- 4 Year
- SANTA FE, NM
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We are often called “the most contrarian college in America.” Or “the most rigorous college in America.” Or “the most intellectual college in America.” No matter how you define us, St. John’s College is unlike any other. Our students share a common curriculum, reading and discussing 200 of the greatest books in history. You learn directly from Plato, Austen, Einstein, Woolf, and Du Bois, to name a few. Instead of lectures and majors, classes are discussion-based exploring philosophy, literature, science, math, politics, and more. With a 7:1 student-to-faculty ratio, the college ranks #5 for best classroom experience and #9 for best undergraduate teaching. Our community has 1000 students on two campuses in Annapolis, Maryland, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. On the Santa Fe campus, in the Rocky Mountains, Johnnies embrace stunning views and rich cultural diversity while reading great books on the placita, hiking mountains, sculpting pottery, or socializing in the student-run coffee shop.
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Most Popular Majors
- Liberal Arts and Humanities74 Graduates
Great Books Program
The Great Books Program at St. John’s defies the conventional. No textbooks. Students read original writings of Plato, Shakespeare, Austen, Einstein, and Du Bois (to name a few). No majors. Students discover the connections between literature, science, philosophy, history, and more in a shared, common curriculum. No lectures. Every class is a discussion of great books with 20 students or fewer.
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St. John's College - Santa Fe Reviews
Rankings for SJC tend to be lower because the school is not for everyone and many people find that out later on and leave. But for those who stick around, it is incredibly rewarding. Students who love to read and discuss will thrive. The Program helps you develop invaluable soft skills and challenges you to think deeper at every step: there is no point at which a student will be allowed to remain complacent in their pre-existing world views. I have seen my critical thinking, level of comprehension, and communication skills drastically improve. This is largely due to consistent exposure to difficult material and constructive criticism from tutors, especially during Don Rags. However, you will only get as much out of the Program as you put in. Students are responsible for their own education here, and dispassionate students will quickly become disillusioned.