Location
Annapolis, MD
Undergrads
447
Tuition
$45,004
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 77 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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2 College Freshman

Computers: The internet is quite bad, particularly later in the day, when peak work hours begin. There are few places on campus with wireless access, and it is often quite bad quality. There is one computer lab, and a few accessible computers in the library, which are usually easily accessible, as most people bring there own computer and use it in their rooms.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Though there are only four intercollegiate sports: rowing, croquet, fencing, and sailing, the intramural program is incredible. Pretty much all of the students are supportive and inviting, and the games are taken seriously, but are fun and generally quite lighthearted.

3 College Freshman

Weather: For the most part St. John's is quite pleasant, and has a wide range of temperatures and precipitation levels throughout the year, and is as such quite unpredictable.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There is not a great deal of diversity at St. John's. There are a fair number of LGBQT students, and an even larger number of people who seem to indiscriminately hook up with anyone or anything when drunk, but the racial and ethnic diversity is nearly nonexistent. The greatest diversity will be mental and economic, and the small, constantly talking campus will soon help you realize that everyone suffers quite a bit in their lives, though St. John's may attract a few more depressed and anxious types than the average school.

5 College Freshman

Academics: St. John's is the most delightful academic experience I've ever had, and imagine I ever will have. There is likely no student body who is more enthusiastic about what we are studying than ours. The classes are consistently challenging, engaging, and often even fun, and the discussions in class often bleed over into every other class, and beyond. And, because everyone reads (mostly) the same material, you can have such thoughtful and engaging discussions with pretty much anyone.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Almost all of the officers on campus are incredibly kind, and generally seem quite understanding about drinking and underage drinking, particularly when it occurs in large groups. They tend to endure a fair bit of noise, unless someone complains, at which point they can crack down quite hard, though generally quite politely. The worst punishment you are likely to get, unless you happen to get in trouble on a regular basis, will be several hours of community service (which will likely amount to cleaning up trash and cigarette butts on campus early in the morning).

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: As a fluctuating vegetarian and vegan, I must say that most off campus dining places are quite good, particularly to suit those with dietary limits. Most of them are reasonably prices, though not enough that most students could afford to frequent them. There are a few cheap and decent options in the immediate area, though not many are open past 10-11 p.m.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: St. John's being one of the oldest colleges in the country, and not being particularly well funded, many of the buildings have a couple of issues: some may be a bit too hot or cold at certain times of year, and there are instances where pests can become an issue. These are few and far between, and given the resources they have, the college does quite well for keeping the dorms and campus as clean and comfortable as possible.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safety has never been a concern for me at St. John's. Public Safety officers are always around when you need them, and are otherwise very nice and forgiving for most minor offenses (the first few times, that is).

