Saint Mary's College of California


Saint Mary's College of California

At Saint Mary’s College (SMC), you’ll be challenged to think critically and analytically as you develop skills that will benefit you well beyond graduation. Located in the heart of the Bay Area, students are close to the diverse professional and cultural opportunities of San Francisco and Silicon Valley. SMC is consistently ranked in the top 10 Best West Coast Universities by U.S. World News and Reports. SMC prides itself on the quality of our students, our Lasallian mission, our focus on the Great Books, excellent athletics, and a beautiful Bay Area setting. Our nationally renowned faculty, tight-knit community, and rigorous academics has what it takes to prepare students for the future job market. With over 40 majors, an average class size of 19, and a 10:1 student-faculty ratio, students are provided a meaningful learning experience guiding them towards a successful future. At Saint Mary’s, you’ll acquire skills that will benefit you well beyond graduation.

Academic Programs

  • Engineering
  • Research
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Liberal Arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • Communication
  • Music
  • Art & Design
  • Economics
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Government/Political Science
  • Health Science
  • Performing Arts
  • Social Science
  • Visual Arts
  • Data Science
  • Anthropology
  • Accounting
  • Computer Science
  • Ethnic Studies
  • History
  • Kinesiology
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Physics
  • Women's and Gender Studies

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • Military/Veteran Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Religious Affiliation
  • ROTC Program
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Veteran Fee Waiver
  • Distance/online learning
  • Student Leadership

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


Spring Admission:

  • Priority Deadline – December 1
Fall Admission:
  • Early Action – November 15
  • Regular Decision – January 15
Application Requirements:
Apply via the Saint Mary's Application which includes some personal background information, essay questions, and academic history. Or you can apply via the Common Application.

Additionally, please have your official high school transcript, and if you choose to submit them, your official SAT or ACT scores sent to Saint Mary's.

Lastly, if you choose, please have a letter of recommendation sent to Saint Mary's.


Spring Admission:

  • Priority Deadline – December 1
Fall Admission: 
  • Priority Deadline – June 1
Application Requirements:
Apply via our Free Swift Application: Apply using our free 10-minute application. Letters of recommendation are optional but advised.

Or you can apply for Free via the Common App: Apply using Transfer22 for a $60 application fee waiver. A 250-650 word essay on a topic of your choice is required.

Then Submit your Transcripts:
College Transcripts: Transcripts must be submitted for all colleges/universities attended. Email unofficial and/or official transcripts to  

High School Transcripts: Students with less than 23 credits will need to submit a final high school transcript. Email unofficial and/or official transcripts to

Additional Information

When we see potential in a student, we do our best to make sure tuition doesn’t get in the way of her or his future. Over 90% of Saint Mary’s students receive some form of financial aid. Enabling students to access a Saint Mary’s education is part of our commitment to individual attention and a part of our Lasallian heritage. Typically, students receive a combination of state and federal grants, Saint Mary’s grants, and need-based and non-need-based government and private loans, as well as, we proudly participate in the GI BILL® and Yellow Ribbon Program. Those are all in addition to the many merit-based scholarships from noteworthy academic performance and specific department honors. Many students find the best combination of these resources, making the average Saint Mary’s financial aid package approximately $38,000 for the 2018–19 academic year. In order to receive a full financial aid package once admitted, you’ll need to file the FAFSA using our school code: 001302

Visit us

Saint Mary’s is a beautiful campus just 23 miles east of San Francisco distinguished by the white walls and red tile roofs of its Spanish Renaissance–California Mission-style architecture, and surrounded by grass-covered hills. We’re excited to announce our return to campus and your opportunity to explore life as a Gael! We’ll get you connected with current students, alumni, staff, and faculty members. Get a glimpse of what our students enjoy every day of the school year. 

SMC's career guidance and professional preparation gave me the determination and exposure to explore my interests and passions/ By the time I graduated, I'd participated in a service project in Brazil, and organized a student-led fundraiser to provide aid for Hurricane Katrina survivors. This couldn't happen everywhere.

June Williams, Attorney, 2006