Founded in 1863, Saint Mary’s College of California is a nationally ranked comprehensive college rooted in the liberal arts and located in the culturally and ethnically diverse San Francisco Bay Area. Noted for our unique academic programs including Collegiate Seminar and January Term (Jan Term), our students engage in intimate and discussion-based classes both on campus and globally.
This is a list of the undergraduate and graduate programs available to Mills students through the transfer partnership agreement between Mills College and Saint Mary's College.
Allied Health Science
Art Theory & Criticism
Global and Regional Studies
History of Art
Justice, Community, and Leadership
Leadership & Organizational Studies
LEAP (Liberal Education for Arts Professionals)
Spanish and Latin American Studies
Technical Theatre & Design
Theatre Performance & Theatre Studies
Theology & Religious Studies
Women's and Gender Studies
Kalmanovitz School of Education:
Multiple Subject Credential
Single Subject Credential
Education Specialist (Special Education) Credential
Preliminary Administrative Services Credential
Bilingual Authorization in Spanish
Post-Master’s, School Counseling Pupil Personnel Services Credential-Only
Post-Master's, School Psychology Pupil Personnel Services Credential-Only
Master of Arts in Educational Administration
Master of Arts in Counseling
Master of Arts in Leadership
Master of Arts in Teaching
Master of Arts in Teaching Leadership
Master of Education in Special Education
Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)
School of Economics & Business Administration:
Master of Science in Accounting
Master of Science in Business Analytics
Master of Science in Finance
Master of Science in Management & Technology
What makes Saint Mary’s distinctive is more than any one thing—it’s the quality of our students, the nature of our Lasallian mission, our innovative undergraduate and graduate programs, our focus on the Great Books, the excellence of our NCAA Division I athletic programs, and more. Saint Mary’s was chosen as one of only 40 US institutions by Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. U.S. News & World Report ranked Saint Mary’s as a Top 5 Western Regional University in its 2020 Best Colleges Report. PayScale placed Saint Mary’s in the top 8 percent nationwide for highest earning potential in 2019, and in the top 10 percent nationwide for return on investment in 2018.
As of Fall 2020
Percent of fall 2020 undergraduates living on campus:
First-Year Experience & Transition: High Potential Program
Saint Mary’s College has a fundamental mission to provide access and support to higher education for students from traditionally underrepresented groups. The High Potential Program (HP) is designed to provide access, mentorship, and advising for students as they transition to a four-year institution. HP graduate student counselors, staff, and peer mentors work together with HP students to develop their academic, leadership, and life skills, and to connect them to the college community. The program provides 160 students with support including tutoring and financial assistance.
Academic Advising & Support: Student Success Office
The Student Success Office (SSO) is a leader in higher education known for delivering high impact practices with proven outcomes. Our practices are focused on providing equity and access to all students. The SSO and its departments provide students with connections, opportunities, and initiatives that foster holistic learning and education; academic, personal, and professional development and excellence; degree achievement; and positive post-graduate outcomes from a developmental and strengths-based perspective.
Student Life & Support: The Intercultural Center
Saint Mary’s student body reflects California’s diversity. We recognize that a diverse community of scholars learning collaboratively provides cross-cultural competency. The Intercultural Center (IC) strives to create a safe and supportive learning environment that values diversity and builds an inclusive community. Through its co-curricular programs and services, the IC educates the campus on cultural competence and social justice.
Student Life & Support: Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action
The Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action (CILSA) is working toward the day when all people collaborate to enact social justice, inclusion, and sustainability in every aspect of life. CILSA collaborates with students, faculty, staff, and community partners to create and sustain transformative community engagement experiences inspired by the Catholic, Lasallian, and liberal arts traditions. CILSA is an academic center that aims to be a leader in the scholarship, theory, and practice of community engagement, diversity, and inclusion.
We have over 50 chartered student clubs and organizations, ranging from affinity groups to academic and service clubs. Saint Mary’s Orientation, De La Salle Week, Commencement, and Convocation are among some of the ceremonies that connect Gaels across place and time.
Events like the Involvement Fair, Community BBQs, and Cultural Nights (student-run celebrations of historically underrepresented groups) bring our campus together for fun and camaraderie each year.
The Campus Activities Board (CAB) is the programming branch of Student involvement and leadership. From Axe Throwing to San Francisco Night Tours to Food Trucks to Concerts, CAB coordinates on- and off-campus events for all SMC students to enjoy!
We are located in the suburban town of Moraga, California. We're accessible by freeway, public transit, and train, and are accessible to two major metropolitan airports. The drive to campus will also take you through some truly memorable scenery. Located in Moraga, just 23 miles east of San Francisco, our 420-acre campus enjoys a moderate climate that permits yearlong outdoor recreation, with ample opportunities for hiking and biking on area trails. There are several parks in the area and two shopping centers.
SMC has 16 NCAA Division I teams including: basketball, soccer, cross-country, softball, and baseball. Additional team sports include golf, track and field, volleyball, rowing, and tennis.
We also offer 15 different club sports, including some not offered at the school team level such as rugby, cycling, lacrosse, rodeo, stunt, and water polo.
Student athletes interested in school team sports should fill out the recruitment questionnaire for their preferred sport. These can be found at smcgaels.com under the ‘Recruits’ tab of each sport’s page. Those interested in club and intramural sports should contact the Department of Campus Recreation at via email at email@example.com.
The average 4-year graduation rate is 70%.
Saint Mary’s has been able to meet its financial obligations, as well as continuously invest in services, resources, and facilities to benefit its students.
Housing is available and guaranteed for transfer students, and we also offer a transfer living and learning community. Transfer students are not required to live on campus.
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At Saint Mary's College, 90% of undergraduate students receive some form of financial support.
As a transfer partner, Saint Mary's has established a set of minimum requirements that current Mills students must meet to be eligible to transfer.
2.0 and in good standing at Mills College
Spring 2022: Dec 1, 2021*
Fall 2022: June 1, 2022*
Spring 2023: Dec 1, 2022*
Fall 2023: June 1, 2023*
*Common Application will be required if these deadlines are missed.
Application fees will be waived for Mills students who apply to SMC. We will be providing a Fast App for Mills students to streamline the application process. Check back soon for a link to the SMC Fast App.
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