We’re Stars in Bosnia and Herzegovina!

Well, maybe not quite stars yet, but  we’re on the Mostar local news, at least! After giving a presentation to students at United World College in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina,  our Associate Director of Admissions in Annapolis Amanda Stevens was approached by a local news station for an interview. The interviewer hadn’t heard of St….

A Universal Language

  We often say that what we do at St. John’s transcends time and place, but what you may not have heard is that the Program can also leap language barriers! Amanda Stevens, our Associate Director of Admissions based in Annapolis, was in Yerevan, Armenia to meet with prospective students when she met this used…

Friday Night Lecture

People often say that there are no lectures at St. John’s, and that’s mostly true—you’ll never take a lecture class at any point during your time here. But that doesn’t mean that you’ll never hear a lecture on campus. In fact, every week there’s one time and two places where you’ll be sure to find…

Alumni Networking Breakfast

This past weekend included the Inauguration of the seventh president of St. John’s College, Santa Fe, several celebratory alumni Homecoming events like seminars, field games, a piano master class and panel discussion with Seymour Bernstein and Michael Kimmelman, and an Alumni Networking Breakfast for current students and alumni. Having graduated from the college 20 years ago, I…

Welcome Class of 2020!

This week St. John’s College welcomed around 250 new Johnnies across both campuses. In Annapolis, President Chris Nelson gave his Convocation address in Francis Scott Key Auditorium and declared the College’s 321st session open. In Santa Fe, President Mark Roosevelt addressed new and returning students on the Weigle Placita under the gleaming New Mexico sky. Last night, first year…

St. John’s College Represented at the Smithsonian

The fifth and last week of Summer Academy is (sadly) coming to an end! Fitting to this week’s session titled Justice, Freedom and Law, the whole group ventured into Washington, D.C. to tour the National Archives to see the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, the National Museum of American History, and the National Gallery of Art. While…

The most unusual college in America?

St. John’s was just voted among the most unusual colleges in the country. What makes St. John’s so different? Here’s my short (incomplete) list: You get to major in everything. There are no lectures. Every class is a discussion with 20 students or fewer. While you get grades, most Johnnies don’t know or care. No one competes…

A Very Merry Maryland Crab-filled Retreat

We are back to the daily grind, but as I sit at my desk working on the June communications plan I can’t help but think back to last week’s AHHHHHMAZING Admissions Office Retreat. This year’s retreat took place in Annapolis. Our schedule was comprised of many discussions and meetings, in addition to team building activities/outings….

A busy April! Croquet, Sotomayor, and other happenings

There are exciting things happening in both Annapolis and Santa Fe during the month of April. I just wanted to mention a few: The Annapolis Cup. St. John’s hosts the most famous croquet match in the world every April against the United States Naval Academy. The Johnnies won last weekend on a beautiful spring day….

Accepted Students Day Annapolis 2016!

A lively bunch of students turned up in Annapolis last week to stay in dorms, observe classes, chill out with current students, see what Friday lecture is all about, make s’mores, play board games, learn to swing dance, and get a feel for the campus that, come fall, many will be calling home. The rest of the…

When Is a Paper More Than Just a Paper?

  At St. John’s College, your senior thesis isn’t just a paper.  It’s the culmination of all previous work, a labor of love and a rite of passage all rolled in to one.  And I had the unique privilege of watching the Santa Fe Seniors celebrate the completion of their papers this past Saturday. Perhaps…