Diversity at St. John’s

St. John’s College is a welcoming place for all students. Because of the common curriculum, the small size, and the commitment to learning on the part of everyone on the campuses, students find a warm community that embraces diversity of background and thought. In fact, diversity is a vital component of what makes classroom discussion so enriching. By reading great books and struggling together with the fundamental questions that they raise, students and faculty learn from their differences and discover more deeply their shared humanity.

Students and tutor discussing mathematical propositions from Euclid.Who We Are

Students from 27 countries, comprising 11% of the student body

Students from 49 states and territories

Students of every race and ethnicity: 

 18% identify as domestic students of color 

Students from a broad spectrum of socioeconomic backgrounds:

 68% receive need-based financial aid
 More than 20% receive Pell grants

Student groups change year-to-year, but many embrace differences of culture, background, orientation, and religion:

 Bible Study
 Pink Triangle Society (LGBT group)
 Chinese Culture Club
 Christian Fellowship
 Gay Straight Alliance
 Shammai (Jewish group)
 Orthodox Christian Fellowship
 Pangea (international student group)
 Eastern Literature and Philosophy Group


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.