Location: Notre Dame, Indiana
Funding: Private Institution
Size: about 1500 undergraduates
Percent Women: 100%
Tuition (one year): $45,100
Most Popular Majors: Communication, Nursing, Biology, Psychology, and Elementary Education and Teaching.
Greek Life: No
Acceptance Rate: 84.8%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Saint Mary's website at www.saintmarys.edu/admission.
Why Choose Saint Mary's?"As a senior, I knew I wanted to study nursing, and I liked SMC for its program. It has exactly what I wanted- an accredited, prestigious program, and classes small enough so that professors who know my name and classmates are some of best friends. I applied to SMC because I loved how well-rounded it was. I also appreciated the fact that we are required to take so many different kinds of classes. I really do think that a liberal arts education makes you a better person. Oh, and its charm and closeness to home didn’t hurt, either."Saint Mary's nursing students at Saint Joseph Hospital“When I was a prospective student, something about SMC just felt like home to me. I just knew it was where I was supposed to be. I applied to SMC because the beautiful campus, friendly people, and outstanding education department drew me in."“When I started looking at schools, my mom wanted me to look at Saint Mary's since she went here in the 1980’s. Hearing all the good things about the school from my mom and her college friends, I decided to take a look. As a prospective student, Saint Mary's offered everything I was looking for in a school. A tight knit society where classes are small and everyone feels comfortable speaking their mind, as well as a place where friendships grow stronger everyday. To me, as soon as I stepped foot on campus, I knew I was home. Now I know why my mom has and always will love this school."“Honestly, SMC changes the way you see things. It’s special in that you’re in a place that makes you realize how much you have to offer. I really don’t think I’d be who I am if I hadn’t chosen Saint Mary’s, and for that I’m truly grateful.”“SMC is a family. It is so cheesy to say that we are like 'one big sorority'... But it is kind of true. We are here for each other and look out for one another. The opportunities are endless-- there are so many ways to get involved and meet new people. I love it here more every day and have never once regretted this decision. It's the best one I've ever made!"
"The girls who go to SMC are the best part of SMC. It is like a never ending sleepover with your best friends."
"The Rome program. The College's only satellite campus. It was an amazing experience learning from Saint Mary's professors in a different culture and country. I still talk with a few of them!"
"The Saint Mary's class ring is a beautifull iconic piece of Saint Mary's. Belles wait and wait until the day that they can get their ring and there's simply nothing better. There is nothign like being in the store and having someone notice your ring and realize you're both Saint Mary's grads. It is something that really ties us all together even after leaving campus."
"I wish we had a Starbucks. Nothing hits the spot on a cool day like a hot chai tea from starbucks. I don't always enjoy going all the way to ND to get one."
"I honestly can't think of anything that I would change- cheesy, I know!"
Fountain at Lake Marian
"I wish we had something similar to LaFun at Notre Dame. Somewhere where we could hangout after parietals with less supervision and more food or even somewhere to study later since Cyber closes at 11 and the library closes at 12 would be nice"
New Collegiette on Campus“Although first-years do stick together, upperclassmen are very friendly and welcoming, and you could strike up a conversation with pretty much any girl on campus.”“My first year I lived in McCandless Hall, a residence hall that houses only freshmen. That was an incredible way to form friendships the very first moment I arrived in August.”“Even in a residence hall that houses first-years through seniors, I, as a first-year, feel perfectly comfortable and at home, especially because my hallway is only freshmen.”“Orientation was such a fun ride… it prepared us for life at Saint Mary’s and the best part about it was that actual students took charge. All of the activities were headed by sophomores, juniors, and seniors who were so excited to share their love of this place.”Haggar Hall“There are countless opportunities to visit campus before orientation and even before deciding to come to Saint Mary’s. The most valuable, to me, was ‘Meet Me at the Avenue’ which made me determine that this school was the right place for me.”“The upperclassmen here are so, so gracious and helpful. They take so much pride in the community and literally find so much joy in introducing first-years to campus and to life at Saint Mary’s in general.”
