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St. John's College

  • Santa Fe, NM
  • Private
  • Suburban
  • 46%54%
    student ratio
  • 339
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Not Reported
    fall application deadline
  • 82%
    acceptance rate
  • Very Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • Not

    sat math
  • Not

    sat reading
  • Not

    sat writing
  • Not

    act composite


The Great Books Program

St. John's College has a radical academic program based on a reading list of great books of the Western tradition, including not only many works that would be classified as humanities, but also original writings in natural science and mathematics. The curriculum includes 4 years of mathematics, 3 years of laboratory science, 1 year of music theory, 4 years of language (2 of ancient Greek and 2 of French), and 4 years of seminar, the class considered the heart of the program, where the great works of philosophy, literature, theology, political theory, history, and social science are read by the students.

The seminar reading list begins in the freshman year with the Greeks (Homer, the historians, the playwrights, and the philosophers); continues in the sophomore year with the Romans, the Bible, and writers up to the Renaissance; takes a leap into modernity with the Enlightenment in the junior year; and makes it into the 19th and 20th centuries in the senior year.

The great books in the Western canon are not revered at St. John's. They are questioned, examined, taken to task, and not infrequently lampooned with gusto. Sustained engagement with the great books -- ancient, medieval, and modern -- leads not to a rigid, antiquated world view, but instead to flexibility, freedom, and a heightened ability to recognize sophistry and the many guises of weak thinking.

Discussion-Based Learning

All classes at St. John's College are conducted as conversations. Every classroom has a large table around which the students and the faculty members sit. Preparation for classes involves reading original texts, sometimes translating those texts from the original languages, mastering mathematical proofs, and coming to the table ready to participate in an open and inquisitive discussion. Classroom conversations range from detailed considerations of mathematics and language to big-picture odysseys through philosophy, natural science, theology, political theory, and literature.

In this discussion-based setting, students learn to take responsibility for their own learning. They develop robust and subtle skills of analysis, reasoning, speaking, listening, and writing. They collaborate, and come to consider collaboration and cooperation in learning to be essential elements for constructive progress. They do not depend upon the faculty members for exposition, enlightenment, or advice about what the important issues might be, learning instead to explore with ready reason and unfettered imagination.

Careful and accurate listening, deft use of language, patience as well as eloquence, and an indefatigable devotion to clarity are all necessary around the table. The classroom experience at St. John's is based on mutual respect, civility, and a common desire to have great conversations about important things.

Integrated Community Life

Students are drawn to St. John's seeking a top-of-the-line liberal education; when they join the campus community they find not only an exceptional academic experience but a rich and coherent campus environment. The college has the luxury of being small enough that the individuals on each campus can function as a community rather than a conglomeration, and while the academic program serves to unite the community with a single purpose, life on campus is balanced between study and play, between the social and the solitary, between purpose and leisure, between the mundane and the eternal.

Above all, community life at St. John's is inclusive. Sports teams, for example, are open to all who want to play, and it's not uncommon for an experienced player pass the ball to a beginner, even in a game that counts. Students pursue their outside interests -- music, theater, publications, religion, politics, government, community service, athletics, dance, art, etc. -- in a spectrum of clubs and groups, and enjoy 2 remarkable environments: Annapolis, Maryland, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The Annapolis campus is eastern, about 40 feet above sea level, on a mostly level 36-acre piece of land in the center of the beautiful historic district of the state capital, with green lawns and colonial red brick buildings; the Santa Fe campus is southwestern, about 7300 feet above sea level, on a mostly hilly 250-acre piece of land several miles from the beautiful historic district of the state capital, with territorial style buildings and magnificent mountain vistas. Annapolis is in the close-to-everything mid-Atlantic world, with Baltimore and Washington DC nearby, bringing big city benefits to a small town; while Santa Fe offers a world-class music and arts scene in a splendid high-desert environment that calls students outdoor to ski, hike, raft, and breathe some of the sweetest air in the world. Students have the option to transfer between the 2 campuses from year to year, so there's time to enjoy both locations.

Location & Contact

St. John's College

1160 Camino Cruz Blanca
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Mr.Larry Clendenin

Director of Admissions

Phone: 505-984-6060
Fax: 505-984-6162

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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.
    • General Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences and Humanities Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


82% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied205
    • Accepted169
    • Acceptance Rate82%
    • Enrolled339
    • Female Applicants98
    • Females Accepted86
    • Female Acceptance Rate87%
    • Male Applicants107
    • Males Accepted83
    • Male Acceptance Rate77%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some Interview
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • 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 570 730
    • SAT Math 590 720
    • SAT Writing 580 680
    • ACT Composite 22 33
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student feesNot Reported
    • Room and board *Not Reported
    • 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 Students339
    • Male Student Percentage54%
    • Female Student Percentage46%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino10.62%
    • Black or African American.88%
    • White or Caucasian59%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.59%
    • Asian2.95%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more races7.08%
    • Unknown3.54%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International BreakoutNot Reported
    • Out-of-state Students92% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing, Special housing for disabled, Male-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 84%
  • 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 No
  • 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 Iron Bookworm Workout, Chrysostomos (Theater), Jazz Dance, Student Government/Student Committee on Instruction, intramural sports
  • 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 Not Reported


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty58
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage29%
    • Male Percentage71%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio9:1 or 411 students to 43 faculty



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