From the School

Students at Saint Mary's College of California aren't afraid to stand up and speak out. They're attracted by our rigorous academic programs, Division I powerhouse teams, a commitment to service and the greatest location.

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.


From The School

There is a $55 USD non-refundable application fee for all applicants. Saint Mary's College accepts applications for the Fall Semester and Spring Semester. The deadlines for applications are as follows:
SPRING TERM — — — — — January 1 December 1
SPRING TERM — — — — — January 1 December 1
FALL TERM — — — — — February 1 July 1
SPRING TERM — — — — — January 1 — — — — —

Students who have all required application materials in by the Priority Deadline will hear back from the Admissions Committee by the second week of January. If accepted, these students are not required to enroll early or to pay an early deposit. Students who have all required application materials in by the Regular Deadline should expect a response within 4 to 6 weeks.

Applicants are required to submit:
a completed application
essay / personal statement
official scores from SAT 1 or ACT (freshmen and international students only)
official scores from TOEFL, IELTS or other English proficiency exam result (international students only)
one academic letter of recommendation from a counselor or teacher (freshmen and international students only; highly encouraged for transfers, but not required)
official high school transcript (transfer students should also submit official college transcripts)
Certificate of Finances Form (international students only)
$55 USD application fee
You may apply online or download an application at

Application materials should be sent to:
Saint Mary's College Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 4800
Moraga, CA 94575-4800
Please call (800) 800-4SMC or 925-631-4224 if you have questions or need assistance during the application process. You may also email us at:


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
480 - 590
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
470 - 570
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
470 - 570

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
560 - 650

ACT Composite
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


Early Action — November 15

Regular — February 1

Other Admission Factors


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Academic Programs

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.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Saint Mary's College offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.

The undergraduate academic program includes advanced study in 40 major fields in the arts and humanities, the sciences and social sciences, education and business. Our labs and classes are small averaging around 21 students and student centered, enabling intense discussions, lively debates, and a strong sense that ideas matter. Many of our 200 full-time professors are internationally renowned for their research and scholarship, all are skilled teachers and dedicated mentors, and virtually all possess the highest degree available in their field of study. The college offers 4-year undergraduate degrees in the School of Liberal Arts, the School of Science, and the School of Economics and Business Administration.

The School of Liberal Arts offers undergraduate degrees in Anthropology, Art and Art History, Classics, Communication, English, Environmental Studies, French, Greek, History, Integral Program, International Area Studies, Kinesiology, Latin, Liberal and Civic Studies, Performing Arts: Music, Dance, and Theatre, Philosophy, Politics, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish and Women's Studies.

The School of Science offers undergraduate degrees in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering (3+2 Program), Environmental Science, Health Science, Mathematics, Physics, Pre-dental, Pre-medical, Pre-nursing (first year students only), Pre-physical therapy, Pre-veterinary and Psychology.

The School of Economics and Business Administration offers undergraduate degrees in Accounting, Business Administration: Finance, Marketing, Global Business, Entrepreneurship and Digital Media, and Economics (B.A. or B.S.).

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Finance and Financial Management Services, Other
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication and Media Studies, Other

  • Education

  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General
  • Reading Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Engineering, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English Language and Literature/Letters, Other

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • French Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

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

  • History

  • History, General
  • History, Other

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

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

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics and Statistics, Other
  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Mathematics and Computer Science

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

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

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Chemistry, Other
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General
  • Psychology, Other

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Political Science and Government, Other
  • Social Sciences, General

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, Other

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."



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

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

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Students Say

These "deep thinkers" are being given "a strong education and foundation for their future," and "life on campus is centered on helping us build a career." The small size means "you can network easily and quickly" in order to get one of the "tons of internships" available, and "a really good career center" helps prepare students for the real world." This Career and Professional Development Services office offers an online database of jobs and internships, as well as career fairs and workshops, and takes the "storytelling approach" to job placement: how students can tell their story through resumes, internships, elevator pitches, and volunteer work. For those graduates who visited Payscale. com, the average starting salary was $50,000, with 51 percent reporting that their job had a high level of meaning to the world.


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Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Expenses for 2012-2013

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

Financial Aid

Over 70% of Saint Mary's students receive financial aid, and the average aid package is over $23,000. All applicants for financial aid should fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and include Saint Mary's College of California (Code 001302) on the form. California residents should also submit the GPA Verification Form to the State Commission by March 2nd to be considered for a Cal Grant. The deadline for priority financial aid consideration is February 15.

Financial aid packages typically consist of scholarships, grants, and student loans. The College offers a number of academic scholarships, consideration for which is automatic with the student's application. All scholarships are renewable for up to four years. They are listed here.

Presidential Scholars Scholarships
Competitive scholarship of $11,000 annually. To be eligible to compete, first-year students must be admitted with a GPA of at least 3.8 and an ACT composite score of at least 31 or a combined math and critical reading score of at least 1350 on the SAT Reasoning Test. Recipients also qualify for and receive the $13,000 Freshman Honors at Entrance Scholarships for a total of $24,000.

Freshman Honors at Entrance Scholarship
$13,000 annually. Qualifications: all first-year students admitted with a GPA of at least 3.7 and an ACT composite score of at least 27 or a combined math and critical reading score of at least 1200 on the SAT Reasoning Test.

Transfer Honors at Entrance Scholarship
$11,000 annually. Qualifications: transfer students entering with 30 or more transfer academic semester units or the equivalent and a 3.5 college GPA.

Gael Scholar's Award
$11,000 annually. Qualifications: all first-year students admitted with a GPA of at least 3.3 and an ACT composite score of at least 26 or a combined math and critical reading score of at least 1200 on the SAT Reasoning Test.

Lasallian Leadership Scholarship
$11,000 annually. Qualifications: first-year students from a Christian Brothers high school with a GPA of at least 3.5.

International Scholarship
All international students are eligible to earn merit scholarships based on strong academic background.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 16

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

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On-Campus Room and Board
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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

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)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


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.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented


American Indian or Alaskan Native

60% female
40% male
11% are out of state
93% are full time
7% 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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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.

Off-Campus Opportunities

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.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
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

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Gaels)
7 Sports

Cross Country
Women's Sports (Gaels)
9 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country

Student Services

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)

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


School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

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

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2017.

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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

MS Campus Agreement Dell Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

Patrick Macaraeg
Assistant Director of Admissions

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



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

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

Information Sessions

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

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
3 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Provided for admitted students only


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 ( or

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.

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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