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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
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 and nursing, 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 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.

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
82%
SAT Range
1060-1240
ACT Range
22-27
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$33,414/ 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
$29,572/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
98%

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.66 responses
74%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.65 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,614Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
163
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
24%
Varsity Athletes
11%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 36 responses
Report
  • Motivated
    33%
  • Optimistic
    31%
  • Made of money
    22%
  • Bored
    8%
  • Focused
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
91%
of students say they don't have Greek life.65 responses
Poll
75%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.87 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 37 responses
Report
  • Small
    35%
  • Home away from home
    16%
  • Nice, loving, small
    16%
  • Caring
    11%
  • White
    11%
  • Inclusive
    8%
  • Home away from home
    3%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $56,300/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    76%
    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
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    Saint Mary's College of California Reviews

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    I was a graduate student at St. Mary's for seven months. Their "Master of Arts in Leadership" program was a straight-up SCAM. I was dismissed from the program after three classes because I asked too many questions which the "instructors" did not want to answer. I also found out that all graduate students were going to be kicked off campus at the end of the school year, to make way for a surge in undergraduate admissions. Avoid this school!
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    I'm about to attend Saint Marys and it's an amazing and underrated college! Amazing individualized academic programs available in a gorgeous area. Although it's not a party school, most students can go down to the Bay area which is nearby.
    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.