St. John's College is a "one of a kind" institution, which "teaches its students how to think for themselves" through a series of rigorous, discussion-based seminars. Here, every student follows the same academic curriculum, which consists entirely of "reading and discussing the great books of Western civilization." Students study "math, science, philosophy, language, history, and literature," and then, through in-class discussion, are "encouraged to question everything, develop their own logical conclusions, and understand Western thought starting at the basics." The school's "brilliant" professors (known as tutors in St. John's parlance) gently oversee class discussions, though they're "more like moderators" in that they "do not lecture or ‘teach' in the traditional sense." Tutors always "treat the students as equals," and "outside of class, they are available and friendly." A current undergrad relates, "The fact that tutors are always available (for lunch, coffee, or just to chat with a student) is wonderful. I have had many delightful discussions with tutors outside of class on topics ranging from Baudelaire to quantum mechanics." With tons of assigned reading and provoking in-class debates, the curriculum is "difficult and taxing, yet supremely rewarding." Tutors "don't cut you slack if you don't deserve it," and most "have high expectations" for their students throughout the semester, which can be frustrating for those accustomed to receiving top marks. "Work is sometimes stressful, and the material is often difficult," but students reassure us that "there is always someone to work through it with you, and you can always ask for help."