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Saint Joseph's College of Maine (SJC) Reviews

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  • 12/16/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 1 of 13

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    St. Joe's is a great college for students who want to be at a smaller college campus where most everyone knows who everyone is. Throughout the school year there are activities put on for St. Joe's that students can attend. St. Joe's is also a great school for students who want to go to a smaller college campus to get the education they need.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you need help from any teacher, ask your teacher right away. Do not wait until the last minute. Your teachers are willing to help you if you show the effort that you want the help.

    Bang for the buck

    I live in a low income family, so I was trying to find the college that would give me the best offer for financial aid. At St. Joe's they gave me more than half of the price to go to St. Joe's. Most of the financial aid was grants and work study money. There are few loans that you are given and will have to pay back.

    Am enjoying being here

    Everyone at St. Joe's is very nice. At most high schools your social status matters if you are a freshmen or if you are a senior. At St. Joe's I have noticed that doesn't matter. I have become friends with people throughout different classes. The rooms at St. Joe's are very nice for college campus dorms. You can arrange your room to how you like it and make it home like if you want. The food at St. Joe's is a definite plus! More than half of the food here is organic food. St. Joe's has its own garden where vegetables are grown. All of the salad dresses are home made as well.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers at St. Joe's are very friendly and welcome questions at any time. At the beginning of the semester you will be given their office hours and they tell you, you can always email them or go up to their office for help. The class size ranges from 20-25 students. This gives students a lot of one on one with teachers if they need it.

  • 07/10/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 2 of 13

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Many campus security buildings and a large communication chain

    Clubs and Activities

    All sorts of clubs, student council, student government, a surplus amount of activities, bingo, wing night, movie night, sports night (watch your favorite teams of t.v) Intramural's that involve (softball, volleyball, flag football dodge ball. men's and co-ed basketball, indoor soccer, ultimate Frisbee, ping pong, floor hockey etc....

    Great for these types of students

    Athletes, Jocks, Nerds.... No but really its is a really comfortable place for everyone and the teachers, and staff are extremely friendly.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Catholic school very reserved but after winning conference championships, favorite team winning the world series, finals or the Stanley cup there are a ton of rally's and late night marching

    Bang for the buck

    Really expensive but finical aid will help out big time and give a wonderful aid package.

    What to do for fun

    Intermural activities, hang out with friends, go to the even of the night, workout, walk down to the lake great scenic getaway of take a swim in the pool.

    Food and Dining

    A++, a wonderful chef, large café and you can request anything you want to eat any day you would like to. 19 meals a week so they truly care and the food is homegrown and natural really good for your body.

    Dorm Life

    Rooms are a little small and bed a little uncomfortable

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on your major but the harder you work the tougher the course the more prepared you will be in the real world.

    Tips for prospective students

    SJC is a wonderful choice if your looking a great place to grow mentally, spiritually, and socially

    In three sentences

    Easily one of the best colleges in the state. Educationally, Athletically, Spiritually. Small campus and has that family like environment. Great place and happy to be a part of this.

  • 04/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 of 13

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This college is great for students who want a great college experience that includes many opportunities to learn a wide array of information, while living in a friendly environment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn the way that's best for YOU to study and don't be afraid to ask for help. Fellow students and faculty are very willing to work with you, whatever your circumstances may be.

    Bang for the buck

    At Saint Joe's you really get what you pay for. The expanse of knowledge, the wide array of courses, and the daily smiles are a great way to spend your college experience.

    Am enjoying being here

    This campus is very homey and cozy. Everyone goes out of their way to either say hello or smile while passing. The overall campus is set up almost like a community, so getting to know people is very easy if you are open to it.

    Am learning a lot

    Saint Joe's has an extremely wide curriculum which lets you choose which classes interest you for your electives. Of course there are courses required which you must take, but if you pay attention, ask the professor for help (which they are ecstatic about doing), and learn an effective way to study for you, you will do well. With all the information that you are privy to, it's phenomenal how much you learn! I'm in my sophomore year and I still remember the smallest facts from the beginning of my freshman year.

  • 02/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 of 13

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the entire campus is lit up at night and public safety is on 24/7 and constantly patrolling the grounds.

    Clubs and Activities

    many clubs and activities, there is something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    great for students who want a connected community and a place where they are not just a number. it is a small campus, but very personal.

    What to do for fun

    there is a lake to swim in, or in the winter, to skate on. there is a beautiful gym with a swimming pool. there are numerous clubs and activities to get involved in ranging from theatre, to dance club, to student associations. the student activities club plans 3-5 activities a month that are super fun and super affordable.

    Food and Dining

    amazing and delicious food. beautiful cafeteria with an amazing view. so many options and the chefs are open to suggestions.

    Dorm Life

    nice dorm buildings, fun dorm activities. separated classes in dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    the academics are hard but worth it. the faculty and staff help any way they can.

    Tips for prospective students

    although hard programs, very rewarding. a wonderful, safe, and friendly commuity. there is something for everyone. great academics.

    In three sentences

    faculty and staff very helpful and easy to get ahold of, want you to succeed. extremely expensive. beautiful campus with many activities for everyone.

  • 03/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 of 13

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    very safe, though some burglaries.

    Greek Life

    none.

    Clubs and Activities

    not as many as there could be. for example, there is nothing for music.

