Notre Dame, IN
Saint Mary's College


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

Take your time and start visiting campuses early. Colleges love applicants that are eager to receive information from their ...

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

Take your time and start visiting campuses early. Colleges love applicants that are eager to receive information from their college, and show early interest. Take advantage of the opportunities provided by the colleges to visit with students. Take advantage of the opportunities to spend the night with a student to get a true feel for how life really goes.

What kind of person should attend this school?

A female who is strong willed, goal oriented, and anxious to improve thier knowledge in many subjects.

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

I brag the most about how much I love my campus. The atmosphere here is amazing, and the people are very friendly.

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

The advice that I would give to future students looking for their perfect school, is that first and foremost they do what the...

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

The advice that I would give to future students looking for their perfect school, is that first and foremost they do what they feel is right. There will be many influences from the significant people in their lives, but they need to make their college decision on their own terms. I would strongly urge students not to choose a school solely because all of their friends, their boyfriend/girlfriend, or best friend is going to that school. They need to pick a school based on their needs and wants. I can almost garuntee that with the right disposition they will gain plenty new, meaningful friendships. I would also suggest, that even though it may be hard to actually leave home and move far from your home, they should not rule out a school because it is "too far from home". If they find a school that feels right and seems to fit them, but is too far away, they should consider it and know that "home is where your heart is" and will not be as hard as they believe. It may take time to adjust but in time they will most likely enjoy their independence and freedom.

What's unique about your campus?

The best part about Saint Mary's are the close, personal relationships that are developed with other students and the faculty. These are strong bonds that will last a lifetime and can help you in the end with finding a job or graduate school. The professors are very friendly and helpful. The students here are wonderful and great people to know. I have never felt excluded or left out here, even though I am a non-traditional student, everyone is very sincere and inclusive. There couldn't be a better environment to recieve the amazing education that you do here.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating part of Saint Mary's College is the coursework load. I am constantly studying and doing homework it is hard to find enough time for every week for going out on the weekends. There are high expectations of all of the students and the amount of coursework and material that is required of us is a lot to handle. I get frustrated with all of the work but I honestly believe it is helpful and worth while so I would not change it.

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

Senior year is when the mailbox overflows with information about colleges all over the country. One thing to do as you receiv...

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

Senior year is when the mailbox overflows with information about colleges all over the country. One thing to do as you receive letters is to have a pocket folder: one side for maybes and the other for yeses. For those schools that are not on the maybe list or the yes list, keep them in a separate folder, just in case you change your mind. Another thing that can be helpful is a visit to the college campus. This is what sealed the deal for me. Shadowing a student at a college to see what a normal class day was like and seeing how a student handles day-to-day activities can be helpful when trying to decide what you wanted from your college experience. This is something that needs to be decided before choosing a final college. By knowing what you want from a college, you can formulate questions to ask during a campus visit. One final suggestion is to apply to several colleges. If you know someone who attended a college you are looking at, ask them for an alumni application. Doing this, you can get a discount on the application fee or even have the fee waived.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Anyone who wants to have large classes and many varsity sports would not like Saint Mary's. We are a small school with an average class size of 14 students. We have club and intermural sports, but not many varsity teams. However, most of the teams at Notre Dame are open to Saint Mary's students.

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

I love the classes. There is such a wide variety of classes offered at Saint Mary's that anything you want to learn about is available to you. If you find that Saint Mary's doesn't have the major you want, becoming more popular is the self designed major program, which allows a student to pick the classes that best support her carrer plan. The professors are almost always available to ask questions or get help on homework.

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

To the student: chose a college/university that will make you truely happy! College is tough. You must, must find a balance between study time and play time. Also, remember who you are and who you want to become and never forget it. You can do anything you set your mind to. To the parents: be supportive of the students decisions. Although, you still must be the adult and the parent. College is stressful and the student needs someone to confide in.

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

the small classes with a lot of student-teacher communication

Marissa
Describe the students at your school.

