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St John's College
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Canterbury Quad
St-John's College Oxford Coat Of Arms.svg
Blazon: 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
University Oxford
Location St Giles, Oxford OX1 3JP, UK
Coordinates 51°45′22″N 1°15′31″W / 51.75612°N 1.258605°W / 51.75612; -1.258605
Full name Saint John Baptist College
Latin name Collegium Sancti Johannis Baptistae
Founder Sir Thomas White
Established 1555; 467 years ago (1555)
Named for John the Baptist
Sister college Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
President Margaret Snowling
Undergraduates 385 (2016)
Postgraduates 221
Boat club SJCBC
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St John's College, Oxford is located in Oxford city centre
St John's College, Oxford
Location in Oxford city centre

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. 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 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.

The college occupies a central location on St Giles' and has a student body of approximately 390 undergraduates and 250 postgraduates. As well as over 100 academic staff, the college is supported by a similar number of other staff. 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.

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