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Saint Mary's College

Notre Dame, IN 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate83%
Acceptance Rate83%

About Saint Mary's College

Saint Mary's College Overview

Saint Mary's College is a private, religious school in the suburban setting of Notre Dame, Indiana. Saint Mary's College was founded in 1844 and the school currently enrolls around 1,527 students a year, which includes 1,402 undergrads. Saint Mary's College offers housing for up to 1,274 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 80% of students spend their weekends on campus.

Student Involvement at Saint Mary's College

Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Saint Mary's College students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Planning to play sports? Saint Mary's College has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Saint Mary's College on the Student Life page.

2022 Saint Mary's College Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 83%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 73%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.8
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 41%
Tuition $48,880
Percent of Need Met 88%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $43,580

Is Saint Mary's College a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" can mean different things for different people. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can all provide a sense of how selective a school is.

Let's take a closer look at these factors to get a better idea of what Saint Mary's College offers and if it seems like a good fit for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Saint Mary's College

It is moderately difficult to get into Saint Mary's College. Around 83% of applicants get into Saint Mary's College each year. Out of 2,352 applications received in 2022, 1,954 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Saint Mary's College

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It gauges how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Saint Mary's College, around 81% are still enrolled their sophomore year. Around 74% of students who started at Saint Mary's College earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook Saint Mary's College Graduates

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from Saint Mary's College by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads. Within six months of graduating, 55% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Check with Saint Mary's College directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Saint Mary's College's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of Saint Mary's College's endowment was $282.3 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, Saint Mary's College spends about $18,943 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Saint Mary's College

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Saint Mary's College meets 88% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $43,580 a year.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $35,584 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Saint Mary's College.

Based on this information, does Saint Mary's College seem like a good fit? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Saint Mary's College a good school for you?

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Where is Saint Mary's College Located?

Saint Mary's College is located in the suburban setting of Notre Dame, Indiana.

If you want to see Saint Mary's College for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 80/90 (Indiana Toll Road) to Notre Dame, or book a flight to the nearest airport, South Bend International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Saint Mary's College and Notre Dame are like without leaving home.

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College Info

SR 933 Notre Dame, IN 46556

Campus Setting: Suburban

Saint Mary's College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Feb 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Saint Mary's College is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Saint Mary's College is Feb 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Saint Mary's College ACT Scores


ACT Range

22 - 30

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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30 and Above


22 to 30


22 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Saint Mary's College is 26. Students with an ACT score of 30 and above have a good chance of getting into Saint Mary's College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 22 and 30 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 22 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Saint Mary's College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1070 - 1250


Math SAT Range

520 - 620


Reading SAT Range

540 - 640

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1250 and Above


1070 to 1250


1070 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Saint Mary's College students is 1158. Applicants with SAT scores of 1250 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Saint Mary's College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1070 to 1250 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1070 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Saint Mary's College.

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