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| Im so happy that I was able to transfer out of this hell hole. As a minority student, I'd advise all others not to attend. You will probably know each and every person in your race, because there is so little racial diversity. I was a freshman student but I transferred to Univ. Maryland CP for the spring, so I can't offer too much advice. The school is really small, friendly staff, racist students, cute campus; BUT DO NOT GO HERE IF YOU ARE A MINORITY. |
|Jan 19 2014|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2017 |
| This school is fantastic. The financial aid office has their stuff in order, they will not let you forget a single form or bill. I came in as a Bio major at first, then changed to the Psych major. The Psych program is great. It was recently changed for incoming students to get more breadth in the subject, but I don't think that will change the helpfulness and friendliness of the professors. One of the psych professors was my adviser, and she is my hero. Most helpful woman on the planet. You'll hear any student at St. Mary's say that about their adviser though. The academics challenge you to think for yourself, it's not just mindless bookwork. Yes, the coursework is challenging. But it is going to be challenging at any college. You may as well enjoy it at St. Mary's because they actually teach you to think in the real world. As for the aesthetics of the campus: beautiful. It's on the river, so there's always stuff to do when it's warm out. Swimming, sailing, frisbee, the list could go on. If your an outdoorsy person, you will have a blast here. Even in the winter, you'll spot people playing outside. Sure, there's not much to do nearby. There's a crappy movie theater about 15 minutes away and a target and chain restaurants even further, BUT there's so much on-campus stuff going on that that doesn't even matter. I rarely had to leave campus. They offer free movies on the weekends, comedians, drag shows, bands, etc. They really use university resources to make us students happy. The social life is fantastic. I transferred here my junior year, and even though I was meeting people who already had friend groups established since their freshmen years, I was made welcome immediately. I've made lifelong friendships here. The party scene is pretty good, there's usually at least one party going on on the weekends. The school has a million clubs for everyone. It has such a strong sense of community, and one of the things I love about it is it's strong support of the LGBT community. If you've heard the term "Keep St. Mary's Weird," don't let it freak you out. It's really more like, "Keep St. Mary's Unique." And that's exactly what it does. It's great, I would definitely recommend it to anyone thinking about going there. |
|Jun 30 2013|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2013 |
| I was in quite a bad place senior year of high school, and couldn't put much energy into picking a school, so I chose St. Mary's mostly out of convenience. It was the best decision of my life. This school is perfect if you're looking for somewhere small with a tight-knit community of bright, interesting people. We have great professors who know their shit, and actually want you to succeed. Also, when I first came here I thought I was living at f**king Hogwarts because the campus is so magical. There's an unbelievable amount of wildlife--birds (including bald eagles,) snakes (if you look for them,) and small mammals. The river is warm enough to swim in for most of the fall semester--if you're not afraid of stinging jellyfish--and at night, there are bioluminescent protists and jellyfish that make the water sparkle when you move.|
There's not much to do outside of campus except go to the Green Door (the community bar,) and go to the movies, but honestly, there's SO much going on on campus that I rarely leave. It's like a bubble. There's interesting talks to go to during the week, a million clubs to join (outdoor adventure, burlesque, dance, philosophy, etc.,) a great gym (with a good climbing wall,) sailing boats you can take out, varsity and club sports teams, and other stuff. On the weekends there are movie screenings, comedians (sometimes,) and on campus parties (usually, sometimes it's dead.) Most people will tell you they're super busy with demanding classes, a million extra curriculars and/or a campus job anyway.
Also, the people here are ridiculously friendly. When I first came here I thought they were all robots. Then after a while here I realized I had become one of those people, and decided they were human. As a freshman, I felt like I could go up to any random person on campus and start up a conversation, and they would talk to me like we were already acquaintances. Also, after you've been here for a while, you know/recognize a large chunk of the students, because it's such a smallish school. I like that about us.Recently, enrollment has dropped at our school, and I have no idea why. I completely fell in love with St. Mary's, and if you're anything like me (kind of a dork, enjoys nature, wants a good education at a small school) I bet you'll fall for it too.
|May 12 2013|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2015 |