Moraga, CA
Saint Mary's College of California


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Recent Reviews

Kathryn
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

This school's calendar in't quarter or semester based. Instead it has a two semester like terms and then a Jan term where st...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

This school's calendar in't quarter or semester based. Instead it has a two semester like terms and then a Jan term where students take one class, 2(+) hours a day, 4 days a week, for the month of January. This is a chance for students to take a class outside of their major. The classes offered during jan term are unique and may have theme. An example of a jan term class is "Art in the Bay Area", where students go to different museums and art galleries in the city and write reflections on what they've seen.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would advise students that in order to find the right college they need to find an area they can see themselves living around for four years. Also that the school has the things they are interested in extracurricular wise and of course academically. And when it finally comes down to choosing between schools (I found this part extremely stressful for me) the student just needs to know that ultimately whichever he chooses will work out for him and not to let the desicision freak him out. To make the most out of college I advise to get involved! And it can be with clubs, sports or even just attending the games and other events that allows students to take a break from their studies and meet new people. =)

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who enjoys small classes and the ability to get to know your professor. Also one who isn't afraid to speak up and have discussions.

Kelsey
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

I would say that my school is known for three major things which help to show how diverse St. Mary's truly is. The first thin...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

I would say that my school is known for three major things which help to show how diverse St. Mary's truly is. The first thing is a liberal arts education which helps each studentsto develope their own thoughts and views on the world around them. The second aspect would be the percentage of students which find jobs or are accepted to grad schools directly following college. The last thing would have to be that St. Mary's believes greatly in giving back to the community. Our goal is to make the world a better place to live in.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The entire college "shopping" process can be very stressful and alot of times choosing to attend a junior college seems easier. When faced with the thought that college is the main force that molds and shapes you into the person you will be in the future, High School seniors become intimidated and often times imagine that finding this "dream school" is simply impossible. How can one school not only fit your personality now but also fit the qualifications for the person you want to become in the future. Honestly, this question is easier to answer then expected. Pick whatever school feels right to you. Make as many college visits as possible and once you find the school you are supposed to be at for the next four years it's going to hit you like a ton of bricks. Somehow, the qualifiactions you had such as: teacher to student ratio, location, weather, tuition, on-campus dorming, tutoring services, intramural sports, job availability, possible scholarships (which are all important aspects to consider) all come together to form the school you feel most comfortable at. Oftentimes the best decisions in life that make you the happiest are the ones that felt right.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

The type of person that should not attend this school is someone who is lazy and expects college to be only a social environment filled with endless partying. Also, someone who does not wish to give back to the community or help our environment would not do well at St. Mary's. In order to graduate from St. Mary's a student will have to put in countless hours of hardwork and also show a great deal of dedication and commitment.

Amanda
Describe the students at your school.

eager to learn, friendly, outgoing, love campus basketball team

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Look for a college that has an equal amount of school spirit, many various types of majors/minors, chose a campus close to cities and towns. take a lot of trips to all different types of schools so you have a lot of choices to chose from, the more the better! don't limit yourself to one area! keep an open mind! remember, everyone is looking for the "right" college!

Erin
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

To the future college student: Make the most of your time in college. You need to find a healthy school/life balance. Make sure you go to sports games and get involved with clubs and after class activities. Live on campus, even if it's expensive...it's something you must experience. Don't eat too much food or drink too much alcohol, the freshman 15 is a real thing! Don't quit when you get frustrated or think you can't achieve your goal, because when you do graduate it will be so much more rewarding. To the future college student's parent: Let your child make their own decisions. As much as you want to guide and lead them down the path that you may think is best, they can do it just as well possibly following a different path. Help them move on their first day, make sure you take a picture so you can always look back and remember the day when your child became an adult. At graduation celebrate BIG!! You may not know it but your child will appreciate it more than the world. Love and support your child throughout their entire college experience.

Annabel
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

It's a lasallian, catholic, liberal arts school. SMC also has the jan term! Before I attened SMC I didn't know what this mea...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

It's a lasallian, catholic, liberal arts school. SMC also has the jan term! Before I attened SMC I didn't know what this meant, but while I was there it was something that I valued very much. The Lasallian appoarch taught me about social justice and gave me the passion to volunteer and to serve others. Liberal arts is also important because it gives you a well balanced education also the seminar program is excellent! You learn how to communicate effectively and be open to different point of view. Catholic =spiritual development.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The best Colleges/Universities aren't necessarily the right school for you. Find one that fits you. Be sure to visit the campus before deciding to go. Study something that you love and that interest you. What you major in isn't necesarily going to be, what you work in, what your going to do with the rest of your life. If you are unsure of what to study take a variety of classes to see where your interest lie, while your doing this you most likely will fullful other requirements, and by your Jr. year you'll find something you like and that you will be able to succeed in. Also be sure to balance your social and academic life. You will meet great and interesting people. Have fun with them, and enjoy their company. Do well in your classes. Each semeaster/quater get a GPA of a 3.0 or higher (3.0 is the mininmum GPA for many grad schools.) This keeps your options open. Also try to get involved in one extra curriculums. Don't over do it with one too many. Remember you want to balance yourself. Enjoy yourself, you make your college experince.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

SMC should have a minority (first generation) retention program. SMC likes to advertise that it was an ethnically diverse school, but didn't do anything to support their students of color, once they were in at SMC. Many students of color dropped out. And many students of color graduate with a low GPA . SMC NEEDS to make a serious effort to help these students!

