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Reviews 502 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school as a whole is great. The campus is beautiful, the people are lovely, the academics are nice and challenging, but the one downfall is it is quite expensive.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I haven't really gotten to experience the school yet. But so far my interactions with professors in the Bio department have been great and the admissions team has been extremely helpful to me. Also I got a lot of merit aid which is great.

1 College Senior

Overall Experience: In response to the recent review post that say "St Mary's is and accepting, challenging, and wonderful school.

1. The core curriculum is a complete joke that prepares you for nothing, and the degrees are good for one thing (knowing how to file for unemployment).

2. Your clearly from admissions, because you sound just like the school brochure (and use the talking points that the tour guides use).

3. The school is falling apart (except for where the administrative offices are....)

4. Also, your right St, Mary's is an academic challenge in busy work, not things you really need to know.

5. The school costs ways to much for what you get.

6. There are mice are everywhere in library.

7. It's full of uptight teachers and students who pretend it a good college, which is almost laughable when you compare it to other state college.

8. All the extra work students do is worthless, because most people don't even know the SMCM even exists in the state. And no future employer cares about the "Liberal Arts".

9. Going to SMCM is probably one of the worst experiences on my entire life.

10. There is a total lack of services, such as tutoring, on campus to assist students.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: St. Mary's College of Maryland is an accepting, challenging and wonderful school. I picked it for its welcoming environment, challenging academics, liberal arts structure and small community. It is unique in that it is a liberal arts school where everyone is taught a core curriculum that stems from the school of thought that allows you to learn skills like critical thinking, problem solving and creativity. Because of the wide range of experiences I have had through the curriculum, I am a more well-rounded person who does have a speciality in a major but also a whole skill set from a broad topic area. It is my home away from home where I can walk around the path and say hi to everyone. St. Mary's is an academic challenge that pushes you to excel but also a small intellectual community bonded through respect and commitment to the liberal arts.

1 College Senior

Overall Experience: Going to St, Mary's was by far the worst decision I ever made in my life. The place is falling apart, the teachers and administration are arrogant, their are mice in the library, the roof is leaking in the library also, the air and heating are always braking in most buildings, the degrees are worthless, and the classes don't even use PowerPoint's most of the time. They pay their President, of a 1,800 student college, more then the Governor of Maryland (which is just absurd). They like to say that they decreased tuition, but they really did't. See they decreased the tuition by 1,000 dollars recently, and then they increased housing and food costs the same year (the increase was close to 1,000). Most of the buildings and tables are falling apart (they still use wood chairs in the classrooms, the ones that were used in the forty's typically). Also, they take advantage of students with community service for stupid violations, which no other college in the state does for the same violations. They also tend to suppress opinions that they don't like, and don't allow students to speak to the Board of Trusties directly (which every other college in the state does). This place act's as arrogant as an IVY, yet their far worse then the average state college. Most community colleges are ran far better than this place. If you want to waste your money and life, then come to SMCM.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I liked it. Wasn't the greatest but wasn't the worst.

3 College Student

Health & Safety: I went to counseling and they helped me a lot

2 College Student

Party Scene: really what you make of it

3 College Student

Administration: Not much to complain about. Public Safety is very reasonable if you respect them. They really like ticketing cars, so be careful

3 College Student

Campus Food: The food is sourced locally and, depending on what you eat, is very healthy. They do their best to keep things new, but you can tell some of the staff really hate their jobs. Almost everyone is very nice though, and for what the Great Room is it isn't bad.

2 College Junior

Local Area: There's nothing to do here.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Everything is pretty far away, you need to drive for at least 10 minutes to get in to "town".

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid is poor, considering the amount we have to pay every year.

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: If you want to see the school's counseling services; good luck. There's a two week waiting period, and the main psychologist only comes in on Wednesdays.

3 College Junior

Athletics: The open hours at the arc are somewhat ridiculous.

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2 College Junior

Administration: They talk big but nothing really gets done. Keep in mind this is a VERY small school, so anything that happens (that's out of norm) gets blown out of proportion.

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: It's a miss or hit with every dish they make, every day. At times it will be delicious and the next time you try it, it's like they didn't even try. For the quality of the food, the price is somewhat expensive. There are also not that many healthy options.

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: It's expensive and most of the time will either be broken or dirty. It takes weeks, sometimes even months for them to come fix anything. The heating and cooling system for the buildings is ridiculous; sometimes they turn the heat up so high it feels like a steep room and then a couple of days later they turn it down to a freezer and this is independent of the weather.

1 College Sophomore

Administration: It would be best if all the administration was fired in my opinion. They should just start from scratch.

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1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They seem to think that they can do things differently in a way that hurts students in terms of financial aid policy (financial aid at other schools is so much easier). Institutional need based aid, caps out at 6,000 (yep that's it, and that's if your really poor).

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1 College Sophomore

Majors: This college will take anyone, they are desperate for money (because of how much they have screwed things up in the past, now the applications have went down).

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1 College Sophomore

Majors: The classes at this college are horrible. The teachers don't post PowerPoints, the have absurd attendance polices, and they grade like its some sort of Berkeley. Therefore, you leave with a lower GPA, yet no one even knows about this college. Unlike elite schools, where people know why your GPA is lower.

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1 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Everything about this college, including the housing, sucks. The dorms are falling apart (some prisons have better conditions from what I hear), and there are various types of bugs around. Residence Life acts like their your superiors, and they threaten to fine students constantly. The parking is horrible, you get to pay 100 dollars to park on dirt in some parking lots. The heat is kept so low during the winter, that your freezing most of the time (ironically employee buildings are always warmer). The beds are also hard, and the hot water is barley hot. Also, they give you less than twenty four hours to move out after finals, its just so absurd (coming to this college was the worst decision that I have ever made in my life). Also, I forgot to mention, three of the dorms don't have air conditioning. Calvert is one of them. Ironically, the students on third floor don't have window units, but all the offices on the second floor do have air conditioning units in every room (I think that they forget that were the ones paying them). Do your self a favor, don't come to this college. Unless you like paying people money, only to be treated like your not entitled to anything.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: There is plenty of choice and some of the chefs are willing to make you something special.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I was lucky and got a great roommate

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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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