From the School

One of America's most beautiful campuses, Saint Mary's is a residential college of 2,800 undergraduates located in the rolling hills of San Francisco's East Bay. We are noted for students who stand up, speak out and have an attitude of confidence that comes from combining big hearts and broad minds with abundant idealism and determination. They are attracted by one of the country's best academic programs, the opportunity to root for Division I powerhouse athletics teams, and the world's best location. Saint Mary's College rests on a foundation of Lasallian education. The De La Salle Christian Brothers are the largest Catholic order dedicated to teaching, and have transformed lives since 1694. One of the West's oldest colleges, Saint Mary's is celebrating its 150th anniversary.

Overview

Applicants
4,864
Acceptance Rate
69%
Average HS GPA
3.61

GPA Breakdown

38%
Over 3.75
22%
3.50 - 3.74
22%
3.25 - 3.49
17%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
500 - 600
SAT Math
510 - 610
ACT Composite
22 - 27

Deadlines


Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Overall

From The School

Saint Mary's rigorous core curriculum includes the Collegiate Seminar, a series of discussion-based classes examining the ideas of the world's greatest thinkers. Faculty members participate as partners, contributing to the discussions of the meaning and relevance of the major works of Western civilization.

The January Term program allows students to pursue a single specialized topic in depth. This month-long session gives Saint Mary's a 4-1-4 academic calendar, two four-month long terms and one four-week January Term. January Term features highly specialized courses on and off campus, exchanges with other 4-1-4 colleges, and independent study projects.

Saint Mary's sponsors semester-abroad programs at universities in Spain and South Africa, Mexico and Italy plus the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Oxford, England. Many of our students also participate in programs in less-traveled parts of the world: China, the Czech Republic, Ghana, Korea, Russia, and Vietnam.

The Integral Program is a college within the College, a learning community dedicated to the Great Books foundational texts in math, music, literature, philosophy, theology, and science. Senior faculty called tutors approach each class as a conversation, a series of questions and possible answers, arguments, proofs, dialogues, and debates. Each seminar class relates to the others; each year builds upon the last.

Students Say

Intimacy rules the day at Saint Mary’s, a Catholic college where “small class sizes” and professors who you “get to know personally” are the rule rather than the exception. “They make time for me outside of class,” one student boasts, “I even have some of their phone numbers.” This intimacy offers “unlimited opportunities for students and very direct interaction with staff and faculty,” and makes it feel as if “the professors are learning at the same time from the students.” These teachers are “are very optimistic and love what they teach, so it’s great to be taught by them because they’re so passionate about their subject. It helps make learning about the subject fun and interesting.” Indeed, as one student points out, “It’s usually very difficult for a math or physics professor to inject their personality into their classes, but the faculty that Saint Mary’s employs somehow manage to do it.” Some do complain that “when they teach they go really fast and it makes it hard to keep up with them,” but that may be a result of the attitude that “lectures are overrated.” Instead, “professors help students learn by engaging one another in meaningful dialogue and debate.” The idea is to help you to “learn how to talk more in public settings and (give) you life skills that you can rely on and use the rest of your life.” The bottom line is, “Saint Mary’s offers students an unparalleled education with small class sizes, seminars, high accessibility to professors, and a strong alumni and network association.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
525
with Terminal Degree
203

312
Women
213
Men
68
Minority

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
84%
Graduate in 5 years
97%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Joseph Alioto
Former mayor of San Francisco

Laura Garcia Cannon
Anchorwoman, NBC-11

Robert Hass
U.S. Poet Laureate 1995-97

Nicholas Moore
Former Chairman and CEO, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Dr. Carl Wu
Cancer Researcher, National Institutes of Health

James Guyette
President & CEO, Rolls-Royce of North America, Inc

Harry Hooper
National Baseball Hall of Fame

Overview

From The School

Expenses for 2012-2013

Tuition:
Full-time (7 to 9.5 courses per year) $38,300

Room and Board:
Room – Double 7,270
Board Carte Blanche, per year 6,000

Miscellaneous Fees:
Registration Fee 30
Tuition Commitment Deposit 300
Room Reservation Deposit 350
Orientation Fee 250
Student Activity Fee 150
Medical Insurance Fee 860

