St. Mary’s College’s 360-acre campus is nestled between stands of loblolly pine and the oyster beds of the Chesapeake Bay.
Our waterfront campus boasts spectacular sunrises and sunsets and endless opportunities for both quiet reflection and outdoor adventure.
The natural beauty of the campus, with secret gardens and quiet nooks throughout, encourages peaceful study and stillness. And the natural bounty of our location means there’s always something to do–from hiking the local forests to biking through the farm fields to paddle-boarding in the St. Mary’s River. Or birdwatching: St. Mary’s College was the first college in Maryland to be designated an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
St. Mary’s College’s academic, residential and administrative buildings are designed in the tidewater architectural style. The large, sheltered porches take advantage of the low-lying warmth of the lower Atlantic coast’s subtropical climate –and provide a communal spot for students enjoying a breezy summer night.
Ranked sixth out of The Princeton Review’s Top 50 Green Colleges, our bucolic location also inspires our devotion to sustainability. In addition to our expansive geothermal heating system and student-run farm, our most recent academic and residential buildings are Silver or Gold LEED Certified.
While close enough to drive to Washington, D.C. (75 miles away) or Baltimore in two hours (97 miles away), our remote (alt: cloistered) location forges a powerful community among our students, faculty, and staff. We support and rely on each other.
Our neighboring communities of Lexington Park, home to the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, and Leonardtown, the county seat, offer a variety of services from top-notch hospitals to waterfront restaurants.