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Reviews 30 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: SJC is a niche educational opportunity. If you don't have self-control, a desire for autonomy in your education, love books, writing, and discussion, it is probably not the place for you. There is such a high turn-over rate because it is really meant for some people, and some people for it. This is not your typical college. If you want to learn the way the founders of Western society did, come here. If you want to learn how to think for yourself, analyze others' thoughts, and be able to express your own thoughts, come here. If you want to grow close to a small community of people who also value these things, come here. If you want a typical modern American college "experience," you probably don't want to come here because that's not what this school is about. This school is about learning for the sake of learning.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: There are no varsity sports, but a healthy intramural life. Intramurals are friendly and open, a fun and relaxing way to spend an evening. The gym is big and new and really nice.

4 College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a car, but some of my friends do. Most of them have a parking permit, which I think is a few hundred dollars. I don't think this cost is worth it. A handful of my other friends just park in the visitor's parking lot, which is free and just right up the hill from the student parking lot. It's just a very short distance further to walk, and there are always spaces there.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Santa Fe is insane. I have experienced more hail here than my entire life combined. Weather forecasts are known to be a joke; there is no telling what is coming next. Last fall was mild and very enjoyable. This winter (2013-14) didn't have very much snow--maybe 4 big snowfalls. The spring has been snowy, haily, rainy, with 60-70 degree days in between. Santa Fe skies are unbeatable; the campus is really gorgeous, with a view of sunsets that can't be beat. It is really dry, though. I had to get a ventilator for my room, it's so dry. I'm from Southern California and I've been able to survive, though. It's never really hot, mostly mild, just erratic weather patterns (or lack thereof) and beautiful, beautiful skies and natural life.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Johnnies are an enigma. Since discussions foster very close relationships between students, I would suggest avoiding romantic relationships with classmates. Johnnies are also very similar, especially in the way we think, so if you're looking for someone very different from you you might have a hard time. There are plenty of couples on campus, and they tend to be in longer-term relationships. In some ways, socially, Johnnies are dichotomous; the extroverts are very extroverted and are constantly around people and at every party. The introverts are extremely introverted and go back to their dorm immediately after every activity.

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2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Policy is barely enforced. I haven't heard of anyone ever getting in trouble for underage drinking. Alcohol is at every school-sponsored party and all an underage has to do to get a drink is ask an older friend. Drugs are little less visible; I have only heard tell of it. There is not much peer pressure; I don't drink and I have several friends who don't. Substance-free dorms are also available, and this is nice if you don't want your dorm to constantly smell like weed, which some of my friends' dorms do.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I don't participate in the nightlife. If you're anticipating a traditional college party I've heard it's disappointing. If you're anticipating a somewhat awkward gathering of buzzed young philosophers, you'll probably fit right in.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I answer this facetiously, you must understand. There is no "Greek life" in the American sense of the term at SJC. What I speak of is actual Greek life; the first 2 years of SJC language department is ancient Greek. And so in this sense we have the greatest and most true Greek life of any college in America. That being said, ancient Greek is the hardest class of freshman and sophmore year. it will kill you.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Santa Fe prides itself in a facade of ethnic diversity. Yes, ethnic diversity exists, but this diversity is more in the realm of New Age diversity, if you know what I mean. Spirituality, veganism, organic foods, etc. abound in a walk down the street. So yes, there is ethnic diversity in food choices, and it is generally somewhat authentic, but the diversity is part of a character that Santa Fe plays. Food is also on the more expensive side (minimum wage in SF is $10). I haven't run into any student discounts.

