Fall 2016 Enrollment
1,618 undergraduate students
98% of undergrad students are full time
42% male — 58% female
7% of students are from out of state
2016-2017 Academic Year
141 full-time faculty
54 part-time faculty
10 to 1 student/faculty ratio
96% of first year students live on campus
83% of all students live on campus
St. Mary’s City, MD. 70 miles southeast of Washington, D.C., 95 miles south of Baltimore.
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RETENTION FALL 2016
87% of students began in Fall 2015 and returned in Fall 2016 (full time, first time freshmen)
6 YEAR GRADUATION RATE 2016
73% of students graduated in 6 years
ENROLLMENT BY RACIAL/ETHNIC CATEGORY - FALL 2016
|Black or African American||9%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||0%|
|Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander||0%|
|Two or more races||5%|
|Race and/or ethnicity unknown||4%|
NCAA Division III, Capital Athletic Conference
18 varsity sports
8 men‘s: baseball, basketball, cross country, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, swimming, tennis
9 women’s: basketball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, swimming, tennis, volleyball
1 coed: sailing
11 club sports and 21 intramural sports
St. Mary’s College of Maryland is a four-year, public, coeducational, liberal arts college founded in 1840.
As Maryland’s public honors college since 1992, St. Mary’s College offers an undergraduate liberal arts education comparable to those found at exceptional private colleges. St. Mary’s College shares the hallmarks of such private institutions: an outstanding faculty, talented students, high academic standards, a challenging curriculum, small classes, a sense of community, and a spirit of intellectual inquiry, but at a substantially more affordable cost.
St. Mary’s College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and has been continually accredited since 1959. In addition, the St. Mary’s College Chemistry program has been accredited by the American Chemical Society since 2003, and in 2016, the Biochemistry program received accreditation from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. St. Mary’s College is the only public institution in Maryland with an accredited Biochemistry program, and one of only about 50 programs nationwide. The accreditation of these programs allows students to obtain nationally certified degrees in chemistry or biochemistry, and signals that St. Mary’s College programs fulfill or exceed national standards for chemistry education.
Anthropology, Art, Art History, Asian Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, History, International Languages and Cultures, Mathematics, Music, Natural Science, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy Studies, Religious Studies, Sociology, Student-Designed Major, Theater Film and Media Studies
Minors and Cross-Disciplinary Programs
African and African Diaspora Studies, Dance, Democracy Studies, Educational Studies, Film and Media Studies, Materials Science, Museum Studies, Neurosciences, Theater Studies, Women Gender and Sexuality Studies
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
Recognized as the lowest student-to-faculty ratio among public institutions in the South, and the second-lowest of any public school nationally by Wall Street Journal
Recognized by The Princeton Review in the 2016 edition of its “The Best 380 Colleges.” St. Mary’s College is ranked fourth for the “most beautiful campus” and fifth for the “happiest students.”
Named as Second College of Lowest Student Loan Debt at Graduation in Maryland from Lend.edu
Named a 2017 Military Friendly School by Victory Media
Ranked as the nation’s sixth best public liberal arts college in U.S. News & World Report’s “2017 Best Colleges”
Ranked 99 on the national liberal arts colleges list, public and private in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Colleges”
Ranked 10 in best colleges for veterans in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Colleges”
Ranked within 100 Best College Value by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance list of the Top 300 Best College Values of 2017
At St. Mary’s College, unique opportunities abound. Students study archaeology in Greece; investigate marine biology in fresh and saltwater labs; paint, draw, and sculpt in art studios; or act in (or direct!) theatrical productions. The possibilities are endless and students coming to St. Mary’s College with numerous interests are not limited in their studies, but are encouraged to explore many different disciplines…
Worldwide Learning through Research
Research puts students in the driver’s seat. At St. Mary’s College, many students earn academic credit doing individual research and independent study projects in collaboration with a faculty member. First- and second-year students often join ongoing projects while advanced students pursue their interest under the mentorship of a favorite professor. St. Marys’ small size affords students the opportunity to play a significant role in the design and execution of research projects. Recent projects include: The Effects of Family Dynamics on Aggression, Nondestructive Coral Health Monitoring, Improving Science Literacy Among Elementary School Children, U.S.-Cuban Relations: Where Do We Go From Here?, The Emergence of A Political Theater in South Africa, and Defining a New Internet Language.
