Writing the college essay

As a St. John’s College admissions counselor, I am frequently asked “what are you looking for in an applicant” or “how do you weigh each part of the application”. At St. John’s, we look well beyond grades and test scores (in fact, we’re test optional). With that in mind, I thought I’d take some time…

Where was the admissions staff last week?

This past week, August 6-9 2018, the enrollment team stepped away from our desks to gather for our annual retreat. Admissions and Financial Aid counselors from Santa Fe joined those of us on the Annapolis campus for some serious team building, travel planning, and creative brainstorming. Our enrollment team strives to be friendly, personalized, student-focused, […]

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….

Things Johnnies Find Amusing While Traveling

I was on a trip recently to Northern California where I attended a series of college fairs for high school juniors. My travel took me to Sacramento, Marin County, South Bay,  as well as a couple of places in the East Bay. One of my colleague’s out of office message says that she “is out…

World Book Day and the St. John’s College Book Awards 2018!

Today is The first of the 2018 St. John’s College Book Awards will be presented today to two students at a local high school in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Teachers and counselors are invited to nominate an outstanding high school junior. We are looking for that student who loves to read, who always has one…

Admitted Student Event – Part 1

This is a joint post by Todd Cooley, Assistant Director of Admissions (Annapolis, MD) and Natalie Blais, Associate Director of Admissions (Santa Fe, NM). This Saturday, I got to fly out to see our Santa Fe campus for the first time. I came to help out for the first of three Admitted Student Events held…

Student Protests and Admission

At St. John’s, we read revolutionary books. From Socrates to Hamilton, the great thinkers in our curriculum challenged their societies to address the serious social problems of the day. Students who peacefully protest follow in this tradition. St. John’s Admissions does not penalize any applicant who peacefully protests, even if the student is disciplined by…

Regular Decision!

On Friday, over 300 students got great news: they are admitted to St. John’s! When combined with the other admitted students who applied early action, these potential future Johnnies are pretty stellar. They come from 49 countries including Afghanistan, China, Ghana, Greece, Mauritius, Mongolia, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. They attend over 500 different…

The first members of the class of 2022 are here!

December 15th was Early Action Decision Day! We’re so excited to welcome the first members of the class of 2022 to St. John’s College. A record  351 potential Johnnies will receive their letters. And who are these potential Johnnies? Here are the (impressive) stats: 26% international (with students from Afghanistan Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Egypt, Ethiopia,…

Admissions Open House

This past Saturday, October 21st, the Annapolis admissions office hosted an open house for prospective students and families. Visitors had the chance to participate in a seminar, speak to current students, admissions counselors, and faculty members, tour campus, attend a panel on life at St. John’s, and even hear from the campus president! We really…

Owning your college essay

For many, writing a college essay can feel like a daunting task. It just takes up too much energy. We get it. You are in the middle of the rest of your lives: high school, homework, and extra-curricular activities are taking up almost all of your time. Adding college essays and applications into the mix…

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…