St. John's University, located in Queens, a borough of New York City, is one of the leading Catholic universities in the United States, The private, co-educational university offers affordable high-quality education, including academic study, service opportunities, professional training, and real-world experience to the community it serves. A Vincentian and metropolitan university, St. John’s was founded as St. John's College in 1870, by the Vincentian Fathers of the Roman Catholic Church. To reflect its growing educational scope, the school officially became St. John's University, Brooklyn, in 1933. When the university acquired a new campus in Queens, its name once again changed to St. John's University, New York, in 1954. Today, the university has evolved into an international institution with four campuses in New York and one in Rome. Bordered by the Union Turnpike to the north and Grand Central Parkway to the south, the Queens campus features stone buildings, while the Staten Island campus lies on the site of a 19th century estate. Both campuses provide park-like settings and are only a few minutes from vibrant downtown Manhattan. The Oakdale, Manhattan, and graduate center in Rome, Italy, are the other campuses under the St. John's University umbrella. Accredited by the State of New York Education Department and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, the university offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in a variety of programs, including more than 100 majors. The schools and colleges of the university are the St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Education, Peter J. Tobin College of Business, College of Pharmacy and Allied Health, College of Professional Studies, and School of Law. Online degree programs are conferred at St. John's Distance Learning Center. The Center for Teaching and Learning, Center for Psychological Services and Clinical Studies, Italian Cultural Center, Office of Grants and Sponsored Research, Speech and Hearing Center, University Gallery, and the Vincentian Center for Church and Society, are some of the facilities through which training programs, events, activities, and services are organized. The library system, one of the largest of its kind on the East Coast, contains more than 1.7 million volumes. In addition to the main library on the Queens campus, the system includes the Loretto Memorial Library, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Library, Benilde Library, Rome Campus Library, and Rittenberg Law Library.