About St. John's College
Quick Facts about St. John's College
FOUNDED: The college was founded in Annapolis, Maryland in 1696 as King William's School and chartered in 1784 as St. John's College. A second campus was opened in 1964 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. St. John's is a four-year, coeducational, liberal arts college with no religious affiliation.
CURRICULUM: Integrated liberal arts and sciences program based on reading and discussing great works from across the spectrum of Western thought. All classes are conducted seminar-style. By engaging in these small seminar classes, St. John’s students learn skills of critical analysis and cooperative inquiry. Students also refine their ability to think, write, and speak across all disciplines by writing substantial annual essays and defending them in oral examinations. All undergraduates follow the same course of study:
- Mathematics: 4 years – Beginning with Euclid and Ptolemy in the freshman year and ending with Lobachevski and Einstein in the senior year, the mathematics tutorials take a reflective approach, focusing on proofs, logic, the nature of mathematical objects, and what it is we are doing when we do math. Throughout the four years, students move from geometry and astronomy, to algebra, calculus, and relativity.
- Language: 4 years – Freshmen and sophomores study Ancient Greek, while upperclassmen study modern French. The aim is not to acquire fluent speaking abilities but subtle and robust translation skills. In addition to refining their touch with Greek and French, students read English poetry and prose, towards a study of language itself.
- Laboratory: 3 years – Bench work and observations driven by the work of the original scientists lead to conversations about natural phenomena and what can be known about the physical world. Throughout the four years, students cover biology, chemistry, atomic theory, and physics.
- Music: 2 years – Freshmen sing together in the Freshman Chorus, laying the groundwork for the exploration of the phenomena of music in the sophomore year, through a close study of musical theory and analysis of works of musical literature.
- Seminar: 4 years – Seminar is considered the heart of the Program. It is in seminar that students participate in far-reaching, free, and yet carefully disciplined conversations about the great works of literature, philosophy, political theory, theology, history, economics, psychology, etc., from Homer and the Greek historians, playwrights, and philosophers in the freshman year; through about the Renaissance in the sophomore year, into the Enlightenment as juniors, and finally into Modernity in the senior year.
WHY ST. JOHN’S? While a St. John’s education does not train students for specific careers, students gain valuable—and marketable—skills. Before graduation, many participate in internships, from medical research to teaching to the arts. And through their studies they acquire powerful analytical, communication, and problem-solving abilities that enable them to continue learning, questioning, challenging, and adapting throughout their lives, giving them the foundations needed to excel in many different professions. In the course of their careers, nearly 70 percent of St. John’s graduates pursue advanced education.
DEGREE GRANTED (undergraduate): Bachelor of Arts. All BAs granted by the college are in Liberal Arts, with no major, because of the all-required curriculum. Students do not major in a specific field, but if analyzed the accumulation of courses and credits would correspond to a double major in history of mathematics and science/philosophy (ethics, metaphysics, and political theory). Minors would correspond to classical studies and comparative literature.
FACULTY-STUDENT RATIO: 1 to 8
CLASS SIZE: Seminars have between 17 to 21 students, led by two faculty members. Tutorials (mathematics, language, and music) and laboratory sessions usually have 12 to 16 students, led by one faculty member.
ACCREDITATION AND LICENSURE:
St. John’s is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, www.msche.org; by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, www.ncahlc.org; and by the American Academy for Liberal Education, www.aale.org. St. John’s College in Santa Fe has State approval by New Mexico Higher Education Department www.hed.state.nm.us.
Students or prospective students who wish to view St. John’s College accreditation and State approval documentation may do so by contacting the President’s office and making an appointment.
Students or prospective students who wish to file a complaint related to accreditation and State approval may submit a formal complaint to Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools on their website: www.msche.org.
