The Importance of the Letter of Recommendation

I can’t believe it’s already nearing the end of October! At St. John’s, we’re winding down our travel season and setting our sights on beginning our application review for the year. Hopefully you have all been busy thinking and writing about some good books for your supplemental essays (which we’re all excited to read), have started…

Homecoming 2018!

Students, faculty, staff, and of course, alumni celebrated Homecoming this year on both campuses, Santa Fe, NM (September 14-16) and Annapolis, MD (September 28-30).  It was a time of networking, TedTalk-like presentations, sharing meals and memories, reconnecting, as well as a time of making new relationships and most of all of strengthening the fabric of…

Insight into the annual conference in the most rewarding profession.

by: Karin Ente This past week I, along with a number of the admissions staff, attended the 74th annual National Association for College Admissions Counselors (NACAC) Conference in Salt Lake City, UT. How many of your friends say “I want to be a College Admissions Counselor when I grow up”? Chances are not many, but…

The Importance of an Interview

At St. John’s, an interview is optional—but if you’re able to take the time for it, it’s an option well worth taking. If you visit campus, you can always add an interview to your visit, and if you’re not able to visit, you can always interview by Skype or even by phone. An interview only…

Travel Season – Week 1!

Fall is a really exciting time in education. For students, of course, it is a time of new beginnings, heading back to school, and for seniors, even beginning the college application process. Maybe equally as exciting is what Fall means for us in Admissions each year – travel season! From September through November, you can…

Writing the college essay

As a St. John’s College admissions counselor, I am frequently asked questions like “What are you looking for in an applicant?” or “How do you weigh each part of the application?” At St. John’s, we look well beyond grades and test scores (in fact, we’re test optional). With that in mind, I thought I’d take…

Travel Territories

  Fall is right around the corner, and for those of us in admissions that means travel season! We set our travel territories for the coming year at our admissions retreat last week, and we’re excited to get out on the road. Check out what each counselor has to say about their territory this year!…

Santa Fe Campus Featured in Outside Magazine

We’ve always known that Santa Fe is the perfect place to be for someone who loves the getting outside, and our thriving outdoor activities program is proof of that! But it’s always exciting to see our beautiful campus in print. This week, Liz (our Summer Academy and Visit Coordinator) was flipping through Outside Magazine when she…

Where was the admissions staff last week?

This past week, August 6-9 2018, the enrollment team stepped away from our desks to gather for our annual retreat. Admissions and Financial Aid counselors from Santa Fe joined those of us on the Annapolis campus for some serious team building, travel planning, and creative brainstorming. Our enrollment team strives to be friendly, personalized, student-focused, […]

Apply to St. John’s for fall 2019!

If you’re a rising senior this year, you’re probably getting ready to enjoy the last few weeks (or days) of summertime before diving in to your last year of high school. Is it too soon to start thinking about college applications? We don’t think so! In fact, if you wanted, you could apply to St….

Getting to know some new faces!

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been getting to know some great new team members in both of our offices. In Santa Fe, we are welcoming Liz Wilkinson as a new Assistant Director of Admissions/Summer Academy Coordinator, and in Annapolis, Robin Lancaster (A’18) as an Admissions Counselor. They’ve both been super busy, but we decided to…