St. Mary's University of San Antonio

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1 Camino Santa Maria

San Antonio, TX 78228

Phone: (210) 436-3011
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#27 Overall Score: 51 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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St. Mary's University of San Antonio is a private institution that was founded in 1852. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,459, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 135 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. St. Mary's University of San Antonio's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 27. Its tuition and fees are $25,126 (2013-14).

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

Personal attention is the first phrase many students use to describe what they love about St. Mary's University, a Catholic and Marianist liberal arts institution where the combination of interpersonal relationships, academic excellence and global perspective results in a community of scholars that crosses generations and cultures. The Marianists who founded the University in 1852 modeled servant leadership. Their welcoming Catholic spirit continues to infuse the entire student experience. Strongly rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition, the St. Mary's core curriculum integrates course work in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences into each student's degree plan and helps develop creativity, analytical skills and an understanding of the human condition. St. Mary's challenges students to strive for academic excellence and personal integrity, while educating them for possibilities of greatness in career and community. Recognizing St. Mary's as a strong-performing institution with a high graduation rate, the Education Trust selected St. Mary's as a national model for student success. One of the first schools in the nation to have a Service Learning Center, St. Mary's was selected by The Princeton Review and Campus Compact to be included in Colleges with a Conscience: 81 Great Schools with Outstanding Community Involvement. The institution is committed to being a leader in fostering social responsibility and public service. At St. Mary's, students learn how to become citizens of the world by making a difference in the lives of others. St. Mary's faculty, staff, alumni and students excel in local, regional and national endeavors. During the 2008-2009 academic year, St. Mary's University Graduate School Dean Henry Flores, Ph.D. was interviewed as an historical expert in the latest documentary of the critically acclaimed PBS series "The American Experience." The story in the series "A Class Apart" tells the history of Latinos America, with focus on the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Hernandez v. Texas. The Corporation for National and Community Service honored St. Mary's University with a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America's communities. John Quinones, a St. Mary's alumnus, winner of seven Emmy Awards and recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award's Grand Prize for International Reporting chose St. Mary's University as one of the first stops on his national book tour. "Heroes Among Us: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Choices" is a collection of stories of truly heroic individuals that Quinones has encountered throughout his career. Students in the Bill Greehey School of Business won first and second place at the National Collegiate Entrepreneur Organization's business plan elevator pitch competition. The first in San Antonio to offer forensic science degrees, St. Mary's University has created two new degrees in the emerging field of forensic science. Undergraduate students can pursue the new Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Science with a Biology or Chemistry option or the Bachelor of Arts degree in Forensic Science with a Criminology option beginning fall semester 2009. "St. Mary's prides itself on identifying career trends and providing the best academic foundation for our students to pursue those fields," said President Charles L. Cotrell, Ph.D. "In today's economy, we want to equip our students with the skill sets that will help them succeed." The University's 135-acre campus in northwest San Antonio offers a blend of historic beauty and high-tech functionality. Amenities, including a new residence hall opening in 2009, smart classrooms with Internet access, wireless access and the Alumni Athletics & Convocation Center's fitness facility, add up to a high quality educational environment for every student.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1852
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $134,369,000


When applying to St. Mary's University of San Antonio, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due June 1. The application fee at St. Mary's University of San Antonio is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 54.9 percent.

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

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 54.9%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by June 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at St. Mary's University of San Antonio is 12:1, and the school has 26.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at St. Mary's University of San Antonio include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Psychology; and Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 75 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 32%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 26%
Social Sciences 19%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 14%
Psychology 7%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 5%

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Student Life

St. Mary's University of San Antonio has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,459, with a gender distribution of 42.3 percent male students and 57.7 percent female students. At this school, 59 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 41 percent of students live off campus. St. Mary's University of San Antonio is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,988
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 II

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Campus Info & Services

St. Mary's University of San Antonio offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. St. Mary's University of San Antonio 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). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at St. Mary's University of San Antonio.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At St. Mary's University of San Antonio, 78.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $16,785.

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Tuition and fees $25,126 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,666 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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