2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: An all-you-can-eat meal at the cafeteria will cost about $5. While plenty of food is available, it is pretty low quality. There is not a huge selection, though they do strive to serve vegan and vegetarian food options, these options tend to be the same week in and week out. Honestly, the food is not terrible, but it certainly isn't good. I've really enjoyed just a handful of meals this whole year. Eating off campus is tempting, but more expensive because of the town. The coffee shop is also an (more expensive) option, but still not great.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: In the last semester (Spring 2014) many thefts have been reported, and I also had my coat stolen from the dining hall. I have had friends who have had bicycles, backpacks, electronics, and clothing stolen in open, public places. To my knowledge, none of the perpetrators were caught. There is pretty constant security driving around, but these thefts still take place--I think that they are non-student thefts. I have not heard tell of any student-on-student violence, but there is a strong drug and alcohol presence on campus. While I have never felt threatened by a person under the influence, it sometimes does make me uncomfortable to know that it is there.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: I am not a person who feels the need to get off of campus very often. When I do I usually ask a friend with a car (I would say about 10% of my friends have cars). But the shuttle service runs every day of the week, on weekdays in the evening and just about all day on the weekends. City bus tickets are very affordable ($1 for a day pass, I believe), and run about every hour. Getting to the Albuquerque airport is not a huge hassle either; the college provides limited shuttle space at the beginning of breaks and there is also a selection of affordable private shuttle businesses, as well as the Rail Runner, a metro system that goes from Santa Fe to Albuquerque.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: As a person of mixed ethnic heritage (raised in the U.S.) I feel there is pretty fair ethnic diversity at SJC. In my class I would say about 30% of students are international, although those who are from the U.S. are mostly white. I have rarely felt oppressed or offended because of my ethnic background, and have not witnessed others being openly oppressed because of theirs. The greatest challenge in this area is that the undergraduate program draws exclusively from the Western canon. But that is what happens when you go to a liberal arts great books college. I didn't expect anything different. The college has made an attempt to balance the curriculum by adding a graduate program that studies exclusively Eastern classics.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: There is some diversity, but not a whole lot. Most students are white and upper-middle class or wealthy. Outside the classroom, international students may feel some alienation.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: When I was admitted, my financial aid did not sufficiently cover the costs and my expected parent contribution was too high for my low-income family. However, after I sent an email explaining my situation to the financial aid office, they increased my scholarship and reduced parental contribution by half. However, the loans are a lot.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: Liberal Arts and Sciences is the only major offered by St. John's. Come here if you're into intense reading and discussion. The advantage offered by only one major is that you can discuss your classes with anyone on campus and get good advice from upperclassmen. The career services office is also very helpful in hooking students up with internship opportunities over the holidays.

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Santa Fe is a very cultural town, with a lot of history. A lot of local families have lived here for generations. It's generally quiet and safe. The local community is also very racially homogenous, so international students in the local community are likely to stand out.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Social Atmosphere: The college social atmosphere is very inclusive. All college events are open to everyone and some extra effort is put into making freshmen comfortable at these events. There are a lot of memorable parties throughout the year to which everyone is generally welcome.

Housing:The dorm options are great for freshmen, as single rooms are easy to obtain.

Convienience: As St. John's College (Santa Fe) is a small campus, it's pretty easy getting from one end of the school to another. The size can sometimes feel claustrophobic: by my first week I felt like I'd seen all there was to see. But there are ample opportunities to leave campus. Freshman students who do not own cars can take the shuttle around town, and those with cars are generally very willing to help out.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are small and mediocre. The only benefit is that it's easy to get a single room even as a freshman

1 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: On an aesthetic level people for the most part look every unwashed and unkempt.

1 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: St. John's is set off a good ways away from the town, very little interaction

2 College Freshman

Diversity: All students are from pretty similar economic backgrounds also all students are pretty much from the same 10 states. There is some racial and ethnic diversity, though it is very little.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have no experience, but as my friends say it's really good and cheap

5 College Student

Facilities: Best College in the Country – My School is very unique, in that there is only one major (Liberal Arts) and everybody studies the same classes. Everyone even tranferee's into St John's College (either Annapolis, MD or Santa Fe, NM), have to begin as Freshmen. We study the best of the Great Books. St John's promotes Free Thinking. Visit the College website for more info. www.sjcsf.edu
P.S. College population is less than 500 on either campus.

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4 College Student

Campus Dining: Best Food in Santa Fe – Food choices and quality are great. Lots of fresh produce and fruits and grains. Dining hall great place for eating and socializing and discussions.


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