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St. Mary's College of Maryland

St. Mary's City, MD


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St. Mary's Designated a Public Honors College

St. Mary's College of Maryland is a public, state-supported, coeducational college dedicated to providing an excellent education in the liberal arts tradition. There are 1,978 full-time students, of whom 851 are men and 1,127 are women. Almost 90 percent of the students live on campus in dorms, suites, apartments, and townhomes. Housing on campus is guaranteed for 8 semesters for all full-time students. In 1992 the college was designated the State of Maryland's Public Honors College in recognition of the academic excellence of its faculty and students. Every St. Mary's student participates in the intellectual and social life of the college. St. Mary's combines the educational and personal advantages of a small private college with the affordability of a public institution. Active learning and the development of critical thinking are encouraged in the discussion-oriented format made possible by modest class sizes. Student leadership in academic, cultural, and social spheres is aided by the community atmosphere, and opportunities are greater than at larger schools.

Maryland Location Offers Many Benefits

St. Mary's College of Maryland is situated along the banks of the St. Mary's River. Watermen harvest oysters and crabs from the St. Mary's, Potomac, and Patuxent rivers and the Chesapeake Bay; wild swans, ducks, and Canada geese winter in the creeks of St. Mary's County. Among the waterfront facilities are a boat house, river center, ocean kayaks, rowing shells, and a fleet of sailboats. The Patuxent River Naval Air Station, the county's largest employer, is a naval aircraft testing facility, attracting over 100 contactors that sponsor internships to SMCM students. It is an environment that is alive, providing fresh air and space, conveniently located just 75 miles south of Washington, D.C.

St. Mary's College of Maryland Athletics

The athletic facilities include a field house, lighted tennis courts, a baseball field, an outdoor track, and a stadium for field hockey, soccer, and lacrosse. The athletic facility includes an aquatic center with two indoor swimming pools including an Olympic-sized pool, a basketball stadium, a fitness center, an aerobic center, additional team rooms, and a rock-climbing wall. The college's teams compete in NCAA Division III and the Intercollegiate Sailing Association. Varsity sports for men are baseball, basketball, cross country, lacrosse, sailing, soccer, swimming, and tennis; for women, varsity sports are basketball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, sailing, soccer, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. The college's sailing teams are especially noted for their national recognitions. Club sports available for both men and women include track, equestrian, fencing, golf, rowing, rugby, sailing, soccer, and Ultimate Frisbee.

Diverse and Deep Course of Study

The undergraduate course of study at the college provides both diversity and depth, leading to a broad understanding of the humanities, arts, and sciences. All students must complete the core curriculum requirements in addition to the requirements for a major field of study. The core curriculum requirements are designed to develop skills in critical thinking, information literacy, written communication, and oral communication, as well as promote the capacity for integration and synthesis of knowledge across disciplines. The core curriculum begins with first-year students completing a seminar of unique topics in every discipline designed by the faculty. In addition, students will fulfill the experiential component of the core by completing an internship, taking a service-learning course, or studying abroad. History, anthropology, and archaeology students can take advantage of the college's relationship with Historic St. Mary's City, the fourth permanent English settlement in the New World and Maryland's first capital. Many experts consider this area to contain the most abundant and earliest undisturbed artifacts of any American seventeenth-century town. A strong music program provides advanced training in composition and piano performance and a jazz ensemble, percussion ensemble, choir, chamber vocal group, wind ensemble, and chamber orchestra for classical performances.

Independent Study and Internship Opportunities

Independent study for credit is possible in every major, allowing students to investigate subjects not covered in normal course offerings. There is also an opportunity for students to design their own majors using components from several majors to create an interdisciplinary, individualized program of study. Internship programs for academic credit are available for junior- and senior-level students. Within these semester-long internships, students find ways to explore their career and scholarly interests. In recent years, St. Mary's interns have worked in state and federal government offices and laboratories, in the news media, in museums and art galleries, in commercial organizations, and in positions abroad. In a number of cases, internships have led either to full-time employment after graduation or to graduate or professional study.

