An Accelerated Option – Become a January Freshman

Are you enrolled somewhere and you find yourself wondering if anyone else cares about what’s being studied? Do you find text books boring? Can you imagine yourself surrounded by other people who actually want to learn? Does your mind drift toward the WHY of things? Perhaps you feel like you finally figured out what you…

Reading Season in Admissions

Yesterday, the early action deadline came and went. Now, your admissions counselors have officially entered into reading season! The emailing, calling, traveling, and visiting we do throughout the year all leads up to this moment, when we see your applications in our admissions bin. For us, there is a wave of excitement. It is finally…

Fall Happenings in Annapolis and Santa Fe

October is an awesome time in both Annapolis and Santa Fe, with tons of fun stuff going on. We decided we would put together some highlights of activities getting our students and the people in our community ready to celebrate Fall. 1. Halloween on the Avenue A whole day of fun with local vendors, artists,…

Why attend St. John’s? Top 9 Reasons

On behalf of Eric Poppele St. John’s tutor, Santa Fe The faculty of St. John’s College are not called professors. The job of a professor is to profess, that is, to tell what they know. We don’t lecture here. As tutors our job is to elicit thoughtfulness and inquiry. We ask questions not because we…

What it is like to “go back”

This past week I went back to high school. OK, I didn’t really go back to high school…I went back to visit the college counseling center at the same high school I attended: Fairfield High School in Fairfield, CT. The name has since changed to Fairfield Warde High School, but the spirit and essence of…

Whoa! Did St. John’s just lower tuition?

Yes, we did. This is no ordinary fall at St. John’s. Earlier in September, the college made a big announcement: we lowered tuition from $52,734 to just $35,000. $35,000. Why did we do it? Principally because $52,734 is too much for most families. In the past, St. John’s gave generous merit and need-based scholarships to…

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…