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

Student Life List

Total Enrollment live On Campus Description
400 83% St. John's College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 326, with a gender distribution of 56 percent male students and 44 percent female students. At this school, 83 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated or -affiliated housing and 17 percent of students live off campus.

Student Body

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Total enrollment 400
Total undergraduate enrollment 326
Total graduate enrollment 74
Enrolled students who are veterans or active service members 0.6%

Degree-seeking student gender distribution

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Degree-seeking men 56.4%


Students living on- and off-campus

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Students who live in college-owned, operated or affiliated housing 83%
Students who live off-campus 17%

Types of campus housing available

coed dorms (42%)
women's dorms (8%)
men's dorms (23%)
apartments for married students (0%)
apartment for single students (7%)
special housing for disabled students (0%)
wellness housing (20%)
other housing options (0%)


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Collegiate athletic association N/A

Clubs & Organizations

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Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Air Force ROTC Not offered
Army ROTC Not offered
Navy ROTC Not offered