Suggested Coursework & Required Documents
For admission to St. John’s, you should have a solid college-prep background, including two years of algebra, one year of geometry, and two years of a foreign language. Additional work in mathematics and foreign language is advised, as well as two or three years of natural science.
Documents that should be included in the St. John’s application include:
St. John’s welcomes applications from international students, with these additional requirements:
Test results from:
a. The Student Assessment Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT)
unless you currently participate in an IB program.
b. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if the applicant's first
language is not English (the TOEFL may be waived when the language of
instruction for the student’s secondary education has been English).
Occasionally, St. John's accepts an applicant who has not graduated from high school. Students applying for such early admission should be well qualified to profit from the college program and must submit either the results of a nationally recognized test (SAT, ACT, or PSAT) or a GED or its equivalent. A campus visit and interview are especially important in such cases.
AP or IB Preparation
Although St. John’s does not accept academic credits for any Advanced Placement courses taken in high school, such courses, along with honors classes or an International Baccalaureate program, do show initiative and a strong evidence of academic achievement. These are considered as positives in the evaluation of your application to St. John’s.
St. John's welcomes applications from homeschooled students. In addition to the general requirements noted above, homeschoolers should submit a GED or its equivalent, or the results of either the SAT or ACT. They should submit an outline of the curriculum they have followed, arranged in chronological order by conventional subject matter, with brief descriptions of the course content and texts used.
Transferring to St. John's
Because the St. John's program is comprehensive and covers all four years for all students, new students are admitted only as freshmen. In other words, credits for other college work do not transfer. About 25% of every entering class has attended college elsewhere first.
January Freshmen (mid-year admission)
The Santa Fe campus offers January admission. Freshmen who enter in January stay on campus the following summer to complete the first year. They can thus graduate a year earlier than if they had postponed their entrance until the following fall. The January class is of particular interest to students who come to St. John's from other colleges, or to those who have traveled or worked since graduation from high school, or to those who wish to enter St. John's immediately after the first semester of their senior year of high school.