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Academics

St. Mary’s College of Maryland, in cozy St. Mary’s City, is itself “like a small town in that everyone knows everyone” and “the minute you step on this campus, you’re a part of the family.” Students boast that the school is “a place to grow as a person and become part of a lifelong family.” Students enjoy classes that are always “challenging but never impossible” taught by professors who “get to know you personally” and “take an interest in your future.” One student describes a favorite professor, saying, “I only took a single class with him, and yet he helped me get a paper for his class published, I talk with him weekly, and he has mentored my sister through difficult academic situations.” SMCM professors “are an interesting bunch, not afraid to speak their minds and push students to become involved.” Students find that “many professors are extremely good at making classes interesting and at engaging students” through “discussion based” approaches. While SMCM “professors are demanding” and “expect a great deal from students,” “they are always willing to help.” Professors help students look towards the future with “internships and research opportunities” and “post-graduate plans.” Many students cite the relationships they built with faculty as “largest benefit to attending SMCM.” They “provided an extensive network“ of professional and academic connections, but they also “let students babysit their kids.” “When the professors know you by name and care about your personal life and your general well-being,” it “fosters an atmosphere of accountability and responsibility” among the student body. “I would feel guilty,” one student explains, “if I didn’t go to class, didn’t read, or didn’t compete my work.”

Student Body

At SMCM “there are plenty of students who are super involved, and almost everyone is very intelligent and well spoken.” Students “value difference” and try to “foster relationships based on mutual respect,” so it is no wonder that many describe themselves as having an eclectic group of friends. “It’s hard not to have a diverse friend group here,” one religious studies major tells us, “and that is greatly comforting.” Students feel free to be themselves, without pretence, because, as another student explains, “This is a place that is full of people who just want to be accepted, and therefore accept others.” As a result, SMCM students are “kind, and even a little goofy! We like to keep St. Mary’s weird.” “There is no one group someone belongs to” at St. Mary’s “because it seems like everyone belongs together.” One biology major sums up the student body, saying, “I am so happy that I am able to walk about this campus knowing that every person I walk past could be a conversation away from being a friend of mine.”

Campus Life

Students say “there is a sense of community” at SMCM “and people are extremely friendly” because it is part of “the St. Mary’s way.” These academically minded “students mostly go to class, study or work during the week,” but some may relax from time to time at a “local bar called the Green Door where there are weekday specials.” But “without much of a town nearby,” students “are kept entertained through the vast selection of clubs available as well as the student organized events.” Students stage “cook-offs between houses” on campus and support one another by attending “orchestra, dance club, theater, [and] burlesque” performances, as well as “scientific presentations/lectures.” In spring, when the weather is warm, “people enjoy the waterfront and natural landscape around campus.” Whether they are admiring “the beauty of the St. Mary’s River” from a kayak, “[tanning] on the docks,” “taking walks in the woods,” or keeping warm next to a bonfire, outdoor activities are popular and “only a short walk from the campus center.” For others there is nothing better “on a warm day” than “to sit outside at the campus center or on the patio of an academic building with a cup of coffee and a few friends.”

Overview

Applicants
1,700
Acceptance Rate
80%
Average HS GPA
3.38

GPA Breakdown

21%
Over 3.75
23%
3.50 - 3.74
19%
3.25 - 3.49
20%
3.00 - 3.24
16%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
540 - 650
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
520 - 640
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 28

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Early Action — November 1

Regular — January 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
209
with Terminal Degree
156

105
Men
104
Women
29
Minority
4
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
72%
Graduate in 5 years
79%
Graduate in 6 years
80%

Majors

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

  • Asian Studies/Civilization.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Public Policy Analysis, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

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

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Dave Elseroad ('01)
Works in Switzerland for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, running a global public health advocacy program

Nina Mercedes Rabin ('13)
Attorney, Lennon Murphy & Philis, LLC, Westport, Connecticut

Stephon Dingle ('12)
TV Anchor/Reporter fro CBS WLKY News Luoisville, Kentucky

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
72%
Graduate in 5 years
79%
Graduate in 6 years
80%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$52,300

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$93,400

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$53,200

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$98,900

Percent High Job Meaning
37%

Percent STEM
27%


Students Say

There's no denying that St. Mary's students flourish when it's time to hit the job market. To begin with, undergrads can easily reach out to their “department chairs [who] are great about sending out internship opportunities and creating events where students can learn from and network with alumni in their field.” Indeed, “everyone in the faculty has contacts they're willing to leverage for students' benefit, and this is really the best thing about coming here.” Of course, undergrads can also turn to the Career Development Center for guidance and support. The office sponsors a number of terrific events including the Professional Network Program which connects students with informational interviews and MicroInternships which provide students with short job shadowing experiences.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$10,477

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$10,196

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,324

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
59%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$24,132

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$8,362

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$12,116
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$28,193
Required Fees
$3,008
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$800

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,745
Transportation for Commuters
$520

On-Campus Room and Board
$13,595
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

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,572
Foreign Countries Represented
7

Demographics

3.66%
Asian
9.13%
African-American
6.75%
Hispanic
71.98%
Caucasian
2.57%
Unknown

58% female
42% male
97% are full time
3% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
81%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
93%

Campus Environment
Rural

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Joanne Goldwater

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

At least one of the following: Neuropsychological assessment, Psychological assessment, Psycho-educational assessment, IEP, or 504 Plan.

