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St. Mary's College of California is a private institution that was founded in 1863. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,035, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 420 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. St. Mary's College of California's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 11. Its tuition and fees are $39,890 (2013-14).
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Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's College of California is one of the oldest colleges in the West. Saint Mary's has been directed since 1868 by the Christian Brothers, the largest Catholic order dedicated exclusively to teaching. The founder of the order, Saint John Baptist de La Salle, is the patron saint of teachers. Saint Mary's is shaped by three traditions: Catholic, LaSallian, and liberal arts. Our Catholic tradition encourages an appreciation of all faiths, a respect for the dignity of human life, a willingness to explore the mystery of existence, and an understanding of the whole person, mind and body, soul and spirit. Our LaSallian tradition encourages a commitment to social justice and to transformative teaching - a shared investigation of faith, reason, and the diversity of human experience. Our liberal arts tradition means that we are dedicated to profound reflection and worldly experience, critical thinking and global awareness, integrated scholarship and lifelong learning. Our academic program includes advanced study in 30 major fields - in the arts and humanities, the sciences and social sciences, education and business. Our labs and classes are small-averaging around 20 students and student-centered, enabling intense discussion, lively debates, and a strong sense that ideas matter. Our rigorous core curriculum includes the Collegiate Seminar, a series of discussion-based classes examining the world's great ideas. The January Term program allows students to pursue a single specialized topic in depth. We are committed to experiential learning; students take advantage of an extensive study abroad program and internships, research, and service opportunities. Many of our nearly 200 full-time professors are internationally renowned for their research and scholarship; all are skilled teachers and dedicated mentors.
|School type||private, coed college|
|Religious affiliation||Roman Catholic|
When applying to St. Mary's College of California, it's important to note the application deadline is February 1, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 15. The application fee at St. Mary's College of California is $55. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 65.6 percent and an early acceptance rate of 73.9 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||65.6%|
|Application deadline||February 1|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||February 15|
The student-faculty ratio at St. Mary's College of California is 13:1, and the school has 42.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at St. Mary's College of California include: Business Administration and Management, General; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Social Sciences; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 86.5 percent.
|4-year graduation rate||49%|
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St. Mary's College of California has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,035, with a gender distribution of 39.8 percent male students and 60.2 percent female students. At this school, 55 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 45 percent of students live off campus. St. Mary's College of California is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity||N/A|
|Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority||N/A|
|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
Campus Info & Services
St. Mary's College of California offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. St. Mary's College of California 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 of California, 91 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at St. Mary's College of California.
|Students who have cars on campus||91%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
Paying for School
At St. Mary's College of California, 74.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $21,919.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$39,890 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$13,660 (2013-14)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data