Students or prospective students who have filed a complaint with St. John’s College, using the procedures stated in the student handbook, but have been unable to resolve the complaint at the institutional level may submit a complaint to the appropriate St. John’s College state approval entity:
-Annapolis, Maryland Campus: Maryland Higher Education Commission
-Santa Fe, New Mexico Campus: New Mexico Higher Education Department
LIBRARY FACILITIES: The libraries in Annapolis and Santa Fe contain over 100,000 and 60,000 volumes respectively. Each library houses a number of special collections, and each campus has a music library.
LOCATIONS: The 36-acre Annapolis campus is in the heart of the historic capital of Maryland, near the Chesapeake Bay. Annapolis is within one hour's drive of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. The 250-acre Santa Fe campus offers both spectacular scenery and the cultural attractions of the Southwest. Nestled at 7,300 feet above sea level in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Santa Fe is the nation’s oldest capital city and combines Hispanic, Native American, and Anglo cultures. The nearest metro area to Santa Fe is Albuquerque.
Nearest Metro Area: Washington, D.C. (32 Miles) Baltimore (27 miles)
- Santa Fe
Nearest Metro Area: Albuquerque (57 miles)
STUDENT ENROLLMENT (undergraduate): Each campus strives to keep student population at 450-475 students. The Santa Fe campus has about 375 undergraduates; there are about 475 in Annapolis. Students come from all 50 states and about 20 different foreign countries. The freshman classes usually represent 30 to 35 states and several foreign countries. Minority representation is about 10% college-wide. The ratio of men to women is about 10 to 9.
SECOND CAMPUS OPTION: Any student in good academic standing may apply for transfer to the other campus for the upcoming academic year. They must notify the Registrar’s Office of their intention to transfer by the third Monday in February of the previous year. Those students who wish to apply for financial aid must also file their new financial aid forms by March 1. All intercampus transfers must be approved by the deans of both campuses and may be restricted by limitations in various campus resources, such as available space and staffing.
RECREATION AND STUDENT LIFE: Both campuses offer extensive intramural sports programs and extracurricular art courses. Each campus has soundproof music practice rooms, an art gallery, and a music library. Major clubs and activities include musical ensembles, student intramurals, special interest groups, student government, a newspaper, a literary magazine, extracurricular study groups, religious groups, a committee dedicated to supporting and critiquing the academic program, and opportunities for community service. The Annapolis campus has easy access to boating, sailing, and crew, while the Santa Fe campus offers martial arts, yoga, skiing, rafting, and rock climbing.
RESIDENCE HALLS (undergraduate): Annapolis students live in eight dormitories: six historic buildings are arranged around a central quad; two modern dormitories face College Creek. Santa Fe dormitories are small modern units, clustered around central courtyards. About 82 percent of the students live on campus. Freshmen are guaranteed a room on campus. Dormitories are coed by floor. There are no fraternities or sororities.
ADMISSIONS (undergraduate): Applicants are expected to have pursued a college preparatory course of study, including substantial sequences in mathematics, foreign languages, and the physical sciences. Requirements include a short set of reflective essays, two letters of recommendation, and transcripts of all academic work. The GED is accepted. SAT or ACT scores are optional, but they may prove helpful. Interviews and campus visits are recommended.
APPLICATION DEADLINES (undergraduate):
Early Action I - November 15
Early Action II - January 15
Rolling after February 15
January enrollment (available only on the Santa Fe campus):
Rolling admissions, December 15 preferred
SAT Scores of Current Freshmen *
Middle 50% Verbal 600-740
Middle 50% Math 570-680
* Combined classes of Santa Fe & Annapolis, fall 2012, 51% reporting
FINANCIAL AID (undergraduate):
All financial aid awards are based on need. About 75% of the students receive some form of assistance, and about 65% receive grant aid from the college in addition to loans, jobs, and grants under federal programs.
Average Total Aid Package - $33,873
Average Loan - $6,937 ($3,500 freshman, $4,500 sophomore, $5,500 junior & senior)
Average Grant Assistance - $29,283 ( college, federal, and state)
Work Expectation - $2,600
Percent need met through grant aid - 75%
Percent need met through loans/jobs - 25%