As the first and one of only two public honors colleges in the country, we’ve made it our mission to put every student at St. Mary’s College of Maryland in charge of their own journey forward. And we do that through an initiative we call LEAD.
LEAD stands for Learning Through Experiential and Applied Discovery. Think of it as an all-encompassing, integrative pathway that will prepare you for whatever your next step is—research, graduate school, or the workforce.
What is LEAD?
At St. Mary’s College, you’ll learn how to approach a problem from multiple perspectives. You’ll learn to think critically– and creatively. From the foundational coursework you’ll take in your first semester, to the capstone project you’ll complete during your senior year, you’ll be learning how to lead– here on campus, and beyond.
The Honors College Promise
We guarantee every student the opportunity to engage in a research, internship, or international experience. Combine that with the rest of your St. Mary’s College experience and you’ll be well on your way to a rewarding career.
*We guarantee every student the opportunity to engage in a research, internship, or international experience. Combine that with the rest of your St. Mary’s College experience and you’ll be well on your way to a rewarding career.
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from Day 1
From the moment you arrive, you’ll explore careers through experiences like microinternships and these below.
- You’ll develop a personalized Career and Leadership Development Plan that continually aligns your educational experience with your career choices.
- You’ll take credit-bearing courses that include growing your professional networks, strengthening professional skills like project management, communications and team work, and diving deep into career planning within your major. The best part? These professional skill courses are incorporated right into every student’s curriculum.
- Your individualized Plan culminates in our Honors College Promise leading to a career outcome rate 7 percentage points higher than the national average.
“Our courses empower students to develop their professional identity and professional skills alongside the critical thinking, reflection, and hands-on experiences of the LEAD initiative, so that they are well-prepared for whatever challenge or adventure they wish to explore.” -Michael Dunn, Director of Professional Pathways Pathways
“[The employees at Home Land Environmental Lab] were all very personable and easy to talk to, but most importantly they were inclusive and taught me everything they knew about the lab and the chemistry surrounding drinking water testing.”
St. Mary’s College offers an education on par with the best private liberal arts colleges, at the value of a public institution, in a setting that’s breathtakingly beautiful. If that sounds up your alley, take the LEAD.
Why is LEAD so important?
LEAD in the News
Brayan Ruiz Lopez ’24 will be placed in an externship connected to his major and career interests. It’s how SMCM students LEAD with an edge.
Alyssa Hawkins ’21 plans to put her double major in English and international languages and cultures to work in a career in international law. Next stop is law school.