Saint Mary’s College is a private, Catholic, women’s college in Notre Dame, IN with a focus on “creating leaders & women of action.” The college offers more than 50 academic programs, which include six nationally accredited programs, and four graduate programs, which are co-ed. Saint Mary’s is well known for the individualized attention students receive and for helping prepare them for their careers by fostering communication skills, problem solving skills, critical and creative thinking skills, leadership experience, and practical experience through internships, research, and other hands-on activities.
The institution also maintains a close affiliation with the University of Notre Dame and Holy Cross College to provide more opportunities for our students. Saint Mary’s offers study abroad opportunities in nearly 20 countries and more than half of the student body utilizes the program, which offers travel to Italy, China, Morocco, Argentina, and more. The campus is home to three Centers of Distinction, the Center for Spirituality, Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership, and the Center for Academic Innovation, the last of which can award independent student study and research grants. Saint Mary's offers a free application and is test optional for students.
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Saint Marys, is a wonderful liberal arts college, ranked among the best in the country! I love it here! Saint Marys has an amazing atmosphere to be in and around.
Julie from Chicago, IL
A very warm and supportive atmosphere. A small campus, with very involved faculty and a close community. Comes with most of the benefits of the larger school, Notre Dame, across the way, but also with the drawbacks of stereotypes from Domers.
Class of 2015
Saint Mary's College is a beautiful all-women's Catholic college located across the street for Notre Dame University and next door to Holy Cross College. There are currently around 1600 students, so the class sizes are small and the professors know their students. The school provides many opportunities for the women, such as a variety of majors, a large network to aid in job applications, and a chance to take classes at the other two schools.