St. John's College (Annapolis), Annapolis

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St. John's College is a private liberal arts college known for its distinctive curriculum centered on reading and discussing the Great Books of Western Civilization. It has two U.S. campuses: one in Annapolis, Maryland, and one in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The College traces its origins to King William's School, a preparatory school founded in 1696. It received a collegiate charter in 1784, making it one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the United States. In 1937, it adopted a Great Books curriculum known as the New Program, based on discussion of works from the Western canon of philosophical, religious, historical, mathematical, scientific, and literary works; it is probably for this program that the school is best known.The school grants only one bachelor's degree, in Liberal Arts. Two master's degrees are currently available through the college's Graduate Institute—one in Liberal Arts, which is a modified version of the undergraduate curriculum (differing mostly in that the graduate students are not restricted to a set sequence of courses), and one in Eastern Classics, which applies most of the features of the undergraduate curriculum (seminars, preceptorials, language study and a set sequence of courses) to a list of classic works from India, China and Japan. The Master of Arts in Eastern Classics is only available at the Santa Fe campus. Despite its name and the inclusion of selections from the Bible, as well as from some major Christian theologians and philosophers in the program, the College has no religious affiliation.
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  • It is obvious that this campus has been around for hundreds of years. Huge trees, brick walks and lots of shade. A great place to take a rest on a hot day! But apart from the class rooms, there is not...  more »
  • St. John's campus is set in the heart of downtown Annapolis near the State Capital. It is a small but very pretty campus.  more »
  • St. John's is one of the oldest universities in the United States. I would highly recommend a stroll through campus when in town. They have a nice small art gallery on campus. Charming place. Alma mat...  more »
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  • One of the single best investments of my life. Worth every penny, every second, every moment of turbulent thought and enlightening conversation with some of the most interesting people in the world. After earning my MA here (went to William and Mary as undergrad), I continued into a successful career in the advertising industry, and then followed that by pursuing more advanced study at the University of Oxford.
  • came here to get clobbered for croquet. had a great time. will be returning
  • Greatest school on earth! Hobbes and Aristotle will teach you to shake off pusillanimity and small-souledness forever. Stop paying for a shrink and use the money for Graduate Institute tuition instead!
  • I graduated from Annapolis but attended the Santa Fe campus for four years. I had a wonderful time reading books and discussing great ideas.
  • It's where the dream begins, where you can sink into, where you no more bothered by superficial thoughts

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Annapolis's historical downtown area draws the city's tourists, so there's plenty of choice of accommodations here. Small inns and charming bed and breakfasts represent most of the options in this part of town, with a couple even offering views of Annapolis Harbor. If everything here is booked, try the collection of national-chain hotels to the west of downtown, although access to the city's attractions isn't as convenient. Try to reserve in advance if you plan to visit during a summer weekend.
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