Great books and an intellectual community are at the heart of St. John’s College, founded in 1696. The college has the unique distinction of not requiring students to pick a specific major. Instead, students read books across all disciplines. By learning philosophy from Nietzsche, physics from Einstein and politics from Plato, St. John’s students receive a well-rounded education.
St. John’s has up to 500 students on each of its Annapolis, Md .and Santa Fe, N.M. campuses, which limits the student to faculty ratio at about eight to one. This small, tight-knit community encourages in-depth intellectual discussions.
St. John’s supports its students both academically and financially. The college meets the full, demonstrated financial need of its student body. The average financial aid award is more than $40,000. More than 20 percent of St. John’s students are eligible for Pell Grants, which is money provided by the government for students who need help paying for college. Merit scholarships also are available to students, with award amounts ranging from $2,000 to $50,000.
The college provides important resources to students before they are a part of the student body. The St. John’s College Summer Academy is a hands-on introduction to college life that is modeled after St. John’s discussion-based, interdisciplinary method of teaching the great books. The St. John’s College Summer Academy program helps students hone their reading, critical thinking and discussion skills. The Summer Academy is organized in week-long, thematic sessions and is offered on both campuses. The program is open to students who are 15 to 18. The priority deadline for St. John’s College Summer Academy is May 12 and the final deadline is June 16. The program begins June 25 and ends July 29.
Both of the St. John’s campuses are located in bustling cities with ample restaurants, cultural experiences and internship opportunities. St. John’s College is a space for students who love big ideas. Take a look at the College Greenlight profiles for the Maryland and New Mexico campuses to see if this is the place for you.