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Saint Mary's College of California


Saint John Baptist de La Salle (1651-1719) founded the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and is the patron saint of Christian teachers. John Baptist de La Salle was a pioneer in founding training colleges for teachers, reform schools for delinquents, technical schools, and secondary schools for modern languages, arts, and sciences. 


Everyone takes the Collegiate Seminar, a four-semester series of intimate classes that covers major works of Western civilization, starting with Homer and Aristotle and passing through about 2,700 years of philosophy, history, literature, art, and science. The course asks big questions: What is goodness? What is death? Does evil have to exist? Students learn to read carefully, draw sharp conclusions, listen to other people, and disagree civilly.


The mission of the Office of Research is to promote, support, and recognize research, scholarship, and creative activity at Saint Mary’s College. The office facilitates sponsored funding for Saint Mary’s research and programs and fosters an internal environment that promotes research activities. 


At CPDS our overarching goal is to provide resources for every student to plan for and create a meaningful professional life.

Student services

  • Academic Advising Center -- See Student Success Offices
  • Academic Affairs / Provost
  • Academic Resources
  • Administrative Services
  • Facilities Services
  • Faculty Advising, Office of
  • Faculty Development

Housing services

With 22 residence halls and more than 1,600 residential students, Saint Mary's is committed to providing a diverse, comfortable, and engaging home for students. The Campus Housing Office helps students select their room assignments for the academic year and assists with facility operations.

Library services

The Library is housed in Saint Albert Hall, named for the 13th Century philosopher and theologian, Saint Albert the Great.  The Library supports intellectual discovery, information literacy, and life long learning. The Library staff serves the students, staff, and faculty of Saint Mary’s College, as well as community members and visitors wishing to follow their intellectual pursuits. 

ICT services

  • Audio/Video
  • e-Learning Systems
  • Library Access
  • Cable TV
  • Campus Network
  • VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure)
  • VPN (Virtual Private Network)
  • IT Security

Medical services

The Health & Wellness Center is an urgent care facility conveniently located on the Saint Mary's College campus. Our staff provides confidential clinical services to all undergraduate students with compassion and integrity. Our holistic approach supports the mind, body, and spirit.

Campus life

Saint Mary’s is a stunningly beautiful campus just 23 miles east of San Francisco, distinguished by the white walls and red tile roofs of its Spanish Renaissance-California Mission-style architecture, and surrounded by grass-covered hills that are sometimes crowned with fog blown in from the Pacific. 

Sports facilities

  • McKeon Pavilion
  • Saint Mary's Stadium
  • Louis Guisto Field
  • Cottrell Field
  • Timothy Korth Tennis Complex
  • SMC Recreation Field
  • Joseph L. Alioto Recreation Center

Student clubs

There are many ways to plunge into the Saint Mary’s community and meet people, from choosing among the more than 50 student organizations, to doing community service or studying abroad. Here's how to get involved.

Since 1948, Saint Mary's College (SMC) has been accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Collegess (WASC).

Moraga, California, United States

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