Rolling Decision

For most colleges, the deadline to apply is already gone. But St. John’s has always been contrarian, and that applies to our application process. Our faculty reads applications. We care about the book essay more than just grades or test scores. And, if you’re still looking for that perfect college fit, good news—you can apply…

A January Start

Even among the amazing group of people that make up the polity of St. John’s College, there’s something special about January Freshmen. It’s probably not a surprise to hear that January Freshmen, often called just “JFs” (or “Febbies” in Annapolis), start their St. John’s journey in the spring semester instead of the fall. By starting…

What college rankings actually matter?

This time of year I get lots of questions about how St. John’s ranks compared to other colleges. Who doesn’t want to go to the “best” college? But here’s the problem: most rankings don’t tell you which college is best for you. Problem #1: rankings often arbitrarily divide colleges onto different lists that have nothing…

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…