St Mary's College of Maryland

18952 E. Fisher Rd, St. mary's city, MD 20686-3001
Tel: (240)895-2000
Public | 1,895 students
St. Mary's enjoys a unique place in higher education. Designated a Public Honors College by both former Governor of Maryland, William Donald Schaefer, and an act of legislation, we promise and provide for academic excellence within the context of a traditional liberal arts curriculum. This means that we offer the same high caliber education that the best private colleges offer. However, as a state-supported college, we strive to remain affordable and accessible to Maryland's students, as well as to students from around the country and the globe.

School Overview:

St Mary's College of Maryland
CountySaint Marys County, MD
Title IV EligibleParticipat
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate Colleges--Liberal Arts
Institution LevelFour or more years
Institution ControlPublic
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
171 staff115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment1,895 students1,633 students
# Full-Time Students
1,854 students1,434 students
# Part-Time Students
41 students137 students
 
# Undergraduate Students
1,863 students 1,507 students
# Graduate Students
32 students129 students
 
% American Indian/Alaskan
-1%
% Asian
4%2%
% Hawaiian
-1%
% Hispanic
2%3%
% Black
8%6%
% White
85%84%
% Two or more races
2%2%
 
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
(2012-13)
$14,773$24,462
 
Out-State Tuition Fees
(2012-13)
$27,573$24,744
 
Tuition25,360/37,437
Tuition NotesTuition, Fees, Room,
Percent Admitted61%64%
SAT Reading (25-75%)560-680450-570
SAT Math (25-75%)540-650460-573
SAT Writing (25-75%)550-670440-570
ACT English (25-75%)24-3019-25
ACT Math (25-75%)24-2918-25
ACT Composite (25-75%)25-2920-25

School Notes:

  • Non-sectarian since its founding in 1840, St. Mary’s College of Maryland enjoys a unique status in public higher education as Maryland’s public honors college. Because it is a coeducational state college, St. Mary’s is committed to the ideals of affordability, accessibility, and diversity. St. Mary’s offers an undergraduate, liberal arts education and small-college experience like those found at exceptional private colleges. St. Mary’s shares the hallmarks of private institutions: an outstanding faculty, talented students, high academic standards, a challenging curriculum, small classes, a sense of community, and a spirit of intellectual inquiry. By combining the virtues of public and private education, St. Mary’s provides a unique alternative for students and their families. This special identity underpins the College’s success and its reputation for excellence.
  • Our beautiful campus is situated along the St. Mary's River in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay region, and adjacent to Historic St. Mary's City, site of Maryland's first colonial capital. The College and the Historic St. Mary's City Commission are forging an affiliation that promises new opportunities in the study of colonial history, archaeology, and museum studies, which will enhance our rich liberal arts curriculum. It's an alliance that may be unequaled on any other college campus and one we are very excited about.
  • It's not just the river and our 319-acre waterfront campus. It's people who are drawn to it and to the concept of an honors college. Creative individuals, who write music, conduct experiments, build computers and put their beliefs into action. Don't just take our word for it. As one of the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation, St. Mary's is ranked prominently in the major college guides.
  • St. Mary’s College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The Carnegie Foundation Classification Code for the College is “Baccalaureate College – Liberal Arts.” SMCM was awarded a Phi Beta Kappa chapter in the fall of 1997.

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