St Johns College

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: St. John’s College
Annapolis, MD & Santa Fe, NM

So you’ve heard of Plato and Aristotle, Tolstoy and Nietzsche. But have you read them?  Really read them and studied them? At St. John’s College, the “great books” come to life through meaningful classroom discussions and deep, critical reading. On both the East and West campuses, the 450 or so students who have chosen this classical education spend four years engaged in seminars and tutorials that emphasize interdisciplinary exploration, close collaboration, and original thought. While there is room for some elective coursework in the junior and senior years, most students follow the same academic program, culminating in a BA in Liberal Arts. The historic Annapolis campus is located just off the Chesapeake Bay and across the street from the U.S. Naval Academy. Sixteen hundred miles away, the Santa Fe campus boasts nearly 300 days of sunshine and breathtaking views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. When students aren’t completely immersed in their work, they enjoy participating in some of the College’s many clubs and activities, including writing for the student-run newspaper, competing against their peers in game nights, and performing in the talented theatre group. Good to know: St. John’s recently lowered (yes, you read that correctly!) their tuition to $35,000 for the 2019-20 academic year to encourage all students—regardless of their financial circumstances—to seek out St. John’s transformative college education.

Photo credit: Top, Courtesy of St. John’s College


Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College. Visit our website to learn more about Elyse Krantz.