- “Books, books, and more books is what you’ll get at St. John’s,” notes The Fiske Guide, which also observes that the college “attracts smart, intellectual, and nonconformist students who like to talk (and argue) about books.”
- A study by the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium, adjusting for institutional size and number of degrees granted, found that St. John’s is among the most productive sources of future PhDs. About 70% of St. John’s alumni pursue their formal education beyond the baccalaureate degree at some point in their careers.
- St. John’s College is a member of The Davis United World College Scholars Program, a consortium of 88 United States colleges and universities that are committed to building cross-cultural understanding across their campuses and around the globe by enrolling graduates from the United World College.
- The Princeton Review reports that “St. John’s has one of the most personal admissions processes in the country.”
- 75% of students live on campus.
- Extensive intramural sports program; fitness classes, skiing, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, and hiking.
- Vibrant extracurricular music, theater, and visual arts programs.
- Student clubs and organizations, including a newspaper, a literary magazine, community service opportunities, and study groups.
- Second campus option: students may transfer between the Santa Fe and Annapolis campuses.
- St. John’s College prepares its students and graduates for internships, jobs, graduate school, volunteer work, and running their own businesses. For the past 10 years, 12% of the seniors have gone directly to graduate or professional school, with that number rising to 68% within 5 years after graduation. Graduates pursue advanced degrees in law, medicine and biomedical research, math and sciences (neuroscience, physics,
psychology), humanities and social sciences (philosophy, political science, public administration, international relations), and education. Schools that routinely accept St. John’s graduates include Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Boston College, UT-Austin, UC-Berkeley, NYU, Cornell, Purdue, Duke, Tulane, University of Chicago, University of Maryland, and University of New Mexico.
- Since 2005, St. John’s students have won the following national awards: Fulbright Grants (3), National Security Scholars Scholarships (3), Jack Kent Cooke Scholarships (2), and Truman Scholarship (1). St. John’s students also have received Projects for Peace Awards from the Davis Foundation for the past 5 years.
- Each summer the college funds 40-50 interns to explore possible career paths ranging from social justice, mediation, prison outreach, city/state/federal government and public policy, to film production, financial management, cancer research, organic farming, green architecture, historic archives, and sailing tall ships.
- Mentors routinely request more interns from St. John’s, even going so far as to convert approximately 10% of the interns to employees.
- Graduates teach in venues ranging from the Peace Corps, to public, independent, and charter schools throughout the US, as well as in Japan, China, Taiwan, India, the Middle East, and Western Europe. St. John’s has also produced successful entrepreneurs in fields such as finance and wealth management, information technology, art and decorative crafts, landscaping, education, resource management, architecture, and alternative energy. In short, St. John’s College prepares its graduates to attempt vocations and avocations spanning a life time.