Students Say

At St. John’s College in Santa Fe, students read and explore a common body of “great books”—including many of the most important books in history—in close partnership with their classmates and teachers. Every professor “must teach (learn) Euclid, Plato, and Darwin, whether he or she has a PhD in mathematics, classics, or biology.” This common curriculum and dedication to the liberal arts means that “students are respected for what they can bring, and need never feel self-conscious about whether they’re ’smart enough.’” Everywhere you look, there is a “commitment, sincerity, and passion for learning of the community and the faculty.”

Overview

Applicants
227
Acceptance Rate
81%
Average HS GPA
3.60

GPA Breakdown

42%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
9%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
11%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
620 - 750
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
590 - 700
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
570 - 690
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 30

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Application Essay

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

At St. John’s College in Santa Fe, students read and explore a common body of “great books”—including many of the most important books in history—in close partnership with their classmates and teachers. Every professor “must teach (learn) Euclid, Plato, and Darwin, whether he or she has a PhD in mathematics, classics, or biology.” This common curriculum and dedication to the liberal arts means that “students are respected for what they can bring, and need never feel self-conscious about whether they’re ’smart enough.’” Everywhere you look, there is a “commitment, sincerity, and passion for learning of the community and the faculty.” This truly is an academic community that sincerely loves “the journey in its pursuit of knowledge, not simply the destination.” The “liberation of the mind” at SJC comes primarily by means of the Socratic Method. SJC does not have professors, but tutors, who are there not to lecture, but to “help lead the class through the curriculum.” The tutors are “very different in personality,” but also “very knowledgeable and excitable about what we do.” As experienced academics, they are “skillful when it comes to managing the classroom discussions and helping students articulate their thoughts” and are “truly open-minded and give everyone a chance to give participate.” “They really care about their students and treat us as peers in the classroom since they consider themselves also to be constantly learning.” “Everyone shares fundamental values of how to treat others in the classroom,” says a student. The greatest asset of SJC is the community; with everyone on board this nontraditional learning train, it’s hard not to be at your best. “You’re thinking nonstop at SJC,” says a student. Though the self-selecting student body pretty much ensures success, students can choose how connected they wish to be to the rest of the school. “You can go four years without having an interaction with the president of the college, or you can see him every Tuesday at the Foreign Relations study group,” says a student.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
57
with Terminal Degree
47

42
Men
15
Women
4
Minority
4
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
42%
Graduate in 5 years
48%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Ahmet Ertegun
Founder, Atlantic Records

Jac Holzman
Founder, Elektra Records

John Johnson
Founder, Buzzfeed

James Schamus
Filmmaker, Producer, and Screenwriter

James Portnow
Writer and Game Designer

Warren Winiarski
Founder of Stag's Leap WIne Cellars

Tom Stern
Cinematographer

Academic Rating

Career overview


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
42%
Graduate in 5 years
48%
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$31,335

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$30,215

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,750

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$25,256

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
64%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$33,458

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$47,176
Required Fees
$450
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$650

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,306
Transportation for Commuters
$100

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

Most of the 350 undergrads at St. John’s are “friendly,” “big readers,” and “interested in discussions.” It’s easy to find commonalities, since “you’re always able to discuss the program as long as they’re the same year or lower.” All are here “because we have a genuine interest in the larger questions that are posed in life through academia,” and “that’s enough for most of us to feel like we’re ‘fitting in,’ however that may be defined.” Johnnies are “fascinated with learning in a way different from most schools” and “thrive on epiphanies through the ‘great books,’ especially ones shared with others.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
340
Out of State
91%

International
19%
Foreign Countries Represented
27

Demographics

2.80%
Asian
1.05%
African-American
11.89%
Hispanic
73.08%
Caucasian
3.15%
Unknown
18.88%
International

44% female
56% male
91% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Students Say

At St. John’s, “you have to work intensely and relax intensely. Life is more distilled, here.” “Is it hard work?” asks a student. “Yes and no. Does staying up until 1:00 a.m. reading Shakespeare or Darwin sound like work?” Santa Fe is “stunning,” and the proximity of the mountains (for hiking and skiing) is more than welcome. Though each week is “epic” in its schoolwork, there are dozens of clubs and activities to take part in, from “dance (beginners always welcome) to search and rescue to astronomy to rock-climbing.” If you’re artsy, there are many galleries in Santa Fe, or “you can stay on campus, join a study group or sports team, or go to the gym.” The student government is also responsible for dispersing several thousand dollars to support student clubs annually, so “if you can get signatures to show support, you can probably get funding for snacks or supplies.” Many say that food services could have better hours and prices. There are “frequent” field trips to some of the extraordinary places in New Mexico.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
85%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Other
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
27
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
0

Sports

Athletic Division
Other


Student Services

Health

Sustainability


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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
1

Average Number of PC's per Lab
21

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
75%

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
Anne Young
Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
1160 Camino Cruz Blanca
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Phone
1-800-331-5232

Email
visitsjc@sjc.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Activities Center
Coffee Shop
The Cave
Placita/Fish Pnd
Common rooms and areas

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Ten Thousand Waves Spa
Local cafes and restaurants
Downtown Historic Plaza
Lensic Performing Arts Center
Art Galleries and Museums
Outdoor activities: hiking trailing, Ski Santa Fe, rock climbing, rafting

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
N/A

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
High school juniors, seniors, or older students only

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
There are flights into Santa Fe Municipal airport, but flying into Albuquerque International Sunport is recommended. Albuquerque is 62 miles south of Santa Fe. Sandia Shuttle runs vans between the Albuquerque airport and Santa Fe. Capitol City Cabs provides taxi service in Santa Fe. Roadrunner Shuttle provides transportation between the Santa Fe airport and Santa Fe county. Most national car rental companies are available at the Albuquerque airport or in Santa Fe. Greyhound has a route from Albuquerque to Santa Fe. The New Mexico Railrunner Express runs from Albuquerque to Santa Fe.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Road directions from Albuquerque: Take I-25 North for about 70 miles. Take exit 284, Old Pecos Trail. Go north (left) on Old Pecos Trail. At the 3rd light, turn right to remain on Old Pecos Trail. Take a right onto Armenta. Turn left at Camino Corrales. Turn right onto Old Santa Fe Trail. Turn left onto Camino del Monte Sol, then right onto Camino Cruz Blanca. St. John's is on the right after the tennis courts. Road directions form Taos: Take 84/285 South. As approach Santa Fe, stay right and follow signs for I-25/St. Francis Drive (84/285 becomes St. Francis Drive). Turn left onto Alameda. After about 2 1/2 miles, Alameda will curve right and become Camino Cabra. At the top of the hill, past Los Miradores, turn left at Camino Cruz Blanca. St. John's is on on the right.

Local Accommodations
All hotel prices are subject to seasonal change and may be discounted by AAA memberships. Hotels close to the college are more expensive as they are close to downtown. Less than 3 miles from St. John's is Santa Fe Sage Inn (725 Cerrillos Road, 1-866-433-0335, inexpensive, mention St. John's College); Garrett's Desert Inn (311 Old Santa Fe Trail, 505-982-1851, moderate); Residence Inn (1698 Galisteo, 505-988-7300, moderate/expensive). Hotel reservations can be made through www.santafehotels.com or 1-800-745-9910.