St. John's College

Annapolis, Maryland

Santa Fe, New Mexico

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At A Glance:

SAT/ACT – Considered but not required
SAT Range – 1210-1430
ACT Range – 26-32
High School GPA – Recommended
Accepts Common App – Yes
Athletic Division – Independent
Athletic Conference – n/a

A Distinctive Liberal Arts College

St. John’s is the most distinctive liberal arts college in America.

The college is rigorously intellectual. Our students share a common curriculum centered on reading and discussing many of the greatest books of all time. Students learn from history’s most significant authors and artists: Plato, Austen, Bach, Einstein, Woolf, and Du Bois, to name a few. Instead of lectures and majors, all classes are discussion-based with 20 students or fewer exploring philosophy, literature, science, music, language, politics, and more. With a 7:1 student to faculty ratio, the college regularly ranks among the best for undergraduate teaching and student-faculty relationships.

Four years at St. John’s prepare you for anything, thanks to the depth and breadth of the learning. The careers of tomorrow call for exactly what St. John’s cultivates: self-driven inquiry and analysis, fearless examination of complex issues, interdisciplinary problem-solving, excellence in writing, and confidence in self-expression. Over 50% of Johnnies have an internship as a student. Over 70% of Johnnies attend graduate school, particularly in law, business, scientific research, and journalism, and the college is among the best for students receiving PhDs in the humanities and sciences.

The college community is intentionally small on campuses in Annapolis, Maryland, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Students are free to transfer between the campuses throughout their four years.

On the Annapolis campus, 500 students experience a historic college town along the Chesapeake Bay. Annapolis is close to Washington, DC, with dozens of nearby museums and cultural offerings. The college was founded here in 1696, making it the third oldest college in the United States, and students embrace long-held traditions such as waltz parties, intramural sports, and the famous annual croquet match against the Naval Academy. Popular student groups include musical ensembles, community service organizations, and the college’s theatrical troupe, King Williams Players.

The Santa Fe campus, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, is a one-minute walk to some of the best hiking, biking, and skiing in America. Santa Fe is also home to more than 250 art galleries, great food, and live music. Nearly 400 Johnnies embrace the stunning natural environment and rich cultural heritage of New Mexico while reading great books on the placita, hiking 12,000-foot mountains, sculpting in the pottery studio, or socializing in the student-run coffee shop. Popular student groups include the culinary club, musical groups, intercollegiate archery, and the gaming club.

The college has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other news outlets for the distinctiveness of the curriculum and the radical approach to college affordability. St. John’s recently lowered tuition to $35,000 and continues to provide substantial financial aid funded by alumni contributions to the $300 million capital campaign.

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