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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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+
About Saint Mary's College of California...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
West Coast Conference
Address
1928 Saint Mary's 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

Application Deadline
January 15
Acceptance Rate
80%
SAT Range
950-1160
ACT Range
22-28
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

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
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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.65 responses
73%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.64 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,597Undergrads
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 35 responses
Report
  • Motivated
    34%
  • Optimistic
    29%
  • Made of money
    23%
  • Bored
    9%
  • Focused
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
91%
of students say they don't have Greek life.64 responses
Poll
74%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.86 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 36 responses
Report
  • Small
    36%
  • Home away from home
    17%
  • Nice, loving, small
    17%
  • Caring
    11%
  • White
    11%
  • Inclusive
    8%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$56,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
73%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
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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Overall I have loved going to school at Saint Mary's! I have met so many people and because it is a small school I feel like I really get to know my professors. There are lots of events on campus and I feel like the staff truly try and accomodate students. There is a new, awesome rec center! Because it is a small school, there aren't as many opportunities socially such as fraternities and sororities, which is disappointing. I also wish there were more food options on campus. Lots of the buildings on campus are very out dated because it is such an old school. There isn't much to do in the area, so you have to drive to get lots of places, which makes it hard if you don't have a car.
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Communication is poor throughout the campus. Some departments are super helpful, however others are extremely difficult to work with. I find that they focus their attention towards incoming students rather than honing relationships and allowing current students to be successful. This school tries to look prestigious and extremely concerned for their students, but they typically are not. That is not to say every department is unhelpful, however it has been a trend that the focus is solely on first years and prospective students rather than the ones who attend and pay for the college currently.
Saint Mary's college will be great for students who strictly want to focus on academics or graduate school. If you put in the effort, you will be successful. Classes are small. It is extremely difficult to get classes without a good lottery time.
Social life is minimal. There is no good balance of people who want to work hard and party hard. Most people are friendly but do not want to be your friend.
Dorms come in single, double, and triple forms. Communal bathrooms get cleaned once a week. Since arrival, I have been evacuated, had water shut off, and construction outside every day.
All teachers are interested in their subject. You cannot be distracted in class. Sometimes when I visit office hours, I do not receive the help I wished for. But they are available at least once a week.