Santa Fe Parents

Information for Parents of Incoming Freshmen
Parent Orientation

Welcome to St. John’s College!

As parents, you are a vital component of the college community and we are excited to have you participate in the life of the college. We will offer a comprehensive orientation program at the same time as your son or daughter is going through student orientation. There will be informational sessions, opportunities to meet your fellow parents, and special parent-only seminars on the Notes on Dialogue led by those members of the faculty who will be teaching freshman classes.

We strongly encourage you to extend your stay in Santa Fe through Thursday afternoon for the Convocation ceremony on the morning of Thursday, August 28, 2014. Convocation marks the formal entrance of your son or daughter into the college as the faculty process in full regalia, the new students sign the college Register, and the President makes offers special remarks for the occasion. Business casual dress is requested. Weather permitting, the ceremony may be held outside – please plan for sun protection.

We also invite you to join us for Parent and Family Weekend in the fall. We’re still working on the details, but we have set aside the weekend of October 9-11, 2014, to welcome the parents, family, and friends of our current students to campus for three days of class visits, special programming, and a seminar that is just for parents and family. Make sure we have your email address so you’ll be among the first to hear when the details are finalized, and check the  for more information in the coming weeks on this special event.

You are most welcome and encouraged to visit throughout the year. Feel free to contact the Alumni Relations  Office with questions and concerns, at 505-984-6103.

New Student and Parent Orientation for August, 2014
Times and events subject to change.

Incoming students: please note that student orientation is coordinated by the Office of Housing and Residential Life; questions about student orientation may be addressed to Mr. Matt Johnston at 505-984-6087 or

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Registration for incoming students and their families, ESL Portal
Hospitality room available for parents throughout registration in ESL 126
Campus tours available in the morning and early afternoon

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
10.30am - Welcome Mingle in Shepps Garden
11am - 12:30pm - Panel Discussion with President and Vice President
5.30pm -  Dinner with fellow parents
7:30-9pm - Parent-only seminars on the Notes on Dialogue in the ESL building
9pm-10pm - Cocoa and cookies in the Coffee Shop following seminar to allow you to meet up with your son or daughter and discuss your experience in seminar

Thursday, August 28, 2014
11.00am - Convocation
Parents depart in the afternoon or evening 
Students have their first seminars in the evening

Click here to access the featured excerpt from Book VI of the Iliad

Click here to access the Notes on Dialogue

Click here to access our brochure of opening weekend with complete schedules for both parents and students