A Fierce, One-of-a-Kind Education.

St. John’s College is centered on reading and discussing the greatest books in history. With teachers such as Plato, Shakespeare, Euclid, Nietzsche, Einstein, Austen, and Du Bois, students at St. John's are original and unconventional, love big questions and discussion, and are excited to join a close-knit community of thinkers.


All students at St. John's explore our great books curriculum in interdisciplinary classes focused on philosophy, literature, politics, religion, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, music, history, Ancient Greek, French, and more. With a 7:1 student to faculty ratio, every class is a discussion led by one or two faculty members. The shared curriculum and rigorous classes unite students in a common intellectual endeavor that culminates 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. The college regularly ranks among the best for undergraduate teaching and student-faculty relationships.

Life in Santa Fe

Our Santa Fe campus rests in the foothills of the southern Rocky Mountains. Student dorms are a quick bike ride or walk to miles of trails, and Johnnies spend much of their free time hiking, biking, skiing, horseback riding, and more. At the base of the mountain sits downtown Santa Fe, home to more than 250 art galleries, a thriving Southwest cultural scene, and plenty of great food and live music. Since 1964, Johnnies have embraced the stunning natural environment and rich cultural heritage of New Mexico while reading Plato, Austen, and others on the placita, atop a mountain, or in the student-run coffee shop. On-campus organizations, too, are created and run by students, so offerings can fluctuate from year to year but commonly include student publications, sustainability and environmental clubs, theater and film clubs, and a variety of reading groups and social justice discussion groups. Music practice rooms, the dance studio, and the pottery studio are open to all students. Learn more about living in Santa Fe and student-run organizations.

Life in Annapolis

Situated just steps from the waterfront, our Annapolis campus has all the charm of a small town while being less than an hour away from Washington, DC. The historic campus, chartered in 1696 as King William's School, is one of the oldest in the nation, and students embrace long-held traditions such as waltz and swing dance parties, intramural sports, and the annual croquet match against the neighboring Naval Academy. The college’s intentionally small student body and interdisciplinary curriculum cultivate a close-knit community—conversations started in the classroom often spill onto the quad, into the dorms or the coffee shop, or wherever students and tutors gather. The arts, too, are at the heart of the campus culture, and many students participate in musical ensembles, choruses, and the college’s theatrical troupe, the King Williams Players, while others make the most of nearby museums and cultural offerings. Learn more about living in Annapolis and student-run organizations.

Application and Deadline Information

At St. John's, we do things a little differently. The Admissions Committee comprises both admissions officers and faculty. And although we do consider traditional factors, such as your academic record and letters of recommendation, the most important piece is our supplemental essay. Learn more about applying to St. John's.

Decision Type Deadline Decisions Returned
Early Decision November 1 December 1
Early Action November 15 December 15
Regular Decision   January 15 February 15
Rolling Admission (Fall) July 27

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Rolling Admission (Spring)  January 10 Within 2-3 weeks

Required Materials

*For most applicants, test scores are optional. Applicants who will not earn high school diplomas or are home schooled must submit the results of the SAT or ACT. Most international students must submit the results of the SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE; international students who are currently educated in English may choose an interview instead of submitting testing. 

Financial Aid

St. John’s is committed to making college affordable for all students seeking a Great Books education. We have one of the most affordable tuitions of any top liberal arts college in the United States—$35,000 for the 2021-22 academic year—and also provide generous need-based financial aid and merit scholarships to further reduce costs. Our financial aid process breaks the mold because it’s friendly, transparent, and honest.

We understand that everyone’s financial situation is different. As a result, we give you personal attention and individualize the process. Don’t hesitate to contact the Financial Aid Office with questions or concerns.

Santa Fe Financial Aid Annapolis Financial Aid
505-984-6058 410-626-2502
santafe.financialaid@sjc.edu annapolis.financialaid@sjc.edu

Additional Information

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