St. John's College

St. John's College

Santa Fe, NM
student ratio
total students
$11,000 | $11,000
in-state | out-of-state tuition
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fall application deadline
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acceptance rate


Dedicated to Liberal Education

The St. John's College Graduate Institute offers two Masters Programs that bring students into contact with some of the most influential thoughts in recorded history. Students analyze original texts in depth with the support of faculty members, called tutors, who guide discussion-based classes. Careful reading, engaged conversation, and thoughtful writing are emphasized most. This program of study is based on the belief that the study of great books brings students into genuine contact with the ideas that have shaped our civilization. Because texts are addressed on their own terms, commentaries or popular interpretations are put aside and the student is invited to view the work afresh and develop their own understanding of these significant moments in the history of ideas. St. John's College is a small, non-denominational liberal arts college - one college with two campuses located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Annapolis, Maryland.

Structure of the Program

Classes in the Graduate Institute are kept small, typically between 9 and 17 students, to facilitate a well-balanced discussion. Faculty are readily available and have varied academic backgrounds. Classes are held in the evenings so that graduate students are free to pursue part-time employment if needed. All classes are discussion-based, held around a table and begun when the tutor asks an opening question. The students try to address the question critically, drawing on evidence within the text.

Across these discussion-based classes, a distinction is made between 'seminars' and 'tutorials'; seminar classes read a wide range of texts, gaining a sense of progression and context between multiple works, while tutorial classes set a more relaxed pace and cover fewer texts. In addition, students are invited to select their 'preceptorial' class from a list provided by faculty members each semester.

Because rigorous reasoning is the skill most emphasized, the college believes that a well-articulated and considered exploratory essay is the most useful measure of a semester; these papers replace traditional end-of-semester exams. Students receive feedback by examining their papers with their tutors in oral exams.

The Master of Arts in Liberal Arts

The MALA program consists of five segments: Politics & Society, Philosophy & Theology, Literature, Mathematics & Natural Science, and History. The MALA Program explores significant works in the Western intellectual tradition, whether the vehicle for those thoughts was a philosophical treatise, literary work, mathematical proof, or scientific paper. Students must complete four of the five segments to earn a Master of Arts degree. A number of options provide flexibility for students: they may begin the program in the fall, spring, or summer term, may take the segments in a number of different sequences and may take time off between segments. Students also have the option to transfer to the Annapolis campus for one or more segments.

The Master of Arts in Eastern Classics

The MAEC Program allows students to pursue answers to fundamental questions raised by notable thinkers in the rich traditions of China, India and Japan. Over the course of three consecutive semesters, students discuss theological, philosophical and literary works. The MAEC's language tutorial gives students a choice of studying either Sanskrit or Classical Chinese, in the hope of deepening their understanding of translated works by opening a window into the original language.

Financial Assistance for Graduate Students

Financial aid at St. John's College is need-based, with grants generally covering up to one-half the cost of tuition for those who qualify. Students are also able to take out any necessary loans through the Stafford Loan program. While current students come from all walks of life, the Graduate Institute was originally designed particularly for teachers and seeks to preserve a significant commitment to their education. The Institute therefore offers special consideration for teachers in regards to financial aid.

Student Life at St. John's College, Santa Fe

St. John's provides the resources to pursue a wide variety of interests and leisure activities. The Fine Arts Building includes art, dance and ceramic studios, 24-hour soundproofed practice rooms, and instruments and supplies available to students. The science building is home to a darkroom for students interested in photography. Multiple student theater productions go up in a semester, and the proximity of the world-class Santa Fe Opera House and Lensic Theatre gives students plenty of opportunities to engage with the fine and performing arts. St. John's is located within walking distance of Canyon Road, an historical hub of one of the largest art markets in the world. Active study groups are available in off-program topics of interest ranging from the Russian language to the culinary arts. The fully-equipped gym, soccer field, tennis and racquetball courts offer a space for recreational sports, and the rugged landscape of the Southwest provides plenty of hiking, biking, skiing, rock climbing and kayaking for the outdoor-inclined.

History and Facts

Charted in 1784, St. John's College is the third oldest academic institution in the United States. The New Program, on which the current curriculum is based, was launched in 1938, and the Santa Fe campus opened in 1964. St. John's is a co-educational liberal arts school with no religious affiliation.

Location & Contact

St. John's College

1160 Camino Cruz Blanca
Santa Fe, NM 87505
United States

Mr. Jean-Paul Ruch

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Colleges, Departments, and Programs

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$11,000
    • Out-of-state tuition *$11,000
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students102
    • Female Percentage39%
    • Male Percentage61%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students102
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / LatinoNot Reported
    • Black / African AmericanNot Reported
    • White / CaucasianNot Reported
    • American Indian / Alaskan NativeNot Reported
    • AsianNot Reported
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • UnknownNot Reported


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty29
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage28%
    • Male Percentage72%



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