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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)

Tutor Student Conversation


Professors Get High Marks (Princeton Review)

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Best Undergraduate Teaching (U.S. News)

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Lots of Race/Class Interaction (Princeton Review)

Annapolis Classroom Sawyer Student Talking 2016


Best College for Debaters (College Match Up)

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


No. 3 Liberal Arts Colleges with Most International Students (Santa Fe)

No. 8 Liberal Arts Colleges with Most International Students (Annapolis)

No. 34 High School Counselor Rankings Liberal Arts Colleges (Annapolis)

No. 47 High School Counselor Rankings Liberal Arts Colleges (Santa Fe)

No. 53 Best National Liberal Arts Colleges (Annapolis)

No. 76 Best National Liberal Arts Colleges (Santa Fe)


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.

The Annapolis campus was ranked No. 53 overall among national liberal arts institutions, while the Santa Fe campus was ranked No. 76, up from 83 last year. 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.

The Santa Fe campus was ranked No. 3 for Most International Students while the Annapolis campus ranked No. 8 in the same category. The rankings were based on the percentage of international students enrolled.

Both campuses ranked in the top 50 liberal arts colleges among high school guidance counselors with Annapolis at No. 34 and Santa Fe at No. 47.

Princeton Review: Best Colleges


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No. 2 Professors Get High Marks (Annapolis)

No. 4 Lots of Race/Class Interaction (Annapolis)

No. 5 Lots of Race/Class Interaction (Santa Fe)

No. 7 Professors Get High Marks (Santa Fe)

No. 10 Their Students Love These Colleges (Annapolis)

No. 11 Happiest Students and Best Classroom Experience (Annapolis)

No. 13 Most Accessible Professors (Annapolis) and Best Classroom Experience (Santa Fe)

No. 16 Most Accessible Professors (Santa Fe)

No. 18 Students Study the Most (Santa Fe)


The Princeton Review surveyed students to compile its 2018 rankings. The survey asked students to answer questions about academics/administration, life at the college, fellow students and themselves.

Both St. John’s campuses were ranked among the The Princeton Review’s Best 382 Colleges with Santa Fe appearing on the Green Colleges and Best Western lists and Annapolis appearing on the Best Northeastern list.

The St. John’s Annapolis campus was ranked No. 2 in the category Professors Get High Marks and the Santa Fe campus was ranked No. 7 in the same category. In addition, The Princeton Review ranked the Annapolis campus at No. 4 and Santa Fe at No. 5 for Lots of Race/Class Interaction.

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 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

No. 1 Most Students Getting PhDs in the Humanities (Annapolis)

No. 4 Most Students Getting PhDs in the Humanities (Santa Fe)

No. 10 Most Students Getting PhDs in Business (Annapolis)

No. 18 Most Students Getting PhDs in Social Sciences (Annapolis)

No. 20 Most Students Getting PhDs in Social Sciences (Santa Fe)

No. 22 Most Students Getting PhDs in Religion (Annapolis)

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.).



No. 1 Best College in New Mexico (Santa Fe)


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.



No. 94 Best Value in Liberal Arts Colleges (Annapolis)


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


No. 138 National Liberal Arts (Annapolis)


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).

College Match Up


No. 1 Best Colleges for Debaters (Annapolis)

No. 3 Best Colleges for Debaters (Santa Fe)


College Match Up took a number of factors into account when compiling the rankings, including the student-faculty ratio, liberal arts majors and unique or alternative missions. The Annapolis campus took home the top spot for debate-driven students, while the Santa Fe campus came in at No. 3.

USA Today


No. 8 Best Small College Town (Santa Fe)


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


No. 6 Best College Towns in America (Santa Fe)


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


No. 14 America’s Best College Towns (Annapolis)


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.