Annapolis Film Festival Brings Downton Abbey Star to Campus

This past weekend marked the 6th annual Annapolis Film Festival, with 70 films shown over the course of the four day festival. Several of those films were shown in our own FSK auditorium, including a Saturday Night screening of “A Crooked Somebody,” starring Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt. Froggatt, who won a Golden Globe and received three…

4 Flights, 3 Days, 8 Meetings

Admissions counselors travel a lot! Part of our job is to visit high schools across the country to meet with students, counselors, even teachers. We also travel to conduct interviews with applicants. This past week I got to travel to Northern California’s South Bay area. My strategy was to focus a quick trip around a…

Coffee Shops of Annapolis

One of the advantages of having campuses in two fantastic college towns is great local coffee! Here are a few of our student’s favorites in Annapolis. All of these coffee shops are within a ten minute walk of campus (and most are closer to five). 49 West–A coffee shop and cafe with late hours and…

January Freshman Have Arrived!

  On January 15th we welcomed 20 January Freshman to the Santa Fe campus of St. John’s College! Here are a few stats about this year’s January Freshman Class: 75% of these students attended other colleges and universities before coming to St. John’s 20% legacy (4 out of 20 students had relatives who were Johnnies)…

A Musical December

It was a musical December here at St. John’s College! This month featured an orchestra concert, the freshman chorus concert, and collegium. Collegium is a tradition on both campuses, and includes all kinds of musical performances from students, tutors, and staff. Acts range from dance troupes to audience participation rounds, from solo acts to performances…

Midnight Madness at the Bookstore

The College Bookstore is one of the focal points of campus life here at St. John’s, so midnight madness is one of the events of the season! During midnight madness, the bookstore is open from 10 PM through midnight after seminar, with discounts on almost everything in the store. One part sale, one part social…

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Early Action Reading–I mean Happy Thanksgiving–from all of us in the St. John’s College admissions office! Both campuses celebrated with the annual dining hall feast, featuring plenty of Thanksgiving favorites.  Here are some pictures from the Annapolis feast. the menu included: roast turkey and gravy mashed potatoes green bean casserole cranberry sauce sausage and…

St. John’s Partners with Local High School

Every Thursday during the fall and spring terms, two or three current students volunteer in  in the college counseling center, called The College Plaza, at Santa Fe High. Last Thursday was the launch of the Junior Jump Start program.  All high school juniors were invited to attend this lunchtime meeting. To sweeten the deal, pizza…

Student Activities Fair

From swing dancing to climbing club, from Mock Trial to the Storyteller’s Guild, extracurricular opportunities at St. John’s abound. At the beginning of each year on both campuses, activities fairs introduce new freshmen to the various clubs they can join, and re-introduce upperclassmen to their favorites, along with any new groups.   Between our two…

Eclipse 8.21.2017

With over 300 days a year of sunshine, students, faculty, and staff of St. John’s College fretted this morning. It was a gorgeous gray sky, filled with cumulus cloud upon cumulus cloud, like a breeding ground for fluffy cauliflowers. In Santa Fe the eclipse would be visible from 10:22am to 1:15pm, reaching maximum coverage at…

Summer Academy: Justice, Nature, and Law

Week Four of Summer Academy also marks the first session in Annapolis. After three great sessions in Santa Fe, we were excited to welcome students to our eastern campus! Students have studied Pascal in lab, read Antigone, The Republic, and the Book of Job in Seminar, and read selections of Kafka, O’Connor, Lincoln and Welty…

Summer Academy, Week 1, Day 1

Origins. Today is the first full-day of the first week for our 2017 Summer Academy Program. We welcomed 49 teenagers to campus last night. After registering, some unpacking and eating dinner, the students and tutors jumped right into seminars on Prometheus Bound; this morning they had an hour and half discussion in language tutorials about…