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Rank: 149

Saint Mary's College

Saint Mary's College, in South Bend, Indiana, provides its some 1,600 all-female students a solid liberal arts tradition combined with a range of areas for subject concentration. It is a Catholic institution, sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross, who founded the college in 1844. Its undergraduate degree programs include arts, business administration, fine arts, music, and science, along with about 30 majors and a student-designed major program. The college is across the street from the University of Notre Dame, and full-time students are permitted to take certain classes there. The two schools also offer a five-year engineering dual degree program; students earn a bachelor's degree from Saint Mary's in four years, and a second bachelor of science in engineering from Notre Dame after a fifth year of study. The college has recently begun to offer four graduate degrees, including a doctorate in nursing practice. Student athletes -- they're called the Belles of Saint Mary's -- participate in eight Division I sports, including basketball, cross-country, and soccer. Most students live on the bucolic, 100-acre campus, and are required to live in one of the five residence halls for at least six semesters. Nearby South Bend offers a mix of fine and performing arts and outdoor activities, including whitewater rafting on the St. Joseph River, which runs through the middle of downtown.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$57,700
% of students who get any grants
96%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$28,500
Average price for low-income students
$12,580
admissions
Acceptance rate
78%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1140/26
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
1,489
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
97%
% of need met
86%
% of students who get merit* grants
27%
Average merit grant
$15,305
student success
Graduation rate
79%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$27,000
Average salary within 3 years
$49,100
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
33%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 15
Regular application
Feb 15

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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