Before you consider transferring to Saint Mary's, take a look at our requirements for admission and the materials you'll need to complete an application.


To be considered applicants typically have:

  • Minimum of 23 transferable academic semester units or 34 transferable academic quarter units

  • 2.0 or higher academic GPA

  • 2-year equivalent high school algebra and 1 year geometry with a C average or better

Transferable Credits

Please review our Articulation Agreement page for a list of transferable courses and agreements made with local community colleges. Credit is not given for courses in which grades of D+ or below are received, although the grades are calculated into the grade point average. A maximum of 19 lower division course credits are transferable to Saint Mary's (approximately 64 semester units or 95 quarter units).

Required Application Materials

Transfer applicants are required to submit the following:

  • A completed Common Application with an Essay - Personal Statement, Saint Mary's specific questions, and two additional short essays.  All of these are found and submitted online at

  • Final high school transcripts 

  • Official transcripts of all college work. Official transcripts must be submitted for all colleges or universities attended whether the student completed the term(s) or not

  • A letter of recommendation is highly encouraged, but not required

  • $60 USD application fee is waived for all transfer applicants

Submission of Materials

Printed documents can be sent to:

Saint Mary's College of California
Office of Admissions
P.M.B. 4800
Moraga, CA 94575-4800

Letters of recommendation may be sent separately or included with other materials. The Admissions Committee will not make a final decision on your application until all application materials are received.

Essay/Personal Statement

The essay or personal statement is a tool that allows for a comprehensive narrative from the applicant to the Admissions Committee. Candidates for admissions may choose one of the prompts provided on the Common Application or write on a topic of their choice. The minimum length of words is 250 and the maximum length of words is 650.

Application Fee

The application fee is waived for transfer applicants who attend a transfer information session, campus tour, or an on campus event.