How do you feel about hardwood floors, 12 foot ceilings, spacious rooms, large closets, and study carrels so your desk isn’t cluttering your room? We personally love the idea. Our five residence halls each have their own unique attributes with their own character and charm. First year residence halls, Regina and McCandless Halls, allow for an easy transition to living with roommates and creating positive study spaces. Wherever you choose to live, you will be surrounded by a supportive and fun community of Belles that make your dorm feel like home.
At Saint Mary's, we know you. Our small campus community, and 10:1 student to professor ratio, fosters close relationships between you and your professors. Whether you're in class, swinging by their office, or at a game or performance, you will see your professors around campus and feel their constant support. In fact, they are often the ones who help our students land any number of incredible internships!
With an average class size of 15 students, you are sure to get the personal attention you deserve.
1On any given Saturday, what are you most likely doing?
2Your favorite color is?
3How do handle stress?
4Your worst fear is:
5I relate most to this TV/Movie character:
Saint Mary’s will offer you all you want in a college experience. An added bonus? We have a unique relationship with the surrounding academic institutions, including the University of Notre Dame. Our students are welcomed at Notre Dame in the classroom or in any number of clubs or social activities.
This relationship also provides Notre Dame students the opportunity to share the personalized atmosphere in the classrooms at Saint Mary’s, while our students benefit from the expanded course offerings at Notre Dame. So, it's true - you just might have a boy in one of your classes!
Outside the classroom, our students team up with ND students to produce The Observer, the ND/SMC daily newspaper, and they add to the spirit of Notre Dame football weekends as members of the University of Notre Dame Marching Band. If your interests are more athletic, Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame offer many co-sponsored club sports, such as the ND/SMC Figure Skating Club, Women's Rugby, Equestrian, Ballroom and Latin Dance. It’s all about offering you the best of both worlds!
During your time at Saint Mary’s, you’ll be surrounded by strong women daily. You’ll be empowered to succeed in ways you never even imagined. Be student body president, lead any number of clubs or organizations, stand out in your classes, and be captain of your sport. At Saint Mary’s, you will lead and be led by women.
And when you want to hang out with the boys, no problem! Get involved in cultural and social opportunities provided by both SMC and the University of Notre Dame - right across the street. You can also take classes there if you’d like!
1On a Saturday afternoon, you can find me:
2What is most important?
3If you could have one supernatural ability it would be:
4My favorite food is:
5If your life was a movie genre is would be:
Saint Mary’s takes part in the competitive Division III Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA). Student-athletes from our 8 varsity sports teams consistently earn Dean’s List, as well as league and division honors. We also offer intramurals, club sports and co-ed club sports with Notre Dame and Holy Cross.
If you’re not the competitive type, head to Angela Athletic Facility for an intense workout on your own or check out one of our many classes.
The amazing new complex is slated to be completed in January 2018!
The people here and the campus environment are things that I wouldn't trade for the world. The opportunities that I have been able to take advantage of since I've been here have been world class, and I honestly never ever want to leave. I chose Saint Mary's because I wanted a community. I wanted to be part of a sisterhood and there is no greater sisterhood than that on Saint Mary's campus!
I chose SMC because they offered a small classroom size experience and opportunities for me to build my faith. After stepping on campus for an overnight visit, I knew that SMC was the place I'd call home.
I chose Saint Mary’s because I loved the close-knit community and the small class size. I knew my voice would be heard and I would have outstanding professors who cared about me. I also wanted a well-rounded education.
I picked Saint Mary's because it was a small, Catholic women's college. The fact that it was a women's college really drew me in because I knew it would be a place that would allow me to speak my mind and let me be a strong woman without people thinking that I was over opinionated.
You realize how much you learn from your teachers in the classroom. But what we can often forget is how much we learn from the other students we surround ourselves with day in and day out. At Saint Mary’s, our students come from all over the country (and the world!) and represent all different ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, political persuasions, and religions.
The unique perspectives and experiences of our students help to enrich the learning experience at Saint Mary’s. We celebrate our differences and we’re proud of what makes us unique.
Check out some of our multicultural clubs and organizations:
Through our mission, we promote aesthetic appreciation on campus. You’ll have ample opportunities to experience the arts. We have four art and event galleries, three theatre spaces, and multiple clubs that explore poetry, photography, dance, music, and much more.
Participate in or just check out our plays, operas, musicals, Madrigal dinners, and dance performances. Make connections and take classes taught by some of the biggest names in Hollywood through the Margaret Hill Endowed Visiting Artist Series.
The Margaret Hill Endowed Visiting Artist Series began in 2007 and has brought our theater students into contact with such important and influential artists as Glenn Close, Sigourney Weaver and Audra McDonald.
