St. John's College (New Mexico)

St. John's College (New Mexico)


At St. John’s College, great books—and great discussions—are the heart of the college’s distinctive liberal arts program. At the college’s two campuses in Annapolis, MD and Santa Fe, NM, every class consists of 14-20 students discussing the greatest books of Western civilization across disciplines that include literature, philosophy, math, science, language, and music. The college’s coeducational community, free of religious affiliation, takes an open-minded approach to ideas of all kinds. Rather than being told how and what to think about what they’re reading, St. John’s students are asked to reach their own conclusions through deep thinking, critical analysis, and intense discussion. Every part of the program aims to raise essential questions that have been the subject of human inquiry since the beginning of time. Most students live on campus in a socially and academically supportive community where diversity of mind and thought are valued and encouraged.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Summer Experience The St. John's College Summer Academy

The St. John’s College Summer Academy is a pre-college, residential program that shows students the possibilities of a liberal arts education. Students explore works by some of the greatest thinkers of Western culture in discussion-based classes. They also participate in an array of extra-curricular activities—from poetry writing to improv techniques to yoga and pottery—and enjoy excursions to museums and historic sites. Financial assistance for attending Summer Academy is available. Learn more about The St. John's College Summer Academy

Open House, Fly-in, Visit St. John's College Fly-In Program

St. John’s College provides a fly-in program which will pay for the flights of visiting students, making the college-visit more accessible. The college also provides an option for students to stay overnight in a dorm and attend several classes as well as being immersed in the college environment. Overnights give visiting students the chance to talk to current students, allowing them to get a real feel for student life and the culture of the school. Learn more about St. John's College Fly-In Program

First-Year Experience & Transition First-Year Support

The College provides student assistants in every subject studied at St. John’s. These assistants, having experienced the program themselves, provide invaluable support to first-year students, both academically and socially. In addition, the Assistant Dean’s Office provides academic and personal counseling as well as tutoring. Students are also encouraged to take the faculty out to lunch (paid for by the college) through the “Take a Professor to lunch” program.

Student Diversity

  • 330
  • 55/45
  • 12%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 4%
  • 1%
    Black or African American
  • 9%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 65%
  • 3%
    Two or more races
  • 2%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 17%

Student Success

  • 79%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 58%
    Six-year graduation
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 94%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 85%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 102
    Full-time faculty
  • 9
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 7:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Liberal Arts

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Black Student Union, Inter-sectional Feminist Group, Pangea (International Student Club), Pink Triangle (LGBTQ+ Alliance Group), Shammai (Jewish Student Club), Chinese Teahouse (Eastern Authors study group).


Cost of Attendance

  • $49,758
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $470
    Required Fees
  • $11,888
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $5,770,555
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $41,324
    Average aid package
  • $27,594
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 55%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 79%
    Students with financial need
  • 99%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 79%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 80%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 952
    # of applicants
  • 57%
  • 3.40
    Average HS GPA
  • 29
    ACT Composite
  • 610—740
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 590—710
    SAT Math
  • 600—700
    SAT Writing
  • yes
    SAT/ACT optional


  • Rolling
    Regular application closing date
  • n/a
    Application Fee
  • n/a
    Application Fee (online)
  • n/a
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • yes
    Early action plan
  • 11/15
    Early action application closing date