Reading Season in Admissions

Yesterday, the early action deadline came and went. Now, your admissions counselors have officially entered into reading season! The emailing, calling, traveling, and visiting we do throughout the year all leads up to this moment, when we see your applications in our admissions bin. For us, there is a wave of excitement. It is finally…

Why attend St. John’s? Top 9 Reasons

On behalf of Eric Poppele St. John’s tutor, Santa Fe The faculty of St. John’s College are not called professors. The job of a professor is to profess, that is, to tell what they know. We don’t lecture here. As tutors our job is to elicit thoughtfulness and inquiry. We ask questions not because we…

What it is like to “go back”

This past week I went back to high school. OK, I didn’t really go back to high school…I went back to visit the college counseling center at the same high school I attended: Fairfield High School in Fairfield, CT. The name has since changed to Fairfield Warde High School, but the spirit and essence of…

Whoa! Did St. John’s just lower tuition?

Yes, we did. This is no ordinary fall at St. John’s. Earlier in September, the college made a big announcement: we lowered tuition from $52,734 to just $35,000. $35,000. Why did we do it? Principally because $52,734 is too much for most families. In the past, St. John’s gave generous merit and need-based scholarships to…

The Importance of the Letter of Recommendation

I can’t believe it’s already nearing the end of October! At St. John’s, we’re winding down our travel season and setting our sights on beginning our application review for the year. Hopefully you have all been busy thinking and writing about some good books for your supplemental essays (which we’re all excited to read), have started…

The Importance of an Interview

At St. John’s, an interview is optional—but if you’re able to take the time for it, it’s an option well worth taking. If you visit campus, you can always add an interview to your visit, and if you’re not able to visit, you can always interview by Skype or even by phone. An interview only…

Writing the college essay

As a St. John’s College admissions counselor, I am frequently asked questions like “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…

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…