Fall Recruitment and Travel in the Time of a Pandemic

March 2020, news of a pandemic was taking hold all over the world. Students packed up their things and moved out of their dorms. Staff gathered their supplies and laptops and prepared to work from home for a few weeks. Spring admitted student events were rapidly converted to webinars. Things shifted quickly and schools, students,…

Training to better serve international students

At St. John’s, all classes are discussion classes, and in any discussion the voices around the table are of paramount importance in shaping the conversation. Having a wide variety of perspectives in class enriches the discussion in a very meaningful way, and at St. John’s we’re lucky to have students of varying backgrounds, life experiences,…

The first ever St. John’s College Virtual Admitted Students Day

On Saturday, April 4, our Admissions Team did what we usually do this time of year. We got out of bed on a springy weekend morning, grabbed coffee or tea, and made our way to meet with our newest class of Admitted Students during our annual Admitted Student Event. Only this year, we were able…

Should I apply early decision?

For the first time, St. John’s is offering three ways to apply for fall 2020: Early Decision by November 1 Early Action by November 15 Regular Decision by January 15 What on earth is the difference? Both Early Action and Regular Decision are the “normal” ways to apply. You submit the application by the deadline,…

New Branding, New Materials!

Earlier this summer St. John’s College made an exciting announcement: We presented our redesigned logo, or as our alumni refer to it, “our new old logo,” which is a fresh and contemporary take on the St. John’s College Seal. Our college is rich in history and tradition, and this new brand identity captures those 235…

A little Valentine Fun

The admissions office is busy prepping for our Regular Decision admission letters to go out tomorrow Friday, February 15th. HOWEVER…we are never too busy to stop, smell the roses, and have a little fun during the holiday. I introduce to you our Valentine’s Day fun:  

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…

It’s a Tim Tam Slam Kind of Afternoon!

It is 3:15pm on January 8th in the admissions office of St. John’s College, Santa Fe, NM. Things are rolling with our graduate and undergraduate spring cohorts! Emails, phone calls and meetings, oh, my! We gather for a quick break in our director’s office for what she has described as a Tim Tam Slam. What…

The Art of the Wax Seal

Admissions Counselors develop many skills: active listening, interpersonal communication, counseling, problem solving, navigating travel reward programs, and so on. At St. John’s, there is one additional skill that all staff must perfect—the art of wax sealing. Wait, what is that?! You read correctly, every admissions counselor in our office must learn how to use a…