Interview 106: Benjamin Baum on “Understanding St. John’s College”

  • Ben gives his backstory
  • What is unique about St. John’s College?
  • The unique history of St. John’s College
  • “What is the ROI of a St. John’s education?
  • How does the career center place kids in jobs in the real world?
  • What is the classroom experience and the curriculum like?
  • What do you look for that is different as an admission officer at St. John’s versus when you recruited students at Tufts university?
  • Does St. John’s serve kids who come from non-traditional backgrounds?
  • How does one college with a campus in Annapolis, MD and another campus in Sante Fe, NM work?
  • How are the two campuses and college cultures different?
  • Do faculty move between campuses?
  • Is the admission process different between campuses?
  • Is your curriculum full of teachings from dead white men, or do you incorporate diverse and modern voices into your curriculum?
  • Are St. John’s students intellectually arrogant?
  • Susan describes kids who have been interested in St. John’s College in her counseling career.
  • What do college counselors need to know about the kind of kid who thrives at St. John’s?
  • What is the difference between an Amherst education and a St. John’s College education?
Benjamin Baum
  • What is a senior essay and a senior oral?
  • What is the social life like at St. John’s?
  • What Ben wants college counselors to know
  • How the summer academy for high school students works
  • What is the graduate Institute and how does it work?
  • Ben goes on the hot seat

You can also listen on Episode 240 and Episode 242