After Graduating

After St. John’s College

St. John's College provides a broad education that helps its graduates succeed in diverse careers, from conventional mainstays to cutting-edge innovative fields. St. John's graduates thrive in areas like education, business, communication, mathematics, software design, the sciences, health professions, social services, and the arts—often while trailblazing new and creative ways to make an impact. They are leaders, entrepreneurial thinkers and thoughtful problem-solvers in every occupation, including those they invent.

St. John's graduates have held such positions as chief of cardiology, New York Veterans Administration Medical Center; vice president, America's Development Foundation; West Africa correspondent, New York Times; vice president for research and development, Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc.; radio host of "World of Opera." Many are widely respected and cited for groundbreaking contributions to their chosen professions.


Career Fields

A recent survey of alumni shows the wide range of career paths followed:

  • Education, 19%
  • Law, 10%
  • Business, 20%
  • Health/Medicine, 9%
  • Communication and the Arts, 15%
  • Social Sciences, 2%
  • Computers/Sciences, Mathematics, 8%


Graduate and Professional School After St. John's

Nearly 70 percent of St. John's alumni pursue advanced degrees; approximately 15 % of each graduating class directly matriculates into some of the nation's top graduate and professional schools.

The Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS) has reported that St. John's is in the top 2% of all colleges and universities in the nation for percent of alumni who go on to earn PhDs; the Annapolis campus is first in the percentage of graduates who earn PhDs in the humanities. Moreover, HEDS reports that St. Johns is in the top 4% for alumni earning PhDs in science or engineering.

St. John's students benefit from a robust internship program and a worldwide network of alumni mentors.

St. John's students earn scholarships and fellowships for graduate study. Examples of recent fellowships include:

  • Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Fellowship for Harvard University
  • Dow Jones Internship
  • Fulbright Scholarship
  • Goldwater Scholarship
  • Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarship
  • Marshall Scholarship
  • National Institutes of Health Fellowship
  • National Security Education Program Scholarship
  • Publius Award
  • Rhodes Scholarship
  • Rotary Scholarship
  • Truman Scholarship
  • Woodrow Wilson Scholarship
  • Young Scholars Award


Ask an Alumnus

St. John's alumni are the best evidence of the valuable skills learned and talents nurtured. They exhibit excellence of intellect and imagination – qualities that help them flourish in their careers and their personal lives. These Johnnies have volunteered to address your questions about their college experience and how they have been able to succeed in their chosen career.


Ask an Alumnus - Santa Fe



Alicia Dondo

2013, Santa Fe
Financial Services, Analyst



Shawn Watts

2000, Santa Fe
Associate Director, Edson Quieroz Foundation Mediation Program at Columbia Law School
J.D., Columbia Law School



Amy Williams

2003 Santa Fe
Assistant District Attorney, Alaska
J.D., University of New Mexico School of Law



Karolina Richterova

2013, Santa Fe
Graduate student in experimental psychology, University of Oxford



Sunny Hills

1978, Santa Fe
International Marketing Consultant Specializing in Google AdWords
Graduate Studies in Journalism & Graduate Teaching Fellow in Broadcasting, University of Oregon


Ask an Alumnus - Annapolis



Ethan Bauman

Annapolis 1978
Congressional Liaison, National Security Agency
JD, Georgetown Law




Louis Kovacs

Annapolis 2002
Sports Medicine Physician
Arnold Palmer Sports Health Center at
MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, MD



Josh Rogers

Annapolis 1998
Wealth Management/Entrepreneur 




Jamaal Barnes

Annapolis 2010
Assistant Director of
Admissions, Harvard Graduate
School of Education
2009 Truman Scholar
EdM in Prevention Science, Harvard



Elisabeth McClure

Annapolis 2008
PhD Candidate in Georgetown
University's Department of




Derek Alexander

Annapolis 1999
Director and Deputy General Counsel
Stifel Financial Corporation 
in New York
J.D., Harvard Law
School, 2008