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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    NG
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    D+
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    A
Saint Mary's is an above-average private, Catholic college located in Portage Township, Indiana in the South Bend Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,436 undergraduate students. The Saint Mary's acceptance rate is 82%. Popular majors include Psychology, Business, and Nursing. Graduating 79% of students, Saint Mary's alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $43,000.
133 Le Mans Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Athletic Division
Athletic Conference
Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Saint Mary's College - Indiana Rankings

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SMC Admissions

Acceptance Rate
82%
Application Deadline
February 15
SAT Range
1060-1250
ACT Range
23-28
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$26,906/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$29,849/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
93%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.40 responses
73%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.44 responses
52%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.44 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    0%
  • On Campus
    100%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,436Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
49
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
28%
Varsity Athletes
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 27 responses
  • Once a belle, always a belle (kind & supportive)
    52%
  • All of the above
    15%
  • Friendly, accepting, helpful
    15%
  • Brimming with potential for success
    11%
  • Friendly, but not always open minded.
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
96%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.42 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.59 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 28 responses
  • Community
    25%
  • Welcoming, dedicated, intelligent, communal
    25%
  • Welcoming
    21%
  • Sisterhood
    14%
  • Dedicated
    7%
  • Home away from home
    4%
  • Underrated
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$46,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
79%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
89%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.28 responses
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I am a junior at SMC. I love it so much! I really enjoy the small school atmosphere, but it is also nice to have access to Notre Dame activities and clubs. They just improved dining and are working on bringing more changes to improve campus.
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I chose Saint Mary's for the same reason most people do, we didn't get into Notre Dame and thought it'd be easier to transfer from SMC. That rumor is false, I've spoken extensively with Notre Dame transfer admissions and they are adamant that going to Saint Mary's doesn't increase your transfer chances. If you aren't a nursing or bio major, there's no help for your major. The administration is incredibly rude and unhelpful. There is no variety in food, the same meals are served over and over again and are never fully cooked. Several girls have gotten horrible food poisoning from undercooked meat. There's a crazy amount of drinking, drugs and sex for an all girl's catholic school.The Sophia Program takes ALL FOUR YEARS to complete! You have to take a ridiculous amount of classes that aren't related to your major and mess up your schedule. The Sophia Program, lack of help for my major, rude administration, frozen hellscape for 4 months and rancid food have me running for the hills.
Despite the concerns of COVID-19, SMC opened back up to students in the Fall Semester of 2020. It was awesome to be on campus and attend classes while most other schools did not. They were very diligent about testing and safety for everyone on campus. If any student wasn’t felling well, or tested positive they could log into the class on their computers. This is because each classroom was equipped with cameras and microphones to allow students to log in and still attend class.