Admissions Requirements

Suggested Coursework & Required Documents

For admission to St. John’s, you should have a solid college-prep background, including two years of algebra, one year of geometry, and two years of a foreign language. Additional work in mathematics and foreign language is advised, as well as two or three years of natural science.

Documents that should be included in the St. John’s application include:

  • Application essays
  • Secondary school reports
  • Transcripts of any college work completed
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one from a teacher
  • SAT or ACT scores are not required for most students but may prove helpful

International Applicants

St. John’s welcomes applications from international students, with these additional requirements:

Test results from:

  • The Student Assessment Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT) unless you currently participate in an IB program.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if the applicant's first language is not English (the TOEFL may be waived when the language of instruction for the student’s secondary education has been English).

Please see Application Information for International Students.

Early Admission

Occasionally, St. John's accepts an applicant who has not graduated from high school. Students applying for such early admission should be well qualified to profit from the college program and must submit the results of a GED or its equivalent. SAT or ACT scores are also required. A campus visit and interview are especially important in such cases.

AP or IB Preparation

Although St. John’s does not accept academic credits for any Advanced Placement courses taken in high school, such courses, along with honors classes or an International Baccalaureate program, do show initiative and a strong evidence of academic achievement. These are considered as positives in the evaluation of your application to St. John’s.

Homeschooled Students

St. John's welcomes applications from homeschooled students. In addition to the general requirements noted above, homeschoolers should submit documentation of high school graduation, a GED, or its equivalent. SAT or ACT scores are also required. Please submit an outline of the curriculum they have followed, arranged in chronological order by conventional subject matter, with brief descriptions of the course content and texts used.

Transferring to St. John’s

Because the St. John's program is comprehensive and covers all four years for all students, new students are admitted only as freshmen. In other words, credits for other college work do not transfer. About 25 percent of every entering class has attended college elsewhere first.

January Freshmen (mid-year admission)

The Santa Fe campus offers January admission. Freshmen who enter in January stay on campus the following summer to complete the first year. They can thus graduate a year earlier than if they had postponed their entrance until the following fall. The January class is of particular interest to students who come to St. John's from other colleges, or to those who have traveled or worked since graduation from high school, or to those who wish to enter St. John's immediately after the first semester of their senior year of high school.