Study Abroad at St. Mary’s College is a serious subject. Unlike many colleges that expect students to sort out the details for themselves, St. Mary’s College designs unique international programs that truly explore other cultures. Some of the most popular semester abroad programs include Stellenbosch University in South Africa, China’s Fudan University, Al Akhawayn University in Morocco, France’s Sciences Po University, and James Cook University in Australia. There are also short-term study tours to Belize, India, Greece, Peru, and England, among others.
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With a low student/faculty ratio (10:1), small, discussion-based classes, and an excellent core curriculum, St. Mary’s College offers a remarkable liberal arts education. St. Mary’s College is Maryland’s honors college, and that means that undergraduates are held to a higher level of expectation. Students are offered the kinds of academic opportunities, challenges, and results usually reserved exclusively for students in honors programs…
Chart Your Own Course
St. Mary’s College Core Curriculum introduces students to the liberal arts tradition, exposing them to the breadth of human knowledge and teaching them the important skills of effective reading, writing, and critical thinking.
St. Mary’s College is a leader in interdisciplinary study. Interdisciplinary options include African and African Diaspora Studies, Asian Studies, Democracy Studies, Environmental Studies, Materials Science, Museum Studies, Neurosciences, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Recent course offerings include such unique topics as The Neuroscience of Sex and Gender.
Incoming students are quickly immersed in the St. Mary’s College experience via their First Year Seminar courses. Students may choose from dozens of small, discussion-focused courses taught by professors from every discipline at the college. Past topics include: The Art of Political Protest, The Many Lives of Lincoln, and The Evolution of Altruism. The First Year Seminars serve as a gateway to the honors college by encouraging students to engage deeply with an intellectual topic. The small class size and focused attention from faculty serves to foster students’ ability to write, speak, research, and think critically.
The St. Mary’s Project
The St. Mary’s Project is a year-long, 8-credit, independently designed and executed course of study that serves as a capstone experience for a student’s time at St. Mary’s College. Working in close conjunction with one or more professors, the St. Mary’s Project provides the opportunity to explore an idea or question that intrigues the student. Many projects are interdisciplinary, bringing together threads from earlier classes taken across the curriculum. Many projects are highly personal, involving creative or innovative work that ties together four years of study in a meaningful way. Past projects include: “A Defect of the Confederation: The Crisis of Virginia’s Western Cession”; “Geospecific 3-dimensional Databases for Real-Time Visual Simulation”; “Economic Aid for Women-Centered Cultures”; “A Miracle Manifested: A New Vision of Public Education”; and “Patients versus Patents: The Economics of Essential Medicines in Poor Countries.”
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Other: Experiencing Liberal Arts in the World (ELAW)
Class Size Breakdown
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St. Mary’s College is a highly residential campus, with nearly 85% of its undergraduate students living on campus in townhouses, suites, apartments, and dormitories. Students can find plenty to do on campus, with freely available waterfront activities including kayaking and sailing, a strong intramural and varsity athletic program, vibrant academic lectures and artistic performances, and over 100 different student-run clubs and organizations…
St. Mary’s College is an active community of friendly people and aspiring scholars. Lecture series and guest speakers help bring innovation to the campus. The annual Margaret Brent Lecture and Carter G. Woodson Lecture bring speakers of notable accomplishments to campus to speak about gender and race issues, while the Goodpaster Lecture in Leadership and Honor brings an important national leader to campus each fall to speak with students. Past speakers include: Carl Bernstein, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and famed Watergate journalist; Ellen Weintraub, Commissioner of the Federal Election Commission; Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange; John Callahan, literary executor of Ralph Ellison’s estate; and lawyer and activist David Kendall. On a lighter note, the Mark Twain Lecture Series on American Humor and Culture brings nationally recognized humorists and speakers to campus and is eagerly anticipated by students, faculty, and staff each year.
Whether one plays on a Seahawk varsity team, joins a club sport, or organizes friends on an intramural team, athletics are a major aspect of campus life. St. Mary’s College fields 18 varsity teams in NCAA Division III (and other national associations) competitive play. The College’s nationally ranked sailing team competes against powerhouses like the U.S. Naval Academy, Georgetown, and Harvard, and has won ten national titles. Additionally, there are more than 30 club and intramural sports available, ranging from cheerleading to fencing to Ultimate Frisbee.
Wave of Friendship
Students shape and direct campus life through student government and campus organizations. Opportunities are endless with clubs like the sunset club, travel club, Take One! Improv, and the dance club. With more than 100 campus organizations, there’s a group for almost every interest. If students don’t see a club that they’d like to join, they can always get some people together and start a new one.
