The Greenfield Library announces the 2019 Book Collecting Contest Winners!

The votes are in! Decisions were made last week on the winners of the Greenfield Library’s 8th Annual Book Collecting Contest. In a bid for first prize–$300, a 30% shopping spree at the SJC Bookstore, and qualification for the National Book Collecting Contest—members of the St. John’s community gathered up their beloved “themed” books, showcasing…

Admitted Students Start Their Journey with Homer’s “Iliad”

Excited about starting at St. John’s? Well, if you were admitted through Early Action, you should have a gift coming through the mail this week to get you even more excited. It is the first book to check off on your St. John’s book list: Homer’s Iliad! For last few years, the Admissions Office has…

An Interview on Interviews

Interviews are a chance to get to know the human side of your application. We read hundreds of essays, transcripts, and letters of recommendation throughout the year. These materials can tell us in a lot in terms of each student’s academic achievement thus far, but we know that’s not the whole picture. Sometimes the individual…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

The Admissions Office gets “Educated”

Summer in the Annapolis Admissions Office kicked off with a new memoir being passed around, entitled “Educated” by Tara Weston. The book details her transition from a child of a survivalist family living in the wilds of Idaho, opposed to formal education, to a student at Brigham Young University, eventually earning a Ph.D from Cambridge….

Summer Plans in Admissions

During the school year, the Admissions staff is busy with high school visits, application reading, and open house events. During the summer time, we have the chance to reset and reflect, both in the office and out. Often, that takes the form of projects, trips, and other activities that carry us through to the start…

The Big Think

Yesterday, May 16th, St. John’s College held its first annual “Big Think” event for Faculty and Staff. This event provided an opportunity for the community to come together to brainstorm new innovative ideas, as well as work through what we consider to be, the most pressing issues/areas of improvement. Topics that were discussed ranged from…