4+1: Adding an MA to your St. John’s education

The undergraduate Program here at St. John’s is in many ways just the beginning. It provides the forum for your first few encounters with so many texts, so many questions, and so many ways of looking at the world, and so it’s inevitable that things aren’t tied up with a neat little bow by the…

What college rankings actually matter?

This time of year I get lots of questions about how St. John’s ranks compared to other colleges. Who doesn’t want to go to the “best” college? But here’s the problem: most rankings don’t tell you which college is best for you. Problem #1: rankings often arbitrarily divide colleges onto different lists that have nothing…

Connecting Beyond the Classics – Sci-Fi Summer Book Club

By John Edwards SF GILA 2017 This summer I jumped at chance to lead a short reading group for some of our incoming Santa Fe Freshman. In my role in Admissions Operations, I work a lot more with data than with actual students, and as a Johnnie myself (GILA SF ‘17), I was missing the…

Goethe in a Box

A few weeks ago, we sent our incoming freshmen a surprise in a box. The box contains seeds, soil pellets, peat pots, plant markers, a mini journal/sketchbook, and some colored pencils. Our goal in sending this box is to invite students to step away from their screens and to observe and engage with plants and…

Our Favorite Fathers in the St. John’s College Program

Similarly to what we did last month in honor of Mother’s Day, we had to give a shout out to a number of the iconic fathers which make up the St. John’s Program. Some are adventurers, some are warriors, some are just supportive regular ol’ Dads, but we appreciate all of them and all of…

Summer Reading: Our First-Ever Virtual Book Clubs

While the bulk of us in Admissions are looking forward to the fall semester, we knew that we needed to something to continue our conversation with our incoming students throughout the summer. We came up with the idea to start online book clubs, in which incoming admitted students had the option to choose from a…

Our favorite mothers in the St. John’s Program

They say that behind every great character is a great mom. Though Hamlet may disagree, there certainly is no shortage of great motherly characters that we get to explore throughout the St. John’s College program. In honor of Mother’s Day happening this month, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite mothers in the St….

2020 Great Books Bonanza, part 2

What a contest this year’s tournament was! Thanks to David Conway’s expertise in seeding the event, we had some really interesting match offs and the end result was much different (and in some ways, the same) as our first bonanza last year. Let’s take a look at all of the winners in Round 1, first…

2020 Great Books Bonanza, part 1!

It’s time for an annual contest to see, once and for all, which Great Books author is the greatest of them all! This afternoon, we sent out this form to our counselors and admitted students for this year, where they would be able to cast their votes on the first round of this march-madness style…

On Second Thoughts and Second Chances

On January 18th, 2020, St. John’s College hosted its premiere TEDx event on the Annapolis campus. Contrasting the dreary and drizzling overcast, the banner on stage in the Francis Scott Key auditorium was comprised of multicolored ribbons. Though sparing and unglamorous, this well befits the St. John’s aesthetic: less glitz, more substance, more soul. (Socrates…