Saint Mary's College

Notre Dame, IN

Saint Mary's College

Notre Dame, IN

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Founded in 1844 by the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Saint Mary’s College has a history of empowering women to excel and lead in their chosen fields. A Catholic women’s college, Saint Mary’s is ranked among the nation’s top liberal arts colleges for best value and offers unique programs, including a dual degree in Engineering with the University of Notre Dame. At Saint Mary’s, you’ll benefit from a college experience that’s diverse and expansive. You’ll become involved in campus life and the broader community and form lifelong friendships.

Discover your passion
You’re intelligent, creative, passionate, and dedicated to your dreams—you want to make a difference in the world. We invite you to discover who you’re meant to be.  

Saint Mary’s College has an undergraduate community of 1,600 academically motivated women from 46 states and 10 countries, determined to make the world a better place. As part of a women’s residential college, our students are more likely to speak up, ask for instruction, and become leaders when integrated into co-ed classes and work settings. At Saint Mary’s, accomplished, passionate, confident women share their dreams; challenge, support, and encourage each other; and are inspired and strive to inspire every day. That’s when college becomes more than a community—it becomes a sisterhood.

Choose from more than 50 academic programs that will help you take on the complex challenges of the world. Discover opportunities to explore your faith and examine the issues that are important to you. Study abroad during the academic year or with summer programs in countries such as Argentina, Italy, Ireland, and South Korea. You can also lead and participate in one or more of 70 on-campus organizations, intramural athletics, and eight varsity sports.  

Our professors are dedicated to each student’s personal growth and academic success. With an average class size of 18 and a 10:1 student-faculty ratio, you’ll be highly engaged in discussions, involved in comprehensive research, and encouraged to ask questions. You’ll develop communication and critical-thinking skills in discussion-based classes.  

Our graduates are women of action who develop the skills, knowledge, empathy, and vision to guide their corner of the world forward, whether they’re directing a global organization, serving the needs of humanity, or exploring areas of scientific discovery. Through rigorous academics and experiential learning, Saint Mary’s students acquire the tools to take charge of their future.  



Saint Mary’s ranks among the top 100 national liberal arts colleges for 2019, published by U.S. News & World Report


Six nationally accredited programs in art, chemistry and physics, education, music, nursing, and social work

More than 50 academic programs

There are many ways to become the woman you’re destined to be. Talk with us to discover how our majors, minors, concentrations, and programs can all work together to form the perfect path, tailored just for you!

• Accounting *
• Anthropology
• Applied Arts & Design
• Art
• Art Education
• Art History
• Autism Studies
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• Biology
• Business
• Chemistry
• Communication Studies
• Computer Science
• Computing & Applied Mathematics
• Creative Writing
• Criminology
• Dance
• Data Science
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• Design
• Economics
• Elementary Education
• Engineering
• English Literature
• Environmental Studies
• Film Studies
• Finance
• French
• Gender & Women’s Studies
• Gerontology/Aging Studies
• Global Justice & Human Rights
• Global Studies
• History
• Humanistic Studies
• Intercultural Studies
• International Business
• Italian
• Justice Studies
• Management Information Systems
• Marketing
• Mathematics
• Music
• Music Education
• Musical Theatre
• Neuroscience
• Nursing
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• Philosophy
• Physics
• Physics & Applied Mathematics
• Political Science
• Pre-law
• Pre-med & Health Professions
• Psychology
• Public Relations/Advertising
• Religious Studies & Theology
• Secondary Education
• Social Work
• Sociology
• Spanish
• Speech Language Pathology
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• Statistical & Actuarial Mathematics
• Studio Art
• Theatre
• Women’s History
Or your own student-designed major!

* Undergraduate major
# Graduate program
+ 4+1: Save time and money when you earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years.
5 Five-year dual degree: Earn your bachelor’s from Saint Mary’s and a bachelor’s in Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in your fifth year. 

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “Saint Mary’s is an extremely empowering place to be.”

    • Maranda Pennington
  • “I found a great community here as a transfer student and a strong group of woman artists.”

    • Emma Bolton
  • “I learned a lot about myself in a totally different culture.”

    • Lauren Zurawski
  • “Since it’s such a small school, it’s really easy to ask for help.”

    • Aubrey Houser
  • “I love to travel and see the world. Saint Mary’s has given me those opportunities.”

    • Helen Kovach