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U.S. College Road Trip! Episode 23 - St. Mary's University California


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St. Mary's College of California is a private Catholic college located in Moraga, California. The School of Science at Saint Mary's College of California offers several research opportunities for undergraduate students. One such opportunity is the School of Science Summer Research Program, which includes a variety of activities during the summer, including barbecues, research meetings, field trips, and various social events.


Notable alumni include actors Brian Doyle-Murray and Mahershala Al, and author Jennifer Chambliss Bertman. Here are some unique features of St. Mary's College of California:

  • Beautiful campus: St. Mary's College of California is located among the grass-covered hills of Moraga, California, and its picturesque campus is distinguished by beautiful red and white Spanish Renaissance-California architecture.

  • Catholic affiliation: St. Mary's College of California is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church and administered by the De La Salle Christian Brothers.

  • Unique history: St. Mary's College of California was established in 1863 and has a unique history. During World War II, the college was used by the United States Navy for the training of pilots, and former President Gerald Ford was briefly stationed at the school and served as a naval instructor.

  • Small student body: St. Mary's College of California has a total student count of under 4,000 as of 2018. The majority of St. Mary's College students are Maryland residents, although students from 26 states and 9 nations are represented in the community.

  • Green campus: St. Mary's College of California is recognized among the Top 50 Green Colleges by Princeton Review 2023, and 82% of St. Mary’s College students live on campus

  • Academic excellence: St. Mary's College of California is ranked tied for 9th in the U.S. for academic excellence. The college boasts among the highest four-year graduation rate and the lowest average debt in the US.

  • St. Mary's College of California offers undergraduate and graduate programs, with 43 academic majors for students to pursue.

The acceptance rate for the Class of 2024 was 70%. The average SAT score for students who are accepted is between 1070-1262. The college has an annual cost of approximately $67,000, but about 99% of undergraduate students receive financial aid in the form of scholarships.

Here’s the link for admissions to learn more. https://www.stmarys-ca.edu/admissions-aid Go Gaels!.


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