- St. John’s College, a New York-based Catholic establishment, plans to shut its Staten Island campus on the finish of the spring 2024 time period, it introduced Friday.
- The college cited the truth that enrollment has fallen at that location for many years and stated the components contributing to the decline worsened with the coronavirus pandemic.
- St. John’s is not going to admit a first-year class to the Staten Island campus in fall 2023 and can develop a plan for present college students to finish their diploma packages. Its accreditor, the Center States Fee on Increased Schooling, should approve the plan.
Enrollment challenges have existed for small nonprofit faculties for a few years, however the unfold of the coronavirus exacerbated them. Financially strained establishments discovered themselves buffeted by vital enrollment declines and shedding key auxiliary income as campuses shut down briefly.
The consequence was a number of closures or consolidations attributed to the pandemic, together with Marymount California College, close to Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Artwork Institute. In each circumstances, the establishments had tried to merge with one other school, however the offers fell by.
St. John’s Staten Island presence dates to an identical time of stress on small faculties. The placement’s historical past goes again to Notre Dame Faculty of Staten Island, a ladies’s establishment, which merged into St. John’s, creating the department campus in 1971.
At St. John’s Staten Island campus, enrollment tumbled from 2,309 undergraduate and graduate college students in fall 2000 to 861 college students in fall 2021. An total decline in conventional college-age college students in Staten Island mirrors an identical sample within the Northeast, St. John’s stated. Enrollment at Ok-12 Catholic faculties in Staten Island decreased, and people college students had been a robust feeder into the campus.
“The choice to take this step adopted prayerful reflection and an intensive examination of historic and persevering with inhabitants tendencies,” a college assertion stated.
The college tried to reset Staten Island tuition within the 2015-16 tutorial 12 months as a strategy to probably stem the enrollment bleed, dropping it to only over $10,000.
It additionally phased out a program in 2021 by which it leased neighboring off-campus residences for college kids. Campus eating and busing providers have been additionally discontinued lately.
St. John’s stated it would create an endowed scholarship fund to help Staten Island residents who enroll at its foremost campus in Queens, the place it at the moment enrolls the majority of its 20,000 college students.
It additionally stated it hasn’t made teach-out plans with different establishments and can solely supply college students the choice to proceed their levels on the Queens campus.