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St. John's College

Santa Fe, NM


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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:

- Bookstore

- Campus computing

- Career services

- Integrative, holistic health and therapy services

- Library

- Parking

- Registrar

-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.

Idyllic Location

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.

Location & Contact

Address 1160 Camino Cruz Blanca
Santa Fe, NM  87505
United States
Contact Ms. Yvette Sobky Shaffer
Director of Admissions
Phone: 505-984-6060

Majors & Degrees

Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Admission Requirements
Required 2 recommendations
Required for some programs Other requirements may exist (see below)
Other requirements: Outline of curriculum for home-schooled applicants

Application Deadlines

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 % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 680 610 720
SAT Math 670 590 700
ACT Composite 27 24 30

Tuition & Fees

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Full-time student fees
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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 Employees

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Student Body

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Hispanic/Latino 12.81%
Black or African American 0.31%
White or Caucasian 53.13%
Asian 2.5%
Two or more races 6.25%
Other 2.19%


Male (55.63%)
Female (44.38%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Men-only housing
Women-only housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 87%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Dean's Opening Lecture, All-College Seminar and Reality

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Most popular organizations:
Student Government (Polity), Iron Bookworm Workout, Intramural sports, PiYo! and International Student Association

Campus Security & Safety

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Other Campus Security & Safety:
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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Archery Checkmark No No
Basketball Checkmark No No
Fencing Checkmark No No
Field Hockey Checkmark No No
Ice Hockey Checkmark No No
Rock Climbing Checkmark No No
Skiing (cross-country) Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark No No
Softball Checkmark No No
Squash Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark No No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark No No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark No No
Weight Lifting Checkmark No No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Archery Checkmark No No
Basketball Checkmark No No
Fencing Checkmark No No
Field Hockey Checkmark No No
Ice Hockey Checkmark No No
Rock Climbing Checkmark No No
Skiing (cross-country) Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark No No
Softball Checkmark No No
Squash Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark No No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark No No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark No No
Weight Lifting Checkmark No No


Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 40
Part-time - 8
Male - 35
Female - 13