If you have read this far, you already know what makes St. John’s
different from other colleges. Those differences are what make it
especially important that you experience St. John’s firsthand. Just as
St. John’s students would rather read Plato than someone’s commen-
tary about Plato, prospective Johnnies generally prefer to see the
college for themselves so they can form their own opinions. On
average, more than 80 percent of each year’s freshman class visit
campus before they enroll.
To gain a full sense of life at the college, you should plan to
attend a seminar and laboratory, stay overnight in a dorm, and sit
in on a language, math, or music tutorial. You’ll also want to tour
campus with a student guide and have an interview with a member
of the admissions staff or a tutor, who will be interested to discuss
with you your impressions of St. John’s. In the course of your visit,
whether in the dorm, over meals in the dining hall, or between
classes, be sure to meet and talk with St. John’s students. Don’t miss
the opportunity; nowhere else will you find students more willing
to reflect on their college experience.
Whichever campus you choose to visit, make time to explore
the town of Annapolis or Santa Fe as well. As the capital cities of
their respective states, both are full of historical interest, cultural
attractions, and distinctive local flavor. Both are also small enough
to navigate easily on foot and get a feel for during an afternoon.
Howdo I visit St. John’s?
You can begin the visit process by calling or sending an e-mail to the Admissions Office
of the campus that interests you. For the Santa Fe campus, call 505-984-6060 or
r the Annapolis campus, call 410-626-2522
or 800-727-9238, or e-mail
y to call at least two weeks in advance
of your visit so that we can schedule you to attend classes and reserve space for you
in the dorms. We’ll also let you knowwhat the seminar topic will be, so you can do the
reading ahead of time and follow along during class. Dormitory rooms and dining hall
meals are free of charge to visiting students; admissions staff are happy to provide parents
with suggestions for accommodations.