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Due to COVID-19, guidelines have been established to help keep our community and each other safe. Sessions and tours will be limited to only one or two families at a time and will be scheduled by appointment only. We look forward to hosting students enrolling at later dates when we are allowed to have larger groups. Learn More

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

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
80%
SAT Range
1060-1290
ACT Range
21-29
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$20,996/ 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
$9,453/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
95%

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.34 responses
49%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.43 responses
49%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.43 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,503Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
49
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
17%
Varsity Athletes
26%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 34 responses
  • Quirky
    35%
  • Relaxed
    15%
  • Arrogant and uptight.
    12%
  • Friendly
    9%
  • Weird
    9%
  • Unique
    6%
  • Diverse
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
95%
of students say they don't have Greek life.43 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.66 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 27 responses
  • A huge disappointment.
    30%
  • Amazing
    22%
  • Weird
    19%
  • Community
    7%
  • Surpassed expectations
    7%
  • Communal
    4%
  • Home away from home
    4%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $52,200/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    77%
    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

    St. Mary's College of Maryland Reviews

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    I'm attending SMCM during the COVID pandemic, and while other schools are shutting down because their students don't take it seriously, ours is still opened and all students wear masks. This says a lot about our administration and community as a whole - we're dedicated to each other's safety and wellbeing. You can vibe with pretty much anyone - very low stress environment, and all the professors I've had are knowledgeable and understanding. I'm excited for the next 4 years!
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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.
    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!