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Reviews 575 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Courses at this school are tough and you will really have to work for your grade, but you will be extremely well prepared for the work force or graduate school. The professors are very intelligent, but not all are very committed to teaching. For the most part, the teachers are extremely inviting and helpful and want their students to do well. Class sizes are small (usually around 20 or less) which allows the teachers to be on a first name basis with all of their students. There are so many courses offered in areas that you wouldn't expect. Because it's a liberal arts college, you are required to take at least one class in each of 6 topics which lets you experience new things. You'd be surprised at how many peopple change their majors after discovering a new passion that they never would have persued otherwise.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The school does everything in its power to assure student's safety. We have blue light boxes all around campus that will call security and most parts of campus are well lit. When large parties are held and people from the surrounding area come to the school, public safety officers and police are very present everywhere around campus. There have been some issues with vandalism from people that come from the town to the surrounding area, but an increase in public safety officers has seemed to help that. I feel very safe on campus at all times no matter how many people I'm with. Because it's so secluded, I dont worry about strangers from the town being on campus very often, and I trust my fellow students not to do anything dangerous or inappropriate.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports are not a huge part of the campus atmosphere at St. Mary's. As a small school, we only have a few sports teams, but the students go all out when supporting the teams we have. The gym and pools are brand new and are top of the line. Sports are not widely talked about on campus, so most students don't know how a team did if they didnt attend the sporting event itself. St. Mary's students are proud of their school and that shows int eh school spirit, but overall intramurals and club teams get more attention because almost everyone takes part in them at some point.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: After one year at St. Mary's, I cannot wait to return. I love how close knit the community is and how open minded students and staff are to diversity and new ideas. St. Mary's is a place where everyone feels welcome and included. Unlike bigger schools, students at St. Mary's and incredibly friendly and you can't go anywhere without seeing someone you know that will say "hi" and ask how your day is going. The professors at the school are equally as friendly as the students. They will not hesitate to get to know you and make sure you're doing well. The staff will definitely challenge the students, but they do it in a way that builds confidence and leaves you feeling proud of your accomplishments. Some of my favorite experiences so far have been having class on the floating docks in the river or in the woods behind the academic buildings. I've been able to experience unique things from building oyster communities to designing and making my own biodiesel. I would, without a doubt, choose St. Mary's over again.

1 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: This college is by far one of the worst colleges in the State of Maryland. The teachers are arrogant as hell, and don't understand that most colleges use things called PowerPoints. Also, all the student buildings are horrible, and most have roaches in them (they treat students like second class citizens at this college). Also, this school has no diversity. Its full of mostly upper middle class white kids, who look down on minorities and lower income students from community colleges. In fact, there was recently a party where they wrote on cans horrible comments about gay people, African Americans, and other minorities on a string of cans. This college spends all their money on over inflated salaries, so there is nothing left in terms of student support services, tutoring, and decent buildings for students. The degree are not really worth much either. Also, the school constantly posts positive comments right after and negative comments are posted about this school. If you don't believe me look at the pattern. Their a horrible school, and their trying their best to hide it. Do your self a favor and go to an other state school, because all of this are better then this hell. Also, if you speak out against this school on campus, they will come very close to violating your first amendment rights (they tried doing this to me several time). Most community college are better then this backwards school. If you want a nice college experience, stay away from this school, because they ruined my college experience. Also, as a gay student, I felt lonely and ostracized by others on campus most days. This school has hurt so many students academically, and emotionally.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: All is well thus far. The teachers and most of the students care, the classes are challenging but not unbearable, and life is grand.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Honestly, I think I'm more likely to be attacked by a wild animal than a person. Student safety took a bit of a blow after the series of arsons last year, but I think stuff like that is a very rare thing.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: They're college dorms. What do you expect? Some are better than others. Queen Anne has ac, but is the furthest from most of the academic buildings. Dorchester had an arsonist problem last year, but I think that got dealt with. The one apartment suite I went in was in a bit of a state, but that was towards the end of the school year and I highly doubt the people living in it knew what a broom was.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I don't follow the other sports very much, but crew team(rowing, my sport) is pretty awesome. I joined on a whim and have had fun ever since. The 5:30 am practice times aren't for everyone, but I find the cameraderie more than makes up for it.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Infinitely better than high-school. Having people around who actually care about learning makes a big difference.

