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Saint Mary’s College Overview

Located in Notre Dame, Indiana, Saint Mary's College is a private not-for-profit institution. Notre Dame is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

What Is Saint Mary’s College Known For?

384 Undergraduate Awards
$34,042 Avg Cost After Aid
82% Acceptance Rate
  • St. Mary's College has an impressive student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1.
  • Students at St. Mary's College have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 3%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at St. Mary's College.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 68% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from St. Mary's College makes roughly $46,200 a year. This is 13% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • The average St. Mary's College student graduates in 4.1 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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Saint Mary’s College Rankings

St. Mary's College is ranked #335 out of 2,587 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. St. Mary's College also holds the #7 spot on the Best Colleges in Indiana ranking.

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.

St. Mary's College has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#134 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at St. Mary's College.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#34 Best Communication Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#99 Best Communication & Media Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#114 Best Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#125 Best Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#147 Best Health Professions Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#188 Best Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#211 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards St. Mary's College has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#118 Best Communication & Media Studies Schools College Factual
#138 Best Schools Grad Degree
#155 Best Accounting Schools College Factual
#212 Best Business Administration & Management Schools College Factual
#260 Best Business, Management & Marketing Schools College Factual
#314 Best Health Professions Schools College Factual

Where Is Saint Mary’s College?


Contact details for St. Mary's College are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 133 Le Mans Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556
Phone: 574-284-4000

How Do I Get Into St. Mary’s College?

You can apply to St. Mary’s College online at:

Admission Requirements for St. Mary’s College

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores considered but not required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into St. Mary’s College?

82% Acceptance Rate
100% Of Accepted Are Women
62% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 82%, St. Mary's College 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.

Average Test Scores

About 62% of students accepted to St. Mary's College submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 540 and 650. Math scores were between 528 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Saint Mary's College  ( 540 to 650 )

SAT Math Scores for Saint Mary's College  ( 528 to 610 )
St. Mary's College received ACT scores from 49% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 30. Math scores were between 20 and 26. Composite scores were between 22 and 28.

ACT English Scores for Saint Mary's College  ( 22 to 30 )
ACT Math Scores for Saint Mary's College  ( 20 to 26 )
ACT Composite Scores for Saint Mary's College  ( 22 to 28 )

Can I Afford Saint Mary’s College?

$34,042 Net Price
63% Take Out Loans
3.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of St. Mary's College is $34,042. 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 St. Mary's College, approximately 63% of students took out student loans averaging $8,226 a year. That adds up to $32,904 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at St. Mary's College is 3.1%. 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 Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,403 Full-Time Undergraduates
100% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,438 undergraduate students at St. Mary's College, with 1,403 being full-time and 35 being part-time.


There are also 143 graduate students at the school.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 21
Black or African American 31
Hispanic or Latino 216
White 1,064
International Students 6
Other Races/Ethnicities 65

Geographic Diversity

Indiana students aren't the only ones who study at Saint Mary's College. At this time, 33 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 14 countries are represented at St. Mary's College. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Japan, and Vietnam.

Online Learning at Saint Mary’s College

74 Took All Classes Online
617 Took At Least One Class Online
27.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 617 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at St. Mary's College has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 41st most popular in Indiana for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of St. Mary’s College

The following table shows how St. Mary's College is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Data Science #6 #6

Online Growth Rankings of St. Mary’s College

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Saint Mary's College was 27.4%. This is the #923 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at St. Mary's College regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of St. Mary's College majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Health Professions 6%
Nursing 20%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at St. Mary's College ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at St. Mary's College.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Data Science #5
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #223
Nursing #387

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Saint Mary’s College Undergraduate Concentrations

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

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 47 0 3 50
Communication Sciences 19 30 0 49
Business Administration & Management 44 0 0 44
General Psychology 32 0 0 32
Communication & Media Studies 28 0 0 28
Teacher Education Grade Specific 26 0 0 26
Social Work 20 0 0 20
General Biology 19 0 0 19
Accounting 14 0 0 14
History 13 0 0 13
International Studies 11 0 0 11
Romance Languages 10 0 0 10
Economics 10 0 0 10
Political Science & Government 10 0 0 10
Philosophy 8 0 0 8
Chemistry 8 0 0 8
Physics 8 0 0 8
General English Literature 7 0 0 7
Applied Mathematics 7 0 0 7
Sociology 7 0 0 7
Liberal Arts General Studies 5 0 0 5
Ethnic Studies 4 0 0 4
Mathematics 4 0 0 4
Fine & Studio Arts 4 0 0 4
Writing Studies 3 0 0 3
Other Statistics 3 0 0 3
Natural Resources Conservation 3 0 0 3
Religious Studies 3 0 0 3
English Literature (Other) 2 0 0 2
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2 0 0 2
Drama & Theater Arts 2 0 0 2
Teacher Education Subject Specific 1 0 0 1
Data Science 0 1 0 1
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 0 0
Marketing 0 0 0 0
Music 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 384 31 3 418


*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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