Meaghan
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I think every college -bound student needs to make a list of expectations and requirements for college. I think it is necessa...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I think every college -bound student needs to make a list of expectations and requirements for college. I think it is necessary to weigh the importance of certain key elements of college life such as whether or not you want a small or large campus, location in a city or small town, the option to go home on the weekends or to be far away from home, the availability of jobs on and off campus, and rules regarding cars, drinking, and dorm like. Many of these elements are forgotten in the application process when students are dealing with deadlines, essays, and test scores, but are critical to life on campus once you arrive. I advise all parents and students to make lists of facts and figures for each school they are considering and compare often and thoroughly during the application process and especially once the student has been accepted to schools. Even if it is time consuming, it will be worth it in the end because once you are attending your college, it is a long and difficult process to change schools.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known that many people go home on the weekends. I wish I had known that malls, restaurants, and major entertainment centers and activities are at least 20 minutes away. I also wish I had known that scholarship money would not increase even when tuition increases.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

This school is rather small and in a residential and relatively family centered town. If you are someone who likes big cities then this is not the right school for you. Also, this school does emphasize religion and classes based on religion are required, so if you are not open minded or do not have religuous beliefs this may not be the school for you either. Lastly, seminar classes are required, and demand lots of participation, reading, and paper writing. Although many people like seminar, if you do not like talking in class then you wont like this college.

Staci
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Unless it comes to experimentation, don't be afraid to say "yes" when someone invites you to something or to meet new people....

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Unless it comes to experimentation, don't be afraid to say "yes" when someone invites you to something or to meet new people. Its ok if you don't like it once you try it, but at least you tried it.

Breanne
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

One thing that is unique about Saint Mary's College is the class size. Usually there is only about fifteen to twenty students...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

One thing that is unique about Saint Mary's College is the class size. Usually there is only about fifteen to twenty students in a class. This is a great learning environment because we get more one-on-one time with the professors if we need to ask questions. It also lets the professors get to know the students better.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Advice I would give to students about finding the right college is that they should visit the college first. Take a day to tour and walk around the school. When I was applying to colleges, a teacher recommended that I go and look at them first before I completely make up my mind about where I wanted to go. Visiting makes all the difference. When I walked on my first choice college, the atmosphere did not feel right. I could not imagine myself being a student at that school. Yet when I walked around Saint Mary?s, I knew the school was right for me. I sat down in one of the classes I would have to take for my major and got to meet some of the staff. It made me realize what I wanted. When you start your first year, take advantage of every event and programs the school offers. Get involved with dorm life, orientations, dances, etc. It?s a great way to meet people and make friends. Also, go to the financial aid offices or student career planning, to get to know the staff, in case you need their help later on in your academic career.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I knew more about the food in the cafeteria. A lot of students believe then food is horrible. The school provides "good" food on days when high school students or parents are visiting. Otherwise, there is not many healthy options.

Jacqueline
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

What's unique about St. Mary's College is their outstanding educational reputation. My first year of college, 1988, I attende...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

What's unique about St. Mary's College is their outstanding educational reputation. My first year of college, 1988, I attended Linfield College, McMinville OR. After that I wasn't the same again since attending that private school. This college to beat as far as private schools are concerned however, I definatlely think both of these schools provide irreplacable memories that will be long remembered for an entire lifetime.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure you research the schools before making this lifetime decision.

What's unique about your campus?

St. Mary's has a solid educational reputation. 1994, I attended St. Mary's College, then 2008 got accepted back into St. Mary's which was an absolute privelege. Shortly after, I withdrawl due to financial obligations. Graduation, it would be a dream to see my Dad drive his 1957 Thunderbird down the driveway of St Mary's Road. My Dad's best friend Ed and his Son would have to be there as well since they were the ones that orginally got me involved with private schools in the first place. Ed drove this type of car in College.

Monica
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The friendly inclusive community! And the beautiful campus.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The friendly inclusive community! And the beautiful campus.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit the college before hand. A college is not right for everyone, so a student should go to the college to make sure it has the right feel and they can see themselves living there for the next four years. If there is an overnight option available, don't pass it up! That's an opportunity to see what college life is like for a day. Students should ask their orientaion leaders or ambassadors about the available resources on campus- this allows students to feel more comfortable when they know what is available to them personally. That way, once they know what resources they can tap into, the students will join clubs or activities of interest, and make their college experience SO much more enjoyable! Remember, the harder you work at something, the more you value it, so if you put time and effort into your college experience, the more rewarding it will be once you acheive your diploma and graduate!

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

What to bring to the dorm room. Not to be scared! People are in the same boat you are.

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