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Reviews 86 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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2 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: People "get turnt" more as a social crutch than anything else. If you're into social anxiety, idiotically obscure drugs, and inevitable hookups, this is the college for you.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you want to party, you absolutely can. Ragers, wine and cheese, poetry readings, karaoke, movie nights, waltz/swing dance parties every other weekend... you name it

4 College Freshman

Administration: The administration understands that students are going to drink, and will take action if it gets out of hand. However, they are there for our safety, and if nobody is getting hurt, it's usually okay. They are the most strict about attendance.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The dining hall food is hit and miss. Sometimes it's great, other times they try too hard and it's not very good. It's all fresh and organic though. Either homemade or bought at whole foods.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: This campus is fantastic. Everything that anyone could need is available. It is small, beautiful, and fun to live on.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: There are no varsity sports, but intramural sports are available for anyone who would like to participate. They're fun and low key, but there is the crew and croquet team if you want something serious.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The program is the great books program. We don't have majors, but learn a whole lot about everything. This school is fantastic.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The safety is really good. The campus officers are all very nice and helpful. They are not there to purposely get anyone in trouble, but they make sure that everyone is safe.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Annapolis is an incredibly quaint, adorable, little town with lots of history and charm. The area is safe and interesting, as well as beautiful.

2 College Freshman

Technology: 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

Administration: 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.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: 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.


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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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