Coming to SMC

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Arrival Information

United States Customs and Border Protection

When you land in the U.S., be prepared to show visa and financial documentation to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer.  Be sure to pack these important documents in your carry-on luggage as you will not have access to your checked luggage until after you have gone through U.S. Customs.

F-1 International Students J-1 Exchange Students
  • Valid passport
  • Valid F-1 visa
  • I-20
  • SEVIS Fee receipt
  • Financial information
  • Saint Mary's College acceptance letter
  • Valid passport
  • Valid J-1 visa
  • DS-2019
  • SEVIS Fee receipt
  • Saint Mary's College acceptance letter

Local Airports

It is recommended that you make travel arrangements to one of the following airports:

  • Oakland International Airport (OAK)
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

Public Transportation

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)

BART is a popular way to travel around the Bay Area.  You can travel to and from both airports to Saint Mary's College by purchasing a ticket at any BART station.

BART stations closest to Saint Mary's College:

  • Orinda 
  • Lafayette

County Connection

This is the local bus system that travels to and from Saint Mary's College and around Contra Costa County.  Route 6 services the local Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda area with stops at Lafayette and Orinda BART stations and Saint Mary's College.  Ride for free with your Saint Mary's student ID card!