Students Say

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 debate, 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.

Overview

Applicants
345
Acceptance Rate
87%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
640 - 750
SAT Math
560 - 690
ACT Composite
28 - 32

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Level of applicant's interest

Overall

Students Say

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 debate, 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. "Grades are sometimes based on a tutor's subjective opinion of the student's personality," 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."

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
7:1
Total Faculty
78
with Terminal Degree
58

54
Men
24
Women

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
96%
Graduate in 5 years
100%
Graduate in 6 years
70%

Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Warren Winiarski
Winemaker, founder of Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

Jeremy Leven
Psychologist and screenwriter (The Notebook, etc.)

Stephen Forman
Chief of Hematology, City of Hope Medical Center

Lydia Polgreen
West Africa bureau chief, The New York Times

Jac Holzman
Founder, Elektra Records

Robert A. George
Political pundit, editorial board, New York Post

Steven Holland
Chief of Infectious Diseases Lab, NIH

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
75
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$32,562

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$30,564

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,855

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$28,730

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
64%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$31,330

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$48,544
Required Fees
$450
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$630

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

The unusual St. John's curriculum tends to attract students who are "intellectual, very thoughtful, and inclined to discuss Aristotle, Hobbes, or Tolstoy at the dinner table." Talkative and analytical, St. John's students are "always down for a good conversation, whether one-on-one or in a group, whether the topic is personal or impersonal." "Students come from across the country and around the world, from all religious, political, and economic backgrounds," though there's a noticeable "proliferation of East Coast preppies and hipsters." "The diversity of personalities is astounding," and, exclusivity is minimized on this "friendly" campus."Because the school is so small, and because of the universal curriculum, by your senior year you have a pretty strong bond with your entire class." Activists and pop culture junkies take note: "If you're interested in current events, or pretty much anything that happened after, say; 1925, it can sometimes be hard to find people who know what you're talking about."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
426
Out of State
81%

International
11%
Foreign Countries Represented
14

Demographics

3.13%
Asian
1.57%
African-American
6.01%
Hispanic
84.33%
Caucasian
1.31%
Unknown
11.23%
International

45% female
55% male
81% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview

Students Say

There's no strict division between study and social life at St. John's. "Discussions from in class spill out into the quad." While most Johnnies say their school is sublime, they also warn that, "If you don't like endlessly talking about books, you'll feel oppressed by the social scene at St. John's." While "school is intense and exhausting," students "rarely differentiate between schoolwork and lives outside of class." On this quirky campus, "fun can be translating Greek or it can be taking a nap; it can be playing intramurals or drinking a beer and watching'les sportifs' run around; it can be making music or researching Appalachian folk songs." For a lighter evening, students attend "school-run dance parties" or get together for "hard liquor, film noir, classical books, cigarettes, and being off on an adventure." "Impromptu trips off campus are frequent," and students head to Annapolis for "sailing, watching tourists, bowling, [or] ice skating." In addition, "many students participate in the excellent intramural sports program," which includes "soccer, football, Ultimate Frisbee, basketball, croquet, crew, fencing, aikido, boxing, and more." Social dance is also remarkably popular, and there are "swing dancing parties on a regular basis."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
80%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
78
First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
94

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
40
Number of Honor Societies
0

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
3

Sports

Athletic Division
None


Student Services

Health

Sustainability

Green Rating
66

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
1

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Alexandria Hinds
Assistant Director of Admissions

Address
St John's College
PO Box 2800
Annapolis, MD 21404

Phone
410-626-2522

Email
admissions@sjca.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
McDowell Hall (classrooms, Great Hall, and coffee shop)
The Quad
Iglehart Hall (gymnasium)
College Creek (boathouse and lawns)
Greenfield Library
The entire campus is a registered national landmark.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Annapolis Historic District
Chesapeake Bay and Severn River
City Dock and Harbor
Thanks to the efforts of the Historic Annapolis Foundation, the downtown area of Annapolis (where the campus is located) is a both a beautifully preserved historic district with gorgeous eighteenth century architecture and a bustling modern town.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 8:45am and 12:45pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@sjca.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
available following campus tours when classes are in session

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Monday to Tuesday or Thursday to Friday

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Baltimore-Washington International Airport is a 30-min. drive from the college. Ground transportation to Annapolis is available with Supershuttle. There is an Amtrak station at BWI as well; take a free shuttle bus to the airport and then pick up the Supershuttle.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Take Route 50 east from Washington. From Baltimore take I-97, which feeds into Route 50 near Annapolis. After arriving in Annapolis, follow the signs for the Naval Academy, or enter 60 College Avenue in your GPS. The campus is located across King George Street from the Academy; parking is available on campus.

Local Accommodations
The Annapolis Marriott Waterfront Hotel, at 80 Compromise St., is 10 minutes by car from the campus and is priced in the $200+ range per night (410-268-7555). The Loews Annapolis Hotel, at 126 West St., is a 10-min dirve form the campus, and also is priced in the $200+ range per night (410-263-7777). Historic Inns of Annapolis, locatd at 58 State Circle, are three restored inns that operate as one. All are a 15-min. walk form the campus, and are priced in the $200+ range per night. (410-263-2641) There are many bed-and-breakfast houses within a few blocks of the campus. One of the most historic and moderately priced is Gibson's Lodgings.
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Key Stats

345
Applicants
426
Size
87%
Acceptance Rate
1320
SAT Scores

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