Signs of the time

September in New Mexico brings warm sunny days and cooler evenings, temperatures can range from the low-80’s during the day to the mid-40’s at night. On campus, fall freshman are demonstrating Euclidean geometric propositions; sophomores are writing Gregorian chants; juniors have just left behind Paradise Lost, and seniors are chasing electrons and grappling with conceptions…

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,…

Becoming a Johnnie Parent

My oldest daughter is about to finish up her junior year at St. John’s.  Although, at the beginning of her college search, I don’t even think St. John’s was on her mind.  I work in the college’s Admissions Office, so I think she was looking for something, let’s just say, a little farther from home….

We’re rolling!

Unlike many other colleges, St. John’s doesn’t have a “regular” time to apply. Most Johnnies submit applications in one of our two non-binding early action rounds on November 15th or January 15th, and those students already have admission decisions. Congrats to our recently admitted students! Starting February 15th, we began our “rolling” process. Submit your…

Reading by the fire: Early Action II

It seems like just yesterday that we were making phone calls to our Early Action I accepted students, but we’re already in reading period for Early Action II! We’re hard at work on both campuses reading the all the new applications (there are a lot of them!) to make sure that we can give all…

The first Johnnies of the Class of 2021 are here!

On December 15th the Admissions Office released decisions for those who applied Early Action I. We set a record with 235 potential Johnnies getting the magic letter, and they have until May 1st to make their decision. Who did we admit? Here are the (impressive) stats: 17% international (with students from Australia, Canada, China, Dominican…

What happens when we read your application?

I remember how nervous I was sending off my college applications; now, in my first year as an admissions counselor, I’ve found out that the application reading process, not to mention the people who do the reading, aren’t nearly as frightening as I once imagined. I know there’s no way for me to take the stress…

Essay writing tips

Writing the perfect application essay is stressful. We get it.  The good news is that we aren’t looking for perfection, so relax a bit and just be yourself when you write. Obviously, good writing is important.  In fact, it probably isn’t a bad idea to dust off all those dos and don’ts of good essay…

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…

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…

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!