When you become a Gael, you have the force of all Gaels behind you. We are as diverse a group as they come. We represent a vast array of geographies, ages, interests and ethnicities. We’re in business, public service, the arts. We’re professors, mothers, fathers, friends and family. And yet, we come together in our shared experiences and deep attachment to Saint Mary’s.
It was hard not to get swept up in the excitement as Saint Mary’s celebrated its 150th anniversary—the Year of the Gael. The festivities began with Sesquicentennial Mass and continued with more than 5,000 people attending the Gaelebration, a giant party celebrating all things Saint Mary’s. The College also showcased our academic distinctiveness with more than 15 Great(est) Conversation(s) events. Community members engaged in enriching discussions with our own faculty and luminaries such as Harvard professor Michael Sandel and leading sociologist G. William Domhoff. And nearly 800 volunteers gave more than 3,000 hours of their time at the Great Bay Area Service Day for Schools.
... Enriching Academic Experiences
Step one foot onto the Saint Mary's campus and you can guess it's a special place. Step into the classroom, and you know without a doubt our approach is different here. Undergraduate and graduate students develop deep relationships with faculty, who are some of the best scholars in their fields, and with each other. These relationships translate into deep discovery that fuels students to achieve their personal best. Here, success is a shared enterprise.
Saint Mary's students specialize in getting out, immersing and discovering in the world, whether it's at a far-flung location across the globe or one in our own back yard. We're masters of engaged learning—ignited by the intersection of faith and reason—that cultivates compassion and inspires action.
...deep learning ...discovery
... A Vibrant Community
We're a community that knows how to come together. Most likely that understanding started with the Brothers living and working in community, and then radiated out to all aspects of Saint Mary's. Community can be seen in a multitude of ways, whether it's friends and colleagues catching up at the weekly Community Time or special Shared Mission Days or the massive roar emanating from McKeon Pavilion during basketball games.
Our students like to be a part of something larger. That's why they take part in some 50 clubs and organizations, ranging from those dealing with cultural interests to service and politics to arts and media. Or they might spend some time in the Legacy Garden, which supplies food to Oliver Hall, where they'll nurture the earth while nurturing themselves.
...explosive fun ...determination ...the neediest among us
- Writing the Next Chapter
- To Honor a Legacy
- Syufy Brothers: Expertise Shapes New Rec Center
- Building an Intentional Community
... Changing Lives
Last year Saint Mary's received a great honor. We were chosen as one of the U.S. institutions in the 2013 edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. In doing so, the author of the highly-regarded guidebook held Saint Mary's up as an example of a college "with characteristics and outcomes that lead to life-changing possibilities" for its students. Saint Mary's is the only Catholic college, the only California college and the only Division 1 athletics institution that has been chosen in the history of the 40-school compilation.