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Summer Academy in Santa Fe

Santa Fe, the capital of New Mexico, is steeped in history and culture. Founded in the early 1600s by the Spanish, Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in the United States. Predating Spain’s arrival, Santa Fe was inhabited by Native Americans, ancestors of today’s Indian Pueblo peoples. Though a small city—the population within the city limits is 69,000—Santa Fe offers big city amenities: world-class hotels, restaurants, opera, and museums as well as a vibrant art market.

In addition, Santa Fe boasts clean air and spectacular natural beauty. It’s no surprise that the city ranks No. 4 on Kiplinger’s list of 10 Best Places to Live.

At 7,300 feet, St. John’s 250-acre Santa Fe campus adjoins the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Trailheads to the Santa Fe National Forest begin footsteps from campus and dining, museums, and the historic Santa Fe Plaza are under a mile away. Ours is a high desert ecosystem with four distinct seasons and minimal moisture, though snow falls in the winter and late afternoon rains occur in July. While summer days are warm, evenings are generally pleasantly cool.

Campus Facilities

Summer Academy students have full access to the campus’ amenities, including a campus library, a fully-equipped exercise and weight room, basketball and racquetball courts, a computer lab, music practice rooms, a mailroom, and a coffee shop.

Many of our Summer Academy dorms and classroom buildings have balconies that offer breath-taking views. Students will enjoy studying and relaxing in our beautiful outdoor spaces and dormitory common rooms.

Students will be housed in four of our upper dorms and most will share a divided double or triple room—only two single rooms are available. Linens, a pillow, and towels will be provided. Coin-operated laundry machines are in the upper dorm complex.

More information about campus services and facilities can be found at SJC Conference Services.

Travel Information

Though Santa Fe has a regional airport, Santa Fe Municipal Airport (SAF), most students find it more convenient to fly into the Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ). From Albuquerque, Santa Fe can be reached by train, Sandia Shuttle, or car. Amtrak’s Southwest Chief stops in Lamy, New Mexico, which is 18 miles from campus. For students traveling alone to New Mexico, shuttle reservations between the airports and campus will be reserved at a cost of $25 one way per person and $50 roundtrip. See Santa Fe Visitor Information for local accommodations and directions to campus. 

Parents and Grandparents

In Santa Fe, two sessions—Life and Self-Knowledge—overlap with the first two weeks of Summer Classics, our great books-style program for adults. Make St. John’s, Santa Fe your family’s summer destination!