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About St. John's College
St. John's College is a direct descendant of King William's School, founded in 1696. The present site of the college was proposed as early as 1761, and when the college was chartered by the state of Maryland in 1784, it was given the unfinished building now known as McDowell Hall and four acres of land. Since that time, St. John's has added to its campus, which now covers about 36 acres. The campus in Annapolis, the capital of Maryland, is a National Historic Landmark and lies within the Annapolis Historic District.
Santa Fe Campus
Tucked into the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is the Santa Fe campus of St. John’s College, 250 acres in the most beautiful part of Santa Fe, New Mexico, the country’s oldest capital city. Just steps away from hiking trails, a short walk to half a dozen museums, and a longer walk to hundreds of galleries, St. John’s, which is 7,300 feet above sea level, is the perfect blend of mountain living and access to culture. Santa Fe is a small, historic city built mostly of adobe in the downtown area. The population is what’s known as tri-cultural—American Indian, Hispanic, and Anglo—a mixture that represents the old and the new, the traditional and the avant garde.
The 36-acre Annapolis campus is in the heart of the historic capital of Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay. Annapolis is within 30 miles of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. While most students live on campus, the city of Annapolis has much to offer. Annapolis harbor with its luxury yachts and racing sailboats; coffee shops and art galleries; historic colonial architecture; even a fringe festival (organized by a Johnnie alum). When students need a break from the rigors of class or when they simply want to continue the conversation in a different setting, Annapolis has numerous options to enjoy. Washington, D.C. has museums, theater, clubs, shopping, plus opportunities to take advantage of programs with political and international organizations and policy centers. Baltimore, a vibrant waterfront city with activities from the funky to the cultural, is only a half hour from campus.
Santa Fe has traditions that go back generations and families that have called New Mexico home for over hundreds and even thousands of years, yet Santa Fe has long been a destination for people seeking creative inspiration, new experiences, easy access to nature, intellectual and psychological freedom, and spiritual awakening. St. John’s College embodies the open and welcoming ethos of Santa Fe. Though the books we read are lofty and deep, rooted in history and tradition, the college community embraces a certain ease and lightheartedness shared by Santa Feans at large, as well as the local penchant for innovation, quirk, and creative thinking.
Santa Fe has a thriving live music scene as well as a burgeoning young-artist community. It is also home to cutting edge scientific research, multiple conservation organizations, and an active culinary scene. Los Alamos National Laboratory is nearby, as are the Santa Fe Institute, School for Advanced Research, IAIA (Institute of American Indian Arts), and other historic and culturally important sites and attractions. The city of Albuquerque is just over an hour’s drive away. Many Santa Feans take advantage of easy access to hiking, skiing, snowboarding, and white water rafting on the Rio Grande.
Students from other parts of the country sometimes consider their time in Santa Fe as an adventure in the open West. Those from neighboring cities and states are sometimes surprised to find out that there is an internationally regarded Liberal Arts College in northern New Mexico. However you discovered us, we’re glad you did.
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