Saint Mary's College of California

Saint Mary’s College of California Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Saint Mary’s College of California Ranked?

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2022 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Saint Mary's College of California was awarded 98 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business administration and management.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, SMC is ranked #282 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

SMC also holds the #49 spot on the Best Colleges in California ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into SMC?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Saint Mary's College of California is 82%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that SMC is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 66% of students accepted to SMC submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 540 and 630. Math scores were between 520 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Saint Mary's College of California  ( 540 to 630 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for Saint Mary's College of California  ( 520 to 610 )
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SMC received ACT scores from 44% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 22 and 27.

ACT Composite Scores for Saint Mary's College of California  ( 22 to 27 )
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Saint Mary’s College of California Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at SMC it is much better at 11 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Saint Mary's College of California is 24%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  24 out of 100
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100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Saint Mary’s College of California

Freshmen Retention Rate

Saint Mary's College of California has a freshmen retention rate of 84%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  84 out of 100
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100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at SMC for first-time, full-time students is 63%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  63 out of 100
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100

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Saint Mary’s College of California Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,646 undergraduates at SMC with 2,495 being full-time and 151 being part-time.

How Much Does Saint Mary’s College of California Cost?

The overall average net price of SMC is $34,392. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for SMC

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$25,057 $25,737 $27,873 $29,077 $41,121

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of SMC, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At SMC, approximately 87% of students took out student loans averaging $7,911 a year. That adds up to $31,644 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SMC is 3.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do SMC Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from SMC make around $56,300 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future SMC graduates since it is 41% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.

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Location of Saint Mary’s College of California

Saint Mary's College of California is a private not-for-profit institution located in Moraga, California. The suburban atmosphere of Moraga makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

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Contact details for SMC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1928 Saint Marys Road, Moraga, CA 94575
Phone: 925-631-4000
Website: https://www.stmarys-ca.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/stmarysca
Twitter: http://twitter.com/stmarysca

Saint Mary’s College of California Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 62 majors graduated from Saint Mary's College of California. Of these students, 683 received undergraduate degrees and 390 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Business/Commerce 174 $50,900
Liberal Arts General Studies 58 $41,000
Health & Physical Education 57 $27,800
Communication & Media Studies 43 $35,900
General Psychology 33 $27,900
General Biology 28 $28,700
Accounting 27 $60,300
Other Visual Art 25 NA
Political Science & Government 24 NA
Economics 23 $39,500

Learn more about the majors offered at Saint Mary's College of California along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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