From the School

Saint Mary's College of California is distinctive for all the right reasons. With nationally renowned faculty, a tight-knit community, and rigorous academics, Saint Mary's stands out from the pack. We see things differently. Enter to Learn. Leave to Serve. For 150 years, we've transformed education into a platform for the common good. We stand up for the silenced and speak out against injustice. It's been our mission since the start–and the motivation that moves us forward.

Our graduates are leaders in both public and private sectors. They find their niche and make a difference. State and national government positions, courtroom benches, and corner offices in companies like Microsoft all belong to our alumni. Gaels make an impact. No doubt you'll do the same.

It's no wonder Saint Mary's College has been named one of the Top 5 Western Regional Universities and in the Top 10 Percent Nationwide for Return on Investment. Bottom line: Value is important, and Saint Mary's provides it.

So, leave behind the expectations of who you ought to be. Let go of what the world says you're supposed to be. Your voice is uniquely your own: Claim it boldly. Saint Mary's tightly knit community, focus on student research and real-world experience, and highly ranked academic programs help you find your true self.

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Overview

Applicants
6,069
Acceptance Rate
81%
Average HS GPA
3.52

GPA Breakdown

20%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
21%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
12%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
540 - 630
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
520 - 620
ACT Composite Scores
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 28

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 15

Regular — January 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
373
with Terminal Degree
191

204
Women
169
Men
104
Minority
7
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
64%
Graduate in 5 years
71%
Graduate in 6 years
72%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • Asian Studies/Civilization.
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies.
  • European Studies/Civilization.
  • Latin American Studies.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business/Commerce, General.
  • Finance, General.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Organizational Behavior Studies.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication and Media Studies, Other.
  • Communication, General.
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Engineering, General.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General.
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Italian Language and Literature.
  • Japanese Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other.
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Computational and Applied Mathematics.
  • Mathematics and Statistics, Other.
  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Biopsychology.
  • Mathematics and Computer Science.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.
  • Environmental Studies.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness.
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology, Other.
  • Developmental and Child Psychology.
  • Experimental Psychology.
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
  • Psychology, General.
  • Psychology, Other.
  • Social Psychology.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Archeology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Dance, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Music, General.
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General.


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.”

Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral Other
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Mahershala Ali
Actor, two Academy Awards, Golden Globe Award

Matthew Dellavedova
Cleveland Cavaliers Basketball team, 2016 Australian Mens Basketball Olympic Team

Patty Mills
San Antonio Spurs Basketball Team, Australian Mens Basketball Team: 2008, 2012, 2016

Gaby Dalkin
Chef, Cookbook Author, TV Cooking Host

Maria Elena Durazo
CA Senator, former Executive Secretary-Treasurer of LA County AFL-CIO

Robert Hass
2008 Shared Pulitzer Prize, US Poet Laureate 1995-1997, 2007 National Book Award

Mary Ann Gomez Orta
President, Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
64%
Graduate in 5 years
71%
Graduate in 6 years
72%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Overview

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$17,916

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$16,751

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,657

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
85%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$30,693

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$30,395

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$50,460
Required Fees
$200
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,080

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$855

On-Campus Room and Board
$15,706
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,646
Foreign Countries Represented
20

Demographics

11.60%
Asian
3.88%
African-American
28.46%
Hispanic
41.53%
Caucasian
2.18%
Unknown
2.73%
International

57% female
43% male
13% are out of state
94% are full time
6% are part time

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.”

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Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
97%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
International Student
Theme Housing

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.”

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Julie Scaff

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
50
Number of Honor Societies
1

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
3

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

31% participate in intramural sports
11% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Gaels)
7 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Gaels)
9 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Sand Volleyball
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: U.C. Berkeley
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: U.C. Berkeley

Sustainability

93/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
No

% food budget spent on local/organic food
35%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
No

Car Sharing Program
No

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
No

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
No

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
MS Campus Agreement Dell

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Philip Goodwin
Sr. Admissions Counselor Visit Experience Coordinator

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

Phone
925-631-4876

Email
pdg2@stmarys-ca.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
The 1928 Pub
Student Recreational Center
College Chapel
Saint Mary's College Museum
Oliver Dining Hall

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown San Francisco (Metreon, Shopping
Lafayette Reservoir, Mt. Diablo State Park
Broadway Plaza (Shopping, Dining, Theater)
Golden Gate Park - San Francisco
Downtown Berkeley (Shattuck and Telegraph)

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F, Saturday during Academic year
8:30 - 4:30pm, Sat. 10:00 - 12:30
925-631-4876

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: M-F 9:15 am and 1:15 p.m, Saturday 10:00 am
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
M-F 9:15am and 1:15 pm, Saturday 9:00 am

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Faculty through Admissions, Coaches through Athletics

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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