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…

Why Visiting Colleges is a Great Idea

In the winter of 2010, I was an enthusiastic high school senior eager to embark on what everyone told me would be the most exciting 4(ish)-year journey of my life: college.  My mailbox was constantly overflowing with materials from colleges and universities from all over the country, each one promising that I could find my…

Snow, snow, snow!

2-3 feet of snow is a big deal in Maryland, because we don’t often get snow and if we do, it’s usually not a significant amount. However, every few years or so mother Nature makes sure to send a blizzard our way; this year even a record breaking one. The St. John’s campus is beautiful even…

What are your most popular majors?

At St. John’s we do not ask you to select a major. In fact, we do not believe that a college should have departments.  “The human mind does not have departments,” as a St. John’s faculty member was recently quoted as saying. The best quick answer to the question, “What are your most popular majors?” is that the top five popular career…

Happy Holidays from St. John’s College!

It’s an especially happy time for our admitted Early Action students. We just put a small gift in the mail. Keep your eyes peeled for the first book Johnnies read in seminar!  

Why I’m Grateful to be a January Freshman

When I think of my time at St. John’s College as an undergraduate, there are so many things to be grateful for—the academic program, the supportive community and the beautiful Santa Fe setting all come to mind.  But I am most grateful for being a January Freshman. To be a JF is already kind of…