St. John's College

60 College Avenue

Mission Statement:

St. John's College is a community dedicated to liberal education. Such education seeks to free human beings from prejudice and unexamined opinion, to help them reflect on the nature of things and on the ends and means of human endeavors, and to enable them to make thoughtful choices in public and private life. Students at St. John's pursue such an education by participating in the activities of its community of learning. The central activity is the reading and discussion, in small classes, of the great works of the West. This study is supported by and intertwined with the study of the elements of languages, mathematics, science, and music. In Santa Fe there is also a program that focuses on the great works of the East. At St. John's College, we seek to develop in our students an awareness of fundamental alternatives for understanding the human condition, a desire and capacity for lifelong learning, and an ability to deal with complex issues through both cooperative inquiry and independent thinking.


Liberal education at St. John’s College involves adherence to an ideal that we attempt to embody in activity. By engaging students in an examination of the fundamental questions that human beings need to consider and by giving students the responsibility for their own learning, we hope to open the world to them in such a way that they become excellent citizens, parents, partners, colleagues, and friends. We aspire to provide the best possible educational experience guided by our mission and supported by appropriate resources. As one college on two campuses, including Board, faculty, staff, students and alumni, we strive to build a community where careful listening, respect for the contributions of others and thoughtful attempts to reach a shared understanding extend to all aspects of the life of the college.

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Annapolis Shakespeare Company Partners with St. John’s College to Host Shakespeare’s First Folio Exhibition

The Folger Shakespeare Library announced 52 host sites across the country for a traveling exhibit to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. St. John’s College, along with programming partner Annapolis Shakespeare Company, has been…

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