Hidden Gems in the U.S.
St. Mary’s College has been recognized as one of the best colleges in the country, based on a combination of factors, including retention rates, graduation rates, student-to-faculty ratio, endowment per student, selectivity, and other key metrics as reported via the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for the most recently available enrollment year.
Hidden Gems in the Mid-East U.S.
For the fourth year in a row, St. Mary’s College of Maryland has been listed as a Hidden Gem by CollegeRaptor.com, a higher education planning tool that compares colleges based on number of applications received, graduation rates, campus diversity, endowment per student, and other key metrics as reported via the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for the most recently available enrollment year.
College of Distinction
St. Mary’s College of Maryland has been recognized for its honorable commitment to engaged, experiential education by
Colleges of Distinction, which is celebrating its 20-year anniversary as a one-of-a-kind guide for college-bound students. Colleges of Distinction boasts its longstanding support for student-centered schools that traditional rankings often overlook. As an institution whose primary goals are based on student success and satisfaction, St. Mary’s College of Maryland confirms its honor as one of the renowned Colleges of Distinction.
Maryland College of Distinction
Named a Maryland college of distinction by the Colleges of Distinction publication based on student engagement, quality of teaching, and successful post-graduate outcomes.
Public College of Distinction
St. Mary’s College of Maryland has been recognized for its committed implementation of high-impact educational practices, earning its title as one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction.
Career Development Colleges of Distinction
St. Mary’s College of Maryland has shown inventiveness in connecting with students throughout their academic careers and beyond. Students and graduates are fully supported by St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s outstanding Career Center.
Public College of Distinction
Named a public college of distinction by the Colleges of Distinction publication.
Affordable College Best Value Award
The St. Mary’s College of Maryland has been ranked the #8 best affordable public college for out-of-state students in the U.S.
The Princeton Review
The Princeton Review features St. Mary’s College in the 2022 edition of its flagship college guide, “The Best 387 Colleges.”
2021 Fiske Guide to Colleges
St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the state’s public honors college, is listed in the Fiske Guide to Colleges as one of the “best and most interesting” schools in the 2021 edition.
Best Colleges in Maryland
According to AdvisoryHQ News, “St. Mary’s College of Maryland has lots to offer students who want a small class size and wonderful academics.”
Best Colleges for Your Money
St. Mary’s College of Maryland has been ranked among the “Best Small Colleges” by Money magazine for 2020. According to Money, “St. Mary’s College of Maryland is the state’s public honors college. But with a liberal arts focus, a low student-faculty ratio and a high graduation rate, it could easily be mistaken for a selective private school.”
Best Value College, 2019
St. Mary’s College of Maryland has been named to the Kiplinger’s Personal Finance list of the Best College Values of 2019. St. Mary’s College is ranked among the top 100 on the list of best values in public colleges for both in-state and out-of-state value.
President’s Higher Education Community Service
Named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning, and civic engagement.
EPA Green Power Partnership
Recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an Individual Conference Champion for using more green power than any other school in the Capital Athletic Conference.
Tree Campus Higher Education
Recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Campus Higher Education site.
Best Liberal Arts Colleges 2022
St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the National Public Honors College, is ranked sixth best public liberal arts college in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s “2022 Best Colleges.” The College also ranks 89 on the national liberal arts colleges list, public and private. The College also is listed by USN&WR as a best value school and a top performer on social mobility – a ranking based on enrolling and graduating large proportions of disadvantaged students awarded with Pell Grants.
St. Mary’s College is ranked #1 for lowest average student loan debt among Maryland public colleges
Best Liberal Arts Colleges 2021
Washington Monthly College Guide ranks colleges “based on what they do for the country.” In the 2021 rankings, St. Mary’s College of Maryland is ranked 30 among the top Liberal Arts Colleges in the United States. SMCM is also ranked 112 out of 393 colleges in the northeast who offer the “Best Bang for the Buck.” The guide describes this ranking as “the schools where students of modest means get the most for their money.”
Top Colleges, 2019
Using U.S. Dept. of Education data paired with reviews from real students, Niche rates St. Mary’s College as #2 Best Small College in Maryland in 2022.
Using U.S. Dept. of Education data paired with reviews from real students, Niche rates St. Mary’s College as having the #1 Best College Food in Maryland in 2022.
Best Colleges of Maryland
Using National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) data on affordability, student success, distance education availability and other important benchmarks, Schools.com calculates which Maryland schools stand out above the rest.
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