Homeschooled Applicants

Best College for Homeschoolers

St. John’s College welcomes homeschooled students. More than 8% of Johnnies are homeschooled, and they find a college of fellow independent learners who value a community passionate about ideas. St. John’s can be a particularly great place to continue an education that breaks the mold.

Want to learn more about being a homeschooled student at St. John’s? Read about current St. John’s students from homeschooling backgrounds. Also, explore the Campus Experience pages to learn about our campuses, student groups, religious life, and more. Attend Summer Academy to experience our classical curriculum and small, discussion-based classes.

“It feels very natural to go from homeschooling to St. John’s. It fits in with what I’ve been doing my whole life.”
Mitchell Harris ’20

Why Homeschooled Students Like St. John’s

Application Process

There are small differences in the application process for homeschooled students, and you are welcome to contact admissions if you have questions. You may apply using the Common Application, St. John’s Application, or Coalition Application. There is no application fee.

Homeschooled 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 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 homeschooled applicants:

  • Application
  • Writing Supplement/Essays
  • Secondary School Report
  • Homeschool transcript (and any other high school or college transcripts). Include an outline of the homeschool curriculum followed, arranged in chronological order by conventional subject matter, with brief descriptions of the course content and any texts used. Include grades or a narrative assessment of your work. The student must complete his or her state homeschool graduation requirements. St. John’s will also need documentation of homeschool graduation and/or GED results.
  • One counselor recommendation with the Secondary School Report. This might be completed by your parent, head instructor, or homeschool coordinator. Sometimes the categories on the Secondary School Report do not correspond to the homeschool experience; just have the person completing the report answer to the best of their ability.
  • One teacher recommendation. This recommendation should be from a different person from the one who writes the counselor recommendation.
  • Homeschooled students should submit the results of the SAT, ACT, or Classic Learning Test (CLT).

Required materials for some homeschooled applicants:

  • 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
  • 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 on the basis of their application for admission.
  • Interview


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 classes available in your homeschool curriculum.

Financial Aid & Merit Scholarships for Homeschooled Students

Applicants seeking need-based financial aid should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). All applicants, regardless of whether they apply for need-based aid, are eligible to receive merit scholarships on the basis of their application for admission.

While tuition, fees, room, and board at St. John’s can cost over $60,000 per year, most students receive financial aid and merit scholarships. With financial aid and merit scholarships, the average student pays just over $20,000 per year, which is often less than the cost of attendance at other private and public colleges with lower listed tuitions.

Test Scores

Homeschooled students should submit the results of the SAT, ACT, or Classic Learning Test (CLT).

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 admissions to St. John’s College, but we strongly recommend them. Interviews allow our Admissions 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.


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. 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.