Why does every college sound the same?

Here at St. John’s, we pride ourselves on being a little different – a curriculum based on Great Books, not textbooks, and classrooms alive with conversations and possibilities.  At St. John’s, questions drive the conversation, not answers.  At St. John’s, the question – the questioning – is more important. In support of this self-sustaining, curious…

A busy November at St. John’s

The month of November and our Thanksgiving break have come and gone, and we now welcome the month of December. Last week’s holiday break was well deserved, as both our campuses have been bustling with academic and social activities. Here’s a sampling of what’s been going on at St. John’s College this past month:  …

What happens when we read your application?

I remember how nervous I was sending off my college applications; now, in my first year as an admissions counselor, I’ve found out that the application reading process, not to mention the people who do the reading, aren’t nearly as frightening as I once imagined. I know there’s no way for me to take the stress…

The need for civil discourse

“Democracy is unpredictable in the short term but tends toward the Good in the long term.” — Tutor, St. John’s College Last night , our president, Mark Roosevelt,  set up a time for students, faculty, and staff who had questions and concerns about the election to come together and talk.  Over 50 students attended as…

October at St. John’s College

It’s been a busy October at St. John’s College. Here’s a taste of what’s been happening on our campuses! Students describe summer internship experiences. At the Summer Experience Fair on the Santa Fe campus students talked about their summer internships, paid for by college grants, which included museum curation, marine biology, cancer research, and study…

But will the professors know my name?

One of the (many) distinctive things about our college is the sheer amount of interaction between students and faculty. In our discussion classes, students and tutors (we don’t call them professors, since they don’t profess anything) take part in the conversation as equals around the table, meaning that even if you never encounter a single…

Essay writing tips

Writing the perfect application essay is stressful. We get it.  The good news is that we aren’t looking for perfection, so relax a bit and just be yourself when you write. Obviously, good writing is important.  In fact, it probably isn’t a bad idea to dust off all those dos and don’ts of good essay…

The top five reasons to visit St. John’s College

There are a lot of good reasons to visit colleges in general and St. John’s College in particular, many of which are outlined in this excellent post by Sophia Dillard. But as college application season gets into full swing, I wanted to remind you of some of the best reasons to put St. John’s College…

One doesn’t even need to ask and help will always be given

All of a sudden, we find ourselves in mid-October. Admissions Counselors are busy visiting schools all over the country. Alumni are representing St. John’s at local college fairs. The leaves are turning gem like colors. The evenings are becoming crisp, all while our students are settling into their books, into their studies, into the deep,…

On the road again

It’s that time of year again. School is back in session, the days are getting shorter, the trees are getting colorful, and the air is getting crisp. This can only mean one thing in the world of college admissions; fall travel season is in full swing! The months of September and October often become a…

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…