St John's College, Oxford

St John's College is a constituent college of the University of Oxford. Founded as a men's college in 1555, it has been coeducational since 1979.[2] Its founder, Sir Thomas White, intended to provide a source of educated Roman Catholic clerics to support the Counter-Reformation under Queen Mary.

St John's College
Canterbury Quad
Arms: of St John's College, Oxford (arms of Sir Thomas White): Gules, an annulet in chief or on a canton ermine a lion rampant sable a bordure of the fourth charged with eight estoiles of the second
LocationSt Giles, Oxford OX1 3JP, UK
Coordinates51.75612°N 1.258605°W / 51.75612; -1.258605
Full nameSaint John Baptist College
Latin nameCollegium Sancti Johannis Baptistae
FounderSir Thomas White
Established1555; 466 years ago (1555)
Named forJohn the Baptist
Sister collegeSidney Sussex College, Cambridge
PresidentMargaret Snowling
Undergraduates385[1] (2016)
Boat clubSJCBC
Location in Oxford city centre

St John's is the wealthiest college in Oxford, with a financial endowment of £600 million as of 2020, largely due to nineteenth century suburban development of land in the city of Oxford of which it is the ground landlord.[3]

The college occupies a central location on St Giles' and has a student body of approximately 390 undergraduates and 250 postgraduates.[4] As well as over 100 academic staff,[4] the college is supported by a similar number of other staff.[5] It is amongst the most academic of all Oxford colleges; in 2018 St John's topped the Norrington Table, the annual ranking of Oxford colleges' final results.[6]