All About Academics“I would say that nursing and education seem to be the most populated departments, but it is amazing to see the sense of community and loyalty within each and every major regardless of its size.”Junior Nursing students at their Nursing Dedication Ceremony“The advising system at Saint Mary’s is one of the most incredible forms of counseling I have ever received. First-years are assigned random advisors that teach one of our first semester classes and help us through our entire first year. My first-year advisor is wonderful and genuinely cares about each of his advisees’ success.”“One of my favorite aspects is that we get a peer mentor during our first semester, who is a senior student and is able to advise us based on the experiences that she had in our place just a few years before.”“It is generally simple to get into the classes you want and to fulfill the requirements that you have. The Office of Student Affairs is literally headed by a couple of ladies who will make sure that you have what you need to proceed on schedule.”“Since I live in McCandless Hall, I have a small study room that I share with my roommate. That’s where I study the most.”“The library is my favorite place to study, and it’s in the center of campus so it’s pretty much a five-minute walk from any other building!”Cushwa-Leighton Library
Learn From The Best
"Diane Fox is amazing. She dedicates so much time to her students and their success and her classes are enjoyable, interesting and very useful."
"Professor Bonnell in the English department is absolutely amazing. He's brilliant and I love to listen to him speak. I learned a lot in his class, even though it wasn't my usual preferred subject matter."
Spes Unica Hall, one of Saint Mary's academic buildings
"I've been really inspired by a lot of my professors but my Psych professor has really stuck out. She's witty, smart, and loves to teach which helps me learn and want to succeed in my class."
"I think that Professor Cobb is one of the most brilliant people that I've ever met and that Saint Mary's is lucky to have him."
Interests & Involvement
"BAVO (Belles Against Violence Office) is a great way to get involved and raise awareness about a serious issue in society. Saint Mary's advocacy against relationship and dating violence lets you become a voice to those who are silenced and you feel empowered to make a change."
"Being elected as President for the first year class has really changed my whole college experience. It was so much fun to run and well worth it."
"I was inspired right when I met my sister in the Friends with Sisters progam. They all have such big hearts and amazing stories to share."
Friends With Sisters is an amazing program that pairs Saint Mary's students with Sisters of The Holy Cross who live on Saint Mary's campus.
"I'm a member of the University of Notre Dame Band. I spend most of my time participating in the marching band, concert bands, and basketball varsity band. It is such a unique opportunity for us as Saint Mary's students to be able to participate in these wonderful groups over at Notre Dame."
Saint Mary's student-athletes are powerful in the classroom and on the playing fields. Our athletic program complements a student's overall educational experience. Many of our varsity student-athletes and teams continually earn Dean’s List, MIAA, and NCAA Division III Coaches’ Academic Honors each year as our coaches and staff mentor and lead them on the path to excellence.
Saint Mary's Cheerleading Team
There are 7 Division III teams at Saint Mary's, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, and Volleyball. Club sports include, volleyball, cheerleading, dance, Western Equestrian Team, Quidditch Club and Yoga. In addition to these there are numerous intramurals for students to participate in as well as club sports at Notre Dame.
Saint Mary's Softball Team
"Joining the softball team at Saint Mary's has showed me how to compete graciously not only on the field but in the classroom as well. I am so proud to play for such prestigious establishment and have learned to compete with a classy fierceness. Being a student athlete at Saint Mary's tests our time management skills. I am now capable of handling my studies and other extra curricular activities while playing the sport I love at a competitive level. Playing a sport here gets us student athletes ready for competition on and off the field by increasing our mental toughness and interpersonal skills."
Saint Mary's Volleyball Team
Girl Power“What gender ratio???”“Being a woman on campus is pretty easy considering Saint Mary’s is an all girls college. The single sex classes has taught me to be more independent and has built up my confidence n the classroom which I beilve will help us later in life or even in our future careers”“I feel more comfortable in my own skin, I don’t need to worry about others perception of my own beauty and have never felt more strong because of it. The competition aspect you can see in most girls is non-existent at SMC”Saint Mary's students at Dance Marathon, the annual fundraiser for Riley Children's Hospital“At Saint Mary's, we have been offering courses in Women's Studies (now Gender and Women's Studies) for almost 40 years. We are quite proud of that. We also are proud that we are truly an interdisciplinary program; students can take courses in 13 different departments that count for our minor. And our minors themselves have historically been on-campus activists, working to improve the lives of their colleagues.” -Dr. Stacy Davis, Coordinator, Program in Gender and Women’s Studies at Saint Mary’s College“Girls own the sport world on campus and we are more comfortable in playing our best. We no longer feel underestimated by men’s sports or feel like we need to show off.”
Food & Drink
Saint Mary's has three dining locations on campus, The Noble Family Dining Hall, Cyber Cafe, and Spes Unica Cafe.
