St. John's College

St. John's College

Annapolis, MD
student ratio
total students
$0 | $0
in-state | out-of-state tuition
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
Moderately Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
sat math
sat reading
sat writing
act composite


The College

In a world which is being rapidly reshaped by technological and geoeconomic forces, St. John's College calls for students to confront, analyze, debate, and interpret the enduring intellectual and artistic innovations of human history - studying great ideas with brilliant peers and faculty members by diving into the original texts - and graduating as nimble thinkers, lucid communicators, discerning listeners, confident team players, and proven possessors of the key abilities demanded by our dynamic, competitive, and uncertain age.

Across a wide-ranging curriculum, students read and discuss foundational works of Western philosophy, literature, history, political science, theology, economics, music, mathematics, and the laboratory sciences. Students forgo lecture- and exam-based classes and instead attend small (14 to 20 students) discussion-based classes supplemented by written essays and oral examinations. St. John's College has no political or religious affiliations.

Academic Overview

St. John's College recognizes the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to education. The program's structure, rather than making distinctions between sciences and humanities, encourages students to see the interrelatedness of modes of human thought. Thus, all students participate in a mostly chronological four-year curriculum composed of subject-specific classes (language, mathematics, laboratory, music) and seminar. All graduates earn a Bachelor of Arts in the liberal arts degree.


Originally founded as King William's School in 1696, St. John's College was chartered in Annapolis, Maryland in 1784. The current academic program was introduced in 1937, transforming St. John's from a formerly undistinguished liberal arts college to a world leader in education. In 1964, a second campus was opened in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Due to the shared curriculum, students can transfer between St. John's College East and St. John's College West without sacrificing any time toward graduation, quality of instruction, or any other benefits of the institution. More than a third of students spend at least one year on each campus.

Both campuses are small, intentional communities of learning; in fall 2013 Annapolis' enrollment was 450 undergraduates and Santa Fe's was 400 undergraduates. Because everyone is engaged in the very same studies, any freshman, from the moment of arrival, can converse with any student or faculty member about anything on the curriculum.

Nestled between the Chesapeake Bay and the U.S. Naval Academy in the historic district of "America's Sailing Capital," the Annapolis campus boasts both Colonial charm and the cosmopolitan allure of a major metropolitan area. Annapolis is Maryland's capital, a lively and historic seaside town filled with legislators, sailors, artists, Midshipmen, and fellow Johnnies. The town offers an eclectic variety of restaurants, shops, museums, art galleries, and intimate venues for live music and theatre, most of which are locally owned. The Eastern campus is located within 30 miles of both Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.

The 36-acre Annapolis campus houses a diverse array of facilities for use by members of the College community. Greenfield Library's holdings include a general collection consisting of nearly 112,000 books, sound recordings, videos, and print and electronic periodicals. St. John's maintains both an observatory and a planetarium on campus for use in conjunction with the laboratory and mathematics tutorials; in addition, regular, informal stargazing sessions are held after seminar on Monday and Thursday evenings. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums in 2012, the Elizabeth Myers Mitchell Gallery attracts over 10,000 visitors to the Annapolis campus each year for a variety of exhibits. Students create and practice art in an open pottery studio, woodshop, darkroom, dance studio, and music practice rooms. Performances are held in the Great Hall and Francis Scott Key Auditorium. Get a feel for what it's like to be in Annapolis by checking out our student blog, Johnnie Talk.

Admission Requirements

Because the College seeks students who are academically prepared and sincerely desire to join its community, St. John's does not rely exclusively on the traditional measures of academic ability in making admissions decisions. St. John's College accepts the Common Application with supplemental essay questions that ask applicants to reflect upon their educational background, goals, and interest in the college. Though essays are the most heavily weighted part of the application, the admissions committees - made up of several faculty members and the Director of Admissions on each campus - also consider the rigor of each applicant's secondary school record as well as two letters of recommendation. Standardized test scores are optional for most applicants but may prove helpful. Successful applicants generally have a solid college-preparatory background including 3-4 years of mathematics, 2-3 years of a foreign language, and 3 years of laboratory science. However, there are no minimums for grades or test scores; both may be made irrelevant by the substance of an applicant's essays and letters of recommendation. Interviews and campus visits are both strongly encouraged. Students who are unable to visit campus are invited to interview with admissions officers on the road, or via Skype or telephone. There is no application fee.

Financial Aid

The College's financial aid program both rewards academic merit and recognizes demonstrated financial need. All applicants for admission are automatically considered for merit scholarships and all students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are considered for need-based financial aid. The Financial Offices tailor each package to the student's individual circumstances with a combination of college-funded scholarships and need-based grants, low-interest student loans, and work-study opportunities. St. John's College is committed to making its education accessible to as many families as possible; more than 80 percent of undergraduates receive merit- and/or need-based financial aid.

Summer Academy

The St. John's College Summer Academy offers rising high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to experience the distinctive community of St. John's College through an immersive, week-long course of study based upon a specific intellectual theme. In courses taught by St. John's faculty, students delve into a diverse collection of primary texts and engage in stimulating discussions chosen to highlight questions central to the human mind and spirit. With exciting classroom activities and numerous off-campus group excursions, the Summer Academy program also provides fun opportunities to build friendships with like-minded peers both in and out of the classroom.

Location & Contact

60 College Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21404

Mr.Thomas Weede

Director of Admissions

Phone: 410-626-2522
Fax: 410-269-7916

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


86% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied345
    • Accepted299
    • Acceptance Rate86%
    • Enrolled426
    • Female Applicants163
    • Females Accepted145
    • Female Acceptance Rate88%
    • Male Applicants182
    • Males Accepted154
    • Male Acceptance Rate84%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some Home-schooled applicants must submit a GED or its equivalent, or the results of the SAT or ACT. They should also submit an outline of the curriculum they have followed, with brief descriptions of the course content and texts used
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Not Reported
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 692 640 750
    • SAT Math 627 560 690
    • SAT Writing 656 610 700
    • ACT Composite 39 28 32
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$0
    • Out-of-state tuition *$0
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$450.00
    • Room and board *$11,270.00
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planYes
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students426
    • Male Student Percentage55%
    • Female Student Percentage45%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino5.4%
    • Black or African American1.41%
    • White or Caucasian75.82%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.23%
    • Asian2.82%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more races3.05%
    • Unknown1.17%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout10.09% representing 18 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students81% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 80%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station No
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations No
    • Most popular organizations King William's Players (drama), Reality (social), Delegate Council (student government), Waltz (social), Student Committee on Instruction (advisory)
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Personal Whistle Safety Program; Operation ID (Identification of Valuables)


Member of the: United States Collegiate Athletic Association
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Basketball Yes No No
    • Crew No Division C No
    • Fencing Yes Division C No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Sailing Yes Division C No
    • Soccer Yes No No
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Weight Lifting Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Basketball Yes No No
    • Crew No Division C No
    • Fencing Yes Division C No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Sailing Yes Division C No
    • Soccer Yes No No
    • Swimming Yes No No
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Track Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Weight Lifting Yes No No


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty78
    • Full-time Percentage90%
    • Part-time Percentage10%
    • Female Percentage31%
    • Male Percentage69%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio7:1 or 475 students to 73 faculty




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