B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    C-
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    A+
Saint Mary's College of California is ...
Private not-for-profit, Catholic
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conference
West Coast Conference
Address
1928 Saint Marys Road
Moraga, CA 94556

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

Acceptance Rate
76%
SAT Scores Range
990-1210
ACT Scores Range
22-27
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
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Test Scores and GPA for Saint Mary's College of California

Cost

Net Price
$33,128/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $26,065/ year
  • $30-48k
    $26,579/ year
  • $49-75k
    $28,228/ year
  • $76-110k
    $33,198/ year
  • $110k+
    $39,294/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
95%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.63 responses
66%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.62 responses
75%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.61 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,704Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
26%
Varsity Athletes
11%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 32 responses
Report
  • Motivated
    34%
  • Optimistic
    31%
  • Made of money
    19%
  • Bored
    9%
  • Focused
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
90%
of students say they don't have Greek life.61 responses
Poll
75%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.83 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 33 responses
Report
  • Small
    36%
  • Home away from home
    18%
  • Nice, loving, small
    15%
  • Caring
    12%
  • Inclusive
    9%
  • White
    9%

After Saint Mary's College of California

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$59,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
69%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
80%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.35 responses
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Saint Mary's College of California Reviews

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I love Saint Mary's College of California. One of the most prominent reasons is because of the school’s affiliation with religion. The Lasallian values that the school is built on work to create an environment that inspires its students to help others and to have respect for everyone around them. The school offers a comprehensive learning environment that pushes its students to leave their comfort zone. The discussion style classroom setting is effective in helping students share their perspectives without fear. In my classes, my professors made it their goal to help me achieve greatness. Also, having the chance to take a class outside of my major and explore my other interests during January term is an amazing opportunity. I also love SMC because of the social environment. Upon stepping onto the campus for the first time, the bright smiles and joyful dispositions of those around me made me feel completely welcomed.
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Saint Mary's is a school that take it's mission statement very seriously. There are lots of opportunities to get involved with the school, with the community, and with social justice. The kids at the school are very polite and respectful. Most of the teachers truly care about you as a person. Class sizes are small, which give you lots of one on one time with your teachers. Jan Term gives you an opportunity to explore new areas of study, or to travel the world!
Saint Mary's is a great school for people that are interested in small classes and being surrounded by nature. For all those who love to party, this is not the school for you. Saint Mary's is a small school with many academically drive individuals. The campus is located 35 minutes away from downtown SF and 15 minutes from Walnut Creek. Although, Moraga is very dry, there are a lot of cool places you can get to by car. The professors care a lot about their students so even if you are not a strong student, you will still receive your degree here. You will meet a lot of great people and make a ton of friends. Overall SMC is a fun, small school, but my advice to incoming students would be to make the most of your experience.