St. John's University (also known as 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 Bedford–Stuyvesant. 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 is organized into five undergraduate schools and six graduate schools. As of 2011, the university has a total of 15,720 undergraduate students and 5,634 graduate students. In 2011, St. John's was ranked as a Tier One university by U.S. World News' college rankings.
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