St. John’s College is known for its small class sizes and personalized attention to students. Learning and sharing ideas is a way of life on the college’s Annapolis and Santa Fe campuses. National publications and administrators at other institutions have taken notice. U.S. News and World Report ranked St. John’s among the nation’s best liberal arts colleges for the quality of its faculty and teaching. In addition, The Princeton Review gave high marks to the college’s faculty and students.

How St. John's College Ranks

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Most Students Getting PhDs in the Humanities (HEDS)

International Student May 2016


Most International Students (U.S. News)

SJC 2019 Madrid


Lots of Race/Class Interaction (Princeton Review)

Santa Fe Tutor Students Classroom Discussion


Professors Get High Marks (Princeton Review)

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Best Classroom Experience (Princeton Review)

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Best Undergraduate Teaching (U.S. News)

While rankings shouldn’t be the sole reason for choosing a college, they can give a glimpse into what students are experiencing and the reputation of faculty members and institutions as a whole. Here’s a look at St. John’s in the rankings:

U.S. News and World Report


# 5 Most International Students

# 9 Best Undergraduate Teaching

# 18 Most Innovative Schools

# 39 Best Value


U.S. News conducted a survey in which top academics were asked to name the schools they think have faculty with an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching. Institutions were measured against their peers only, within the categories U.S. News uses for its Best Colleges rankings.

U.S. News considered graduation and first-year student retention rates, assessments by administrators at peer institutions, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, graduation rate performance and high school counselor ratings of colleges.

Princeton Review: Best Colleges



Great Race/Class Interaction

Great Classroom Experience

Great Professors

Great Professor Accessibility

Students Study the Most

Best 387 Colleges

# 29 Best Value (Private Schools)


Both St. John’s campuses were ranked among the Princeton Review’s Best 387 Colleges in the 2022 edition.

The Princeton Review surveys students to compile its rankings. The survey asked students to answer questions about academics/administration, life at the college, fellow students and themselves. The rankings above reflect the results of the survey for both campuses over the last several years.

Princeton Review: “Colleges That Pay You Back”

Princeton Review: Colleges That Pay You Back.

The Princeton Review profiled St. John’s Annapolis campus in its 2018 book Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck. The book includes seven ratings in the following areas: academic, admissions, financial aid, fire safety, green, ROI (Return on Investment), and quality of life. The methodology considered more than 40 data points, including information from 2016-17 surveys of students and administrators at 658 colleges. The Princeton Review also factored in PayScale.com data collected through April 2017 from alumni surveys covering starting and mid-career salaries, and career social impact.

Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS)

Survey Data

# 1 Most Students Getting PhDs in the Humanities

# 10 Most Students Getting PhDs in Business

# 18 Most Students Getting PhDs in Social Sciences

# 22 Most Students Getting PhDs in Religion

Behind the Rankings

Both campuses rank high among colleges with alumni who earn doctorates—especially in the humanities (history, classics, literature, and world languages) and social sciences (economics, political science, policy analysis, international relations, linguistics and sociology). Annapolis alumni also ranked high in business and religion doctorates.

The “doctorates earned” numbers come from National Science Foundation (NSF) and the “earned bachelor’s” numbers come from Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). The Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS) compiles these figures and creates an analytic based on those earning bachelor’s degrees at each institution that go on to receive doctorates (PhD, ScD, EdD, etc.).



# 1 Best College in New Mexico (Santa Fe Campus)


Forbes considered student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt, graduation rates and academic success when compiling its rankings. The St. John’s Santa Fe campus took the top spot among institutions in New Mexico.



Best Value in Liberal Arts Colleges


Kiplinger considered academic quality, including admissions competitiveness, graduation rates and academic support when compiling its rankings. The publication also considered cost, financial aid measures and student indebtedness.

Washington Monthly


# 138 National Liberal Arts


Washington Monthly ranks schools based on what they are doing for the country. The publication considers social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarships and PhDs), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

USA Today


# 8 Best Small College Town (Santa Fe Campus)


USA Today ranked Santa Fe the No. 8 Best Small College Town. These towns are noted for having a fun, youthful vibe, unexpected shopping options, restaurants, bars and entertainment—all plentiful and affordable, and all with a population of less than 100,000.

Business Insider


# 6 Best College Towns in America (Santa Fe Campus)


Business Insider ranked Santa Fe as No. 6 in the category Best College Towns in America. The rankings are calculated using 11 criteria, including economic vitality, availability of entertainment and rent.

Travel and Leisure


# 14 America’s Best College Towns (Annapolis Campus)


Travel and Leisure ranked Annapolis No. 14 in the Best College Town category. These towns were ranked based on their entertainment, food and drink options, as well as opportunities for socializing.

College Raptor


# 1 Hidden Gem in Maryland (Annapolis Campus)
# 1 Hidden Gem in New Mexico (Santa Fe Campus)
# 1 Hidden Gem in the Southwest (Santa Fe Campus)
# 1 Hidden Gem in the Northeast (Annapolis Campus)


College Raptor identifies a “hidden gem” as a college that receives fewer than 5,000 applications a year, has fewer than 7,000 undergraduates enrolled, and may not be as well-known as larger schools in the country or region. Both Annapolis and Santa Fe were ranked #1 in their respective states and regions.

College Consensus


# 1 Best Colleges & Universities in New Mexico (Santa Fe Campus)

# 3 Best Colleges & Universities in Maryland (Annapolis Campus)

# 23 Best Small Colleges

# 37 Best Liberal Arts Colleges


College Consensus creates an “aggregate ranking” using data from other college ranking sites, including U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, and Cappex. Both the student experience rankings and school rankings are aggregated to create the Student Review Rating and Publisher Rating, which are then combined to arrive at the overall “consensus.”