Start Your Future at a Top West Coast College

A transformative education. Close-knit community. Real-world experience.

Our beautiful Bay Area campus is nestled in the rolling hills of Moraga, just 23 miles east of San Francisco. Saint Mary’s College of California is more than a place to get a stellar education in a stunning location (although that part goes without saying). We’re an inclusive and supportive community where highly respected faculty guide Gaels to learn and explore. We offer small class sizes, and professors know students by name. Those are a few reasons Saint Mary’s earns a spot in the U.S. News & World Report list of the top five regional universities in the West. Through internships in Silicon Valley and beyond, and with ample hands-on research opportunities, here you’ll gain real-world experience that prepares you for more, no matter your path in life. Take the opportunity to grow, lead, and serve—whoever you are and wherever you go. Because at Saint Mary’s, we are All Together More.

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Top 4 Western Regional Universities — U.S. News & World Report: Best Colleges, 2023 

A ribbon that says Top 6% in the United States for highest earning potential

Top 6% in the United States for highest earning potential —, 2021–2022

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$125,000 Average Mid-Career Salary —, 2021–2022

$20 million

Awarded in grants and scholarships
to new incoming students


Jolanda Sanchez

Jolanda Sanchez ’19
Tax Associate, KPMG

“The High Potential (HP) Program was my biggest support. From the beginning, I knew I had people on my side. The mentors and leaders of HP make it their goal to help you succeed. They provided resources like tutoring and counseling, and if they couldn’t help us, they would refer us to someone in the College that could.”

Alex Stillings

Alex Stillings ’08
Executive IT Support Lead, SpaceX

“I feel that I am a much more effective communicator because of the education I received at Saint Mary’s. The seminar classes really pushed us to talk and debate the works we were reading, and back it up with real facts. This is something that a lot of my generation lacks these days, but looking back, Saint Mary’s emphasized that research and facts matter.” 


Mahershala Ali

Mahershala Ali ’96
Actor, Academy Award Winner

“You have the capacity to leave a lasting impact and indelible impression upon this world… Claim the sacred spaces of your minds; nurture and cultivate a vision of fulfillment; and move toward that destiny with patience, perseverance, and prayer.” 


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Research Opportunities

Our Summer Research Program offers unparalleled opportunity to work with dedicated professors on groundbreaking topics such as NASA exoplanet discovery, rising ozone levels and environmental justice, and the behavior of breast cancer cells.

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Transformative College

This nonprofit organization, dedicated to a student-centered, best-fit college search process, has named Saint Mary’s among a list of just 45 Colleges That Change Lives.

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World-Class Educators

Our top-notch faculty focus on teaching and offer a supportive, challenging environment.

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