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.
Campus Facilities & Equipment
Saint Mary's facilities include the Saint Mary's Library, featuring a collection of more than 200,000 volumes, more than 10,000 print and electronic periodicals, and over 50 research databases. The Library's membership in Link+, a consortium of 31 academic and public libraries, allows students to access more than 12 million additional volumes and items. The Library also houses a collection of over 5,000 items about John Baptist de La Salle, the Lasallian community, and French religious and spiritual thought in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries.
The College offers a number of academic and non-academic support services. The Office of Academic Support and Achievement Programs offers guidance and support for students throughout their Saint Mary's experience. Services include workshops, tutorials, study skills and support programs for first-year and sophomore students, assistance for students with disabilities, and a peer mentoring program. Our Offices of Asian Pacific American, Black, and Hispanic/Latino Student Programs offer culturally specific academic support, career guidance, and skills training. The College's Counseling Center offers individual sessions, support groups, group counseling, and alcohol and drug intervention. The Women's Resource Center sponsors campus-wide lectures and symposia, empowerment workshops, and specialized programming for classes, residence halls, and student organizations.
The Student Health and Wellness Center is staffed by trained physicians, nurses, and educators, and it provides the primary medical services for common minor illnesses and injuries. All services and most medications are offered at no cost to the student.
Our new $30 million Athletics and Recreation Corridor (ARC) will open in 2013. It will feature the Joseph l. Alioto recreation center, which will include a climbing wall; three full-size courts for basketball, volleyball and soccer; studios for yoga, dance and spinning even a juice bar! The Aquatics Center will be built for everything from swimming laps to water polo. Afterward, relax in the whirlpool spa or get some sun on the patio or lawn. A big outdoor plaza will connect Saint Mary's baseball stadium, tennis complex and softball field. The stadium seats 1,500 and will feature a training room and locker rooms for all three sports.
Nestled in the scenic town of Moraga in San Francisco's East Bay, Saint Mary's has easy access to the Pacific Ocean, the Golden Gate Strait, and the San Francisco Bay. The College is a short drive to San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland, which offer a wealth of cultural, entertainment and academic opportunities for the Saint Mary's student.
San Francisco features high-end boutiques, world-class culture, sprawling parks and bustling ethnic neighborhoods. It is also a hub of worldwide commerce, communications, and technology and a great source of internships and career opportunities for Saint Mary's students.
Berkeley and Oakland are even closer to Saint Mary's than San Francisco. Berkeley is brash, brainy, and inventive. A small city stocked with tiny cafés, vast bookstores, and a serious commitment to social activism. Oakland is a mid-sized port city with major parks and museums, a strikingly renovated downtown, and civic festivals in every season.
The Bay Area also boasts a wealth of natural resources, including Mt. Diablo, the 2,000-acre Redwood Regional Park and the Pacific beaches. A little further afield, students can take advantage of Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Big Sur and the Mendocino coast.
Student Organizations & Activities
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.
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