, the school was originally located in the borough of Brooklyn in the neighborhood of Bedfordï¿½Stuyvesant. Beginning in the 1950s, the school was relocated to its current location in the borough of Queens. St. John's also has campuses in Staten Island, Manhattan, and Rome, Italy, as well as a graduate center in Oakdale, New York. A campus in Paris, France opened in the Spring of 2009. The school is named after Saint John the Baptist
St. John's University was founded in 1868, by the Vincentian Fathers of the Roman Catholic Church in response to an invitation by the first Bishop of Brooklyn, John Loughlin, to provide the poor youth of the city with an intellectual and moral education. St. John's Vincentian values stem from the ideals and works of St Vincent de Paul (1581ï¿½1660), who is the patron saint of Christian charity. Following the Vincentian tradition, the university seeks to provide an education that encourages greater involvement in social justice, charity and service. The Vincentian Center for Church and Society ("Vincenter") located on the university's Queens campus serves as "a clearinghouse for and developer of Vincentian information, poverty research, social justice resources, and as an academic/cultural programming Center." St. John's University was originally founded as the College of St. John the Baptist at 75 Lewis Avenue, in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The foundations of the first building were laid in the summer of 1868, and the building was opened for educational purposes September 5, 1871. Beginning with the law school in 1925, St. John's started founding other schools and became a university in 1933. In 1954, St. John's broke ground on a new campus in Jamaica, Queens, on the former site of the Hillcrest Golf Club. The following year, the original school of the university, St. John's College, moved from Bedford-Stuyvesant to the new campus. The high school, now St. John's Prep, took over its former buildings and later moved to its present location in Astoria, Queens. Over approximately the next two decades, the other schools of the university, which were located at a separate campus at 96 Schermerhorn Street in Downtown Brooklyn, moved out to the new campus in Queens. The last of the schools to relocate to Queens would move there in 1972, bringing an end to the Downtown Brooklyn campus of the university. The university received praise from Time Magazine in 1962 for being a Catholic university that accepted Jews with low household income. Later St. John's was the defendant in a lawsuit by Donald Scheiber (the only Jewish Vice President at the school) for discrimination after being removed because he was Jewish. The court ruled against St. John's University in this lawsuit. Time also ranked St. John's as "good?small" on a list of the nation's Catholic universities in 1962. The St. John's University strike of 1966-1967 was a protest by faculty at the university which began on January 4, 1966, and ended in June 1967. The strike began after 31 faculty members were dismissed in the fall of 1965 without due process, dismissals which some felt were a violation of the professors' academic freedom. The tension of that year was noted in Time Magazine stating, "Academically, St. John's University has never ranked high among Catholic schools; in troubles, it outdoes them all." The strike ended without any reinstatements, but led to the widespread unionization of public college faculty in the New York City area. In 1970 arbitrators ruled that the university had not acted improperly. On January 27, 1971, the New York State Board of Regents approved the consolidation of the university with the former Notre Dame College (New York) a private women's college and the Staten Island Campus of St. Johnï¿½s University became a reality. Classes began in the fall of 1971, combining the original Notre Dame College with the former Brooklyn campus of St. Johnï¿½s, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, business and education. In 1990 the tuition and fees at St. John's was less than half of that at schools like NYU and Columbia. . Now the tuition is comparable with St. John's being $1104 per credit , New York Institute of Technology being $1005 , NYU being 1106 and Columbia being 1302 per credit . St. Augustine Hall located at St. John's University's Queens campus In 1999, St. John's purchased the La Salle Center in Oakdale, NY. The 175-acre (0.71 km2) campus served as a military academy since 1926. Before this, the land was owned by Frederick Bourne, President of Singer Sewing Machine Company, who constructed his estate on the grounds. His mansion still remains and is used for receptions. St. John's merged with the College of Insurance in 2001. The merger gave St. John's a five-story building located in lower Manhattan which is used by the Peter J. Tobin College of Business and the colleges School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science. After the 9/11 attacks to the World Trade Center, the Manhattan campus was used by emergency workers. In 2007, St. John's, along with several other universities, settled with New York State attorney general Andrew Cuomo for $800,000.00 among allegations of receiving kickbacks from student loan corporations. Also in 2007, St John's University purchased a Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Center facility in Fresh Meadows. This added two medical programs to the school. This added a Physician's Assistant program as well as Bio-medical technician program to the school. Tuition for the PA program at Saint Vincent Medical Center was $15,000 per year, but when purchased by STJ it increased to 29,950 per year. St. John's opened its new Rome Campus in October 2008. Located in the Prati section of Rome, the 75,000 sq ft (7,000 m2). building can house up to 200 students
we commit ourselves to academic excellence and the pursuit of wisdom which flows from free inquiry, religious values and human experience. We strive to preserve and enhance an atmosphere in which scholarly research, imaginative methodology, global awareness and an enthusiastic quest for truth serve as the basis of a vital teaching-learning process and the development of lifelong learning. Our core curriculum in the liberal arts and sciences aims to enrich lives as well as professions and serves to unify the undergraduate experience. Graduate and professional schools express our commitment to research, rigorous standards, and innovative application of knowledge. We aim not only to be excellent professionals with an ability to analyze and articulate clearly what is, but also to develop the ethical and aesthetic values to imagine and help realize what might be.
St. John's has over 161,000 alumni, 82% of whom reside in the Greater New York Metropolitan Area. Some of the most recognized alumni are former New York Governors Hugh L. Carey and Mario M. Cuomo, former California Governor George Deukmejian, U.S. Congressman Charles Rangel, New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, and former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce Ronald H. Brown. Another notable alumni is North Carolina rapper J.Cole.
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