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…

Hiking on campus

One of my favorite things about our campus’s location in Santa Fe  (and it’s a long list!) are the hiking opportunities that start literally on campus. There is even one hike–Monte Sol–that you can do, from start to finish, without ever leaving campus! But the most extensive hiking opportunities come in the Santa Fe National…

School’s out for summer

The photo is from one of the spring break outdoor programs offered on our Santa Fe campus–but I think it captures the joy of a well-earned summer break! But as our students head out to relax, pursue internships and coursework, and enjoy some summer reading, here’s one last monthly round up for the academic year….

Commencement in Annapolis

  This past Sunday, May 15th, the Annapolis campus held its commencement ceremonies. While commencement is always an exciting day, it’s also bittersweet for the seniors, and for the staff and faculty as well. We’re proud to see them receive their diplomas, but we’re sad to see them go! This year was also marks president…

Springtime at St. John’s

Pictured: St. John’s student Sawyer Neale (class of 2018) takes in the action at the Annapolis Cup with actor  Kevin Spacey. Photo courtesy of Mr. Neale.   April is the last full month students have at St. John’s before summer vacation, and as the weather warms up students take to the outdoors in droves, whether…