The St. John's College undergraduate and graduate programs are defined by the original sources studied and by the nature of the classroom experience—small, discussion-based seminars led by experienced faculty. Both the undergraduate and graduate programs are similar in Annapolis and Santa Fe; an Eastern Classics masters' program is offered in Santa Fe only. The distinct campus environments further complement the college's academic excellence.
"Masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the experience of the mass is behind the single voice."
- Virginia Woolf