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Saint Mary’s College of California Overview

Saint Mary's College of California is a private not-for-profit institution located in Moraga, California. Moraga is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

What Is Saint Mary’s College of California Known For?

650 Undergraduate Awards
$44,319 Avg Cost After Aid
82% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at SMC is 2%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The highest award offered at SMC is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 24% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, SMC bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $56,300 a year. That's about 38% more than their peers at other schools.
  • It takes the average SMC student 4.2 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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Saint Mary’s College of California Rankings

SMC is ranked #368 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. Out of the 220 colleges in California, it is ranked at #31.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

SMC has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#118 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#129 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at SMC.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#11 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#30 Best General Business/Commerce Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#33 Best Education Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#39 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#40 Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#53 Best Accounting Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#61 Best Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#66 Best Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#68 Best Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards SMC has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#8 Best Colleges for Liberal Arts General Studies College Factual
#9 Best Colleges for General Business/Commerce College Factual
#12 Best Colleges for Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities College Factual
#37 Best Colleges for Psychology College Factual
#55 Best Colleges for Health & Physical Education College Factual
#58 Best Teaching Schools Teaching Degree Search

Where Is Saint Mary’s College of California?

Location of Saint Mary's College of California

Contact details for SMC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1928 Saint Marys Road, Moraga, CA 94575
Phone: 925-631-4000
Website: https://www.stmarys-ca.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/stmarysca
Twitter: http://twitter.com/stmarysca

How Do I Get Into SMC?

You can apply to SMC online at: https://www.stmarys-ca.edu/undergraduate-admissions/apply-now

Admission Requirements for SMC

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into SMC?

82% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women
66% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 82%, SMC may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 37% of accepted students are men and 63% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 79%, and the acceptance rate for women is 83%.

Average Test Scores

About 66% of students accepted to SMC submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 540 and 630. Math scores were between 520 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Saint Mary's College of California  ( 540 to 630 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Saint Mary's College of California  ( 520 to 610 )
200
800
SMC received ACT scores from 44% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 28. Math scores were between 20 and 26. Composite scores were between 22 and 27.

ACT English Scores for Saint Mary's College of California  ( 21 to 28 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for Saint Mary's College of California  ( 20 to 26 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Saint Mary's College of California  ( 22 to 27 )
1
36

Can I Afford Saint Mary’s College of California?

$44,319 Net Price
87% Take Out Loans
2.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of SMC is $44,319. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At SMC, approximately 87% of students took out student loans averaging $7,911 a year. That adds up to $31,644 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SMC is 2.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Saint Mary’s College of California Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,495 Full-Time Undergraduates
56% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,646 undergraduate students at SMC, with 2,495 being full-time and 151 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  SMC

There are also 1,046 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,495 full-time undergraduates at SMC, 44% are male and 56% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  SMC

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Saint Mary's College of California students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of SMC Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 290
Black or African American 95
Hispanic or Latino 712
White 1,031
International Students 76
Other Races/Ethnicities 291

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at Saint Mary's College of California. At this time, 25 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 46 countries are represented at SMC. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Canada, and Australia.

Saint Mary’s College of California Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 1 0 179 0 180
General Business/Commerce 151 0 0 0 151
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 63 46 0 109
Liberal Arts General Studies 58 0 15 0 73
Health & Physical Education 48 0 17 0 65
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 61 0 0 61
Accounting 26 0 20 0 46
Student Counseling 0 8 36 0 44
Educational Administration 0 17 16 5 38
Communication & Media Studies 35 0 0 0 35
General Psychology 34 0 0 0 34
General English Literature 30 0 0 0 30
General Biology 29 0 0 0 29
Other Visual Art 29 0 0 0 29
Writing Studies 0 0 23 0 23
Other Health Professions 19 0 0 0 19
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 16 0 0 0 16
Political Science & Government 16 0 0 0 16
Other Psychology 14 0 0 0 14
Dance 5 0 9 0 14
Natural Resources Conservation 13 0 0 0 13
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 13 0 0 0 13
Economics 12 0 0 0 12
Child Development & Psychology 11 0 0 0 11
Anthropology 11 0 0 0 11
History 10 0 0 0 10
Sociology 9 0 0 0 9
Special Education 0 7 0 0 7
Other Statistics 7 0 0 0 7
International Relations & National Security 7 0 0 0 7
Applied Mathematics 6 0 0 0 6
Fine & Studio Arts 6 0 0 0 6
General Engineering 5 0 0 0 5
Romance Languages 5 0 0 0 5
Area Studies 4 0 0 0 4
Ethnic Studies 4 0 0 0 4
Philosophy 3 0 0 0 3
Drama & Theater Arts 3 0 0 0 3
Music 3 0 0 0 3
Archeology 2 0 0 0 2
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 1 0 1
Classical Languages & Literature 1 0 0 0 1
Health/Medical Prep Programs 1 0 0 0 1
Religious Studies 1 0 0 0 1
Chemistry 1 0 0 0 1
Physics 1 0 0 0 1
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 0 0 0
International Business 0 0 0 0 0
Communication & Journalism (Other) 0 0 0 0 0
General Education 0 0 0 0 0
Other Education 0 0 0 0 0
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 0 0
English Literature (Other) 0 0 0 0 0
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 0 0 0 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 0 0
Health Sciences & Services 0 0 0 0 0
Legal Support Services 0 0 0 0 0
Mathematics 0 0 0 0 0
Biopsychology 0 0 0 0 0
Mathematics & Computer Science 0 0 0 0 0
General Social Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
Arts & Media Management 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 650 156 362 5 1,173

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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