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…

The Big Think

Yesterday, May 16th, St. John’s College held its first annual “Big Think” event for Faculty and Staff. This event provided an opportunity for the community to come together to brainstorm new innovative ideas, as well as work through what we consider to be, the most pressing issues/areas of improvement. Topics that were discussed ranged from…

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…

An Open Discussion

During last weekend’s admitted student’s event in Annapolis, students and families that attended the overnight or arrived on Friday were treated to a Friday Night Lecture, delivered by our own Daniel Harrell. Mr. Harrell, who received his PhD from Emory University, is in his twentieth year on the faculty at St. John’s College. As it…

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…

Pi(e) Day

We all know that 3.14 is Pi Day, but have you ever wondered or learned about the man who had discovered the concept? According to many sources, it was a Greek Mathematician named Archimedes – somebody we read right here in our program! Mathematics is a part of academic life here at St. John’s – it’s…

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…

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)…

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…

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…

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…