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Applying to St. John’s College

Application Process

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). But 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.

Because we welcome all serious applicants, 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.


Applicants may apply Early Action, Regular Decision, Rolling Admission (Fall), or, for the Santa Fe campus, Rolling Admission (Spring). Early Action acceptances are non-binding. Except for Rolling Admission (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 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 our financial aid deadlines.