First-Year Applicants

First-Year Applicant Checklist

Explore the types of aid you may eligible for, including merit-based scholarships offered by St. John’s College.

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 Decision (November 1), Early Action (November 15), Regular Decision (January 15), Rolling Admission-Fall (after February 15), or Rolling Admission-Santa Fe Spring (until January 15)

Required materials for all applicants

  • Application
  • Writing Supplement/Essays
  • Secondary School Report
  • High school transcripts and any college transcripts
  • One counselor recommendation
  • One teacher recommendation

Required materials for some applicants

  • For most applicants, test scores are optional. Applicants who will not earn high school diplomas or are home schooled must submit the results of the SAT or ACT. Most international students must submit the results of the SAT, ACT, TOEFL, or IELTS; international students who are currently educated in English may choose an interview instead of submitting testing.
  • St. John’s also accepts the Classic Learning Test (CLT) in lieu of the SAT or ACT.
  • Based on the exceptionally high number of cancellations of SAT and ACT testing dates, students may request an extension to submit test scores after the Early Action deadline. After you submit your application, please submit your request to submit test scores after the Early Action deadline to admissions(at) Please include your full name, date of birth, why you are unable to submit the test results by the deadline, and when you are scheduled to take the test in the future.

Optional materials

  • Additional letter of recommendation
  • Interview
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for those applying for need-based financial aid. All applicants, regardless of whether they apply for need-based aid, are eligible to receive merit scholarships.


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 throughout the fall semester for a spring start through the January Freshman Program.

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 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 high school, whether AP, IB, or honors courses.

Test Scores

St. John’s is test optional for most applicants, meaning we do not require standardized test scores. About 70% of our applicants still submit some form of test score, and they may prove helpful to your application. Some applicants are required to submit test scores:

  • Homeschooled students are required to submit either SAT or ACT scores.
  • Students that have not or will not receive a high school diploma must submit either SAT or ACT scores, as well as GED results, if available.
  • International students who are not educated in English must submit SAT, ACT, TOEFL, or IELTS scores.
  • International students who are currently educated in English may choose an interview instead of submitting testing.
  • St. John's also accepts the Classic Learning Test (CLT) in lieu of the SAT or ACT.

College Entrance Examination Board (SAT and TOEFL):

  • Annapolis—5598
  • Santa Fe—4737

The American College Test (ACT):

  • Annapolis—1732
  • Santa Fe—2649

Admission Interviews

Interviews are not required in order to apply for admission to St. John’s College, but we strongly recommend them. 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.

Homeschooled Applicants

St. John’s welcomes applications from homeschooled students. In addition to the general requirements noted above, homeschooled students should submit documentation of the following:

  • High school graduation, a GED, or its equivalent.
  • SAT or ACT scores.
  • An outline of the curriculum you have followed, arranged in chronological order by conventional subject matter, with brief descriptions of the course content and texts used.
  • St. John's also accepts the Classic Learning Test (CLT) in lieu of the SAT or ACT.

Accepting Your Offer

Early Decision acceptances are binding, and students have two weeks after receiving their offer of admission to make their deposit. Early Action acceptances are non-binding. All Early Action, Regular Decision, and Rolling applicants have until May 1 to make enrollment decisions and deposits. If applying via Rolling Admission after May 1, applicants have two weeks after receiving the offer of admission to make their deposit. Students accepted to the January Freshman Program have until January 1 to make their deposit.

Starting College Early

St. John’s sometimes accepts an applicant who has graduated high school early or has chosen to start college without graduating from high school. If you are ready for college but haven’t taken the traditional path, you are welcome at St. John’s. Read more about starting college early at St. John’s.

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; allowing them to 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.