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
71
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$24,203

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$21,270

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,367

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$33,000

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
59%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$23,519

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$41,230
Required Fees
$150
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,107

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,518
Transportation for Commuters
$1,170

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

From The School

Saint Mary's offers a rich student life. There are 15 cultural clubs, 15 service and politics clubs, and 25 arts and media clubs. Service activities are spearheaded by the Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action (CILSA), a national model for campus-based service programs. CILSA is a clearinghouse for service opportunities and an incubator for projects dedicated to social justice and the common good.

The College features a recreational program staffed and run by students for students. Club teams play in fierce interleague competition, and the men's rugby team has been ranked in the top ten teams in the nation for the past six years. Our campus-based intramural leagues offer friendly, spirited matches in competitive and non-competitive divisions in a wide variety of sports. Athletics facilities on campus include the Tim Korth Tennis Center, the Louis Guisto Baseball Field, the Sil Garaventa Sr. Soccer Field, Cottrell Field (softball), Sant Mary's Stadium (lacrosse), McKeon Pavillion (basketball and volleyball) and Madigan Gymnasium (recreational sports). We also maintain the Pat Vincent Memorial Field (rugby, intramural competition), a swimming pool, and outdoor basketball and volleyball courts. The Brother Albert Rahill Athletic Center includes aerobics and dance studios. The Power Plant is our fully stocked exercise and weightlifting center.

Students Say

The “smart, humble, dedicated, and compassionate” students of Saint Mary’s make up a group with a “wide range of students from a large spectrum of life and socioeconomic status. Students mix easily and the college climate promotes equality and understanding.” At this “very welcoming” school you’ll find “few cliques among students,” only “normal people who are looking to go on and succeed at life.” The “hard-working” students of Saint Mary’s have a reputation for being friendly. “You walk through the halls and say hi to almost everyone even if you have never seen them before.” Indeed, “students always smile and say have a good day. Students fit in by taking the time to meet others. A simple smile can make a day for a lot of people.” Typical students are “involved in sports or some type of club on campus. They are a big part of the community, and are avid NCAA college basketball fans.” That, or they are engaged in their studies. Saint Mary’s is filled with people serious about their educations—but not at the expense of social interaction. “Students can engage in complex discussion and easily switch to witty banter at any given moment.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,055
Out of State
9%

International
2%
Foreign Countries Represented
26

Demographics

11.14%
Asian
3.83%
African-American
25.72%
Hispanic
46.61%
Caucasian
5.29%
Unknown
2.16%
International

59% female
41% male
9% are out of state
92% are full time
8% are part time

Overview

From The School

There's a reason everyone wants to move to the Bay Area. Major league teams. World-renowned theater and museums. Napa. The Redwoods. Silicon Valley. The Pacific beaches. Saint Mary's enjoys the best of all worlds. We are 20 miles east of San Francisco, amid rolling hills and biking and hiking trails. Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco and neighboring Walnut Creek are just minutes away.

Our 420-acre campus is set among rolling hills and marked by a stately chapel, villa-style architecture, quiet courtyards, and fragrant pines. We think it's one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Students Say

Don’t expect non-stop parties at Saint Mary’s. This is a “distinguished, calm campus” with students focused on their studies. When it comes time to wind down, sports, clubs, and mellow socializing are far more prevalent than rowdy keggers. Saint Mary’s “is what you make it, it takes time to adjust,” but “there are vast opportunities provided by the school to get involved with others inside and outside of the community.” There is “a grove that is a secluded area where everyone goes to just leave the urban world for a bit and just relax,” while others “go on great hiking and outdoor adventure trips the rec sports provides the students with.” The school is six miles off the freeway, so access to other communities isn’t as easy as at other schools, but nearby Orinda has beautiful theaters and restaurants, and all that San Francisco has to offer is accessible to students willing to make the journey. The biggest draw is sports and athletic recreation. Students here are “very active. Everyone wears some sort of active clothes because everyone is basically a regularly active individual. Sports are a big focus at my school, whether it be intercollegiate or just for fun.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
55%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
80
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
83