1 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: This is by far one of the worst colleges in the state.

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1 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Overall, the courses at this school are just horrible. The teachers seem to think that it is 1950 still, and don't use the most basic forms of technology (like Powerpoints). The course material is mostly useless, and covers the most boring of topics. However, they make the work absurdly tedious, and artificially deflate the average students GPA (good luck going to grad school afterwards, because they have ruined the GPA of countless students at this college). Overall, this school is by far on of the worst schools in the State of Maryland. Also, most of the teachers are arrogant, and think that we should suck up to them, even thought were the ones paying their over-inflated salaries. Most community colleges are better than this school, and have far better courses then this school. Also, this school has no form of economic diversity, and most the kids here are stuck up upper middle class kids. Also, all the student building areas are falling apart, and most of the buildings have bugs in them. Do your self a favor, go to any other state school, just stay away from this one unless you want to have a horrible college experience.

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3 College Senior

Athletics: Because my school is division 3, there is no serious focus on athletics. Students are viewed as students first, then as athletes. There is a good sense of school spirit and fan support, but athletes are not set above others.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: My school is not the worst, but it's not the best either. I enjoy the critical thinking aspect and the practical applications of theory that the school provides. I also enjoy the quirky and unique personalities of the students. However, I don't enjoy the lack of diversity. I also don't enjoy the condescension I receive from certain faculty and even peers, possibly due to my race or class, or some aspect that they feel more superior in than me. Every semester I lose a significant portion of my financial aid, which makes me feel that my college is trying to discourage or even hinder me from finishing. The primary reason I chose this school was for financial reasons and that is never in order.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I don't want to be anywhere else.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: A degree from SMCM means something in the real world

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Out Title IX coordinator is very effective

3 College Junior

Athletics: The athletic department is very effective

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: My time at SMCM has shown me my potential

1 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: The hand out lots of parking tickets from students who don't have money.

1 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Most of the students have titles like Barista, Dishwasher, Stocker, Bus boy, and Janitor after getting a degree at this college. I know so many student still working low end manual labor jobs after graduating. A friend of mine has been a dishwasher three years after graduating still, and I just took a job as a busboy after months of no job offers (no one wants people with a Liberal Arts degree). Yet the student loans will still want their money from your min wage pay.

1 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Worst college housing in the state. Most of the dorms have roaches.

1 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Worst college in the state.

1 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: This is the worst college on the state of Maryland.

1 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: This is by far one of the worst colleges in the state. The teachers are arrogant and not helpful, the dorms have roaches, the library is falling apart and the roof leaks, they artificially deflate the averages students GPA, the have a fee for everything like droping classes (which costs 25 dollars, and no other states college in Maryland charges a fee for this), the heat and AC in most building are horrible, the Daily Grind has roaches that are walking on the espresso machine (don't get a latte), the teachers and president are overpaid and act like you should be grateful if they barley do their job, the curriculum is useless in the real worlds in terms of getting jobs, the library also has mice, the dorms in general are horrible (but area for the administration are brand new and nice), the college uses stuff like community service to extort manual labor from students. Also if you expect stuff like Powerpoints, which most colleges uses, they you will be surprised when the teachers act like its still 1950 in terms of their use of technology in the classroom (this place in general is ran like its 1950, there is very little racial diversity at this college and many students at the college have wrote racists things on cans at parties. Also, the president of the college makes more than the governor of Maryland and has a part time driver (which is just wrong and absurd on so many levels). Moreover, Public Safety hands out tickets like candy. Likewise, most of the students at this college are elitist jerks who's parent are loaded with money (this place is very unwelcoming toward community college transfer students). Therefore, if you want a horrible college experience, while being extorted for lots of money, then this is the place for you. DO YOUR SELF A FAVOR, AVOID THIS COLLEGE AT ALL COSTS, IT WAS THE WORST LIFE DECISION THAT I EVER MADE. Also, they will probably be bankrupt in ten years, read the news if you don't believe me.

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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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