St. John’s College Named One of Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges in America”
Annapolis, MD and Santa Fe, NM campuses offer outstanding classroom experience
St. John’s College is among the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. Praised for its small classes, supportive atmosphere, and a low student-to-faculty ratio, St. John’s College is again among the top colleges included in The Princeton Review’s “379 Best Colleges.” The educational services company features St. John’s Annapolis and Santa Fe campuses in its annual college guide (2015 edition; Random House), which is based on surveys of 130,000 students at 379 colleges and universities.
Both campuses stand out in the annual guide: St. John’s in Annapolis is among the 225 Best Northeastern colleges and universities and St. John’s in Santa Fe is among the 123 of Best Western colleges and universities. The guide reports the top colleges in 20 categories. St. John’s Santa Fe campus ranked in the top ten for “accessible professors” and “professors get high marks,” as well as categories such as: “easiest campus to get around” and “Is it food?” Students on both campuses engage in the same distinctive curriculum.
St. John’s “teaches students how to think for themselves” notes a student surveyed, and “[we] are encouraged to question everything.” Faculty “treat the students as equals,” and “outside of class they are available and friendly. There is always someone to work through [difficult material] with you.” At St. John’s College students pursue an interdisciplinary curriculum based on the foundational works of Western civilization. As a student notes, “[we] study math, science, philosophy, language, history, and literature,” and are “encouraged to question everything, develop [our own] logical conclusions, and understand Western thought, starting at the basics.”
Students in Annapolis and Santa Fe engage in a host of extracurricular activities–from school-run dance parties, Ultimate Frisbee, sailing, and crew in Annapolis to skiing and Search and Rescue in Santa Fe. “Impromptu trips off campus are frequent,” says a student. “Students come from across the country and around the world, from all religious, political and economic backgrounds …the diversity of personalities is astounding,” says one student. Adds another, “The one thing Johnnies have in common is their love of learning and their love of thought.”
The Princeton Review’s annual college guide profiles approximately 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and only four colleges outside the U.S. It includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories, plus ranking lists of top 20 schools in 62 categories; this is based on The Princeton Review's surveys of 130,000 students attending the colleges and universities.
"St. John’s College, which has campuses in Annapolis, MD. and Santa Fe, N.M., offers outstanding academics, which is the chief reason we selected it for the book,” says Rob Franek, Princeton Review's senior vice president/ publisher and author of “The Best 379 Colleges.”
Learn more about St. John’s College: www.sjc.edu