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Saint Mary's College

Notre Dame, IN 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate84%

Saint Mary's College Admissions

Saint Mary's College is moderately difficult to get into. Saint Mary's College admitted 84% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 2,255 students applied to Saint Mary's College and 1,899 were admitted.

If you are applying to Saint Mary's College, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Saint Mary's College Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Saint Mary's College's admissions stats.

Saint Mary's College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.8
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 32%
Mean SAT Score 1158
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 46%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 25%
Waitlist No

Saint Mary's College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Saint Mary's College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 15 December 15
Early Decision II
Early Action No

Considering Applying Early to Saint Mary's College?

Saint Mary's College offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

🗓️ Early Decision I applications are due by November 15 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Saint Mary's College is 71%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 84%. In 2022, Saint Mary's College admitted 103 of the 145 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply early to college because they believe it will boost their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of being admitted, since it is a way to show your interest in a school.

➡️ See a list of some competetive colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Saint Mary's College Admissions

Transferring to Saint Mary's College

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Saint Mary's College

Saint Mary's College has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Saint Mary's College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Saint Mary's College

What does Saint Mary's College consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Class Rank Considered
Application Essay Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Saint Mary's College for more information on admission factors.

Saint Mary's College Application Requirements

To apply to Saint Mary's College, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Saint Mary's College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements 16 high school academic units, minimum two years of study of the same foreign language
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Saint Mary's College?

Students admitted to Saint Mary's College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.8.

Out of all students that were admitted, 37% submitted a class rank. At Saint Mary's College 32% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 64% were in the top 25% and 94% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Saint Mary's College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 38%
3.75 and 3.99 24%
3.50 and 3.74 16%
3.25 and 3.49 15%
3.00 and 3.24 6%
2.50 and 2.9 1%
2.00 and 2.49

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Saint Mary's College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Saint Mary's College is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 46% of Saint Mary's College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 25% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Saint Mary's College?

To be competitive with other Saint Mary's College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1080 and 1200 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Saint Mary's College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1200 and 25% of scored lower than 1080, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Saint Mary's College student is 1158.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Saint Mary's College students scored 620 or higher and 75% of students scored 530 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Saint Mary's College students scored 650 or higher, and 75% scored a 530 or higher.

To be most competitive at Saint Mary's College, you should strive to earn between 23 and 30 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 30 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Saint Mary's College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 30, and three out of four students scored lower than 30 on the ACT.

A 23 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Saint Mary's College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 23.

More Information on Transferring to Saint Mary's College

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Saint Mary's College.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is February 15. Applicants should hear back by April 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Saint Mary's College during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Saint Mary's College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Saint Mary's College?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Saint Mary's College.

Does Saint Mary's College accept transfer credits?

✅ Saint Mary's College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Saint Mary's College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Saint Mary's College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Saint Mary's College?

❌ No, Saint Mary's College is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Saint Mary's College's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Saint Mary's College is 84%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Saint Mary's College?

✅ Saint Mary's College's early decision acceptance rate was 71% in 2021.

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Saint Mary's College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Saint Mary's College? Saint Mary's College is a somewhat selective institution. The Saint Mary's College acceptance rate is 84%. This means that the institution accepts 84 out of every 100 applicants.


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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1080 - 1200


Math SAT Range

500 - 620


Reading SAT Range

530 - 650

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1200 and Above


1080 to 1200


1080 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 1200 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Saint Mary's College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1080 to 1200 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1080 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Saint Mary's College.

Saint Mary's College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Saint Mary's College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.84. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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