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St. Mary's University

St. Mary's is one of three U.S. universities operated by the Brothers of the Society of Mary, also known as the Marianists. The oldest Catholic university in Texas offers programs in three schools -- Humanities and Social Sciences; Science, Engineering and Technology; the Greehey School of Business -- as well as its law school and graduate studies programs. It has a diverse student body of 3,600, broken down into about 2,300 undergrads and 1,300 graduate students. Popular majors include business, kinesiology, and biology. The business school is home to several programs emphasizing entrepreneurship, including a yearlong student-managed business and the Entrepreneurial Scholars program, which is open to students from all disciplines and majors. Students from low-income or underrepresented groups get opportunities to do research and work with mentors in the STEM school through the university's MARC U*STAR programs. St. Mary's also offers five-year B.A./M.A. programs in several areas, including communication studies, international relations, and English literature. The law school features not only a standard three-year JD, but also an evening program and a master of jurisprudence degree for nonlawyers interested in learning more about the law. St. Mary's is the first Texas school to achieve Fair Trade University status; fair trade principles are taught in classes, and fair trade products are sold in campus stores and restaurants. One perk of attending school in Northwest San Antonio: Students can explore the city's art museums, centuries-old missions, and nightlife. Woodlawn Lake Park, perfect for a jog or picnic, is only two miles away from campus.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$46,500
% of students who get any grants
90%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$19,000
Average price for low-income students
$14,410
admissions
Acceptance rate
80%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1140/23
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
2,310
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
98%
% of need met
71%
% of students who get merit* grants
20%
Average merit grant
$18,516
student success
Graduation rate
63%
Average time to a degree
4.3 years
Average student debt
$27,000
Average salary within 3 years
$50,500
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
38%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Rolling

* 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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