St. Mary's College

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Notre Dame, IN 46556

Phone: (574) 284-4000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
rolling admission

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U.S. News Rankings

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#76 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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St. Mary's College is a private institution that was founded in 1844. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,469, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 100 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. St. Mary's College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 76. Its tuition and fees are $34,600 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana, is a four-year, Catholic, residential, women's liberal arts college offering five bachelor's degrees and more than 30 major areas of study, such as nursing, art, chemistry, and social work. Saint Mary's ranks among the top 100 Best National Liberal Arts Colleges for 2012 in the U.S.News & World Report.

Founded in 1844 by the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Saint Mary's College's mission is to educate women and prepare them for postgraduate success whether it's a first job, graduate school, or postgraduate service. At the end of four years, our students know their strengths, know what they stand for, and are ready to take on whatever comes next. Through a process of self-discovery and academic challenges, young women develop their voices, minds, faith, and values, empowering them to make a difference in society.

Saint Mary's College has a tradition of offering a solid liberal arts foundation in an atmosphere that encourages open discussion and close collaboration with professors and classmates. At Saint Mary's, students don't sit back and listen, they explore firsthand the subjects and issues important to them. Engaging classroom discussion, graduate-level research alongside professors, group projects, professional presentations, internships, and field placement provide our students with knowledge and the real-life experience to back it up. These interactions give students the skills to communicate effectively, think analytically, and discern ethically, preparing them to confidently pursue future endeavors.

And, beginning with the class of 2016, the College is introducing the Sophia Program, an outcomes-based approach to general education that is uniquely Saint Mary's. The program underscores the importance of women's voices, social responsibility, and intercultural competence.

Saint Mary's educates students to meet global challenges and gives them the cultural acumen to be engaged world citizens. Students may study abroad through semester, yearlong, and summer programs in cities in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, and the United States. In November 2011, the Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange recognized our study abroad program in three areas, including ranking us seventh for the number of undergraduate students studying abroad for an academic year.

Service and leadership meet and meld here. The Student Government Association, Dance Marathon fundraiser for Riley Hospital for Children, and the Diverse Students' Leadership Conference are examples of the campus endeavors, clubs, and humanitarian projects that students lead. Service is integral to campus life with 80 percent of students participating by the time they graduate (the national average is 55 percent).

The College's single-gender environment has been proven, in study after study, to foster confidence, ethical leadership, and strong academic success. Saint Mary's alumnae include our own College president, a Broadway producer, a federal judge, a New York Times bestselling author, three congresswomen in the U.S. House of Representatives, and a groundbreaking researcher for the United Nations. Our students pursue graduate degrees at institutions such as Harvard, Stanford, and the University of Notre Dame. They receive Fulbright fellowships, Oxford internships, and service opportunities with the Peace Corps and Teach for America.

Located near South Bend, Saint Mary's lies approximately 90 miles east of
Chicago. Notre Dame is across the street, and many of its resources and events are open to Saint Mary's students, providing the exciting atmosphere of a large university.

Above all, our students see Saint Mary's as a second home, where their minds, hearts, and spirits are shaped for a lifetime.

General Information

School type private, women's college
Year founded 1844
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $123,262,106


When applying to St. Mary's College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early decision deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 84.8 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 84.8%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at St. Mary's College is 10:1, and the school has 63.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at St. Mary's College include: Speech Communication and Rhetoric; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Psychology, General; and Elementary Education and Teaching. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 86.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate 74%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 12%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 11%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 10%
Psychology, General 10%
Elementary Education and Teaching 9%

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Student Life

St. Mary's College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,469, with a gender distribution of 0 percent male students and 100 percent female students. At this school, 87 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 13 percent of students live off campus. St. Mary's College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,469
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

St. Mary's College offers a number of student services including women's center, day care, and health service. St. Mary's College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at St. Mary's College, 51 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at St. Mary's College.

Students who have cars on campus 51%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At St. Mary's College, 56.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $22,653.

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Tuition and fees $34,600 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,560 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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