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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 of 10:1, and a high graduation rate, it could easily be mistaken for a selective private school. The school's graduation rate is well above the national average, too. St. Mary's offers its near-1,600 students the choice of 24 majors and 27 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 almost 80% of students live all four years 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.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$31,000
% of students who get any grants
74%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$22,100
Average price for low-income students
$9,900
admissions
Acceptance rate
82%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1180/25
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
1,544
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
92%
% of need met
68%
% of students who get merit* grants
26%
Average merit grant
$4,084
student success
Graduation rate
78%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$20,500
Average salary within 3 years
$52,300
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
N/A
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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