See what students say:


Saint Mary's College, or SMC as it often referred, "is a unique, women's Catholic college that has a strong sense of tradition" and is "across the street from Notre Dame." Boasting "high standards for education, great faculty and staff" and "an excellent sense of community," Saint Mary's has a "small school aspect" with the advantage of having "a big school nearby," where SMC students can enroll in courses. According to one student, Saint Mary's "has a strong academic approach that also values spirituality" and "professors [who] are willing to help students whenever needed, but they by no means [hold] our hands…they push their students to achieve." Saint Mary's "has a large variety of majors to offer," including a nursing program that is "one of the best in the region," where students receive instruction from "nurses who are the best in their field." Additionally, one students tells us there is "a really high acceptance rate into medical school with their chemistry program." Some students have expressed concern about the lack of "wireless internet access for the entire school" and the need for improvements to the school's "library selection" and "health center." But overall, Saint Mary's students have informed us that "the coursework is challenging…professors are committed to helping students succeed," and its "study abroad programs are great."

Student Body

Saint Mary's students are "from all different backgrounds [and] are committed to their education and have a desire to make a difference." The typical Saint Mary's student has been described to us as "a confident woman who knows herself." "She is kind, friendly, [and] very down-to-earth." "Saint Mary's does consist of [a] white majority" and "could be more inclusive" with regards to the "racial diversity in its student body." However, students inform us that "we do have very active and progressive minority students" and that "not everyone here is Catholic." Many of the college's students come "from the Midwest, usually Chicago suburbs, [and] went to private high school." "While Saint Mary's students enjoy partying and meeting boys, we are much more interested in excelling academically and furthering our educational experiences" "Not every girl at SMC is interested in drinking, parties, and boys."

Campus Life

Saint Mary's has a small campus, which helps foster "an excellent sense of community," and it is complemented by its proximity "to other schools." On the weekends students will "stay active in the community" and "participate a lot with Notre Dame and Holy Cross students." One students tells us that "you get the perks of being an all women's college, [with its] focused, casual, and safe atmosphere, [and] the perks of being a Notre Dame student, [with its] football tickets, extra classes, and boys." "People are very busy and involved" with campus life, whether through the "office of Social and Civic Engagement" or just to "hang out at bars on the weekend," "see a movie, go out to eat," or "take walks on the nature trail behind our school." "This is definitely not a party school" one student tells us. Life at Saint Mary's "includes a good balance of work and fun." "In the fall, football games and tailgates are the main events…on the weekends" and in the spring "the campus comes alive," but at the same time, "the women here take their education very seriously and are here for that reason."

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Wanda Dudley
Campus Visit Coordinator

Office of Admission
Saint Mary's College
Notre Dame, IN 46556



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Center/Noble Family Dining hall.
Angela Athletic Facility
Spes Unica Academic Builidng
Moreau Center for the Arts / O'Laughlin
Madeleva Hall

Most Popular Places Off Campus
University of Notre Dame
South Bend Regional Museum of Art
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Northern Indiana Center for History
University Park Mall

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F, Sat by appt.
M-F 8-5, Sat 9-12

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Fall Day/Spring Day and by request

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

during academic year only, seniors only


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
By Air: Commercial airlines service the South Bend Regional Airport. By Bus: Greyhound and Trailways make regularly scheduled stops at the South Bend Regional Airport. United Limo Services runs an hourly service from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and Midway Airport. By Train: Amtrak makes regular daily stop in South Bend. South Shore Lines makes three round trips each day from Chicago's Randolph Street station.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Interstate 80/90 passes near the Saint Mary's campus making South Bend easily accessible from the East or West. Take the Notre Dame/ South Bend exit (exit 77).

Local Accommodations
Inn at Saint Mary's (53993 U.S. Route 933 North, South Bend/ 800-947-8627) is located on the campus of Saint Mary's College. It has a beautiful atrium lobby and 150 rooms. All rooms offer a coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and desk. Some rooms offer a Jacuzzi, pullout sofa bed, wet-bar, and board tables (for meetings). The Inn also features a small lounge with a big-screen TV, computer center, fax machine (credit card use), 24-hour gift shop, complimentary continental breakfast and airport shuttle and a well-lit parking lot.; Comfort Suites (52939 U.S. 933 North, South Bend, 800-228-5150), this new hotel offers guests a complimentary breakfast, and indoor pool, whirlpool and sauna, and a business center with computers, fax machines and copier. A variety of suites are available to choose from , including family, business, whirlpool and luxury bi-level loft suites.; Hampton Inn and Suites (52709 US Route 31 North, South Bend/ 800-426-7866) offers 109 comfortable rooms and suites at moderate prices. Conveniently located 1.5 miles north of exit 77 from I-80/90 on US 31 North. It features an exercise room indoor pool, patio and whirlpool. They offer free deluxe continental breakfast buffet each morning.; Holiday Inn (515 Dixie Way North, South Bend/ 800-465-4329), this spacious hotel has 230 rooms and features a restaurant, lounge with live entertainment, Fundome with indoor pool, putting green, game room, outdoor pool, sauna, and plenty of meeting and banquet space.; Signature Inn (215 Dixie Way South, South Bend/ 800-822-5252) is a 125-room motel which offers an outdoor pool and is just five minutes from Saint Mary's College. Every room offers a microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker, hair dryer and iron. There are also Whirlpool Spa rooms available.


Applicants: 1,830
Acceptance Rate: 78%
Average HS GPA: 3.81



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