It’s a difficult task, but students who can pull themselves away from Santa Fe’s beautiful scenery long enough to actually study are greeted by a diverse and rewarding academic community.
The city is home to small colleges and universities, providing students with a wide range of academic options. The College of Santa Fe is a private school of about 1,900 students, 1,200 of whom attend classes at night or on the weekends. The school offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate degrees in fields such as humanities, visual arts and conservation science. CSF is number 33 on U.S. News and World Report’s list of best schools in the West that offer master’s but not doctoral degrees. The impressive individual attention received thanks to a 9-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio is typical of colleges in the area. Another small private school in Santa Fe is St. John’s College, which has fewer than 500 students and has a sister campus in Annapolis, Md.
The bachelor’s and master’s degrees offered by St. John’s are unique because the school teaches a “great books” curriculum, studying only classic authors, philosophers and scientists, and does not use textbooks.
Other colleges in the area include the Institute of American Indian Affairs, a fine arts school offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Southwestern College, offering master’s degrees in counseling, and Southwest Acupuncture College, offering a Master of Science in Oriental medicine. The Santa Fe Community College offers two-year degrees, professional certificates and preparatory programs in fields such as foreign languages, physical science and developmental studies. Santa Fe also operates a first-rate K-12 education system. The Academy for Technology and the Classics received <>U.S. News and World Report’s bronze medal high school distinction in 2008. The city is home to more than 30 private schools, including the Santa Fe Indian School, a federally funded boarding school for American Indians run by the All Indian Pueblo Council.