Moraga, CA
Saint Mary's College of California


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Recent Reviews

katherine
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

the best things in life are free, but you can give them to the birds and bees

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

the best things in life are free, but you can give them to the birds and bees

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

smc offers the integral liberal arts program which is an huge draw and an incredible, well rounded education

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

stay positive, look for an enjoyable education, not a training program for your career. it doesn't matter terribly what degree you have, you'll be able to get your job -- but you don't want to be burned out on your career before it even starts.

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

First and foremost is to find a school that has the major the student wants. Next, look for a school that is reasonable for ...

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

First and foremost is to find a school that has the major the student wants. Next, look for a school that is reasonable for tuition price and availability of on campus resources. Always take a tour of the campus and ask questions about the school and what it has to offer. If the student wants to explore and attend a college that is far away from home then let it happen. The child wants to be able to have the sense of freedom to see if he or she can be independent. Do not restrict the child from what he or she wants to do. It is always great to be supportive about a child's decision. Lastly, do not go to college just to party. Parties come and go but grades are the ones that defines a person. Do not waste time in college because you will regret it.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about my school is that the education is excellent here and since it is a private school there is more of the teacher to student help rather than being a number in the class. Another thing is that St. Mary's promote helping out the community and having available resources such as jobs on campus or off campus, tutoring center and library.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing about my school is that classes are to small so it is harder to get the class needed for my major. Another thing is that financial aid is not enough to help me attend this school. Although I appreciate the scholarship St. Mary's has given me, it is just not enough to for me to handle since my parents are not helping me financially whatsoever.

jamie
Describe the students at your school.

Very racially diverse to "pad the numbers" but aren't given the tools they need to succeed at higher education

Describe the students at your school.

Very racially diverse to "pad the numbers" but aren't given the tools they need to succeed at higher education

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

it's hard to say, since everyone is so unique. Really try to know who you are as a person and what type of experiences you're looking for in a college. If you want to party a lot, St. Mary's wouldn't be the best choice. If you're dedicated to social justice and liberal arts, st. mary's would make sense for you. Also make it a point to visit the colleges you're seriously considering BEFORE sending in an application, and asking people who attend that school what their experiences are like.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

A person who is likes the urban, upbeat tempo of the city.

Elizabeth
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are engaged students who are seeking a deper understanding of life.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are engaged students who are seeking a deper understanding of life.

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

If I could give any word of advice to parents or students searching for the right college fit, it would be to set high standards and dream big. Don't settle for second best. Visit the colleges you want to apply to and be very critical. Ask lots of questions and make sure that it is the right fit for you (not your friends or your family or the location in relation to home). Once you have found the school that seems right for you, make contact with present students and ask what events are happening on the campus. Try to participate and realy step into the college's community. It will make the separation process (that begins the minute your parents leave after moving you in) a whole lot easier because you will have friends to lean on and a new family to be a part of!

What kind of person should attend this school?

Any student who has a desire to learn and be an accomplished individual.

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

Please find a place that feels like home. The studies become as your routine and therefore you can do great!

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

Please find a place that feels like home. The studies become as your routine and therefore you can do great!

What's unique about your campus?

its a small community focused college. The teachers are amazing and they have a lot of experience in their fields. Help is there if you need any!

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Football lovers. We dont have a football team :)

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

The size of your school and the amount of attention that professors and staff give you. They make you feel right at home and...

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

The size of your school and the amount of attention that professors and staff give you. They make you feel right at home and make you feel more like a family than just a face in a large school. They also present us with many opportunties and events that larger schools cannot because of the size.

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

Have no doubts and know that things will work out, don't stress out about it. It will be fine.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

At times because it's small it's a reminder of high school. Which is both good and sometimes frustrating.

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

It is a tight-knit community but also very friendly to others. I can walk to class and be able to say "Hi" to atleast five p...

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

It is a tight-knit community but also very friendly to others. I can walk to class and be able to say "Hi" to atleast five people and one past professor.

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

Seek out information by going to college fairs, asking questions, visiting colleges, anything! Have a positive attitude because what you put into it is definitely what you'll get out of it!

What's unique about your campus?

The faculty student class ratio allows a close relationship with classmates and your professor. We are able to have good conversations.

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

Spend as much time at the colleges you are considering as possible before you make a decision. Spend time with the students ...

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

Spend as much time at the colleges you are considering as possible before you make a decision. Spend time with the students there. Visit campus on the weekends. Go to classes. Ask students their opinions of the school and don't just attend Admissions hosted programs! The Admissions Offices and the students working there are trained to tell you about the best aspects of the school. This information is important, true, but just as important, are the worst aspects. Find out what students dislike about campus, classes, the faculty and then decide if these are things you can live with. Find the school with the best AND worst aspects that suit you best!

What's unique about your campus?

My school is small and the small class sizes allow students to receive all the help they need from professors.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing about my school is the drug and alcohol problem and the fact that the administration ignores it and refuses to deal with it. Instead of admitting that there is a significant problem and working to fix it, the problem is brushed under the rug.

kaiulani
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

First: Basketball. Everyone knows Saint Mary's as the team that does really well once in a while, but fizzles out in the fina...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

First: Basketball. Everyone knows Saint Mary's as the team that does really well once in a while, but fizzles out in the finals. Second: The social life. Everyone expects the typical blonde haired girls with fake tans to be really drunk and sleep with everyone. Third: How expensive it is and how hard it is to work with the business office, the registrar, and residence life.

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

My advice to parents is, let your children decide what they want. Make sure they are making the right decisions for themselves based on what they believe they need to suceed academically while feeling comfortable and safe in their environment. Do not force them to do what you want them to, but be there to support them and make sure they choose a school that will help them progress rather than a school that is unengaging and has a reputation as a party school. My advice to the students is, be mindful of what you are getting yourself into. While party schools with easier classes are appealing, the whole point of college is to learn more to help you get ahead. Don't waste this opportunity in life to better yourself. After your undergraduate years, you may never have another chance to improve yourself. There are a lot of experiences in college; learn from them and apply those lessons to each following year. Remember moderation, don't be too excessive in staying home and studying or in going out and partying. You need a balance to keep your head. Choose the school that will push you to succeed.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who has a lot of money to spend OR someone who really excels and gets a lot of scholarships. Those are the only people who can afford the tuition here. Everyone in the middle is struggling because they can't get enough loans, BUT the school won't give them financial aid.

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

In order to find the right college that is perfect for you, set up tour dates with many varities of campuses, and set up date...

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

In order to find the right college that is perfect for you, set up tour dates with many varities of campuses, and set up dates with a professor or adviser who works there to know what kind of school you are really getting into. Find the kind of atmosphere and size fits you the best: big, small, city-life, rural, suburban, college down, sororities and fraternities, there are many different aspects. Make sure the school has a great financial aid program and provides the major you wish to proceed. As for making the most of the experience, make a good group friends fast (try not to be a wallflower; its hard to become one anway because there is always someone you can relate to) so you can become better friends with them and develop lifelong relationships, but do not isolate yourself to just that group. Join clubs, play intramural sports and find a job so you can have spending money for the weekends. Study as much as you need to, but do not forget to be social and have a good time because the stress can be overwhelming at times and we all need a break. Have a great time!

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

The way that it is isolated in the hills and there is not much off-campus social life unless you live off-campus or have a car. I wish i had known how many essays i was going to be writing also

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

The basketball team and how chill the Public Safety Officers are

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