Saint Mary's College

Saint Mary's College

Saint Mary's College, founded by the Sisters of the Holy Cross in 1844, is considered to be The Nation's Premier Catholic Women's College. Located on 75 acres of land in Notre Dame, Indiana it enrolls more than 1,500 students from across 40 states and several countries worldwide every year.

Saint Mary's College offers more than 30 majors in the fields of art, biology, business administration, economics, education, english, modern languages, music, nursing, religious studies, mathematics, and communicative studies, among others. Primary or secondary education certification, pre-professional studies, as well as dual degree program in engineering are also available. The academic centers of the college are:

  • Center for Academic Innovation
  • Center for Spirituality
  • Center for Women's InterCultural Leadership

The sports teams of Saint Mary's College are nicknamed the Belles, and they compete in the NCAA Division III championships. The students participate in sports like tennis, volleyball, basketball, soccer, golf, softball, swimming and diving, and cross country. The college also fields a number of teams in intramural and club sports.

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Saint Mary's College
Notre Dame , IN 46556
General Phone: (574) 284-4000

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Saint Mary's College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts92French language, Italian language, Spanish language, creative writing, English literature, humanities, interdisciplinary studies, economics, political science, ...
Business and Management46business management, accounting, MIS
Science35biology, chemistry
Media34communication studies
Nursing and Emergency Medicine32registered nursing
Education and Teaching27elementary school teaching
Therapy and Counseling20psychology
Family and Social Work16social work
Religion and Philosophy7philosophy, religion
Art Studies7art studies
Mathematics5mathematics, applied mathematics courses, mathematics and computer science
Drama and Performing Arts4drama

Number of programs and degrees for Saint Mary's College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree33029

Saint Mary's College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Saint Mary's College had a total enrollment of 1,604 students (1,703 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Women 100%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 87%
Black 2%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 3%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 52%
20-21 40%
22-24 5%
25-29 0%
30-34 0%
35-39 0%
40-49 0%
50-64 0%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Jersey2%
(International Students)1%

Saint Mary's College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 86 %

Saint Mary's College Room and Board (2007)

Saint Mary's College offers campus housing for 1,411 of its 1,703 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Saint Mary's College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal520620
SAT Math520620
SAT Writing530630
ACT Verbal2330
ACT Math2227
ACT Composite2327

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT62%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT71%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Saint Mary's College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 28,212
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 28,212
Room and board $ 8,936
Room charge $ 5,506
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,432
Books and supplies $ 1,100
Other expenses $ 1,700

Financial Aid:
Saint Mary's College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 183600)

Saint Mary's College Faculty

Saint Mary's College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track923
Non-tenured and not on tenure track714

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Associate professorcalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year1*0*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year18$80,55725$78,648
Associate professoracademic year12$67,16825$64,728
Assistant professoracademic year15$53,48933$51,468
Instructoracademic year0*3$43,682
Lectureracademic year1*3$38,129
No academic rankacademic year1*0*
All faculty totalacademic year47$66,66989$62,116

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Saint Mary's College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Track Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Saint Mary's College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Management Information Systems, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Literature (British and Commonwealth)
French Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Italian Language and Literature
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Applied Mathematics, Other
Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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checked Option to study abroad
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