Excellence in Liberal Arts Education at St. John's College - Santa Fe, New Mexico
St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico (NM) cultivates students' intellect and stimulates their imagination. It has one undergraduate program: the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts. This rigorous interdisciplinary program provides liberal arts education focused on the study of great books like "Don Quixote," "Descartes' 'Meditations'," "Aristotle's `Physics," and "The Brothers Karamazov."
Inquisitive and enthusiastic students from all 50 states and 20 countries learn and grow in a vibrant and welcoming community. They participate in small, discussion-based classes where faculty members demonstrate commitment to discovery and promote learning across several disciplines.
The college, which has no religious affiliation, has accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It is a member of Colleges that Change Lives, a non-profit organization that supports students (and their families) in the student-centered college search process, helping each student select a college that promotes a lifelong love of learning and excellent educations which rival, if not exceed, the ivy leagues. It also has a campus in Annapolis, Maryland that students can transfer to or complete a year of their studies.
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Liberal Arts
The BA in Liberal Arts program focuses on the humanities, mathematics, and sciences. It involves reading and discussing influential books concerning western civilization. This approach enables students to thoroughly reflect on the material and to form ideas and raise questions of their own. They develop active and strong critical thinking, writing, and speaking skills. The program has the following components:
- Seminars (four years): Seminars cover major works about economics, history, literature, philosophy, political theory, psychology, and theology.
- Mathematics (four years): Mathematics tutorials focus on the purpose of math as well as logic, mathematical objects, and proofs. It covers geometry, astronomy, algebra, calculus, and relativity.
- Language (four years): Language tutorials emphasize translations skills and allow students to explore Ancient Greek in the first two years and modern French in the last two years.
- Laboratory (three years): Laboratories include experiments and observations based on the original scientists' research in atomic theory, biology, chemistry, and physics.
- Music (two years): Music tutorials involve singing in the Freshman Chorus as well as studying music theory and analyzing works of musical literature in the sophomore year.
Valuable Financial Assistance
St. John's College - Santa Fe, NM is committed to helping students finance their education. It provides financial aid packages tailored to each student's circumstances. Resources include college-funded scholarships, federal loans, federal work study jobs, and need-based grants.
Abundant Career Choices
Students graduate with the creativity; interdisciplinary knowledge; critical thinking skills; and interpersonal abilities (including communication, collaboration, decision-making, and problem-solving skills) to excel in a wide-range of careers.
From authors to winemakers, doctors to astrophysicists, the college's alumni are successful professionals and leaders throughout the world.
Fulfilling Student Life
St. John's students are members of a vibrant community that makes it possible for them to create full lives. They can participate in a variety of clubs and organizations including "The Moon," a student-run newspaper; Chrysostomos, a theater group; Ballroom and Blues, a dance club; and Student Polity, a student government organization. Additionally, they can engage in community service through Project Politae or volunteer at community organizations throughout Santa Fe.
Students also enjoy a variety of campus events like concerts, parties, picnics, open mic nights, movies, and game nights. Most of them live on campus, which is situated in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, so they have easy access to outdoor activities like backpacking, rock climbing, rafting, and skiing. Additional physical fitness activities include racquetball/squash, exercising, weight training, basketball, soccer, volleyball, fitness classes, fencing, martial arts, yoga, Tai Chi, and intramural sports.
The college also provides the following support services:
- Campus computing
- Career services
- Integrative, holistic health and therapy services
-World-class gym and activities center
Dedicated Faculty Members
Faculty members at St. John's College - Santa Fe, NM are dedicated to helping students broaden their intellects and achieve their academic goals. They are life-long learners who bring knowledge and open-mindedness to their classes, which range in size from 12 to 19 students. They listen, ask questions, and help students formulate their ideas. The student-teacher ratio is 8:1.
Faculty members include Dr. Philip Bartok, Dr. Guillermo Bleichmar, Dr. David Bolotin, Dr. Michael D. Bybee, and Dr. Natalie Elliot.
Distinctive Graduate Programs
Through its Graduate Institute, St. John's College - Santa Fe, NM offers two Master of Arts (MA) programs: the MA in Liberal Arts and MA in Eastern Classics.
These programs are ideal for individuals with diverse cultural and educational backgrounds, professions, and career interests.
Situated 7,300 feet above sea level, St. John's College's 250-acre Santa Fe campus is just a short distance from downtown Santa Fe. Its ideal location gives students easy access to the tranquility of nature and the culture of the city.
Santa Fe is one of the most exciting cities in the southwestern region of the United States. It is a world-renowned artistic and cultural hub and the entryway to the Southern Rocky Mountains. This historic city has world-class museums, hundreds of galleries, live music venues, eclectic restaurants, and a variety of shopping venues. It is also home to several conservation organizations and research facilities.
Majors & Degrees
|Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities||Associate||Bachelors|
|Liberal Arts And Sciences/liberal Studies|
|Type||Application Closing||Notification Date||Rolling Admissions|
|Fall freshmen||Not reported||Not reported||Yes|
|Other early decision plan||November 15th||December 15th|
|Transfer||Not reported||Not reported||Yes|
Test Scores Accepted
|Test||Avg. Score||25th %||75th %|
|SAT Critical Reading||680||610||720|
Tuition & Fees
Other Payment Considerations
|Guaranteed tuition plan offered||No|
|Tuition pre-payment plan||No|
|Tuition payment plans offered||Yes|
|Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition||
|Black or African American||0.31%|
|White or Caucasian||53.13%|
|Two or more races||6.25%|
Freshman car parking
|% of undergrad students who live in college housing||87%|
Dean's Opening Lecture, All-College Seminar and Reality
Student Government (Polity), Iron Bookworm Workout, Intramural sports, PiYo! and International Student Association
Crime Prevention Education and Awareness
|Swimming And Diving||No||No|
|Swimming And Diving||No||No|