St. Mary's City, MD
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$27,573 ($14,773)
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Reviews 401 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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3 College Senior

Diversity: Compared to my high school, not diverse in the slightet

3 College Senior

Athletics: Being on at team is all politics

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: It's just the chain restaurants mainly besides the local places which is one good sandwich place and the gas station

2 College Senior

Nightlife: The best place to go is the bar, the door. On campus is lame

4 College Senior

Majors: I loved the program even though I didn't like the school in general

4 College Senior

Majors: It was eye opening and a new experience everyday. I learned more about how to work and interact with people

3 College Senior

Scholarships: I didn't deal with it as much as my parents did

1 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Public safety has changed. Not what it used to be about just keeping us safe

3 College Senior

Weather: It is hit or miss. Windy and rainy right on the water

2 College Sophomore

Computers: Computers are slow and outdated, and printers SUCK unless you are in the library. Pay to print is fair.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Weed and alcohol is predominant with the occasional acid, molly, etc. Peer pressure is OK. Policy enforcement is fair unless you behave like an idiot or a jerk.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Run down facilities. Social scene can be fun but its very repetitive.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman housing is crap. Run down buildings, tiny, no AC, and roaches. Far from classes. Not good value. Upperclassmen have a better deal with newer buildings and private suites, townhouses, and apartments. Dorms with AC have paper thin walls.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: No complaints. Public Safety is very fair as long as you are respectful and smart about it.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am a psychology major. The professors, except for an infuriating few, are extremely kind, available, sympathetic, and competent. They are wonderful and I learn a lot. The classes are enjoyable and fascinating. The workload is challenging but fair. The facilities at SMCM can use work, they are pretty old and run down, and the computer labs SUCK. Slow computers, dysfunctional printers. The psych building is green, which is pretty cool. Hardly any internship or job opportunities, which puts students at a great disadvantage. Something to consider for ambitious students.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: There is no specific criteria for admission into the psych program. Its not separate from general admission, you just declare.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: This is the best part of St. Mary's I believe. The academics are great. I feel very challenged and I honestly feel like I am learning a lot. Bio is the most excruciating program and they seek to make cuts in a "survival of the fittest" fashion. Unfortunately, in spite of the great programs, many, including the popular ones, do not have national recognition, which is definitely something to consider when thinking of my future with graduate programs, etc.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Tumultuous Maryland weather is present here, particularly because we are on a peninsula. Warning: the majority of Freshman dorms do NOT have air-conditioning, pretty ridiculous if you ask me. It is truly unbearable in hotter months. I couldnt breathe in my room for the first couple of weeks of freshman year.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: SMCM has recently been getting less of a safe feel with an influx of "townies" crashing parties and causing trouble. I definitely feel less at ease walking across campus alone at night this year as a female student. Public safety is very available and helpful and they are not too strict with drinking unless you are dumb or are a jerk about it. They close down all parties before 2 am on weekends. They will at times overreact to situations.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I can't speak very well to this as I have never tried to live off campus, but as is it a very rare occurrence for an SMC student to live off campus for housing (unless they are already a commuter), I don't think the school or res life is incredibly helpful. People do post fliers of open vacancies on bulletin boards around campus, though.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is a great variety of chain restaurants off campus (Olive Garden, Panera, Burger King, etc.) but they are all at least 15-20 minutes away from campus by car. Very inconvenient, as we are a rural campus.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Most weekend there are house parties, but they tend to be "meh". The scene is mostly people getting drunk in pre games and looking for parties that may or may not be going down. Occasionally there are great dance parties, but more often than not, like I said before... "meh".

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Racial diversity is present but not substantial. Economic, religious, and sexual diversity is far more common. There is a strong LGBTQ community. Religion is not a dominant part of the campus community, but there is no sense of discrimination. For the most part the school is a liberal atmosphere but there are plenty of conservatives. People tend to be very tolerant but in rare cases there is some rudeness

1 College Junior

Overall Experience: I really wish I would not have chosen this school.

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1 College Junior

Academics: Teachers here are payed to much and do very little.


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Jess O'Rear
Parsippany, N.J.
Gender Studies
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St. Mary's looks like it's going to be a boring campus in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do for fun. But most students find that this impression is wrong once they stay on campus for a bit and meet everyone. The friendly students and faculty make St. Mary's a warm and inviting place where everyone feels right at home. Students enjoy hanging out by the water or lazing around on the grass, taking a stroll through Historic St. Mary's City, and going swimming down by The Point. While enjoying what is supposedly the best four years of their lives, students receive a quality education that will take them further in life than they ever imagined. Graduating students are excited for their futures to unfold but also regretful that they must leave St. Mary's, a place lovingly called "home" for so long.

St. Mary's facilitates learning through incredible faculty, amazing course offerings, and a general atmosphere that broadens horizons and fosters growth within students. Students who attend St. Mary's arrive as children and leave as adults, having been given the opportunity to experience new things and learn so much through these experiences.

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