actually, I'm not really certain why I didn't apply. In the end, I guess it just didn't feel "right"... I think it had to do with the fact that, although im sure I want to go to grad school or law school after college, I'll need to be able to get a job right after college to pay off loans and save up for grad school. I was afraid at St. John's I wouldnt have the experience or knowledge necessary for getting a job (although I certainly don't doubt that it would prepare me for grad school or law school).
There are a few other reasons as well, such as the small size, but I don't care to mention them.
In the end, I still hold that it is a great school for the right kind of person, I just don't happen to be the right kind of person.
Oh, and if you're looking at things like the St. John's program/curriculum, there are two colleges I know of in Cali that offer the same thing. Thomas Aquinas College is very similar in everything (size, remote picturesque location, curriculum, renown) only its considerably more conservative than St. John's, and has a strong catholic bent to it.
The other is the "Integral" program at St. Mary's College of California. There are only about 50 students in each class at st. marys who are in the program, out of a class of about 500. St. Marys has the perks of D-I athletics, nearby san francisco, and so on. I have a teacher who graduated from the program there, he certainly seemed to know as much about Aristotle, Newton and the gang as any St.John's grad I know, and seemed incredibly happy and proud of the program.