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St. John's College, Annapolis

Annapolis, MD 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate53%
Acceptance Rate53%

About St. John's College

We are often called “the most contrarian college in America.” Or “the most rigorous college in America.” Or “the most intellectual college in America.” No matter how you define us, St. John’s College is unlike any other. Our students share a common curriculum centered on reading and discussing 200 of the greatest books in history. Students learn directly from Plato, Austen, Einstein, Woolf, and Du Bois, to name a few. Instead of lectures and majors, all classes are discussion-based exploring philosophy, literature, science, music, language, politics, and more. With a 7:1 student to faculty ratio, the college ranks #5 for best classroom experience and #9 for best undergraduate teaching. Our welcoming community has fewer than 1000 students on two campuses: one in Annapolis, Maryland, and the other in Santa Fe, New Mexico. You can spend all four years on one campus or move between the two.

St Johns College Annapolis Overview

St Johns College Annapolis is a private, nonprofit school in the small town setting of Annapolis, Maryland. St. John's College was founded in 1696 and the school currently enrolls around 541 students a year, which includes 474 undergrads. St. John's College offers housing for up to 390 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 80% of students spend their weekends on campus.

Student Involvement at St. John's College

Interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of St. John's College's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? St. John's College students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

St. John's College does not have any greek life opportunties.

Planning to play sports? St. John's College has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at St. John's College on the Student Life page.

2022 St. John's College Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 53%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 86%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 69%
Average GPA 3.8
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 69%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 27%
Tuition $36,040
Percent of Need Met 77.5%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $30,132

Is St. John's College a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a closer look at these areas to get a better sense of what St. John's College offers and if it might be a good fit for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for St Johns College Annapolis

St. John's College is very difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at St. John's College is 53%. Out of 967 applications received in 2022, 514 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at St. John's College

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at St. John's College, around 81% are still enrolled the next year. Around 75% of students who started at St. John's College earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook St. John's College Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with St. John's College directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Tuition and Financial Aid at St. John's College

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

St. John's College meets 77.5% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend St. John's College full-time are awarded $30,132 a year in financial aid, on average.

Students in the class of 2022 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $25,366 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at St. John's College.

Based on this information, does St. John's College seem like a good fit? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is St. John's College a good school for you?

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Where is St Johns College Annapolis Located?

St. John's College is located in the small town setting of Annapolis, Maryland, in the suburbs of Washington and D.C. and Baltimore.

If you want to see St. John's College for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take U.S. Route 50 to Annapolis, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what St. John's College and Annapolis are like without leaving home.

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College Info

St. John's College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to St. John's College is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to St. John's College is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

St. John's College ACT Scores


ACT Range

27 - 30

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St. John's College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1315 - 1470


Math SAT Range

630 - 730


Reading SAT Range

660 - 750

St. John's College Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at St. John's College is like? There are approximately 540 students enrolled at St. John's College, including 473 undergraduate students and 67 graduate students. 99% percent of students attend school full-time, 19% percent are from MD and 81% percent of students are from other states.


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