Part of the About Southern Maryland series
St. Mary’s College of Maryland, designated the state’s Honors College, is an independent public institution in the liberal arts tradition. St. Mary’s College promotes scholarship and creativity by challenging students to achieve academic excellence through close relationships with faculty, classroom activities, and experiential learning. The college’s faculty and staff foster intellectual, social, and ethical development within a community dedicated to diversity and accessibility. Students are provided with opportunities to understand and serve local, national, and global communities and to accomplish social change.
St. Mary’s College offers an undergraduate liberal arts education and small-college experience like those found at exceptional private colleges. The college shares the hallmarks of private institutions: an outstanding faculty, talented students, high academic standards, a challenging curriculum, small classes, a sense of community, and a spirit of intellectual inquiry. But as a state institution of higher education, St. Mary’s College is also committed to the ideals of affordability, accessibility, and diversity. By combining these virtues of public and private education, St. Mary’s College provides a unique alternative for students and their families.
St. Mary’s College is named for the place it marks: the 17th-century capital of Maryland. The spectacular waterfront setting is in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay region. The campus is 70 miles southeast of Washington, D.C. and 95 miles south of Baltimore.