St. John’s College is often called “the most contrarian college in America.” Or “the most intellectual college in America.” 

Our students share a curriculum centered on reading 200 of the greatest books in history. Students learn directly from Plato, Austen, Shakespeare and Nietzsche, to name a few. Classes are interdisciplinary discussions exploring philosophy, literature, history, science and more. With a 7:1 student to faculty ratio, the college ranks #5 for best classroom experience and #9 for best undergraduate teaching.

Founded in 1696, our community has 900 students on two campuses: in Annapolis, Maryland, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Basic details

  • Region: Northeast / West
  • Location: Annapolis, Maryland; Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Campus setting: Rural
  • Type of institution: Private; Liberal Arts College

Admissions information and areas of study offered


  • International students are eligible for: Need-based aid; Merit-based scholarship
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $50,228


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: N/A
  • Varsity sports: Men's Fencing; Women's Fencing; Men's Rowing, Women's Rowing; Men's Croquet, Women's Croquet; Men's Sailing, Women's Sailing

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