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Academics

At St. John's College in Maryland, the "great books", or texts commonly viewed as the foundation of Western culture, form the backbone of the unique curriculum. St. John's is a liberal arts college with two campuses that encourages exploration and dissection of original, foundational texts so that students may develop critical analysis skills within a "safe and prosperous learning environment." "The teaching of St. John's College is all about allowing individuals to collectively discover the essence of being a human being," sums up one student. Classes are pretty straightforward: "We read, and we talk about what we read." The curriculum includes obscure texts as well as the major classic players, and one of the greatest things about studying here is "engaging with difficult and renowned texts without worrying about impressing others or having to show off."

The "largely brilliant and caring" faculty members at St. John's are "some of the most wonderful and interesting people," and are "willing to meet for coffee or lunch to discuss essays, questions from class, concerns, and even non-program texts." They are "engaged and enthralled by the learning process at St. John's, just as the students are." The college has a unique evaluation system in place, so students at St. John's "are faced with reports not just on their academic success, but also on the way that they treat and interact with their peers, via classroom dynamic." The college has made academic rigor an "overwhelmingly social issue," and the "'too cool for school' attitude is not socially rewarded" here. Not only do students discuss the same works and questions, "they do so in a respectful, tactful manner." In any classroom "you get the sense of togetherness" where everyone listens and "no one's points are any more or less important to the discussion than any other's."

Student Body

The student body at St. John's is "intellectual, but far from pretentious," and given that all students go through the same academic program "there is a strong and warm sense of camaraderie." Upperclassmen "couldn't care less that you're a freshmen," and people "who would have never become friends anywhere else are able to come together here and form bonds that start in the classroom but continue into life outside the academics." The curiosity students develop here extends to outside the program as well, so while the program at St. John's is classically oriented, students at the college "are aware of pop culture, current events, and politics." The bubble at St. John's is "real, but in no way impenetrable."

Campus Life

There are "no two Johnnies that are alike" and students at St. John's display a wide range of interests. Most participate in "a study group of some sort, at least one artistic extracurricular, and an intramural sport." St. John's "robust intramural program" is a major component of campus social life, and creates a "fantastic" community in which students are alphabetically sorted onto teams "where anyone can participate in various seasonal sports." "Although I have never been athletic, this is a very welcoming group regardless of ability, and playing intramural sports here has given me a lot of confidence," says one student. A large amount of extracurricular time is spent studying and reading, but there are also "very many popular club options," including "swing dance lessons, fencing, the croquet team, student play productions, orchestra, various choral groups, community service, [and the] environmental club." St. John's also offers students spots in classes run by non-faculty members of the Annapolis community, including "writing classes, poetry, watercolor, and sculpture." Off campus, people often go out to eat at many of the great restaurants in Annapolis, or head to the museums and monuments in Washington, D.C., which is "just a short train ride away." Students can also transfer between the Annapolis or the Santa Fe campuses, and many in Maryland spend a year studying in New Mexico.

Overview

Applicants
612
Acceptance Rate
53%
Average HS GPA
3.50

GPA Breakdown

32%
Over 3.75
25%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
10%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49
1%
1.00 - 1.99

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
610 - 730
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
570 - 710
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
600 - 700

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
660 - 740
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
590 - 740

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
27 - 33

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
6:1
Total Faculty
79
with Terminal Degree
66

56
Men
23
Women
6
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
70%
Graduate in 5 years
76%
Graduate in 6 years
76%

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
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Notable Faculty


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
Editor-in-Chief, Huffington Post, W 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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
70%
Graduate in 5 years
76%
Graduate in 6 years
76%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

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

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$30,825

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$32,168

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,706

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
83%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$18,165

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$32,000

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$51,200
Required Fees
$470
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$630

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$6,250
Transportation for Commuters
$400

On-Campus Room and Board
$12,233
Comprehensive Fee

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
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
434
Foreign Countries Represented
29

Demographics

4.15%
Asian
1.38%
African-American
4.84%
Hispanic
68.89%
Caucasian
17.97%
International

45% female
55% male
78% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
69%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
96%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Assistant Dean's Office

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Katherine Heines

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Students are asked to self-disclose if they seek accommodations. For accommodations, an assessment is required by a licensed professional.

Documentation Required for ADHD

Students are asked to self-disclose if they seek accommodations. For accommodations, an assessment is required by a licensed professional.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
No

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
No

Spellchecker allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
No

Scribes
No

Proctors
No

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
No

Distraction-free environment
No

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
40
Number of Honor Societies
0

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
3

Sports

Athletic Division
Other

46% participate in intramural sports
9% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports ()
3 Sports

Crew Rowing
Fencing
Sailing
Women's Sports ()
3 Sports

Crew Rowing
Fencing
Sailing

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
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
Brittany Kemmer
Admissions Counselor

Address
St John's College
60 College Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21401

Phone
410-626-2522

Email
Annapolis.Admissions@sjc.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 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: AM/PM Visits Mon-Fri, overnights Mon & Thurs, Sat Tours
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Monday - Friday, Occasional Saturdays

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
emelie.karlsson@sjc.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Monday to Tuesday or Thursday to Friday during academic year

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 shuttle services. There is an Amtrak station at BWI as well; take a free shuttle bus to the airport and then pick up a shuttle service.

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 on King George Street across from the US Naval Academy; parking is available on campus.

Local Accommodations
The Annapolis 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 drive form the campus, and also is priced in the $200+ range per night (410-263-7777). Historic Inns of Annapolis, located at 58 State Circle, are three restored inns that operate as one. All are a 10-min. walk from 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 campus. One of the most historic and moderately priced is Gibson's Lodgings.


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