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
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B+
Saint Mary's College of California is ...
Private not-for-profit, Catholic
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
West Coast Conference
Address
1928 Saint Marys Road
Moraga, CA 94575

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
80%
Application Deadline
February 1
SAT Range
950-1160
ACT Range
22-28
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes
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Cost

Net Price
$35,696/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $26,031/ year
  • $30-48k
    $25,119/ year
  • $49-75k
    $28,811/ year
  • $76-110k
    $35,830/ year
  • $110k+
    $39,191/ year

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
65%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.63 responses
74%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.62 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,675Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
23%
Varsity Athletes
11%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 33 responses
Report
  • Motivated
    33%
  • Optimistic
    30%
  • Made of money
    21%
  • Bored
    9%
  • Focused
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
90%
of students say they don't have Greek life.62 responses
Poll
75%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.84 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 34 responses
Report
  • Small
    38%
  • Home away from home
    18%
  • Nice, loving, small
    15%
  • Caring
    12%
  • Inclusive
    9%
  • White
    9%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$59,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
73%
National
49%
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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This is an incredible liberal arts education institution that helped me view the world from an multitude of perspectives. Each class is typically deeply engaging, challenging, and I've found admiration and value in all of my professors thus far.

With these positive attributes in mind, SMC needs to improve in listening to the voices of students by implementing new rules. For example, they've struggled to answer students demands for ethnic equality in our community, and the same for taking bigger steps to implementing green energy.
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I wish I had paid more attention to the reviews on here before enrolling here. There is nothing to do over the weekends; everyone who lives close by goes home for the weekend. The food is TERRIBLE. There is barely any variety or accommodations for people on a restricted diet. The food gets even worse over the weekends. SMC is located in the middle of nowhere so you need a car to go anywhere. There is little to no diversity and it's so small that it's like high school. The classes are also very small, which may be great for some people and not so nice for others. The administration at this school is also HORRIBLE. Getting the classes you want, especially as a freshman, is very hard. If you are looking for a party school, this is definitely not where you want to go. It's very hard to transfer out so be careful coming to this college; only come here if you are completely sure that this is where you want to go.
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.