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Davis United World Scholars Program

About the Program

St. John’s College loves students who attend United World Colleges. Davis Scholars thrive at St. John’s because our classes are small and discussion-based, the culture at St. John’s is intellectually adventurous and international, and the heart of the curriculum, much like Theory of Knowledge, is our passion for philosophy.

As a Davis Scholar at St. John’s, you immediately join a thriving community of more than a dozen Davis Scholars. The student body consists of 20 percent international students from 40-plus countries. And you will have faculty, staff, and residential life mentors who meet regularly to provide academic, social, and career support.

Perhaps most importantly, St. John’s makes college affordable for Davis Scholars.

Thanks to an anonymous alumni gift in 2019, newly admitted Davis Scholars attend St. John’s tuition-free for all four years.

Davis Scholars are responsible for room, board, and other fees, but not tuition. The college also meets the full demonstrated need of Davis Scholars, up to and including room, board, and other fees.

Application Process

You are welcome to contact admissions if you have questions about the application. You may apply using the Common Application or the St. John’s Application. There is no application fee.

UWC DAVIS SCHOLAR Applicant Checklist

Before you apply:

  • Select your campus: Annapolis or Santa Fe. You may only apply to one campus. Accepted students may change campuses before enrolling if there is space available.
  • Select your deadline: Early Action (November 15), Regular Decision (January 15), Rolling Admission Fall (after February 15), or Rolling Admission Santa Fe Spring (until January 15). Davis Scholars are encouraged to apply no later than March 15 for Fall admission.

Required materials for UWC applicants:

  • Application
  • Writing Supplement/Essays
  • Secondary School Report
  • UWC transcript
  • Other high school or college transcripts. This must be accompanied by an explanation of the grading system and an English translation of records in other languages.
  • One counselor recommendation
  • One teacher recommendation
  • Interview

Optional materials:

  • Standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, TOEFL, PTE or IELTS)
  • Additional letter of recommendation
  • U.S. citizens applying for need-based financial aid should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Non-U.S. citizens applying for need-based financial aid should complete the CSS Profile. All applicants, regardless of whether they apply for need-based aid, are eligible to receive 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. UWC applicants are encouraged to apply by March 15 for fall enrollment.

Admissions 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.

Admission Requirements

For admission to St. John’s, you should have a solid college-prep background, including two years of algebra, one year of geometry, and two years of a foreign language. Additional work in mathematics and foreign language is advised, as well as two or three years of natural science. We recommend taking the most challenging courses in your school. St. John’s does not have a minimum required IB score.


International student services are provided by the office of the assistant dean. The staff handles all aspects of student life and provides counseling and guidance on an individual basis. Further the Registrar advises international students on visa requirements and related matters. International students find themselves easily participating in the mainstream of campus academic and social life. For more information, visit the International Student Services page.


A student is admitted to St. John’s by an official acceptance letter from the Director of Admissions and secures a place in the class by submitting a $300 deposit. Once the colleges receives a deposit and signed award, we send a Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant Student Status (also known as an I-20 form). The student may then apply for a visa at a United States embassy or consulate. It is the responsibility of each international student to become familiar with and observe all applicable United States immigration rules and regulations.

For details, please visit the US State Department’s Education USA website for assistance with the application process and information on how to contact an advising center in your country.

Financial Aid & Merit Scholarships for UWC Davis Scholars

Starting for fall 2019, newly admitted UWC Davis Scholars will attend St. John’s tuition free for all four years. This full-tuition scholarship is made possible by an anonymous alumni donation that will fund the difference between the cost of tuition and any UWC Davis Scholarship. St. John’s also will continue to meet the demonstrated need of all UWC Davis Scholars, up to and including the full cost of attendance.

Award packages for UWC Davis Scholars may include merit scholarships, grants, loans, and campus employment. United States citizens living abroad are eligible for all federal financial aid programs. They should file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). as early as possible, preferably no later than February 15. International students should apply for financial aid using the CSS Profile. Fee waivers are available for applicants with a demonstrated need. For more specific application procedures, please visit the International Student Financial Aid page.

*Students who enroll with the full-tuition scholarship are guaranteed the scholarship for four years. St. John’s reserves the right to change the qualification requirements for the full-tuition scholarship for new students

Test Scores

UWC students may choose an interview instead of submitting test scores. However, many applicants will elect to submit the results of one or more standardized tests.

College Entrance Examination Board (SAT and TOEFL):

  • Annapolis—5598
  • Santa Fe—4737

The American College Test (ACT):

  • Annapolis—1732
  • Santa Fe—2649

Admission Interviews

Most international applicants to St. John’s will receive an interview. Interviews allow our Admission Committee to get to know you better, and you will also have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the college. You can request an interview during your campus visit, while we are traveling near your home, or via phone or video conference.

Spring Admission

The Santa Fe campus offers a January Freshman Program. Freshmen who enter in January stay on campus the following summer to complete the first year. They can thus graduate a year earlier than if they had postponed their entrance until the following fall. The January Freshman Program is of particular interest to students who come to St. John’s from other colleges, or to those who have traveled or worked since graduation from high school, or to those who wish to enter St. John’s immediately after the first semester of their senior year of high school.