Campus Housing Options for Undergraduates
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St. Mary’s College of Maryland boasts the highest four-year graduation rate of any state-supported college or university in Maryland, and the ninth-highest four-year graduation rate of public institutions nationwide. The education provided from this strong liberal arts institution prepares graduates for the challenges that they will face in graduate school and the work force.
Contributing to the sense of community that defines St. Mary’s College, many students go beyond campus to contribute to the surrounding area. Working in local schools, aiding those in need, and preserving the environment, students find service instructive and rewarding. In addition, many departments offer service learning in conjunction with school work, allowing students to earn academic credit as they make a difference in their community. St. Mary’s College students have completed service learning projects with: America Reads, Christmas in April, St. Mary’s Hospital, and local schools. They also provide tutoring for the GED and at-risk youths.
A Class Act
St. Mary’s College is the place for any student interested in advanced studies. About 60% of St. Mary’s College students continue their education in graduate or professional school. Graduates of the College choose some of the most prestigious programs in the nation; a small sampling includes: Duke University of Law, Scripps Research Institution, College of William and Mary, Carnegie Mellon, University of Chicago, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Cornell School of Veterinary Medicine, Columbia School of Medicine, and University of Virginia.
Even in a less-than-stellar job-market, St. Mary’s College alumni succeed in the workplace. Over 80% of graduates seeking employment have a job within six months – with nearly of third of graduates securing their first job before even graduating. A small sampling of St. Mary’s College employers includes Lockheed Martin, US Department of Labor, NASA, the Portland Stage Theater Company, the National Institutes of Health, the Washington Post, and the Peace Corps.
ADMISSIONS FALL 2016
1,767 Total Applicants
1,413 Total Admissions
334 Total Freshmen Enrollment
79.97% of applicants admitted
Admissions Deadlines for 2017-18 Admission
Rolling admission? No
Closing date: Feb 15
Priority date: Nov 1
Rigor of secondary school record
Standardized test scores
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Freshmen Profile Fall 2016
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|SAT Critical Reading||510||640|
To complete the admission process, applicants should submit the following materials:
- A completed Application for Admission through the Common App
- Official transcripts of all completed high school work
- SAT I and/or ACT scores; TOEFL scores for International Students
- Two letters of recommendation; with option to send up to 2 more letters from anyone
TUITION AND COSTS
NET PRICE CALCULATOR
TUITION AND COSTS BEFORE FINANCIAL AID 2016-17
|Room and Board (on campus)||$12,442||$12,442|
|Estimated Total On Campus||$26,634||$41,782|
Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-2016 estimated
$13,772 First year students
$9,707 All undergrads
Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-2016 estimated
66.7% on average, the percentage of need that was met
4% of financial need students that had need fully met
$9,707 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,107 Average need-based loan
In addition to need-based aid, St. Mary’s College awards several merit-based scholarships each year, with an average amount of $4,500. These scholarships recognize academic achievement and significant co-curricular accomplishments outside of the classroom and are given on a competitive basis. Recipients of merit awards have often challenged themselves with a rigorous course of study that often includes Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or honors courses. Consideration for merit scholarships includes the student’s academic record, strength of curriculum, standardized test scores, essay, recommendations, and co-curricular activities.
Merit awards are renewed for up to four years of full-time study at St. Mary’s College (two years for transfer students) as long as the student remains in good standing and maintains at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) in each semester.
St. Mary’s College Academic Achievement Awards are given for outstanding academic achievement in the amount of $1,000 to $15,000. Academic excellence often is demonstrated by a class rank in the top 10%, a cumulative GPA above 3.0 in academic courses (3.5 weighted GPA), or a combined total SAT score above 1800.
CollegeBound Partnership Scholarships are matching awards to students from Baltimore public high schools that receive scholarships or grants from the CollegeBound Foundation.
First-Year Excellence Awards. Students who complete their first year of study at St. Mary’s College with excellent grades in 16 or more credits will be considered, on a competitive basis, for this award in the amount of $500 to $2,000. These awards are limited to students who did not receive a scholarship from St. Mary’s College upon entrance to the College.
St. Mary’s Transfer Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to transfer students with outstanding academic records at another college. Academic excellence can be demonstrated by a cumulative GPA above 3.5 in academic courses and a rigorous course of study. Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000 per year.
Phi Theta Kappa Awards. All transfer students who enter St. Mary’s College with an A.A. or A.S. degree, a GPA of 3.5 or better, and who are members in good standing of Phi Theta Kappa receive this award in the amount of $500.