Documentation Required for ADHD

At least one of the following: Neuropsychological assessment, Psychological assessment, Psycho-educational assessment, IEP, 504 Plan, or documentation from a licensed clinician such as a PCP.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

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
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
99
Number of Honor Societies
12

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
4

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

20% participate in intramural sports
25% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Seahawks)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Lacrosse
Sailing
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Women's Sports (Seahawks)
10 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Sailing
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Yes. Transgenda and St. Mary's Triangle and Rainbow Society (STARS).

Minority Support Groups: These programs or clubs are available at SMCM: Black Student Union (BSU), Multicultural Advocacy and Partnership for Progress (MAPP), International Support Services, Latinos Unidos, African Student Association (ASA), Asian Pacific American Club (APAC), Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS), Minority Students in the Social Sciences Association (MSSSA)

Sustainability

When it comes to going green, St. Mary’s College of Maryland is all about practicing what they preach. Case in point: SMCM derives an impressive 63 percent of its energy consumption from renewable sources. Even better, the college offsets approximately 115 percent of total electricity consumption through Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). As a signatory of both the Talloires Declaration and the ACUPCC, SMCM’s Sustainability Committee has established a Climate Action Plan that will help it reach its campus-wide goal of becoming climate neutral. To support this effort, the college established an arboretum committee, and is working to reduce storm water runoff and protect the Chesapeake Bay by planting trees and installing rain gardens and bioswales. The college is also an Energy Star partner. SMCM has determined that all new construction on campus will seek LEED Silver, at a minimum. The college’s first LEED Silver building, Goodpaster Hall, has reduced SMCM’s impact on the environment through not only its construction (recycled or renewable materials were used when possible), but also in its function (the building “saves 300,000 gallons of water annually” and uses “30 to 40 percent less energy than a conventional building”). Currently, an impressive 80 percent of campus buildings have undergone energy-related retrofits. SMCM offers sustainable research opportunities in biology, economics, mathematics, and public policy. And the college doesn’t forget about the role food plays in the environment either. Forty-five percent of food expenditures on campus go toward local and/or organic foods.

99/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
50%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
No

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
No

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

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

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
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Maryland Education Enterprise Consortium (www.meec-edu.org)

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Jordan Cartwright
Assistant Director of Admissions for Communications

Address
Admissions Office
47645 College Drive
St. Mary's City, MD 20686-3001

Phone
(240) 895-5000

Email
admissions@smcm.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Campus Center
Waterfront
Library
Athletics and Recreation Center
The Pub

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Historic St. Mary's City
Solomon's Island
Lexington Park (for food and shopping)
Point Lookout State Park
Patuxent River Naval Air Station (for internships and museum)
Annapolis, Baltimore, and Washington, DC are all within a two-hour drive of campus.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 10:00 am, 1:00 pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
10:00 AM, 1:00 PM

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
ljtucker@smcm.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
St. Mary's is within 2 hours by car from three major airports. From Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI), follow airport signs to I-97 South and the driving directions from the north (Baltimore) below. From Reagan National (DCA) and Dulles International (IAD) airports, following the driving directions from Washington, DC.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the North (Baltimore, Annapolis) Take I-97 South to MD Route 3 in Bowie, Maryland. Follow Rt. 3 to MD Route 4 in Upper Marlboro. Take Rt. 4 South through Prince Frederick and cross the Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge at Solomons. About 3 miles after the bridge turn left at the first traffic light onto MD Route 235 South. Travel 4.5 miles through Lexington Park, turning right onto Shangri La Drive. Proceed through the next traffic light. Bear left at the fork in the road on Willows Road and drive 3 miles to the stop sign at MD Route 5 South. Turn left and continue 4 miles to the College. Once you see the beautiful St. Mary's River on your right, turn left onto College Drive. From Washington, DC Take the Capital Beltway (I-495/95) to Exit 11A for MD Route 4 South. Follow Rt. 4 through Prince Frederick and cross the Thomas Johnson Bridge at Solomons. Follow detailed directions "from the north" in italics above. From the South (Richmond) Take US Route 301 North over the Potomac River Bridge. Turn right at the second set of blinking lights onto MD Route 234. Follow Rt. 234 approximately 23 miles to where it ends at MD Route 5. Turn right (south) on Rt. 5, traveling through Leonardtown and continue 15 miles to St. Mary's College. The campus is located on Route 5. Once you see the beautiful St. Mary's River on your right, turn left onto College Drive.


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