St. John's College

St. John's College

Santa Fe, NM
student ratio
total students
$48,544 | $48,544
in-state | out-of-state tuition
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
Very 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.

Santa Fe, America's oldest capital city (c. 1610) has long been a destination for international travelers, as evidenced by the multicultural influences on local fine art, music, dining, and history. The natural beauty and eclectic, creative atmosphere have contributed to Santa Fe's stature as the third-largest art market in the U.S. Though the Western campus is just over a mile from historic downtown, the Santa Fe National Forest and the southern foothills of the Rockies come right down to the back door of the college, which has an elevation of 7,300 feet. Outdoor enthusiasts find nearly limitless opportunities, from skiing in the winter (only 20 minutes away) to rafting in the summer, while enjoying an annual 300 days of sunshine. Get a feel for what it's like to be in Santa Fe by checking out our student blog, The Johnnie Chair.

The 250-acre Santa Fe Campus was designed specifically to fulfill the needs of the St. John's College program. Meem Library's general collection consists of nearly 65,000 books in print in addition to sound recordings, videos, and both print and electronic periodicals. The Student Activity Center has a wide variety of outdoor equipment available to students (skis, tents, bicycles, etc.) as well as martial arts, yoga, and fitness classes. Students have direct access to the Santa Fe National Forest's Dale Ball Trail system from campus. The Fine Arts Building houses 24-hour practice rooms that are all outfitted with pianos, as well as separate dance and pottery studios. The Evans Science Lab has many well-equipped lab/seminar classrooms as well as a darkroom and a 3-D printing workshop. Monday and Thursday evenings after seminar the Evans Science Lab rooftop becomes a stargazing platform, allowing students to take advantage of the clear Western skies. Theatrical and musical performances take place in the Great Hall of the Peterson Student Center.

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

1160 Camino Cruz Blanca
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Ms.Yvette Sobky Shaffer

Director of Admissions

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

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Majors & Degrees

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


81% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied227
    • Accepted185
    • Acceptance Rate81%
    • Enrolled342
    • Female Applicants92
    • Females Accepted78
    • Female Acceptance Rate84%
    • Male Applicants135
    • Males Accepted107
    • Male Acceptance Rate79%
  • 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 Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Yes
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 677 620 750
    • SAT Math 644 590 700
    • SAT Writing 622 570 690
    • ACT Composite 27 23 30
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$48,544
    • Out-of-state tuition *$48,544
    • 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 *$10,890.00
    • 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 planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students342
    • Male Student Percentage57%
    • Female Student Percentage43%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino10%
    • Black or African American.88%
    • White or Caucasian61.47%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native%
    • Asian2.35%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more races6.76%
    • Unknown2.65%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout15.88% representing 16 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students91% 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 Faculty59
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage25%
    • Male Percentage75%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio9:1 or 395 students to 46 faculty




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