Graduate Low-Residency Enrollment

Find a home at St. John’s College no matter where you live in online classes offered through the low-residency enrollment option.

Whether you are exploring some of the deepest and most persistent questions in the Western classics through our interdisciplinary Liberal Arts degree, immersing yourself in the classic texts of India, China, and Japan in our Eastern Classics degree, or learning how to introduce new generations to meaningful conversations with our Liberal Arts Education Certificate, the Graduate Institute’s flexible schedules, small class sizes with real-time instruction, and experienced and engaged faculty are available to you. Students taking online classes have the same access to one-on-one meetings with tutors, student support services, and tuition assistance and scholarships as our in-person students.

Online Classes

Online classes are offered through Zoom to low-residency students. While there is no physical table to gather around, just like in-person classes, the online option features dynamic conversations in small classes. There are no prerecorded lessons, no lectures, no asynchronous instruction, and no over-enrolled classes.

Convening Weekends

Low-residency students are required to attend two on-campus weekends (the “residential” portion) at some point throughout their studies for a mix of social and academic activities. Both campuses host one weekend during the fall and spring semesters inviting online students, on-campus students, alumni, and tutors to gather in a homecoming-style weekend. Although only two are required, students are welcome and encouraged to attend as many weekends as they’d like. The residential requirement can also be satisfied by enrolling in one or more semesters of in-person classes on campus. Students are welcome to switch between online and on-campus from semester to semester.

Technology Requirements

Low-residency students are expected to have a reliable audio/video connection; thus they are required to have access to a smooth and stable internet connection as well as a computer or tablet with a camera. Some classes or tutors may also require access to Ziteboard, a free collaborative white-board website.

Observe an Online Class

If you are hesitant about online coursework, you can observe our online classes to see the dynamic engagement. Observations are available for Annapolis and Santa Fe, Liberal Arts and Eastern Classics and the option to speak with current students or faculty is available upon request.

Schedule An Observation