Here are some campus resources to help you get started. For a full listing of all of the services offered on campus, visit the Campus Directory.
Office of Residence Life
Manages the day-to-day operations of student housing.
Contact: Derek Young, Executive Director of Student Life
Glendening Hall 150, 240-895-4207
Office of Retention and Student Success
The Retention and Student Success mission is to work directly with student and to coordinate cross-campus efforts to connect students with available programs, resources and services, and to engage them in co-curricular and leadership development activities which will support their persistence to graduation.Contact: Joanne Goldwater, Associate Dean for Retention and Student Success, Glendening Hall 234, 240-895-4270
Any questions about your student’s account or billing statement can be referred to the Business Office by calling 240-895-4315.Other services provided by the Business Office include the following:
- Issuing student motor vehicle parking permits
- Processing refunds
Meal plan changes are done on the portal via the student account tab. Meal plan changes are permitted only during the first two weeks of a semester.
All billing information will be available through the Portal. Paper copies of billing statements will no longer be mailed. A monthly e-mail will be sent to all students reminding them to check their account. Balances are due by the 15th of each month.
Cashier Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Contact: Glendening Hall 140, 240-895-4303, 240-895-4315
The Campus Store sells books, school and art supplies, greeting cards, computer software and supplies, electronics, CDs and DVDs, clothing, and specialty goods. The Campus Store operates the Green Bean Café, Daily Grind Café, and the convenience store, which offers snacks, grocery items, and health & beauty items. The Campus Store offers course books at the lowest price possible and stocks all required and supplemental reading materials requested by the faculty. Textbook prices are established by the publishers and are subject to change without notice. The Campus Store stocks a large number of used books which are sold at 75% of the new price. All texts are returned to the publisher approximately one month after the beginning of the semester unless the faculty member requests that they be held for the following semester. The average student spends approximately $400 – $500 on textbooks each semester. You can also visit the Campus Store online at http://www.smcmbooks.com/.
Contact: Richard Wagner, Director
Campus Center, 240-895-4420
St. Mary’s is committed to providing access for all qualified students regardless of their financial circumstances. The College awards four types of aid: need-based grants, academic scholarships, employment, and loans. Students applying for most types of financial assistance must be U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens. Financial aid is available to students studying abroad in approved St. Mary’s programs.
Glendening Hall 130, 240-895-3000
Athletics & Recreation
The Michael P. O’Brien Athletics and Recreation Center (MPOARC) can accommodate those who wish to participate in a healthy lifestyle. The building has a 25-yard recreational pool along with a 50-meter competition pool, exercise room, weight room, recreational courts, rock-climbing wall, and numerous pieces of cardio equipment including treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary bikes. In addition to the MPOARC, we have sports fields, an all-weather track, lighted tennis courts, and the waterfront, all of which provide ample opportunity for individual and informal group recreation. The facilities are generally available on demand except during physical education classes, athletic events, or other special activities. Students need their student ID in order to check out athletic or waterfront equipment.
Contact: Scott Devine, Director
Athletics and Recreation Center, 240-895-HAWK (4295)
The counselors are on hand for individual counseling by appointment, and the staff is trained to help with crises that arise at other times. The counselors can also coordinate with therapists or medical doctors back home. All counseling services are free of charge to students, and all matters discussed in counseling are confidential.
Contact: Laurie Scherer, Ph.D., Director
Ethel Chance Hall, 240-895-4289
Dean of Students
The dean of students is the administrative official responsible for all non-academic student-related matters. The dean oversees the following offices and services: Counseling Center, Health Services, Judicial Affairs, Multicultural Affairs, Residence Life, and Student Activities. For a problem that cannot be resolved by these offices, contact the dean of students for assistance.
