#17 Best Private Colleges in California

Saint Marys College of California

Moraga, California

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Saint Marys College of California overview
Location Moraga, California
Online stmarys-ca.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Saint Marys College of California overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Saint Mary's College of California, located in the suburban town of Moraga, is a private, coeducational institution founded in 1863. The College maintains a picturesque setting amidst rolling hills, 20 miles east of San Francisco, providing a tranquil campus environment with a Mediterranean climate. Known for its distinctive Mission Revival architecture, the College offers on-campus living options to foster student involvement. Academically, Saint Mary's is recognized for its liberal arts education, business programs, and its seminar-style Great Books program, providing a rigorous academic experience. The application process is moderately selective. Saint Mary's fields a range of NCAA Division I athletic teams known as the Gaels, with a particular reputation in men's basketball.

In the most recent statistical year 3,353 prospective students applied, and 2,947 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 445 enrolled in the school.  2,293 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 472 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $53,732 plus fees of $200. Saint Marys College of California is ranked 254 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Saint Marys College of California is rated within the top 33% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Saint Marys College of California overview
SAT 1070/1253
ACT 21/28
GPA 3.6

Applications Accepted

Saint Marys College of California overview
Applications Due Jan 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $60

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Saint Marys College of California
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,152
Other Fees$200
Room and Board $16,404
Budget for Other Expenses$2,700
Total One Year Cost$74,188

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$66,800 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

61% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Saint Marys College of California students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 30%
Social Sciences 12%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 10%
Communication 10%
Health Professions 7%

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