How College Works

Similar to our students, the majority of the St. John’s College admissions staff are “readers”. Therefore, this past month, a number of us joined together to form a summer reading group. We wanted to select a book that is topical to higher education and quickly agreed upon How College Works by Daniel F. Chambliss and…

1000 IB Teachers Come to St. John’s College

St. John’s College played host to five sessions of workshops for International Baccalaureate (IB) teachers from all over the world, Australia, Thailand, India, Ukraine, Canada, and many areas in the United States. Each workshop included around 200 IB teachers, mostly from Diploma Programme schools, but there  were also many from MYP and PYP schools. The…

Sunshine, Great Tunes, and Great Company

Santa Fe has perfect weather for outdoor activities most of the year but Spring and Summer are especially nice. Sunshine, relatively forgiving high temperatures, and long days make for great hiking, biking, picnicking, and sunset watching (sunset watching is great year round!). One of my favorite summer traditions on our campus is the Music on…

RMACAC Wild West Tour

We recently welcomed the Rocky Mountain Association for College Admission Counseling (RMACAC) Wild West Bus Tour to our Santa Fe campus! A mix of high school and independent counselors traveled from around the southwest and west coast to visit St. John’s College and four other colleges in the southwest. While on campus, they took a…

Admissions Retreat 2019!

Last Monday, us Annapolitans escaped the muggy east coast to spend some time with our favorite colleagues out in the New Mexican high desert, for a week of reflection and planning. Enchiladas were enjoyed, sunscreen was applied, and most importantly, our work in Admissions was celebrated by all. A few of the topics that we…

2nd Day of the JF Summer Term

I had occasion to leave my desk this afternoon. Walking around campus, I was struck by the beauty of this place.  At the start of every term, I practice seeing this place anew, with fresh eyes. Today is the second day of our summer term for our January Freshman students. Next week our new group of…

Commencement 2019!

May is an especially exciting time for colleges, because it typically marks the time of senior commencement. This month, we graduated a total of 168 graduates between the two campuses – 98 in Annapolis, and 70 in Santa Fe. In Annapolis, though the weather was a bit rainy, spirits were bright as graduates watched Annapolis…

Davis Scholars Globe Ceremony

Pictured:  Fu Tiantong, Sila Karabiber (invited as a special guest speaker), Mohab Sherif Ismail Younis, Pano Kanelos (invited as special guest speaker), Juana Melendez, Yu Yau Wong, and Amanda Stevens (Invited as “Director of International Recruitment and as most awesomest Davis Liason/human”) Davis Scholars are graduates from the United World College system, which has campuses…