They are preppy over-achievers by day and alcoholics at night.

Describe the students at your school.

They are preppy over-achievers by day and alcoholics at night.

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

VISIT VISIT VISIT!!! Get a feel for the campus, sit in on classes and have candid discussions with current students. Make sure the campus is the right fit for you. Afterall, it'll be "home" for the next four years!

What kind of person should attend this school?

Anybody who wants a good, solid education should attend this school.

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

Do what feels right. Go where you love and major in what you love. You will be happier for it. Jobs will follow. Trust your i...

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

Do what feels right. Go where you love and major in what you love. You will be happier for it. Jobs will follow. Trust your instincts and take risks and you will be a better, happier person.

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

I wish that I had known what my major would be. It makes it difficult because now that I've taken film classes at Notre Dame, I would love to major in Film, but SMC only has a film minor, which is brand new.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Any young women who are confident and want to really make a difference in the world and in their own lives should attend here. I am outgoing and boy crazy, but even I love going to this small woman's college.

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

Saint Mary's is the most incredible, eye-opening, wonderful place a woman can go for college.

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

Saint Mary's is the most incredible, eye-opening, wonderful place a woman can go for college.

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

Don't go to what you think is your first choice! Imagine a place that you think might be just as good, and you'll really surprise yourself. Don't forget to have fun and make friends. It's the most important thing you can do in college. Without friends, college wouldn't be what it is. Friends make the whole experience. Oh, and don't give up after your first semester even if you think you'd be happier somewhere else. Sometimes it takes a whole year to fall in love with a campus, sometimes it happens the first second you drive on campus.

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

I wish I had known how amazing my experience would have been! I would have chosen to go to SMC first.

Liz
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are engaged and focused.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are engaged and focused.

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

To the parents: It will probably cost even more than that, but will be the best investment you could make. To the students: It goes by way too fast; enjoy it.

Penelope
Describe the students at your school.

friendly, fun, understanding women.

Describe the students at your school.

friendly, fun, understanding women.

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

you should find a school that has the major you want as well as a warm and comforting environment. the school should be friendly and have people who smile at you. you need to feel welcome. do your work and get good friends. go out on the weekends and take some time away from schoolwork. you need to have fun or u will get burnt out. just remember these years go by so fast and you want to memories to last.

What kind of person should attend this school?

any woman who wants to feel apart of a family.

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

Choosing the right college is a difficult decision. When you select a college, the choice may seem like a life-and-death sit...

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

Choosing the right college is a difficult decision. When you select a college, the choice may seem like a life-and-death situation. However, if you do not like a college, you can always transfer. Think to yourself, "When I picture myself at a school do I want to sit in a lecture hall with a few hundred people or would I be better off with a smaller, more personal classroom?" If you feel that you are motivated to attend a school where your professors don't always know your name, then I say do what makes you happy. However, if you'd like a more personal relationship with your professors, attend a smaller school. Where do you picture yourself? A warm climate, the snowy mountains, or someplace in the middle? Do you want a school with a lot of spirit? Ask yourself a lot of questions! But in the end, follow your gut feeling. When you arrive at the college, meet as many people as you can. Know that everyone is in the same position as you-- although it might not seem like it, everyone is nervous about the upcoming year. Keep an open mind. Be optomistic...have fun!

What kind of person should not attend this school?

A woman should attend this school if she's looking for a place to call home. Saint Mary's College has never just been a school for me or most of the people I have known. Saint Mary's is home. We look forward to returning in the Fall and are sad to leave in the Spring. We cried last year when we had to leave. The environment here is unique and the environment is one of the most important reasons I chose this school. The environment is friendly and supportive and mostly, loving.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing about this school is that there is very little diversity. Most of the women who attend this college are from upper-middle class White backgrounds. Most attended a Catholic or private highschool and many attended a women's highschool.

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  • 1,625
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $38,880
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  • 82%

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