St. John's College

St. John's College has one purpose, one curriculum, and one distinctive identity. The college is centered on reading and discussing the great books of Western civilization across the spectrum of human thought. Alongside names such as Plato, Shakespeare, Euclid, Nietzsche, Einstein, and Austen, students wrestle with ideas in interdisciplinary classes of 20 students or fewer. Every class is a discussion led by one or two faculty members. Students call themselves Johnnies, and they are original and unconventional, love big questions and discussion, and are excited to join an intellectual community of thinkers. The shared curriculum unites Johnnies in a common endeavor, and it includes books focused on philosophy, literature, psychology, political science, religion, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, music, history, ancient Greek, French, and more, spread across four years of study. During junior and senior year, students also take elective classes where they focus on a book or an idea, and these culminate in a major piece of writing called the senior essay. Instead of choosing a major, all students graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts.Over 70% of Johnnies attend graduate school, and the college is among the top for the percentage of students receiving PhDs in the humanities and sciences. Well-known alumni include Francis Scott Key, author of the Star Spangled Banner, Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records, Lydia Polgreen, editor of the Huffington Post, and Ben Sasse, United States Senator from Nebraska. St. John's is one college on two campuses--one in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the other in Annapolis, Maryland, both of which are ranked among the best college towns in America. Students are free to transfer between the two campuses. In Santa Fe, Johnnies immerse themselves in southwestern culture, the outdoors, and the country's most vibrant art scene. During their junior year, students can study abroad in Aix-en-Provence in southern France. St. John's is the third oldest college in the United States, founded in 1696.

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School Details

school_type year_founded religious_affiliation academic_calendar year_2016_endowment address telephone
Private, Coed 1696 N/A Semester $56.8 million + 1160 Camino Cruz Blanca, Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 984-6060
overall score total score state city online paying global
61 100.0 New Mexico Santa Fe 229
Key Value
ID 273
Tuition $52,320 (2017-18)
Room and Board $11,486 (2017-18)
Total Enrollment 400
Application Deadline rolling
Application Fee N/A
Acceptance Rate 63%
Description When applying to St. John's College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is Jan. 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due Aug. 1. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 63 percent and an early acceptance rate of 92.7 percent.


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Application deadline rolling
Early decision deadline N/A
Application fee N/A
Common Application accepted Yes
Deadline for housing deposit June 15


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Admission interview Recommended
Required standardized tests Either SAT or ACT required for some
SAT/ACT scores must be received by Aug. 1

Entering Class Stats

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Selectivity More selective
Fall 2016 acceptance rate 63%
Early decision acceptance rate N/A

Transfer Students

Title Value
Accepting applications Fall, Spring
Minimum credits to apply No
Minimum required college GPA N/A
Has guaranteed admission agreement with at least one other institution No
Guaranteed admission agreement URL N/A

International Students

Title Value
Separate application form required No
Conditional admission offered No
Early decision or early action options available Early action only
TOEFL (paper) Required of some
TOEFL (internet-based) Required of some
Michigan Test N/A
IELTS Required of some
SAT Required of some
SAT Subject N/A
ACT Required of some
Advance deposit required Yes
TOEFL accepted instead of SAT or ACT Yes
International student contact Randall Hollensbe, Director of International Recruitment, (505) 984-6060,