|Institution Type:||Private not-for-profit|
|Campus Setting:||Rural area, on fringe of an urban area|
|Highest Degree Offered:||Master's|
|Level of Institution:||Four or more years|
St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico was chartered in 1784 upon a most liberal plan for the benefit of youth of every religious denomination. In 1937 the New Program, under which the college still operates, was instituted. Under it, we help our students learn to ask fundamental questions and practice thoughtfulness in public. We introduce them to the textual tradition of reason that illuminates such central features of modern life as democracy and technology, as well as to the literary and musical tradition of the West.
We are committed to the use of a list of great books that is both fairly stable and under continual review. These are books agreed to be excellent, to form a coherent sequence, and to raise most cogently questions we want our students to consider. We foster literacy in three kinds of texts: verbal, mathematical, and musical. We want our students to develop the intellectual virtues of courage in inquiry, caution in forming opinions, candor about their ignorance, open attentiveness to the words of their colleagues, industry in preparation, and meticulousness in verbal translations as well as in mathematical demonstrations. We give our students the experience of living in a community of learning imbued with attitudes of consideration and respect that foster moral virtues appropriate to their future lives as citizens. We think that the college has a wider mission in contributing to the invigoration of American education by giving help to other institutions that ask for it, by encouraging our students to become teachers, and by providing to a wide constituency occasions for actual learning in the spirit and through the materials of our program.
The campus is cozy, quiet, and in a great location at the foot of a mountain. The students, faculty, and staff are, in my experience, almost universally friendly and reasonable, intelligent people. Santa Fe itself is a beautiful, eclectic little city, with an extensive arts scene and activities for almost every type of person (though I speak as a devoted native :D ). It is NOT, however, your typical college town. Nightlife is generally nonexistent, or expensive beyond the means of college students. The campus social scene itself seems very nice -- though my experience in that field is limited thus far. Students I've talked to say that most people can find their niche, and end up with a group of close friends. (Roommate selection is excellently done from what I hear.) However, the report is that the campus can be a bit insular at times, so an occasional escape into town or beyond is useful for maintaining a sane balance.Read More
I mostly love being here; sometimes of course the campus can be overwhelming because of its size and the lack of nightlife in Santa Fe; but overall, it's not very difficult to get off campus. The bus is like 2 or 3 bucks for a round-trip into town and back. You can also buy monthly or yearly or poly-monthly passes. And as far as the lack of nightlife goes, the campus itself has its own sort of nightlife, since we are indeed one of the few places of concentration of young people here. Santa Fe is beautiful though; especially the sky is. Every night the sunset is just as enchanting and captivating, yet totally unique of the previous and the following day. Not to mention the air up here I think feels pretty comparatively clean from most other places. And mountain hiking is quite fun.Read More
Priding itself on community involvement and communication, there are a lot of cons, namely an inflated ego as a result of esoteric readings. Sports and a lot of other extracurricular activities are not offered here, though the option to create a student group is encouraged (though funding may not always be available).Read More
It is pretty far from where I live, I don't know how I will adjust to how far away from home it is, but the people there are really nice, and calm about everything that goes on. I think that I will soon learn to live comfortably there.Read More