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St Mary’s College of Maryland Overview

St Mary's College of Maryland is a public institution located in St. Mary's City, Maryland. St. Mary's City is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

What Is St Mary’s College of Maryland Known For?

403 Undergraduate Awards
$34,978 Avg Cost After Aid
79% Acceptance Rate
  • SMCM has an impressive student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1.
  • The 3% student loan default rate at SMCM is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the master's degree is the highest award a student can attain at SMCM.
  • In 2017-2018, 74% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from SMCM makes roughly $52,200 a year. This is 28% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • The average SMCM student graduates in 4.1 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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St Mary’s College of Maryland Rankings

SMCM landed the #345 spot in our 2022 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,587 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. Out of the 39 colleges in Maryland, it is ranked at #7.

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.

Program Level Awards

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#71 Best Computer Information Systems Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#83 Best Sociology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#112 Best Computer & Information Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

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

Rank Ranking Name Source
#67 Highest Paid Sociology Graduates College Factual
#69 Best General Computer & Information Sciences Schools College Factual
#92 Best Computer Information Systems Schools College Factual
#111 Highest Paid Bachelor’s Degree Computer & Information Sciences Graduates College Factual
#127 Best Computer Science Schools Computer Science Degree
#147 Best Computer & Information Sciences Schools College Factual

Where Is St Mary’s College of Maryland?


Contact details for SMCM are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 47645 College Drive, St. Mary’s City, MD 20686
Phone: 240-895-2000

How Do I Get Into SMCM?

You can apply to SMCM online at:

Admission Requirements for SMCM

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 SMCM?

79% Acceptance Rate
64% Of Accepted Are Women
85% Submit SAT Scores
SMCM has an acceptance rate of 79%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 36% of accepted students are men and 64% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 78%, and the acceptance rate for women is 80%.

Average Test Scores

About 85% of students accepted to SMCM submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 550 and 660. Math scores were between 520 and 620.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for St Mary's College of Maryland  ( 550 to 660 )

SAT Math Scores for St Mary's College of Maryland  ( 520 to 620 )
SMCM received ACT scores from 22% 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 23 and 29.

ACT English Scores for St Mary's College of Maryland  ( 22 to 30 )
ACT Math Scores for St Mary's College of Maryland  ( 20 to 26 )
ACT Composite Scores for St Mary's College of Maryland  ( 23 to 29 )

Can I Afford St Mary’s College of Maryland?

$34,978 Net Price
76% Take Out Loans
3.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of SMCM is $34,978. 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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At SMCM, approximately 76% of students took out student loans averaging $6,338 a year. That adds up to $25,352 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SMCM is 3.4%. 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.

St Mary’s College of Maryland Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,420 Full-Time Undergraduates
60% Women
27% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,486 undergraduate students at SMCM, with 1,420 being full-time and 66 being part-time.


There are also 22 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,420 full-time undergraduates at SMCM, 40% are male and 60% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 48
Black or African American 145
Hispanic or Latino 107
White 999
International Students 9
Other Races/Ethnicities 112

Geographic Diversity

Maryland students aren't the only ones who study at St Mary's College of Maryland. At this time, 12 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 4 countries are represented at SMCM. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Japan, and Norway.

Online Learning at St Mary’s College of Maryland

54 Took All Classes Online
1,271 Took At Least One Class Online
In 2019-2020, 1,271 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at SMCM has changed over the last few years.


St Mary’s College of Maryland Undergraduate Concentrations

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

Major Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
General Psychology 46 0 46
General Biology 41 0 41
General English Literature 35 0 35
Natural Resources Conservation 33 0 33
Political Science & Government 29 0 29
Economics 27 0 27
Computer Information Systems 24 0 24
History 22 0 22
General Education 0 21 21
Mathematics 18 0 18
Anthropology 15 0 15
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 14 0 14
Drama & Theater Arts 14 0 14
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 13 0 13
Fine & Studio Arts 13 0 13
Chemistry 12 0 12
Sociology 12 0 12
Public Policy 10 0 10
Physics 9 0 9
Area Studies 5 0 5
Music 5 0 5
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 3 0 3
Philosophy 3 0 3
Biological & Physical Science 0 0 0
Religious Studies 0 0 0
Other Psychology 0 0 0
TOTAL 403 21 424


*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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