Experienced Faculty Mentors Students

Faculty appointments and promotions are made on the basis of commitment to undergraduate teaching, an interest in new approaches to education, and academic and scholarly achievement. The faculty members have experience in a wide range of activities, including government, business, research, environmental studies, civil rights, theater, musical performance, and writing. Since 1982, St. Mary's College has had 23 Fulbright Scholars on its faculty and staff. Ninety-nine percent of the regular full-time faculty members hold a doctorate or other terminal degree in their field. A student-faculty ratio of 12:1 and average class size of 16, the relatively small size of the college, and the informal atmosphere all encourage close and personal relationships between students and faculty members. Faculty members serve as academic advisers and also provide much informal counseling and individual attention to students' academic and personal development outside of the formal structure.

Location & Contact

Address 47645 College Drive
St. Mary's City, MD  20686-3001
United States
Contact Dr. Bhargavi Bandi
Director of Enrollment Operations
Phone: 240-895-2011
Fax: 240-895-5001

Majors & Degrees

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
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Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Biology/biological Sciences, General Checkmark
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
Computer And Information Sciences, General Checkmark
English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
English Language And Literature, General Checkmark
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
Foreign Languages And Literatures, General Checkmark
History Associate Bachelors
History, General Checkmark
Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
Mathematics, General Checkmark
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other Checkmark
Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Chemistry, General Checkmark
Physics, General Checkmark
Psychology Associate Bachelors
Psychology, General Checkmark
Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
Public Policy Analysis, General Checkmark
Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
Anthropology, General Checkmark
Economics, General Checkmark
Political Science And Government, General Checkmark
Sociology, General Checkmark
Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
Fine/studio Arts, General Checkmark


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Application Fee
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
2 recommendations
Other requirements exist (see below)
Other requirements: Short answer

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen January 15th April 1st Yes
Out of state Fall freshmen January 15th January 1st Yes
Early decision plan November 1st December 1st
Other early decision plan November 1st January 1st Yes
Transfer June 1st May 1st Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 630 585 690
SAT Math 595 550 650
ACT Composite 29 26 32

Tuition & Fees

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Full-time student fees
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Senior Citizens

Financial Aid

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99% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
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Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

Total Undergrad students
International Students
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Hispanic/Latino 8.14%
Black or African American 10.79%
White or Caucasian 69.76%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.07%
Asian 3.57%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.53%
Two or more races 5.16%
Other 1.26%


Male (42.14%)
Female (57.86%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements None
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Men-only housing
Women-only housing
International housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 93%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Programs Board World Carnival, Great Bamboo Boat Race and Relay for Life

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Most popular organizations:
Programs Board, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Winners at Ping Pong, Take One Improv and St. Mary's Triangle and Rainbow Society (STARS)

Campus Security & Safety

24-hour emergency telephone/alarm services Checkmark
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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No Division 3 No
Basketball No Division 3 No
Cheerleading No Checkmark No
Crew No Checkmark No
Cross-country Running No Division 3 No
Equestrian Sports No Checkmark No
Fencing No Checkmark No
Field Hockey No No No
Lacrosse No Division 3 No
Rugby No Checkmark No
Sailing No Division 3 No
Soccer No Division 3 No
Softball No Checkmark No
Swimming And Diving No Division 3 No
Tennis No Division 3 No
Track And Field No Division 3 No
Ultimate Frisbee No Checkmark No
Volleyball No No No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No No No
Basketball No Division 3 No
Cheerleading Checkmark No No
Crew No Division 3 No
Cross-country Running No Division 3 No
Equestrian Sports No Checkmark No
Fencing No Checkmark No
Field Hockey No Division 3 No
Lacrosse No Division 3 No
Rugby No Checkmark No
Sailing No Division 3 No
Soccer No Division 3 No
Softball No Checkmark No
Swimming And Diving No Division 3 No
Tennis No Division 3 No
Track And Field No Division 3 No
Ultimate Frisbee No Checkmark No
Volleyball No Division 3 No


Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 119
Part-time - 85
Male - 98
Female - 106
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