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 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

Acceptance Rate
80%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
950-1160
ACT Range
22-28
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
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%
  • Diverse
    0%
  • Nerdy
    0%

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%
  • Fast-paced
    0%

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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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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15 years out of SMC, having taken undergrad courses at Berkeley; grad courses at Fordham, Columbia and receiving my master’s from NYU, I know that that this institution is top-notch. It’s definitely a you-get-what-you-put-into-it. You will encounter caring and passionate professors and a community. Every time I visit the campus, it seems more diverse and of course, that’s inspiring. I was a business major but the liberal arts aspects - learning to think deeply and to constantly question the answer with a critical view - is what this school is about. This school opens you up to making connections in material and in the real world. I went straight to NYC for a decade, two weeks after graduating from SMC. I will say that St Mary’s is a bubble; the school isn’t so much about teaching street smarts, but you can easily learn all things academic here, if you choose. Getting involved is key, too. And the alum connections are fantastic.
As a girl from Ohio, i’m destined to feel a little out of place in such a different place. Luckily, the student population is more accepting and friendly than I ever could’ve imagined. I’ve made many friends and even the students I don’t know, I’m not scared to compliment or chat with my classmates.
The professors are all immensely different from one another, in the best way. There is a wide array of teaching methods, as well as personality. It’s always nice to have change in between classes. All of the professors have office hours where students are welcome to come chat, ask questions, and go over grades.
This is my dream school and i’m so blessed to say it has completely exceeded my expectations for college.