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
43
Number of Honor Societies
0

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
3

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Gaels)
7 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Women's Sports (Gaels)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: GSA - Gay Straight Alliance

Minority Support Groups: Women's Resource Center Diversity Associations,Black Student Union (BSU),Asian Pacific American Students Assoc.(APASA),Hermanas Unidas (HaH),Latin American Student Assoc.(LASA) http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/student-life/student-involvement-and-leadership/student-organizations/index.html

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: UC Berkeley
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: UC Berkeley

Sustainability

Green Rating
77

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
9

Average Number of PC's per Lab
30

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
92%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
MS Campus Agreement Dell Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Patrick Macaraeg
Assistant Director of Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
PO Box 4800
Moraga, CA 94575-4800

Phone
925-631-4106

Email
pgm1@stmarys-ca.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Br. Alfred Brousseau Hall
Cassin Student Union and LeFevre Quad
College Chapel
Hearst Art Gallery
Oliver Dining Hall
Power Plant (exercise facility) McKeon Pavilion, "St. Patty's Cathedral"

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown San Francisco (Metreon, Shoppin
Lafayette Reservoir, Mt. Diablo State Pa
Broadway Plaza (Shopping, Dining, Theate
Golden Gate Park - San Francisco
Downtown Berkeley (ShattuckandTelegraph

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F, Saturday during Academic year
8:30 - 4:30pm, Sat. 10:00 - 12:30
925-631-4106

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: M-F 10:00 am and 2:00 p.m, Saturday 10:00 am
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
M-F 9:00am and 1:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
3 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
smcadmit@stmarys-ca.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Provided for admitted students only

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Several private shuttle services are available from both San Francisco and Oakland International Airports. Please be sure to book your ground transportation prior to arriving at the airport. Listed are several companies that provide this direct service. Prices may vary and round-trip arrangements may be more economical than 2 one-way passages. Airport Connection 650-401-8300, Bayporter Express 510-864-4000, East Bay Connection 800-675-3278, and Leisure Living Transportation 925-943-1512. Public transportation is availble on BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit Rail System), which operates rail service in San Francisco and the East Bay (www.transitinfo.org/BART. or www.bart.gov

Driving Instructions to Campus
From San Francisco Bay Bridge or San Rafael/Richmond Bridge: Take Highway 580 toward Hayward and then Highway 24 toward Walnut Creek. Once through the Caldecott Tunnel, take the third exit which will be marked Orinda/Moraga. Turn right and follow Moraga Way about 5 miles. Turn left onto Moraga Road, then right onto Saint Mary's Road. The College is about one mile farther on the right. From Walnut Creek/Highway 680: Take Highway 24 west (Oakland direction) to the Central Lafayette exit. Go right under freeway, right onto Mt. Diablo Blvd. One block, left onto Moraga Road 1/3 mile, and left onto Saint Mary's Road about four miles; the College will be on the left. From BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit): Take the S.F./Colma-Pittsburg/Bay Point train to either the Orinda or the Lafayette station. From there, take the County Connection bus (Route 106 or 206) to Saint Mary's College. County Connection buses operate to and from the College from approximately 6:00 am until 6:00 pm, Monday through Saturday. For exact times of bus schedules or more information, phone County Connection at 925-676-7500. WEBSITE:www.cccta.org

Local Accommodations
There are a number of overnight accommodations near Saint Mary's College campus in Moraga. While we don't endorse any particular establishment, for your convenience, we have listed those most often used by campus visitors. Ask these hotels if they have a Saint Mary's discount. The Lafayette Park Hotel (3287 Mt. Diablo Blvd., 800-368-2468) located in Lafayette, CA is within 15 minutes of the campus.
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Key Stats

4,864
Applicants
3,055
Size
69%
Acceptance Rate
1110
SAT Scores

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