Saint Mary’s College is rooted in the Holy Cross tradition. While engaged in critical thinking, interdisciplinary learning, enriching social interaction, and faith-deepening prayer, you will have the opportunity to develop your gifts and talents.
As a Catholic institution, we are interested in contemporary religious concerns, and we have a great tradition of celebrating Catholic liturgy. If you aren't Catholic, Campus Ministry will provide you with information on area churches and houses of worship, no matter what your faith tradition.
Saint Mary's promotes social justice and provides you with life-changing service opportunities at the local, national, and international levels. You will challenge your beliefs and grow in your spirituality. You'll find students, faculty, and staff from many faith backgrounds on campus. Moral and ethical discussions take place in a respectful and supportive atmosphere, whether they’re part of a religious studies class or a faith-sharing group.
Check out this great video created by one of our fantastic Saint Mary's students!
Whatever your interests, chances are Saint Mary's has a club or organization just for you!
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While you'd be lucky to graduate in five years at many other colleges and universities, we work hard to make sure you're out in four. In the past five years, more than 93% of our graduates completed a degree on time. And we are so confident that you, too, can complete a degree in four years, that we offer you the Four Year Promise. Follow the easy guidelines, and if you do not complete your degree on time, we will pay for the classes you need to complete your degree. We work hard to help you find ways to keep your costs down and to make your Saint Mary's education as affordable as possible.
Your Saint Mary's education is life-changing, and it will open doors to a bright future. We want to work with you to make it sure it doesn't break the bank.
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Jan Cervelli became the 12th President of Saint Mary’s College on June 1, 2016. Her passion for education and her love for Saint Mary’s guides her work every day. Now you have the opportunity to sneak a peek in her office! Each item has its own history and brings with it a story. A fun way to learn more about our heritage and to #discoverSMC!
Saint Mary’s may have the unique mailing address of Notre Dame, Indiana, but we’re surrounded by the city of South Bend, located in northern Indiana. You’ll enjoy a college town vibe while you can enjoy unlimited access to a bigger city. It’s the best of both worlds!
You can explore the great outdoors, check out a music performance at the Morris Theatre, or study in a quirky coffee shop. And you can be in Chicago in just a quick train or car ride. There, you can check out the amazing sites, shop the Magnificent Mile, or simply enjoy a good ole’ Chicago style hot dog.
Match the cards below to learn more about some of the local attractions.
Feel the welcoming Midwest spirit in South Bend and in our neighboring cities. We celebrate all four seasons, so make sure you bring your sweaters and your swim suits. And remember - whether you’re in South Bend, Chicago, or somewhere in between, there’s always a good chance of running into another Belle!
Our alumnae have a wealth of talent, experiences, and access to innumerable resources. They made an impact as students, and now, as alums, we continue to empower them to take on the world.
I absolutely believe that the world can be made a better place when there are individuals who are committed to community service and activism. Saint Mary’s women are not only encouraged, but expected, to make a difference in their communities and in the world. We hold ourselves with a certain fearlessness that allows us to break stereotypes, pursue our passions, and push past boundaries.
The business administration program allowed me to dip my toes in all aspects of business. Plus, my study abroad experience in Spain helped me develop confidence and independence, and my internships gave me real-world experience. The community at Saint Mary’s allows students to truly grow into themselves, and gives them an extended ‘family’ network for the rest of their lives.
These sentiments are not unique, but they are commonly heard from our students and our alumnae. The impact of a Saint Mary's education is immeasurable, but the proof of its power is in the action we see from our alumnae.
Research. It’s a word most often used to discuss graduate programs. At Saint Mary’s, we know that researching alongside our amazing faculty will give you an advantage when applying to grad schools and/or your first job. Here, research happens all the time, practically in every major.
Take advantage of amazing global opportunities at Saint Mary's. Our programs are designed to lead you on a path of self-discovery as well as expand your social and cultural horizons. We have so many exciting places to choose from that vary in length of time, from a full year to a short break trip. The choice is yours! Whether you want to ski in the Alps, or sip cappuccino at a sidewalk café in Rome, we have a program for you!
Our first president, Sister Madeleva, once said, "We promise you discovery: the discovery of yourselves, the discovery of the universe, and your place in it." At Saint Mary's, we take this seriously. More than 50% of our students study abroad. We encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities and make it easy for you to do so!
Belong to something bigger. We see you flourishing here. Join the other members of the Class of 2021 who have already decided to make Saint Mary’s their home for the next four years.
If you have yet to do so, submit your deposit now. We can’t wait to welcome you as a member of our family.