"Nothing can top the warm cookies in the dining hall and I always look forward to Make Your Own Pizza Fridays."
"The warm, fresh-baked cookies at the dining hall. I'm not sure how I am going to survive without them after I graduate!"
Saint Mary's students at Late Night Breakfast, a favorite during finals week!
"Cyber has a great selection of sandwiches and salads this year!"
"The broccoli cheddar soup in the Dining Hall is delicious and the portobello mushroom sandwich at Cyber is amazing."
"We go out to the dorms at Notre Dame, friends' off campus houses, go to Eddys street for some food or drinks."
Eddy Street is just off of Notre Dame's and campus features restaurants, shops, and apartments.
"We love going to sporting events at both Saint Mary's and Notre Dame. Anywhere with good food and great people appeals to us. And then when we're older, Fever on Thursdays and the bars in South Bend on the weekends."
Belles at Club Fever, the place to be on a South Bend Thursday for 21 and older students
Belles before the all-school formal held at Saint Mary's every year
"We like to see what is going on at Notre Dame or even here at SMC. If there is a game, we're there. We once went to a comedy show and even a hypnotist show. There is always something. Sometimes, it's even nice to stay at home with your Belles and watch a movie."
Belles having fun at a Notre Dame football game
A double in Mccandless Hall, the freshmen dorm on campus.
"McCandless is an all-freshmen dorm, so it’s been very easy to connect to people who are going through the same college adjustments as me. It’s also been very easy to meet a lot of the girls in my class and make plenty of friends!"
"The rooms are really spacious, always has a good atmosphere, and it has good location on campus"
"The rooms are all good sizes and the closets are very big. Each room has a sink, which comes in handy. Each room also has a separate little room—called a study carrel—across the hall to study in. I have really enjoyed having a quiet place to escape to and study when my roommate is sleeping or watching a movie.
Le Mans Hall
A quad in Le Mans Hall, the largest dorm on campus.
"It’s a sisterhood, a sleepover with your best friends every night for nine straight months. Every room in Le Mans is unique. From cozy singles to spacious quads (some with fireplaces!), you live only steps away from 500 fellow students—students who are potential lifelong friends. Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors reside in Le Mans. We stay up late to watch movies, talk about boys, or cram for exams."
"The best part of Le Mans is the underground tunnel to the student center!"
"The Holy Spirit Chapel on the third floor is one of my favorite places. I feel uplifted just walking through the doors. I love the Sunday evening mass, as the service is totally geared towards students."
"A friend from another school visited me last year and felt envious that I “lived in a castle!” And, yes, Le Mans is a unique place, full of personality and friendship. I can’t imagine my Saint Mary's experience without Le Mans—it truly is my home away from home."
Holy Cross Hall
"When you picture a college dorm, images of a ten-story building with cement walls and cold tile floors come to mind. However, Holy Cross Hall is completely the opposite. The grand entrance is unforgettable with elegant staircases ascending on each side of a marble statue of Saint Michael. With Holy Cross Hall’s high ceilings, wood floors, and ornate architecture—complete with turrets, parlors, and a chapel—there is no other place I would rather live."
Holy Cross Hall
"The combination of residents from every class, freshman through senior, adds an enjoyable dynamic to life here. It’s great to make friends from all classes. The girls in Holy Cross have become like family, and we spend all of our free time together just chatting or having movie nights."
Exploring South Bend“South bend is a community built around the strong presence of local universities and colleges. The city relies heavily on the ever expanding community of college students as well as new developments of the schools.”“Well it's pretty much a prestigious, yet fun (I use that word loosely) college atmosphere dropped in the middle-of-nowhere Indiana.”"Eat Like A Champion Today" at Le Peep, a popular brunch spot in Downtown South Bend“South bend has everything I need while I'm in college. There are plenty of restaurants and stores to go to. My only complaint would be the miserable winter weather.”“The city that Saint Mary's College is in, South Bend, is your pretty average college town. Pretty much the whole city revolves around Notre Dame.”The Backer, a popular student bar“Yes, lots of nightlife options; some new, and some are old with a lot of tradition. It's fun to compare the places I have been to where my sister (SMC class of 2008) has been, and even where my father (ND Class of 1979) used to spend his nights out.”Club Fever, a hot spot for Thursday nights“Saint Mary's has a strong relationship with the south bend community. There are many clubs and groups on campus that encourage students to get involved with the community. For example, each dorm has its own service organization that it is involved with throught the course of the year.”
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