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Transfer Profile

Break through. Break ground.

At Saint Mary’s you question everything and don’t just accept facts. You’re an active participant in your own learning, working with professors and peers to shape your education. We’re all learners so our professors don’t make a point of “professing.” In most classes, everyone contributes to the conversation at hand.

You won’t find any other college that offers the unique combination of academic rigor and experiential learning that is a hallmark of Saint Mary’s. Students participate in Collegiate Seminar, discussion-based classes that examine the big ideas of the world’s greatest thinkers. You’ll read everything from Sophocles to Kafka. You’ll discuss and debate, and reconsider ideas you once took for granted. In January Term, you’ll focus on a single course. You might find yourself at the Sundance Film Festival. Others dance the Tango in Buenos Aires, study the politics of fashion, the science of baking or follow St. Paul’s footsteps from Palestine to Italy.

Center of attention.
This is a place where teachers know their students as individuals. Our average class size is 19 and our student-to-faculty ratio is 13:1. That means our professors, 95% of whom hold Ph.D.’s, work shoulder to shoulder with students in the lab. Or discuss poetry after class. Or provide counsel on getting into medical school. We offer advanced study in 40 major fields, plus opportunities for real-world experience through internships, research, community engagement and study abroad.

Fit in. Break out.
As a Saint Mary’s student, you can participate in some 80 clubs and organizations ranging from cultural interests to service and politics to arts and media, so there’s something for everyone. Most Saint Mary’s students soak up the stunning surroundings while living in one of 21 residence halls, including eight townhouses. The new 8,000-square-foot Joseph L. Alioto Recreation Center, opened in 2015, offers students comprehensive fitness resources and an aquatic center for lap swimming and water sports. Visit campus and we’re certain you’ll agree it’s one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

Experiencing the Bay Area.
Our campus is the entire San Francisco Bay Area. Framed by the Pacific Ocean, the Golden Gate Strait, and the San Francisco Bay, the College sits close to the Bay Area’s major cities—San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland—and Northern California’s national treasures—Yosemite, the Napa Valley and Lake Tahoe. As a Saint Mary’s student, you live a short car ride, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) or bus trip (free for students to and from campus) away from world-class museums and performing arts, ethnic communities, and athletic and recreational opportunities. We’re located about 20 miles east of San Francisco.

Defeating giants.
Saint Mary’s College proudly sends more than 300 NCAA Division I athletes to the court, course, track, and water to compete at the highest level as the only liberal arts university in the West Coast Conference.

We’ve been Rugby National Champions for two years straight, and we field 17 Division I teams, 13 club sports and a host of recreational programs. Our student cheering section, the Gael Force, is considered among the loudest, most enthusiastic in the country.

We’re in this together.
If you’re good enough to get in, we want to help you get here. We will sit down with you in person and go through the financial aid process, step by step. Saint Mary’s offers a wide variety of merit and need-based scholarships for academic honors, leadership, performing arts, speech and debate and more.




Founded: 1863

Location:Moraga, California, a Northern California community in San Francisco’s East Bay. One of the safest college campuses in one of the most beautiful locations in the United States.

Campus: 420 acres; 48 buildings]

Type:Coed, Catholic, four-year and part of the world-wide Lasallian educational network of schools, colleges and universities

Academic Schools:Economics and Business Administration, Education, Liberal Arts and Science

Degrees Offered: B.A., B.S., M.A., M.B.A., M.F.A., M. Ed., M.S., Ed.D.

Average Class Size: 19

Faculty with Highest Degree in their Fields: 95%

Student-Faculty Ratio: 13:1

Tuition and Fees
Tuition: $42,780
Room & Board: $14,490
Student Activity Fee: $150
Total Direct Cost: $57,420

Other Costs
Personal Costs: $2,700
Books and Supplies: $1,107

NCAA Division I Teams (West Coast Conference) Baseball (M), Basketball (M, W), Cross-country (M, W), Golf (M), Lacrosse (W), Rowing (W), Sand Volleyball (W), Softball (W), Soccer (M, W), Tennis (M, W), Track (M,W), Volleyball (W)

Student Profile
Undergraduates: 2,778
Freshmen: 581

2015 Entering Freshman Profile
San Francisco Bay Area: 47%
Southern California: 11%
Out-of-State: 18% from 25 states
International: 3% from 12 countries
Residential: 100% of freshmen live on campus; 63% of all undergraduates live on campus.
Students of Color: 52%
Multiethnic: 29%
American Indian: 1% (3% multi-select)
Asian or Pacific Islander: 14% (20% multi-select)
Black or African American: 4% (7% multi-select)
Latino/a: 13% (26% multi-select)