Why Study at SMC?

Of the hundreds of reasons students choose Saint Mary’s, yours is the most important.

Rooted in Lasallian tradition, forward thinking and academically rigorous, we strike a balance. Whether it’s getting heady about Galileo in Collegiate Seminar, bringing safe water to Haiti and Dominica, transforming lives in the Bay Area, or finding empathy and understanding through firsthand experiences, the age-old principles that guide us continue to help us face the challenges of today. 

What to study? From accounting to women’s studies (and everything in between), we’ve got you covered. Beyond traditional coursework, our January Term—part palate cleanser and part horizon broadener—and Living Learning Communities—intense intellectual and cultural cross-pollination—encourage students to explore their interests in unexpected ways. You thought you wanted to be an art historian but found your passion in marine biology during a night dive in Hawaii with your Jan Term travel writing class? We know, we see it all the time.

Anchoring the Saint Mary’s Liberal Arts Program is Collegiate Seminar, an uncommon immersion in the great works. Hey, where else are you going to find a math teacher facilitating a discussion on Freud? And what you get out of it might surprise you.

What about campus culture? Gael Force. Phone booths. Wednesday BBQs. Retreats. Organic gardening. Plus a million other things that make this place special. Bringing it all together is our mantra of inclusive excellence where every unique and diverse viewpoint has a place to shine.

And let’s not forget: location, location, location! Our serene campus is just minutes from the hustle and bustle of San Francisco and just steps from some of the most beautiful hiking and biking around. It’s the best of both worlds. You’re gonna love it.

Intrigued? Visit campus and experience our community.

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