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What's a public honors college?

Rigorous academics, personal fulfillment, a private liberal arts education at the cost of a public college - that’s why you come to a school like St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Your Education: More than a Major.

At St. Mary's College there are 75 programs to choose from - you can even make your own major.

Are you ready to be challenged?

Learn more about our rigorous honors curriculum.

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Are you ready to succeed?

Read stories about how our liberal arts curriculum has created well-rounded alumni ready to succeed.

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Malik Jackson

Major: Biochemistry

"A lot of students come here because of the water, but they stay here because of the community. "

Meet Our Students

Kathryn Peditto '15

Major: Psychology
Currently a PhD candidate at Cornell University

"Being a student at a public honors college was more than just challenging coursework. At most schools, research opportunities are reserved for graduate students, but at St Mary’s, I was given the resources and the mentorship to pursue my own undergraduate research, present at conferences, and prepare for my Ph.D."

Hear Our Alumni Stories

Asif Dowla

Professor of Economics
Hilda C. Landers Endowed Chair in the Liberal Arts

"I love St. Mary’s because of the quality of students, the faculty, and the staff. We are a big family. "

Read About Our Accomplished
Faculty and Staff
53%
of students study abroad.
10:1
student to teacher ratio.
98%
of graduates are currently employed or pursuing graduate studies.
361
acres of waterfront campus!

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Our Location

Less than 2.5 hours from Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Richmond, we are located in St. Mary’s County adjacent to the historic site of St. Mary’s City (1634), the original capital of Maryland and the fourth oldest permanent settlement in British North America.