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As you get ready to become a beginning student at St. Mary’s College of California, it’s a great idea to become as familiar as you can with this university. It’s affiliated with the Roman Catholic church, and is also a private, not-for-profit institution. The school’s population is small—about the size of a large high school with a total enrollment of 3,881.

Overview of Saint Mary's College of California

As you get to know your fellow students and your roommate, you may also choose to venture out into Moraga, CA, the city where St. Mary’s College is located. Because the college is so small, the student-faculty ratio is also excellent - it sits at 11 to 1, which means you’ll be able to see your professors easily if you have issues with your studies.

St. Mary’s College also offers ROTC classes (Army and Air Force) for students who want to use this time to enter the US military.

You may need to walk around the college grounds if you’ve forgotten where buildings are located. When you have time away from your studies, make sure you go out into Moraga so you can become familiar with this area as it will be home for the next four years.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting Suburb: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 11:1
Graduation Rate 78%
Year Founded 1863

Student Enrollment

Total Students3,881


Undergraduate Student

Male 1,174
Female 1,621

Graduate Student

Male 456
Female 630

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Male 2,295
Female 3,774


Male 1,836
Female 3,095

Acceptance Rate81%

Male 80%
Female 82%

Enrollment 340

Male   41
Female 31
Application Fee $60
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations Required
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline February 1
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

You and your family are going to have to pay for your education as well as room and board at St. Mary’s College. The total price includes the cost of tuition, books, supplies, room and board, and other charges. This ends up around $70,382 on average. Financial aid covers a large part of this cost but it won’t cover every penny.

The amount remaining after financial aid does its work is called the average net price, and this is what you or your family will pay for you to attend. As of a recent academic year, this cost averaged out to around $36,613. Families at different income levels pay different amounts toward the average net price.

  • Families earning under $30,000 pay around $25,057
  • Families earning between $30,001 and $48,000 pay around $25,737
  • Families earning between $48,001 and $75,000 pay around $27,873
  • Families earning between $75,001 and $110,000 pay around $29,077
  • Families earning more than $110,001 pay around $41,121

The number of beginning students using financial aid is 622. You and your fellow freshmen can expect to receive grants or scholarships averaging $30,039. The freshman class also receives institutional grants and scholarships averaging $26,870. Up to 99% of new students are able to gain access to this kind of aid according to published data.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $36,613
Average Total Aid $3,039
Students Receiving Financial Aid 99%
Room & Board $15,524

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $49,188
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $49,188
  • Books and Supplies - $1,971
  • Room & Board - $15,524
  • Other - $3,699


After spending a few months at St. Mary’s College of California, you’ll likely be wholly comfortable and in your element. And, as long as you keep up with your classes, there’s no reason you shouldn’t do well. The retention rate, which is the percentage at which students return for their second year of school, is 85%, showing that the majority of students feel that they receive a good education here; good enough to return.

The 4-year graduation rate is 69%. Some students choose to stay, or need to stay, for two additional years and the 6-year graduation rate is 76%.

if you choose to take a part-time job, you’re likely to find that it’s not possible for you to take a class during the daytime hours. Luckily, there are some other options. Some classes are offered during evening hours, which helps you keep up with your classes even if you do need to hold down a job as well. Unfortunately, the college doesn’t offer distance learning (online classes).

The degree programs offered include: biological and biomedical sciences; business, management, marketing and related support services; communication, journalism and related programs; education; engineering; English; health professions and related programs, history, liberal arts and sciences, general studies and humanities; mathematics and statistics; natural resources and conservation; parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies; philosophy and religious studies; psychology; social sciences; and visual and performing arts.

Student Population Total

Student Population 3,881

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : No

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 178 Total Graduates / 27%
Business/Commerce, General 151 Graduates
Accounting 26 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 72 Total Graduates / 11%
Psychology, General 34 Graduates
Psychology, Other 14 Graduates
Applied Behavior Analysis 13 Graduates
Developmental and Child Psychology 11 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 58 Total Graduates / 9%
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 45 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 13 Graduates
All Social Science Majors 57 Total Graduates / 9%
Political Science and Government, General 16 Graduates
Economics, General 12 Graduates
Anthropology 11 Graduates
Sociology 9 Graduates
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 48 Total Graduates / 7%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other 30 Graduates
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 16 Graduates
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 2 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 36%

Outcome & Salary

After students graduate from St. Mary’s College of California, they earn more than decent salaries. Your early-career salary may be $59,900, your average salary about $69,796, and your mid-career salary $110,800. The 4-year net price for your total education should sit around $146,452 altogether.

Graduate’s 10-year salary earnings potential is around $697,960. Your 10-year projected return on investment (ROI) should be $551,508 and your 20-year projected ROI more like $1,659,508.

On the other hand, high school graduates earn a national average salary of $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $59,900
College Grads Average Salary $69,796
College Grads Mid Career Salary $110,800
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $697,960
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,805,960
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $146,452
10 Year Projected ROI $551,508
20 Year Projected ROI $1,659,508
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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