St. John's College is a direct descendant of King William's School, founded in 1696. The present site of the college was proposed as early as 1761, and when the college was chartered by the state of Maryland in 1784, it was given the unfinished building now known as McDowell Hall and four acres of land. Since that time, St. John's has added to its campus, which now covers about 32 acres. The campus in Annapolis, the capital of Maryland, is a National Historic Landmark and lies within the Annapolis Historic District.
Students in Annapolis can explore the rich heritage of colonial America. Because of its location at the confluence of the Severn River and the Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis has long been a sailing center. Students can participate in sailing, crew, and individual rowing. Annapolis is within an hour's drive of the cultural attractions of Washington, D.C., and Baltimore.
Driving Directions to the Annapolis Campus
From Washington, DC: Take Route 50 East to Exit 24 (Rowe Blvd.)towards Annapolis. The exit splits in two--take the right lane of the exit. **
From Baltimore: Take I-97 to Route 50 East to Exit 24 (Rowe Blvd.)towards Annapolis. The exit splits in two--take the right lane of the exit. **
From NY, NJ, Philadelphia, and points North: Take Rt. 95 to Beltway 695 E towards Essex; follow signs for Beltway 695 S & Key Bridge. Stay on 695 S and follow Key Bridge signs. After the Bridge, take I-97 S towards Annapolis (Exit 4). Then take Rt. 50 E to Exit 24 (Rowe Blvd). The exit splits in two--take the right lane of the exit. **
From Pennsylvania: Take I-83 S from York, to Beltway 695 W. Merge onto I-97 S. Then take Rt. 50 E to Exit 24 (Rowe Blvd.) towards Annapolis. The exit splits in two--take the right lane of the exit. **
From North Carolina area: Take US-1 N and merge onto I-440 E. Merge onto I-95 N towards Richmond. Take Exit 46 towards Washington on I-95 N. Take Rt. 50 E to Exit 24 (Rowe Blvd.) towards Annapolis. The exit splits in two--take right lane of the exit. **
**For Admissions: Follow Rowe Boulevard to the end, where you will be facing the Maryland State House. Turn left on College Avenue, and continue to the light at the intersection of College Avenue and King George Street. Turn left onto King George Street. Turn left into the first entrance (flanked by a brick wall), into the Chase Stone parking lot, or into the second entrance, into Visitor's Parking. The Admissions Office is in the Carroll Barrister House. Park anywhere you can find a space, and Admissions will issue you a parking permit.
**For Events on Campus: Once on Rowe Blvd., continue to the intersection of Rowe and Calvert Street. Turn left onto Calvert. At intersection with St. John's Street, turn left to park in the Mellon Hall lot or, for weekend events, to park in the State parking garage. Turn right to park in the Campbell lot.
**For the Mitchell Gallery: Once on Rowe Blvd., continue to the intersection of Rowe and Calvert Street. Turn left onto Calvert and drive one block. At intersection with St. John's Street, turn right and take first left into the Campbell lot for weekend parking closest to the Mitchell Gallery. On weekdays street parking can be available along St. John’s Street, College Avenue and King George Streets (see map of campus). On weekends parking is also available in the State parking garage.
Directions to the Annapolis Campus for Plane, Train, and Bus
Plane: Use Baltimore-Washington International Airport [BWI]. There is an airport limousine to Annapolis that leaves from the lower level of the airport. Transportation to Annapolis from Washington National Airport [DCA] and Dulles International Airport [IAD] is piecemeal and expensive, so you should avoid using those airports.
Train:The Amtrak station at BWI is the closest to Annapolis. Take the free shuttle from the train station to the airport, then use an airport shuttle or limo to get to Annapolis.
Bus: Buses from Baltimore and Washington have routes to Annapolis. Please check local bus companies for schedules.
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