Admissions Retreat 2017!

  Being one college on two campuses is one of the many things that makes St. John’s great,but it also means that the admissions office doesn’t get to be all together nearly as often as we would like! Once a year, we have a week-long retreat on one of the two campuses, which gives us…

Commencement in Annapolis

  This past Sunday, May 15th, the Annapolis campus held its commencement ceremonies. While commencement is always an exciting day, it’s also bittersweet for the seniors, and for the staff and faculty as well. We’re proud to see them receive their diplomas, but we’re sad to see them go! This year was also marks president…

The Toughest Question

As representatives of St. John’s College, my colleagues and I are asked questions like “What do you think is the best thing about St. John’s?” time and again.  It’s a question that I struggle to answer because I think it’s difficult to pick just one thing when so many things make St. John’s exceptional.  Our…

Admitted Students Visit St. John’s College

We welcomed over 100 admitted students to our campuses in March and April. Students came from 34 different states and 5 countries, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MN, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV,…

Senior Essays are in and bells are rung!

This week we celebrate the class of 2017 who recently turned in their senior essays! The seniors handed their essays in to the dean and college president, before enjoying a reception with their tutors and peers. On the Santa Fe campus, there is a special tradition in which the title of each essay is read,…

For the Love of Dogs

Did you know we have campus dogs at St. John’s?  If you’ve ever visited our campuses, chances are you ran into Arcadia on one of her daily walks around the Annapolis campus or were greeted by Seymour at the Santa Fe library on your tour. At St. John’s, we believe that dogs not only make great…

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…

Friday night lecture

People often say that there are no lectures at St. John’s, and that’s mostly true—you’ll never take a lecture class at any point during your time here. But that doesn’t mean that you’ll never hear a lecture on campus. In fact, every week there’s one time and two places where you’ll be sure to find…

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…