St John's has one of the strongest collegiate traditions at the University
of Queensland, and is the equal oldest college in affiliation with the
Residence at a College enhances life for a student at the University. It is a college which helps to give scale to learning. The fellowship of other collegians acts as a strong support to those who are making their way from home for the first time and so a College acts as a bridge between home and independent existence.
Academic work is assisted by formal college tutorials, proximity to the university and extra time gained by freedom from many domestic tasks.
The pastoral role of the College is a principal feature of St John's. Care for individual students is the external aspect of this. Personal counselling is available within the College and frequently references are made to specialist help in this area. The College monitors the progress of its students and offers help where necessary.
In 1996 four members of St John's College were awarded University Medals out of sixty five awarded across the entire University. The College has produced eighteen Rhodes Scholars.