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Applying to St. John’s College

How to Apply to St. John’s

The St. John’s application process is different. The Admissions Committee (both admissions officers and faculty) does consider traditional factors, such as your academic record, letters of recommendation, and, if you think they will lend weight to your application, your test scores (which are optional for most students). Most importantly, the committee focuses on your essays, and the committee reads the essays of every single applicant to St. John’s before making an admissions decision.

We welcome all serious applicants so we charge no application fee.

Need-based financial aid is available for those students who complete the financial aid application. All applicants are considered for merit scholarships.

Deadlines for Undergraduate Admissions

Applicants for both St. John’s campuses may apply Early Decision, Early Action, Regular Decision, or Rolling Admission for the fall. The Santa Fe campus offers Rolling Admission for the spring through the January Freshman Program.

Early Action acceptances are non-binding. Except for Rolling Admission for the spring, all accepted students have until May 1 to make enrollment decisions and deposits.

Decision Types and Deadlines
Decision Type Deadline Admissions Decision Returned
Early Decision November 1 December 1
Early Action November 15 December 15
Regular Decision January 15 February 15
Rolling Admission (Fall) after February 15 Within 2-3 weeks
Rolling Admission (Spring) - Santa Fe Only until January 15 Within 2-3 weeks

Please also remember financial aid deadlines.

St. John’s Graduate Admissions

St. John’s Graduate Institute offers a master’s degree in Liberal Arts (both campuses) and Eastern Classics (in Santa Fe only). The college accepts applications on a rolling basis for fall, spring, and summer terms. Find out more about Graduate Institute Admissions.