St. John’s is known for our revolutionary interdisciplinary curriculum with two key elements: great books and classroom discussion. We think our application process should be equally radical.
There are two main ways to apply to St. John’s: our traditional written application (using the Common Application, the St. John’s Application, or the Coalition Application)* or our new Discussion-Based Application.
Our Discussion-Based Application breaks norms. Instead of a long, written application with forms and essays and recommendations, you will be assessed for admission on the basis of two interviews and participation in a St. John’s seminar. Instead of waiting months for a decision, you will be notified by the college within two weeks of completing the application requirements. The Discussion-Based Application is the right fit for students who excel at expressing themselves in sustained, serious conversation—just like we do in a St. John’s classroom.