Saint Mary’s College of California

A view of the Saint Mary's campus landscape

“The Lasallian tradition fuels the college’s perspective on teaching and learning: Education is powerful, and it comes with a deep responsibility to improve the world. It’s a mechanism of change.
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Saint Mary’s is excited to announce that on campus tours have resumed! At this time, we are only able to offer a limited amount of in-person campus tours. Join us from Monday through Friday and most Saturdays for in-person campus tours. We also offer virtual Campus Tours, Information Sessions, Interviews, Meet & Greets, and Transcript Evaluations every day. Register here!

Saint Mary’s College of California St. Mary’s
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 4800
Moraga, CA 94575-4800
⋅  2873 undergraduates, including 626 freshmen, and 1,331 graduate students
⋅ 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio
⋅ Average class size: 19
⋅ Comprehensive fee: $64,712
⋅ More than 91% of students receive financial aid.
⋅ Fall 2019 average freshman financial aid package: $33,000
⋅ Merit scholarships are awarded at the time of admission. They range from $7,000 to $30,000 and are renewable annually.

Chapel of Saint Mary
Saint Mary's College students cheer on the Gaels
Saint Mary's College students discuss a topic in class
Two students sit on the lawn in front of a college building
a student works in the lab
  • Founded in 1863, a residential college of 2,850 undergraduates and 1,200 graduate students.
  • Located on one of America’s most beautiful campuses — 420 acres of rolling hills in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Rests on a foundation of more than 300 years of Lasallian education, rooted in the life and work of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, a radical educational visionary, founder of the Christian Brothers and the patron saint of teachers.

Worth Noting
  • All undergraduate students participate in Collegiate Seminar, a series of discussion-based classes that examine the Great Books and discuss the ideas of the world’s greatest thinkers.
  • During January term students focus on one class, which is often outside their major during which students travel abroad, provide direct service, explore new ideas or take a courageous step towards personal change.
  • Saint Mary’s 16 NCAA athletic teams for both men and women dominates the West Coast Conference.
  • Saint Mary’s students provide more than 70,000 hours of service to communities in the U.S. and abroad. The college was included on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction and recognized as one of the top 10 colleges for community service by USA Today College.

Faculty & Academics
  • 211 full-time faculty members, 97% of faculty hold terminal degrees
  • 43 majors across our four schools — Liberal Arts, Science, Education, and Economics and Business Administration
  • 100% of undergraduate classes are taught by experienced faculty; no classes are taught by graduate students or teaching assistants.
  • Operates on a 4-1-4 academic calendar, including two four-month terms and one four-week January Term.
  • Every year at least a third of students conduct research with a professor — and professors often collaborate with the world’s premier research facilities.

Areas of Study
For the most current listings, please check the college website.


Anthropology (Concentration in Archeology)
Allied Health Science
Art Practice
Art Theory & Criticism
History of Art
Business Administration (Concentrations in Business Analytics. Digital Media, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Global Business, Interfaith Leadership, Marketing)
Chemistry (Environmental Concentration)
Classical Languages
Communication Economics (Concentration in Sustainability Studies)
Community and Leadership (Leadership for Social Justice 4+1, Education, Teachers for Tomorrow)
3+2 Engineering
English (Emphases in Creative Writing, Dramatic & Film Arts, Literary Theory & History)
Earth Science
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Global and Regional Studies (Concentrations in East Asia, Europe, Latin America, and General Global Studies)
Integral Program
Kinesiology (Concentrations in Health & Human Performance, Health Promotion, Sports & Recreation Management)
Latin, Leadership & Organizational Studies (B.A. completion program for adult learners)
LEAP (Liberal Education for Arts Professionals)
Mathematics (Tracks in Applied Math, Pure Math, and Computer Science)
Performing Arts (Dance, Music, Theatre Performance & Theatre Studies, Technical Theatre & Design)
Physics (Concentration in Astrophysics)
Psychology (Concentrations in Child / Adolescent Development, Behavioral Neuroscience, Personality Psychology, Social Psychology)
Theology & Religious Studies
Women’s and Gender Studies

Campus Life
  • The First Year Experience Program helps Saint Mary’s students with the critical transitions from high school to college, and ultimately to successful post-college lives.
  • 100 percent of freshmen live on campus. There are 13 residence halls and eight townhouse buildings on campus.
  • Saint Mary’s offers a Science Theme Living program, an Honors Living and Learning Community, and Lasallian and Santiago Living and Learning Communities (both of which focus on faith, service and community).
  • Students take part in some 60 clubs and organizations ranging from cultural interests to service and politics to arts and media.
  • More than 60 percent of students participate in some kind of organized athletic activity, including 16 NCAA Division I sports and 23 club sports including Crew (M), Lacrosse (M), Volleyball (M), Water Polo (M, W), and Rubgy (M).

Varsity Sports

NCAA Division I, West Coast Conference:

Baseball (Men)
Cross Country
Golf (Men)
Lacrosse (Women)
Rowing (Women)
Softball (Women)
Volleyball (Women)

Life After College
  • Forbes magazine rated Saint Mary’s in the top five in the U.S. for “raising your earnings potential” and the average starting salary for a Saint Mary’s graduate is above the national average.
  • Eight out of 10 of our graduates who apply to medical school are accepted. Three out of four who apply to law school are accepted.
  • Nearly 10 percent of every graduating class joins a major service organization (including the Peace Corps, the Lasallian volunteers, the Jesuit volunteers and Teach for America).
  • Prominent alumni include Robert Hass ’63, Pulitzer prize winner and Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995-1997; Maria Elena Durazo ’75, executive secretary–treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO; James Guyette ’67, president and CEO, Rolls Royce of North America, Inc; and Laura Garcia-Cannon ’91, anchorwoman, NBC-11 in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Academic Profile of Entering Class
  • Saint Mary’s is officially test optional beginning for first-year students applying for fall 2021 and beyond.
  • Middle 50% SAT composite scores:
    Critical Reading – 510–610
    Math – 500–610
    Writing – 510–610
  • Middle 50% ACT Composite range for entering freshman: 22–27
  • Middle 50% GPA: 3.4–3.9
  • 57 percent students of color
  • 38 percent of students are in the first generation of their family to attend college