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Admissions Process

The purpose of the admissions process is to determine if applicants have a clear understanding of the program for which they are applying, a serious commitment to the work of that program, and sufficient ability and preparation to undertake that work. The admissions process is personal and holistic; we are happy to help guide applicants through the process. A downloadable PDF of the application is also available.

Graduate Institute Application

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St. John’s will accept applications on a rolling basis for fall, spring, and summer terms until all spaces are filled. To ensure full consideration, we recommend submitting your application by the priority deadline.

Enrollment Terms and Priority Deadlines
Enrollment Term Priority Deadline Admissions Decision Returned
Fall (Liberal Arts and Eastern Classics) February 15 Within 4 weeks
Spring (Liberal Arts) November 1 Within 4 weeks
Summer (Liberal Arts) April 1 Within 4 weeks


The Graduate Institute welcomes applications for admission from qualified individuals with a bachelor’s degree; no particular field or major is required. There is no application fee. In addition to the application form, you will be asked to submit:

  • Essays

    In judging applications, greatest weight is given to the essays, in which applicants discuss their previous education, their reasons for interest in the Graduate Institute, and their reflections on a book of particular importance to them. The essay is usually six to nine pages and demonstrates the applicant’s ability to express him or herself in a thoughtful and articulate manner.

  • Transcripts

    Transcripts are required from every institution where applicants have earned college credit. These should be mailed directly from the registrar’s office in a sealed envelope.

  • Letters of Reference

    The two letters of reference are also carefully weighed. They should be from academic sources, and, when possible, written specifically for the Graduate Institute. Exceptions can be made for those candidates who have been out of college for many years. In that case letters from supervisors or work colleagues will suffice. Please feel free to call the graduate admissions office on either campus to discuss options.

    Download a PDF of the Reference Letter form

  • GRE Not Required

    Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required.