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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.

St. John’s is need blind, so your application for financial aid does not affect the committee’s decisions on admission. 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 Fall, or, for the Santa Fe campus, Regular Spring. Early Action acceptances are non-binding. Except for Regular Spring applicants for the Santa Fe campus, all accepted students have until May 1 to make enrollment decisions and deposits.

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

Please also remember our financial aid deadlines.