Contact: Leonard Brown, VP of Student Affairs & Dean of Students
Campus Center 143, 240-895-4208
The DeSousa-Brent Program
The DeSousa-Brent Scholars Program cultivates the academic and leadership potential of talented students from group that are traditionally under-represented in higher education.Contact: FJ Talley, Director of the DeSousa-Brent Scholars Program, Glendening Hall 220, 240-895-2185
The Health Center offers medical care for minor injuries and illnesses to all full-time students who have submitted a completed health form. A member of the American College Health Association, the center is staffed by a full-time nurse practitioner and registered nurse, as well as by a part-time physician. Consultation and referral assistance are provided. Students are seen by appointment and on a walk-in basis as scheduling permits. Strict confidentiality of all records and information is maintained at all times.
Contact: Laurie Scherer, Ph.D., Director
Ethel Chance Hall, 240-895-4289
Diversity and Inclusion
The Public Safety Office has the traditional role of providing protection to persons and property of the College. The staff provides law enforcement services to the campus community 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Additionally, Public Safety offers educational workshops to increase the community’s awareness of personal safety. As the College’s visitor center, Public Safety is also a prime source of information about the campus and surrounding area. The office distributes local maps and brochures with campus information, local events, facilities, etc. Student motor vehicle registrations are obtained from the Business Office. Public Safety is responsible for all other motor vehicle registrations, including temporary parking permits. Parking spaces on campus are limited; therefore, Public Safety must ticket motor vehicles that violate parking regulations. The fines for specific violations vary, and some may include additional expenses for towing and storage.
Contact:Tressa Setlak, Director of Public Safety
Public Safety Office, 240-895-4911
The Office of Student Activities provides opportunities for students’ personal growth through exposure to multicultural experiences and engagement in leadership development and active citizenship. These out-of-classroom experiences complement the academic program and enhance the educational experience, through leadership, service, social, intellectual, cultural, recreational, and governance programs. Students who become involved on campus are able to develop life skills through active participation in clubs and co-curricular activities. Opportunities exist for making significant contributions to student life at SMCM through the more than 70 recognized clubs and organizations. The Office of Student Activities advises the student governing bodies, programming committees, and media of the Student Government Association (SGA). It also serves as a resource for the College’s clubs and organizations. Students who live off-campus and commute to classes may feel isolated from the daily activities and social interactions that resident students enjoy. Involvement in SGA, participation in campus events, and taking advantage of services for commuters help make St. Mary’s College a home away from home. In the Campus Center, lockers are available for storing books and valuables, and bulletin boards provide up-to-date information about on-campus events. Students choosing to bring their own food can use the refrigerator, microwave, and toaster that are available in the Commuter Kitchen, Campus Center room 146. A commuter meal plan can be purchased from the Business Office through the Portal. Additional services include the off-campus housing list, coordinated by the Office of Residence Life. This service works closely with area realtors and landlords to find reasonable housing for commuter students.
The Service and Social Change Program in the Office of Student Activities was formed in response to student interest in volunteerism, service, and social and environmental activism. While the foundation of the Service and Social Change Program is in student clubs and projects, service-learning courses are offered in the curriculum, and faculty members advise and mentor students interested in the five areas of specialization within the program – education and youth development; environmental awareness and advocacy; human and health services; poverty and economic justice; and equality and social justice.
Contact: Kelly Schroeder, Assistant Dean of Students
Campus Center 143, 240-895-4209
24 Hour Hotline
Beginning Monday, October 28, the College is providing a 24-hour counseling helpline for all St. Mary’s College of Maryland students. If you (or a friend) are experiencing distress and need someone to talk with at any time, the Student Counseling Helpline is available to students 24 hours a day.Counselors who staff the hotline will help you manage a crisis situation by providing information, referral, support, and crisis assessment and intervention for St. Mary’s College students.
Reminder: The Wellness Center provides walk-in counseling every weekday between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Urgent concerns are seen any time the center is open and students may walk in and ask for an urgent appointment.
Traditional counseling appointments are available by appointment. Please call 240-895-4289 to set up an appointment or to ask any questions. For more information, contact Laurie Scherer at firstname.lastname@example.org