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International Applicants

College Application Process for International Students

St. John’s seeks to enroll a diverse student body and welcomes applications from international students. Typically students from 10–15 foreign countries are enrolled at the college, constituting 10–15% of students. International students find a welcoming atmosphere, an academic experience grounded in reading and discussion, an array of extracurricular activities, and an immersion in American social life. International Applicants are eligible for both need-based financial aid and merit scholarships.

Select your application: the Common Application, the St. John’s Application, the Coalition Application, or the Discussion-Based Application. The application instructions below are applicable to the Common Application, the St. John’s Application, and the Coalition Application; you can find more information on the different procedure for the Discussion-Based Application. St. John’s has no application fee.


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 international applicants:

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

Required materials for some international applicants:

  • International students must submit the results of the SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or Duolingo English Test. International students who are currently educated in English may choose an interview instead of submitting testing.
  • CSS Profile: Non-U.S. citizens applying for need-based financial aid should complete the CSS Profile. CSS Profile fee waivers are available to students with a demonstrated need. To request a fee waiver please email your admission counselor after you have completed your application. All applicants, regardless of whether they apply for need-based aid, are eligible to receive merit scholarships.

Optional materials:

  • Additional letter of recommendation


Applicants for both St. John’s campuses may apply Early Decision, Early Action, Regular Decision, or Rolling Admission for the fall. Students also have the option of applying for Rolling Admissions throughout the fall semester for a spring start through the January Freshman Program.

Early Decision 1 November 1 December 1
Early Decision 2 January 15 February 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) until January 1 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.

International Student Services

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 International Student Services page.

Admission and Visas

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 $500 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 U.S. 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 International Students

St. John’s College offers both financial aid and merit scholarships to international students. Award packages for international students may include merit scholarships, grants, loans, and campus employment. For more specific application procedures, please visit the International Student Financial Aid Page.

United States citizens living abroad are eligible for all federal financial aid programs. They should file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the College Scholarship Service’s Financial Aid PROFILE, and the Certificate of Finances as early as possible, preferably no later than February 15. The forms for financial aid are available online or they should be available from the student’s secondary school counseling office. No requests for financial assistance will be considered and no offers of financial aid will be made until after a student has been admitted to the college.

Davis United World Scholars Program

St. John’s is one of only 65 colleges and universities in the United States committed to enrolling graduates of the United World Colleges. All graduates of the United World Colleges who have been accepted receive $10,000 scholarships for each year of enrollment at St. John’s, awarded in combination with grant aid offered by the college. Contact us for details for the United World Scholars Programs.

Test Scores

International students who are not educated in English must submit SAT, ACT, TOEFL, PTE or IELTS scores. International students who are currently educated in English may choose an interview instead of submitting testing.

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.

HomeSchooled Applicants

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

  • High School graduation, a GED, or its equivalent
  • SAT or ACT scores are recommended; students may choose an interview in place of submitting 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


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.

Check out the Welcome Book for Fall 2021 Admitted Students

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.