College Freshman

Greek Life: There is no Greek Life available at St. John's. However, life at St. John's is probably far closer to actual Greek Life (particularly Ancient Greece) than any actual fraternity or sorority.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The town of Annapolis is an odd mix of beautiful historic architecture and charm at it's center, and expanding into typical suburbia. The townspeople themselves tend to be upper middle class and upper class people constantly walking their dogs, and the elderly constantly walking their grandchildren, and none of them are particularly more or less friendly to Johnnies than they are to anyone else. That being said, there is absolutely nothing to do in Annapolis besides eat.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: The campus is small enough that you can walk anywhere you need on campus with a couple of minutes, and there are certainly enough restaurants in walking distance, so transportation isn't going to be of great concern. However, any shopping locations will require transportation, and the shuttle service travels infrequently and only for a short period of time, so any shopping trips you take will need to be planned in advance and cannot last very long.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: The student parking lot is really the only place to park, but sophomores and freshmen need special permission. A little expensive, $120 for the year. But it's on campus and easy to get to.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Lots of different kinds of dorms, no suites but they vary from very old buildings to very new. Nice environment, everything is close to classes.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Annapolis has a ton of sushi, american, and other such places to eat. All within walking distance, lots of places open late and delivery for those late nights.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Intramurals are huge on campus, basically everyone participates at one point or another. There is also yoga, zumba, fencing, sailing, crew, cross-fit, etc. The gym is really beautiful.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We don't have 'greek' life we have Greek life. We study ancient greek and read the philosophers so often we will joke around about Ancient Greek culture and use greek words like "Archon" and "polity" as every day terms on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The school is very small, so you get to know everyone pretty fast. People here dress very well, so that's great. But often you know everyone's baggage and it can be difficult to see people as more than friends.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Our campus is totally safe. There have been thefts, but always petty crimes caused by student feuds that are worked out. No violence. No danger really of any kind. Public Safety is always available and if there is any trouble at all they are ready to handle it.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The Program is unique, rigoruous, and rewarding. Everyone on campus does essentially the same thing so you can talk to anyone about the text you're reading or discuss program books at any time. The workload depends on the tutors, but usually it includes at least one essay a semester per class, plus readings for each class. The seminar style classes allow students to be in charge of the conversation, so topics evolve as well as opinions, teaching students how to listen and be more articulate while always being open to new ideas. The buildings are beautiful. The career services office is always finding new internships for students, and so many Johnnies in the professional world in all sorts of fields are always happy to help students.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Every weekend there are multiple parties thrown by students in dorms, kids go out to bars but usually end up back on campus. Everyone pretty much stays within walking distance of school because there is a huge nightlife scene in Annapolis with all the bars and the midshipmen who go out on saturdays and fridays.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Sure there are drugs and alcohol on campus but if you choose not to use either IT DOESN'T MATTER. No one treats you any different and you can still party with everyone. There is no peer pressure EVER, no bullying, no anything. Everyone is kind and compassionate, taking care of friends who go a little overboard and looking out for one another. The administration can be harsh on those who are caught using illegal substances.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This school is unique and the most amazing education a student could get. Honestly, it's rigorous and the most challenging place I've ever been, yet it doesn't feel that way. Everyone here loves doing the work and the classes so it doesn't feel like we are doing too much. It's an amazing program that focuses on the individual, allowing students to learn by becoming more aware of themselves and the world around them. These books we read have shaped civilization and by reading them in the manner in which we do we are preparing ourselves to enter the world and be the best professionals and the best humans we can be.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Because everything at St. John's is about the books and conversation it really isn't necessary to have a personal computer. There is a computer lab with more than enough desktops, and they are brand new, so in the event that you need to type an essay (of which we write many here) you can type it there (it's open 24/7). The printer lab is there as well, which most students on campus use and it's fairly inexpensive. There is wifi in all of the new dorms, and they are updating the campus-wide network now. There are also ethernet connections in every room.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Annapolis is a really great city, there are tons of restaurants, shops, and sights to frequent during your time. The college is located right in the heart of downtown Annapolis so you can walk everywhere. It's a gorgeous town and everyone is very friendly. It's super safe and there's always something fun to do!

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Rowenna Thorson
Hometown
Germantown, Wis.
Major
Liberal arts
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St. John's is not the perfect school for every student because it offers an incredibly specific education. The College calls for a certain type of mind to follow the program to completion, and even more importantly, the desire and drive to do so is essential. For students who spend four years grappling with the serious, earth-shattering ideas that make up the St. John's Program, it is the most enjoyable, valuable, and crucial experience of their lives. It is not only rewarding during the process, though—it leaves students feeling prepared for whatever life has in store. The academic rigor combined with the sense of community and the huge variety of experiences that are available instill a sense of confidence and self-worth in students.

Hour after hour, day after day, year upon year is spent exercising the activities of speaking, writing, explaining, discussing, and communicating. So many ideas and avenues are explored. Students are faced with challenges, academically, socially, intellectually, and philosophically. At St. John's, everyone is involved in the same pursuits academically. They share classes, discussions, mealtimes, and close quarters. The same students party together, read together, and talk together. Every student can relate to every one of his or her classmates, simply due to their shared experiences. This closeness is such a strength, and while it can be difficult—you might want to strangle that guy in your core group if he brings up Plotinus one more time—it ultimately enhances the overall experience exponentially.

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