St. John's University Review

St. John's University is a private, Catholic institution in Queens, New York, which offers few, but distinctly high-quality online bachelor's and graduate degrees.

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The Good

Quality and convenient education:

St. John’s University is a long-established traditional university which has been running a solid online program for the last 10 years. The online coursework at St. John’s aims to be extra flexible for adults pursuing a degree while working. Full-time online students conveniently receive a laptop in order to attend classes asynchronously and to complete online class assignments. St. John’s University only offers a handful of degree options within each bachelor’s and graduate program track, but many accolades indicate that St. John’s focuses on quality rather than quantity with their online programs.

Awarded top rankings:

In the most recent rankings from U.S. News & World Report, St. John’s University takes away some top honors with being ranked as one of the top 13 online bachelor’s program and also the number five online graduate education program. If these high rankings are not impressive enough, St. John’s University also regularly appears in Princeton Review rankings and was included in the 2014 list of the Best 378 Colleges. For additional reference, St. John’s is notably accredited by Middle States, Sloan-C Consortium, and the New York State Department of Education.

Many sources of financial aid:

St. John’s provides its online students with substantial need and merit-based scholarships from its own funds as well as government supported financial aid. Most schools allow students to apply for some type of government supported financial aid, but actual aid to students can vary greatly and you can’t plan on receiving any certain amount. Since St. John’s is a private institution, it can provide more generous aid from its endowment sources. It’s often said that the most expensive schools are also the ones that offer the best financial aid, and this can certainly be considered the case with St. John’s University. Also, uniformed police officers may be interested to know that they are eligible to receive a special tuition discount.

Small, interactive online classes:

The online classes offered at St. John’s University have small enrollment numbers and are designed for maximum student engagement. Online courses are interactive and require that online students log on daily for attendance and participation. Course discussions take place on organized discussion board threads and input from every online student is required. The vast majority of the online courses are taught by St. John’s own faculty, who are experts in the fields they teach so you are sure to receive only high-quality instruction.

Accepts transfer credits and exams:

Transfer credits are accepted in several varieties at St. John’s University. Previous class credits from an accredited academic institution; credit by exam, such as AP or CLEP, and even life experience can all possibly be accepted for credit at St. John’s University. You need to specify in your initial application what types of credits you are seeking to transfer and have count towards your St. John’s degree. Additional paperwork is often necessary depending on the type of credit, and also keep in mind that only up to a certain number of credits usually are accepted in total.

The Bad

High-priced tuition:

Tuition costs for online students are consistently less expensive than the cost of tuition for on-campus students who attend the physical institution, but at St. John’s University you pay the same tuition rate as an online student that you would as a traditional on-campus student. The cost per credit hour at St. John’s is one of the very highest when compared to other top-rated online colleges. While the school’s name and reputation coupled with decent financial aid packages may help cut down the cost, the full sticker price may just be too high for some people.

Lacking some student services:

While St. John’s University has a long 143-year history as a physical university, it hasn’t necessarily caught up to modern times with its web-based and distance services for online students. For instance, the school doesn’t offer 24/7 tech support or other web support features. As an online student you’re expected to make contact with your academic advisor via phone or email, and there are no live-chat or Skype options currently available to prospective or enrolled online students.

The Details

General Information

  • Application Fee: $50 - $70
  • Location: NY
  • Region: Northeast
  • School Type: Private
  • Term Schedule: Semester

Number of Programs

  • Online Bachelor's: 3
  • Online Graduate Business: 3
  • Online Graduate Education: 3
  • Online Graduate Engineering: None
  • Online Graduate IT: None
  • Online Graduate Nursing: None

Tuition Rates (per credit)

  • Online Bachelor's (In-State): $1,215
  • Online Bachelor's (Out-of-State): $1,215
  • Online Doctorate (In-State): N/A
  • Online Doctorate (Out-of-State): N/A
  • Online Master's (In-State): $1100
  • Online Master's (Out-of-State): $1100
  • Online MBA (In-State): N/A
  • Online MBA (Out-of-State): N/A

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