About The Graduate Institute

St. John’s College was founded in 1696 and is the third oldest college in the United States. The Graduate Institute was established in 1967 to serve students who desire to explore the persisting questions of human existence by studying classical works. Becoming educated is a process of becoming intellectually free so as to be capable of thinking for oneself, engaging in ongoing learning and inquiry, and achieving inner freedom. Our students are professionals enhancing their careers, academics seeking a rigorous immersion in interdisciplinary thought, and adults interested in investigating the roots of current issues through thoughtful inquiry and conversation. At St. John’s, we believe that the life of the mind is crucial to full human flourishing.