    Great for these types of students

    quiet focused students and outgoing students... basically everyone.

    Bang for the buck

    generally students get decent financial aid and the academics are pretty good depending on your major.

    What to do for fun

    intramural sports, clubs, random events, bingo, comedy shows, etc

    Food and Dining

    very good food most days! it can be sorta weird at times, though.

    Dorm Life

    it depends on your personality really, but many students find a way to enjoy the dorm experience.

    Academic Rigor

    fairly difficult curriculum, but definitely not as hard as many other schools.

    In three sentences

    saint joseph's is a close-knit, small school, where you know just about everyone, which can be either good or bad. academically, this school is best for nursing students, however, other majors, such as biology, are also pretty large. athletically, saint joseph's is pretty intense for a diii school.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 of 13

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The security building is in the center of campus. The security guards patrol in their cars and by foot 24/7. Very safe campus!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs and activities going on every single day.

    Great for these types of students

    Students interested in nursing, liberal arts, or education. Also, anyone who likes a small community similar to high school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sebago Lake.

    Bang for the buck

    A little over-priced for what it offers.

    What to do for fun

    Portland is only about 20 minutes away, so going into town is fun. Also, every restaurant, bank, shopping center is right nearby for convenience. When the weather is nice the beach down at the lake is beautiful and lots of fun.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria definitely needs improvement. More options would be a good start!

    Dorm Life

    I loved O'Connor hall! The dorms are great and not too small.

    Academic Rigor

    I found Saint Joe's curriculum challenging and appropriate for grade level. I didn't find any courses too difficult, definitely challenging, but manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    You will love St. Joseph's if you like small schools. It has a beautiful campus with a lake. I would recommend taking advantage of these things that others may not be aware of.

    In three sentences

    The atmosphere is community-oriented. Very small, close-knit community. Almost like continuing high school as it is a very small community of people.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    7 of 13

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Portland is located just 20 miles east and brings day and night life. Windham is furnished with most of today's essential shopping destinations and there is a multitude of dining opportunities at local restaurants and fast food chains.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study and try not to pull more than 2 all nighters per semester!

    In three sentences

    SJC is a fantastic school, especially if you are looking to go into Biology, Business, Nursing, or Education. They are a small, tight-knit community that makes you feel at home instantly. The campus is beautiful and the professors are more than willing to help you succeed. I highly recommend SJC to anyone who wants a small college with BIG opportunities!

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 of 13

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    portland is only 25 minutes away, we have the chalet which is always hosting weekly activities, as well as sporting events on campus are always a good experience.

    Food and Dining

    superb! Some of the finest food services out of any small colleges in new england!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are you average dorms. Nothing special, unless you're an upperclassmen then you have better living spaces.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes challenge you, but teachers are always willing to help making classes very managable.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're looking for a small school, with great food, and a sense of community, SJC is the place to be.

    In three sentences

    Saint Joseph's College is a small private community based school that makes you feel at home. With an at home feeling at the small campus, Saint Joseph's has beautiful scenery as well as great academics. Not to mention their food services, are second to none.

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 of 13

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Online Studies

    Food and Dining

    Online Studies

    Dorm Life

    Online studies.

    Academic Rigor

    Online studying is really something that you need to be very self disciplined in studying. Otherwise you may find yourself in deadline issues.

    Tips for prospective students

    You need to make sure you are fully understanding of the financial department's requirements. Repeat back to them how you understand before signing anything.

    In three sentences

    I am enjoying St Joseph's College. The only complaint I have is that the financial dept is not clear and concise of their information. Otherwise; I would recommend this college to any one.

  • 10/24/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    10 of 13

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Saint Jesph's owns their own private beach on Sebago, which is a beautiful lake. They also have cheap weekend field trips.

    Food and Dining

    Saint Joesph's has one of the top meal plans in the State. My father has worked there and brought food home numerous times, which is extremely delightful!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are incredible. They also have suites for Juniors and Seniors at the same cost of a regular dormitory room! Nurses suites are top of the line.

    Academic Rigor

    St. Joe's has an incredible nursing program, which is very academically inclined. Also just to attend you should have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4 point scale. The rigorous course work is well worth it.

    In three sentences

    Incredibly beautiful campus on the edge of Sebago lakes, one of the best in Maine. People in Maine are generally friendly and the admissions counselors are great with prospective students.

  • 04/23/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    11 of 13

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Online tuition is really expensive unless you have employer reimbursement.

    Tips for prospective students

    Online learning is definitely different from classroom learning. Make sure you make a calendar with due dates and stick to them!

    In three sentences

    St Joe's is great for online learning and working towards your bachelors. The teachers and advisors are very helpful and dedicated. I just wish the tuition was lower!

  • 05/25/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    12 of 13

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Very expensive!

    Tips for prospective students

    Pass your classes!

    In three sentences

    Most professors are really good. The college is good for students looking for a smaller campus. There are a lot of degrees here. The Dean doesn't help out students very much. They don't provide many summer options. If students fail a class they automatically become a fifth year.

  • 01/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 of 13

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    I like the option to pay my tuition in installments. It has been very helpful since I am paying out of pocket.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have a plan and talk to your advisor and instructors often if you are experiencing any difficulties.

    In three sentences

    My experience has been rewarding. I have learned a lot of valuable information so far. I look forward to the rest of my program.