St. John’s University – Staten Island Campus

St. John’s University is a Catholic University with its main campus in Queens, NY. They have a small, satellite campus on 16.5 acres in Staten Island, NY. The Staten Island campus is primarily made up of commuters, with 20% of students living on campus. Students wanting a small school with a small class experience might consider this campus. The average class size is only 15. Students often intern in Staten Island or Manhattan. The school provides students with a free laptop.

A unique program that the Staten Island campus offers is a three-year Bachelor’s degree including fourteen majors to choose from and a study abroad experience. Students in this program attend class for six fall/spring semesters and two summers.

Be aware that some St. John’s undergraduate majors are unavailable on Staten Island and that students, playing on one of the St. John’s Division I sports teams, should be on the Queens campus.

Greek life and community service are popular in Staten Island. There are over 40 clubs with club meetings typically take place during club hours, on Mondays and Thursdays between 1:50 and 3 PM. Students often go to New York City on the weekend; the school provides a shuttle to the Staten Island Ferry, which takes students into lower Manhattan. There are intramural teams on Staten Island and the fitness center is open seven days a week. St. John’s also provides a shuttle bus between their Queens and Staten Island campuses.

Staten Island students join the Queens students for study abroad and often study at the St. John’s campuses in Rome and Paris. Close to half the students will study abroad for at least two weeks.

Campus housing is adjacent to campus and consists of 83 apartments. Each apartment is a furnished, garden apartment with one or two bedrooms, a kitchen with refrigerator, microwave and stove, a bathroom and a dining/living room area. Three students share these apartments. A meal plan, wireless internet, and cable connection are provided. No alcohol is allowed in the apartments, even if the students are over 21. Students can have a car on campus in the freshman year. Daily mass is available.

If you attended the Staten Island campus of St. John’s University, what was your experience like?

Wagner College, Staten Island, NY

Are you looking for a small, private, residential New York City liberal arts college with small classes, a beautiful campus, Division 1 sports, Greek life and a great theatre program? If so, Wagner College may be for you. Located in Staten Island, the school has 1850 undergrads and eighty per cent of them live on the 105 acre campus all four years. The school provides an hourly shuttle to the Staten Island ferry which takes you to lower Manhattan, providing great internship, social and educational opportunities. There are plenty of opportunities for travel abroad (from 10 days to a semester), service learning, and internships.

If you walk onto the Wagner College campus and it looks familiar, it may be because you’ve seen the Main Hall portrayed in the movie School of Rock.

Wagner Plan: Wagner has a unique educational program, the Wagner Plan. As part of the Wagner Plan, every freshman is part of a Learning Community of a maximum of 28 students who take three linked courses which explore a theme or problem from different perspectives and includes learning through experiences outside of the campus. Students also take part in a Learning Community during the intermediate years, and in the senior year, in their major.

Majors: Popular Wagner College majors include biology, business, psychology, nursing, physician assistant, and theatre. An unusual major is arts administration.

Admission and Financial Aid: Accepted freshmen have an average GPA of 3.5 and an average SAT of 1720 (Wagner is test-optional) and 72% of students applying are accepted. The school offers need-based aid and merit aid (up to 24K per year).

What’s your experience with Wagner College?