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Undergrad Profile

Break through, break ground

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

You won’t find another 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 and 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-faculty ratio is 13:1. That means our professors, 95% of whom hold PhDs, 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, stand 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-sq. ft. 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 neighbors 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) away from world-class museums and performing arts, ethnic communities, and athletic and recreational opportunities. We’re located 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 institution 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 one of the loudest, most enthusiastic in the country.

We’re in this together
If you’re prepared 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 variety of merit and need-based scholarships for academic honors, leadership, performing arts, speech and debate, and athletics.



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

Co-ed, Catholic, four year, and part of the worldwide Lasallian educational network of schools, colleges, and universities

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

Degrees Offered:

Average Class Size: 19

Faculty with Highest Degree in Their Field:

Student-Faculty Ratio: 13:1

Tuition and Fees:
Tuition: $44,210
Room and Board: $14,490
Student Activity Fee: $150
Total Direct Cost: $58,850

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: 2,650
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 and 63% of all undergraduates living 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)