The Annapolis campus is nestled between College Creek and the U.S. Naval Academy in the heart of the state capital, just off the Chesapeake Bay. It has been home to St. John's College since 1784. Here, students benefit not only from an unparalleled academic experience, but a close-knit community as well. The intentionally small student body and interdisciplinary curriculum cultivate this atmosphere – conversations started in the classroom often spill onto the quad, into the dorms or the coffee shop, or wherever students and tutors gather. Of course, the scope of student life includes more than the great books – the campus is also rich with recreational and social opportunities.
All freshmen live on campus, and upperclassmen are encouraged to do the same. Each of the six historic dorms) houses around 40 students and is situated around McDowell Hall (1789, pictured above), the vibrant center of both academic and social life at St. John's. McDowell's interior includes classrooms, a performance hall, the coffee shop, and the mailroom. This integrative residential arrangement fosters student interest and participation in a variety of activities, which range from study groups to musical clubs to athletics.
Two newer dorms, Gilliam and Spector (2006), provide double and single rooms a little further removed from the hub with a view of College Creek and a shared kitchenette on each floor. When students choose to live off campus, housing is generally available within a few blocks and many enjoy living in apartments in historic downtown buildings.