St. John’s College has long been known for its small class sizes and personalized attention to students. Whether tutors are engaging in thoughtful debate with their classes or staying late to discuss literature and philosophy, 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. St. John’s also continued its climb in the overall rankings for liberal arts colleges.
In addition, The Princeton Review gave high marks to the college’s faculty and students.
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:
ANNAPOLIS RANKINGS SANTA FE RANKINGS
No. 5 Best Undergraduate Teaching Among National Liberal Arts Colleges (Annapolis)
No. 7 Liberal Arts Colleges with Most International Students (Santa Fe)
No. 17 Liberal Arts Colleges with Most International Students (Annapolis)
No. 53 Best National Liberal Arts Colleges (Annapolis)
No. 83 Best National Liberal Arts Colleges (Santa Fe)
U.S. News conducted a survey last spring 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. St. John’s in Annapolis came in at No. 5 for undergraduate teaching among national liberal arts colleges. The Annapolis campus was ranked No. 53 overall among national liberal arts institutions, while the Santa Fe campus was ranked No. 83. 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. 7 for Most International Students while the Annapolis campus ranked No. 17 in the same category. The rankings were based on the percentage of international students enrolled. Twenty percent of the students at the Santa Fe campus and 14 percent of the students at the Annapolis campus were from foreign countries during the 2015-2016 school year.
No. 2 Professors Get High Marks Among National Liberal Arts Colleges (Santa Fe)
No. 6 Most Accessible Professors Among National Liberal Arts Colleges (Annapolis)
No. 12 Most Accessible Professors Among National Liberal Arts Colleges (Santa Fe)
No. 15 Students Study The Most Among National Liberal Arts Colleges (Santa Fe)
No. 16 Professors Get High Marks Among National Liberal Arts Colleges (Annapolis)
The Princeton Review surveyed more than 143,000 students to compile its 2017 rankings. The survey asked students to answer 80 questions about academics/administration, life at the college, fellow students and themselves.
The St. John’s Santa Fe campus was ranked No. 2 among all national liberal arts colleges in the category Professors Get High Marks. The Annapolis campus was ranked No. 16 in the same category. In addition, The Princeton Review ranked the Annapolis campus at No. 6 among national liberal arts colleges in the category Most Accessible Professors. The publication ranked the Santa Fe campus at No. 12 in the same category. The Princeton Review also ranked the St. John’s Santa Fe campus at No. 15 for Students Who Study the Most.
SANTA FE RANKING
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.
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).
ANNAPOLIS AND SANTA FE RANKINGS
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.
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.
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.
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.