A world-class education in the San Francisco Bay Area

With nationally renowned faculty, a tight-knit community, and rigorous academics, Saint Mary’s College has what it takes to help students succeed in college and beyond. We’re consistently ranked in the top 10 West Coast universities by U.S. World News and Reports. Based in the San Francisco East Bay, we pride ourselves on our small class sizes, liberal arts curriculum, and commitment to unique and diverse viewpoints.

We are committed to making a Saint Mary's education affordable and accessible. We do not require students to have a minimum number of credits to transfer, we offer scholarships from $2,500 to full tuition, and we make the admissions process simple.

Join the next generation of thinkers and change agents at Saint Mary’s, one of the Top 5 Best Western Regional Universities. Saint Mary’s also ranks in the top 10 percent of colleges that provide a return on investment, so secure your future at a college that invests in you. Year after year, Saint Mary's positively impacts the lives of students, as noted by being named one of the Colleges That Change Lives year after year.

Financial Aid & Scholarships 

When we see potential in a student, we do our best to make sure tuition doesn't get in the way of her or his future. 91% of Saint Mary's students receive some form of financial aid. Enabling students to access a Saint Mary's education is part of our commitment to individual attention and a part of our Lasallian heritage.

Typically, students receive a combination of state and federal grants, Saint Mary's grants, and need-based and non-need-based government and private loans. Those are all in addition to the many merit-based scholarships from noteworthy academic performance and specific department honors. Many find the best combination of these resources, making the average Saint Mary's financial aid package approximately $38,000 for the 2018-19 academic year.

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Admission Application Deadlines

First-Year Students

  • Spring 2022 Admission: December 1
  • Fall 2022 Early Action Admission: November 15
  • Fall 2022 Regular Decision: January 15

Transfer Students

  • Spring 2022 Admission: December 1
  • Fall 2022 Admission: June 1


Distinctive for All the Right Reasons 

At Saint Mary’s, you’ll be challenged to think critically and analytically as you develop skills that will benefit you well beyond graduation. Located in the Bay Area, Saint Mary’s students are close to a diverse array of professional, cultural, and service opportunities. Land an internship at Google, attend local food festivals, or immerse yourself in a nonprofit fellowship. Here, you can uncover your passion and find your voice.