St. John’s College seeks to be a welcoming place for students from diverse backgrounds. Because of the common curriculum, the small size, and the commitment to learning on the part of everyone on the campuses, students find that they become a part of the greater college community quickly and thoroughly.
The aim of the education offered by St. John's College is the liberation of the human intellect. This is an education for all, regardless of a person's race, ethnicity, sex, religious beliefs, country of origin, economic background, age, disability or sexual orientation. By reading great books and struggling together with the fundamental questions that they raise, students and their teachers learn from their differences and discover more deeply their shared humanity. In this and other ways, a diversity of background and experience enriches our community of learning . Because it offers an education for all, St. John's College has sought and continues to seek to make its program of study known and available to people of diverse backgrounds.
0.2% American Indian
1.8% African American
2.0% Asian American
72.1% White (Not Hispanic)
Economic diversity – 68% on need based financial aid, 30% receive Pell grants
Fact: St. John’s in Annapolis was the first college south of the Mason Dixon line to voluntarily desegregate. The first African American student, Martin Dyer, was admitted in 1948. Mr. Dyer went on to earn a law degree from the University of Maryland and to focus on fair housing issues. He also served on the college’s Board of Visitors and Governors.
"The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts."