If your student hates tests and grades, college is still an option. Here’s one.

By Maxine Seya

Getting into college is all about grades, right?

After all, every college seems to want 4.0 GPA students who take 20 AP classes and write like Steinbeck.

And college courses are even harder to pass than high school courses — supposedly.

So what about the students who love learning, but don’t want to spend another four years in college obsessing over GPA and grades and transcript and report cards? Is there room for these types of curious learners who don’t care about the stats?

The answer is yes.

GPA Isn’t Everything at this University

Just because your student is going to college doesn’t mean your student will have to replay another four years crafting a near-perfect GPA. In fact, some colleges don’t even give grades. Let’s talk about one of those colleges that don’t give grades: St. John’s College.

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This small liberal arts college has only 900 students between its Santa Fe, New Mexico and Annapolis, Maryland campuses.

Not only do professors here give grades, they don’t even give tests.

How’s that for school? If your student hates school because of tests and grades, this might be an unusual but fitting college option.

Not Lecturers

Professors at St. John’s consider themselves discussion leaders, not lecturers, even though they are tenured professors with at the minimum the same qualifications as any other professors.

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Maxine Seya
Maxine Seya is a former investigative journalist, college consultant, and admissions interviewer. She studied at Peking University (Beijing, China) and Université Paul-Valéry (Montpellier, France) and investigated for CNN and Huffington Post before graduating from Northwestern University. She founded SocratesPost to share the human stories behind the admission gates and offer parents clarity as they help their teens with college.