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B+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    C-
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B-
About St. Mary's College of Maryland...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Capital Athletic Conference
Address
47465 College Drive
St. Mary's City, MD 20686
Website
From St. Mary's College of Maryland

As Maryland’s public honors college, St. Mary’s offers an undergraduate liberal arts education and small-college experience like those found at exceptional private colleges. St. Mary’s shares the hallmarks of private institutions: an outstanding faculty, talented students, high academic standards, a challenging curriculum, small classes, a sense of community, and a spirit of intellectual inquiry. But as a state institution of higher education, St. Mary’s is also committed to the ideals of affordability, accessibility, and diversity. By combining these virtues of public and private education, St. Mary’s provides a unique alternative for students and their families.

St. Mary’s is named for the place it marks: the 17th-century capital of Maryland. The spectacular waterfront setting is in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay region. The campus is 75 miles southeast of Washington, D.C. and 97 miles south of Baltimore.

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St. Mary's College of Maryland 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
1070-1290
ACT Range
22-28
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$20,711/ 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
$8,414/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
91%

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.34 responses
48%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.40 responses
50%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.40 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,516Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
54
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
19%
Varsity Athletes
22%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 31 responses
Report
  • Quirky
    39%
  • Arrogant and uptight.
    13%
  • Relaxed
    13%
  • Friendly
    10%
  • Weird
    10%
  • Diverse
    3%
  • Liberal Arts College
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
98%
of students say they don't have Greek life.40 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.63 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 24 responses
Report
  • A huge disappointment.
    29%
  • Amazing
    25%
  • Weird
    17%
  • Community
    8%
  • Surpassed expectations
    8%
  • Communal
    4%
  • Lackluster
    4%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $52,200/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    78%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    93%
    National
    83%
    73%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.22 responses
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    The best school for academics! Small classes allow me to work closely with my professors. Plus, all the faculty are extremely skilled in their fields and are more than willing to share their knowledge with students. They are attentive and encouraging. The arts programs are also fantastic, especially music and theater. And because the school is small, there are more opportunities to participate in various arts productions. The only downfalls would be the cost and the location. St. Mary's is more expensive than other public Maryland schools, and although the St. Mary's River is beautiful - there is really nothing to do in this rural spot.
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    I absolutely loved the campus tour when i visited during my college search. I was eager to see all of the different possibilities at a public honors college. The people who greeted me were fantastic and welcoming. I had a great experience while visiting, and now it is one of my top schools. There is one thing that i think could be better, i know you cannot really change this, but the all girls dorm is kind of a long walk away. But, that is my only complaint!
    St. Mary's is the promise of an amazing community in an amazing place. It can feel like the best place in the world or the worst. It's a very small school very far away from anything, so students tend to become very close or very isolated, and that's why the top two descriptions on here are "Amazing" and "A huge disappointment".

    That said, if you can find your people and your friends, SMCM can be an amazing place. The waterfront location is unrivaled, and the community is wonderful. Students are diverse, 'quirky', and extremely academically focused. I still have many close friendships with professors years after, and though my memories of my time there are conflicted, I can't imagine going to any other school in the US.