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St. Mary's College of Maryland

St. Mary's City, MDhttps://www.smcm.edu
Founded in 1840, St. Mary's College of Maryland is the state's public honors college. But with a liberal arts focus, a low student-faculty ratio, and a high graduation rate, it could easily be mistaken for a selective private school. St. Mary's offers its nearly 1,600 students the choice of two dozen majors and roughly 30 minors. The most popular academic programs include economics, political science, and biology. A majority of students produce a senior project that's similar to a thesis, which is presented in a public forum after working with faculty members on conception, research, and production. Sustainability efforts on campus are widespread, and over 80% of students live on the rustic, riverfront campus. One of the college's odd rituals is known as "ponding," where students are thrown into a campus pond on their birthdays. In fact, much of the college's character is influenced by its location on the banks of the St. Mary's River. Each summer the college helps host the Governor's Cup Yacht Race. Even day-to-day life is tied to coastal living: Students swim and fish in the river and can check out small sailboats, paddleboards, or kayaks. Not surprisingly, the college's Division III athletic program is led by its powerhouse sailing team.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: Students at the college are able to choose between in-person, hybrid and remote classes. The school is offering on-campus housing to all students who need it, and its tuition fees will remain the same as they were for the 2019-20 academic year.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$31,200
% of students who get any grants
81%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$21,400
Average price for low-income students
$9,300
admissions
Acceptance rate
80%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1180/26
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
1,540
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
95%
% of need met
67%
% of students who get merit* grants
29%
Average merit grant
$3,560
student success
Graduation rate
80%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$21,500
Average salary within 5 years
$50,000
% earning more than $28,000
83%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
rolling

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

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: Students at the college are able to choose between in-person, hybrid and remote classes. The school is offering on-campus housing to all students who need it, and its tuition fees will remain the same as they were for the 2019-20 academic year.

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

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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