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Transfer Applicants

Application Process for Transfer Students

Transfer of Credits

Each year of the curriculum at St. John’s is required so transfer students begin as freshmen and must complete four years on campus. Generally, credits from other colleges and universities do not count toward a degree from St. John’s College.

Transfer Applicant Checklist

You may apply using the Common Application, the St. John’s Online Application, or the St. John’s Paper Application. The procedure for all three is the same. There is 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 Action I (November 15), Early Action II (January 15), Regular Fall (rolling after February 15), or Regular Spring (Santa Fe only-rolling until January 15)

Required materials for all applicants:

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.

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 may apply Early Action, Regular Fall, or, for the Santa Fe campus, Regular Spring. Early Action acceptances are non-binding. Except for Regular Spring applicants for the Santa Fe campus, all accepted students have until May 1 to make enrollment decisions and deposits.

Admissions Deadlines and Return Dates
Decision Type Deadline Admissions Decision Returned
Early Action I November 15 December 15
Early Action II January 15 February 15
Regular Fall Rolling after February 15 Within 2-3 weeks
Regular Spring (Santa Fe Only) Rolling 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:

  • Home-schooled 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.

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.

Home-Schooled 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
  • 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 Admission

Occasionally, St. John’s accepts an applicant who has not graduated from high school. Students applying for such early admission should be well qualified to profit from the college program and must submit the results of a GED or its equivalent. SAT or ACT scores are also required. A campus visit and interview are especially important in such cases.

Spring Admission

The Santa Fe campus offers Spring admission. 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 Spring class 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.