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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B+
1928 Saint Marys Road
Moraga, CA 94575
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
West Coast Conference
From Saint Mary's College of California

Recognizing that the paths to knowledge are many, Saint Mary's College of California offers a diverse curriculum that includes the humanities, arts, sciences, social sciences, education, business administration while serving traditional students and adult learners in both undergraduate and graduate programs.

As an institution where the liberal arts inform and enrich all areas of learning, it places special importance on fostering the intellectual skills and habits of the mind, which liberate persons to probe deeply the mystery of existence and live authentically in response to the truths they discover. This liberation is achieved as faculty and students, led by wonder about the nature of reality, look twice, ask why, seek not merely facts but fundamental principles, strive for an integration of all knowledge and express themselves precisely and eloquently.

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Saint Mary's College of California Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
January 15
Acceptance Rate
77%
SAT Range
1060-1250
ACT Range
22-27
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$35,332/ 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
$30,078/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
99%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
95%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.63 responses
67%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.69 responses
74%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.68 responses

Majors

Justice, Community, and Leadership (JCL)

Justice, Community, and Leadership (JCL) is a unique major that combines classroom learning, community service, and passion for social change. Students analyze modern social issues and learn to break down the complexities of societal inequity. Program graduates go on to serve in a variety of sectors including education, nonprofit, law, government, and many others.

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,618Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
177
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
24%
Varsity Athletes
10%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 39 responses
Report
  • Motivated
    33%
  • Optimistic
    31%
  • Made of money
    23%
  • Bored
    8%
  • Focused
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
90%
of students say they don't have Greek life.68 responses
Poll
74%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.90 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 40 responses
Report
  • Small
    33%
  • Home away from home
    20%
  • Nice, loving, small
    18%
  • Caring
    10%
  • White
    10%
  • Inclusive
    8%
  • Home away from home
    3%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $56,300/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    77%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    92%
    National
    83%
    80%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.35 responses

    Saint Mary's College of California Reviews

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    I had an amazing experience at Saint Mary's! The campus is beautiful and extremely quiet, I loved that I was able to experience the hustle and bustle of the Bay Area and then return to our gorgeous campus tucked away in the hills. I always felt safe on campus and included and part of the community. The classes were also very engaging, the round table discussions we had helped to sharpen my speaking and critical thinking skills. The seminar classes allowed me to discuss the Great Books from writers such as Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle among many others with my peers. My favorite program at SMC was our 4-1-4 schedule, that let me explore out of my major. Saint Mary's also has an amazing Career Center that helped me be able to graduate with a job at a Fortune 500 company. Overall I enjoyed SMC and encourage everyone to visit and consider attending if you are looking for small classroom sizes, great discussion, and a well rounded education.
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    Wonderful sense of community, love the people, the campus, and everything about the school! Everyone knows each other, and there are so many great resources to get help when you need it. There are easy ways to get accommodations if you need help with certain things, and this has helped me the most during my time at SMC. The class sizes are small, so you really get a good learning experience and good, quality time with your professor. They do a great job at getting first year students the help and advising they need, and by the end of my first year I felt really good about myself and the decisions I was making at school. Out of all the professors I've had there so far, there has only been one that gave me a hard time. Everyone else has been great, and you can really tell that these professors care about their students. It's super easy to get help, and it's really a good feeling to be out in the community and having people recognize that you go to SMC.
    I'm now entering my final semester and will be graduating from St Mary's going straight into a job. I'm thankful for how St Mary's has supported me throughout my 4 years and setting me up to be post-grad ready. I have loved every single minute of it since the start. From fantastic professors, helpful faculty/staff, to life-long friends. It saddens me to this day knowing that I will be graduating and leaving all this behind. My advice to everyone is to not be afraid of taking chances!