St. Mary’s University of San Antonio

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School Overview

St. Mary’s University of San Antonio (locally referred to as St. Mary’s) is located northwest of downtown San Antonio, Texas on 135 acres. St. Mary’s is a nationally recognized and Marianist liberal arts institution that offers graduate level education programs. U.S. News & World Report ranked St. Mary’s University among the top colleges in the West because based on its stellar reputation and for the value it provides.

St. Mary’s was ranked first in the nation among Master’s universities by the Washington Post for its dedication to the ethic of service to country, for fostering scientific and humanistic research, and functioning as an engine of social mobility.

This university is the oldest Catholic University in Texas and the American southwest. St. Mary’s was founded by the Society of Mary in 1852. It has a diverse student population of about 4000. The university has 5 acaemic schools which include the School of Humanities and Social Sciences; School of Science, Engineering and Technology; Greehey School of Business; and Graduate School of Law.

General Information

Admission Office
One Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, TX 78228-8503
(210) 436-3126
(800) 367-7868
Fax: (210) 431-6742

Contact: Chadd Bridwell
Director of Admission
Main Address
One Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, TX 78228-8503
(210) 436-3011
Total undergrads: 2,372
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 537
Degree-seeking undergrads: 2,360
Graduate enrollment: 690

Urban setting
Very large city (over 500,000)
Residential campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $30

Online application fee: Free
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 63%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 77%

Admissions Considerations
Secondary school GPA: Required
Secondary school rank: Required
Secondary school record: Required
Recommendations: Recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required
College-prep program completed: Required
TOEFL: Required

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of Applicants: 4,372
Percent Admitted: 61%
Percented Admitted Who Enrolled: 24%

Test Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading

  • 450 (25th Percentile)
  • 550 (75th Percentile)

SAT Math

  • 480 (25th Percentile)
  • 570 (75th Percentile)

SAT Writing

  • 450 (25th Percentile)
  • 540 (75th Percentile)

ACT Composite

  • 20 (25th Percentile)
  • 25 (75th Percentile)

ACT English

  • 20 (25th Percentile)
  • 25 (75th Percentile)

ACT Math

  • 20 (25th Percentile)
  • 25 (75th Percentile)

Enrollment Statistics

Undergraduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Student Gender

Undergraduate Student Age

Undergraduate Student Residence

Graduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Retention and Graduation Rates

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $20,836 $21,156 $21,876 $22,576 +3.20%
Books and Supplies $1,200 $1,300 $1,300 $1,300 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $6,896 $7,188 $7,090 $7,550 +6.49%
Other $2,600 $3,254 $4,294 $4,274 -0.47%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $4,000 $4,000 $4,000 $4,000 0.00%
Other $2,600 $2,400 $2,644 $2,804 +6.05%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $31,532 $32,898 $34,560 $35,700 +3.30%
In-state Off Campus $28,636 $28,856 $29,820 $30,680 +2.88%
In-state with Family $22,036 $22,456 $23,176 $23,876 +3.02%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $12,420
In-state Student Fees $500
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $12,420
Out-of-state Student Fees $500

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 487 91%
Grant or scholarship aid 487 91% $8,093,542 $16,619
• Federal grants 299 56% $1,110,771 $3,715
• Pell grants 278 52% $814,298 $2,929
• Other federal grants 99 19% $296,473 $2,995
Local and state government scholarships or grantss 382 71% $1,435,871 $3,759
Institutional scholarships or grants 412 77% $5,546,900 $13,463
Student loan financial aid 394 74% $3,295,472 $8,364
• Federal student loans 376 70% $2,029,801 $5,398
• Other student loans 127 24% $1,265,671 $9,966

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 444 219 242
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 66
Biochemistry 6
Biology/biological Sciences, General 60
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 110 36
Accounting 19
Business Administration and Management, General 36
Business/commerce, General 8
Entrepreneurship/entrepreneurial Studies 8
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other 8
Finance, General 18
Human Resources Management/personnel Administration, General 4
Information Resources Management 1
International Business/trade/commerce 17
Management Information Systems, General 1
Marketing/marketing Management, General 26
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 26 8
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 26 8
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 3 21
Computer and Information Sciences, General 17
Computer Science 4
Information Technology 3
Education 21 4
Administration Of Special Education
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 4
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 12
Reading Teacher Education 9
Engineering 27 26
Computer Engineering, General 5
Computer Software Engineering 2 4
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 11 2
Engineering Science 3
Industrial Engineering 6 11
Systems Engineering 9
Engineering Technology, General 1
Engineering/industrial Management 1
English Language and Literature/letters 29 7
English Language and Literature, General 29 7
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Spanish Language and Literature 1
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences, General 20 2
Community Health Services/liaison/counseling 9
Marriage and Family Therapy/counseling 10 2
Mental Health Counseling/counselor 1
History 6
History, General 6
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 25
Criminal Justice/law Enforcement Administration 25
Human Services, General 6
Public Administration 6
Legal Studies, General 236
Law 236
Mathematics and Statistics 4
Mathematics, General 4
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 24
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 24
Physical Sciences 6
Chemistry, General 1
Physics, General 5
Psychology 30 15
Clinical Psychology 4
Counseling Psychology 1
Industrial and organizational Psychology 10
Psychology, General 30
Social Sciences 74 51
Criminology 18
Economics, General 2
International Relations and Affairs 19 50
Political Science and Government, General 22 1
Social Sciences, General 1
Sociology 12
Theology and Religious Vocations 8 8
Pastoral Studies/counseling 1
Theology/theological Studies 8 7
Visual and Performing Arts 4
Music, General 4
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Entrepreneurial Studies B
Finance/Banking B
Human Resources Management B
International Business B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Education – General B


Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering Science B
Industrial Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Engineering/Industrial Management B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
Multi-national organization studies B
Spanish B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences

Economics B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations

Theology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

St. Mary's University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (210) 436-3011
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: One Camino Santa Maria, San Antonio, TX 78228
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 3,513
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 63%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 11 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 2,959 (84% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $32,140
Out-of-state Tuition: $32,140
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $22,352

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

St. Mary's University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at St. Mary's University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 3
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 71
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 11
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 123
Education 131
Engineering 155
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 11
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 21
History 121
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 2
Legal Professions and Studies 4
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 2
Psychology 211
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 21
Social Sciences 151
Theology and Religious Vocations 11
Visual and Performing Arts 11
Grand total 941252

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at St. Mary's University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $32,140
Out-of-state $32,140
Books and supplies $1,300

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $18,730
Out-of-state $18,730

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 636 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 636 100% $22,352
Student loan aid 412 65% $7,742

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 2,216 93% $22,747
Federal student loans 1,331 56% $6,890

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for St. Mary's University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled St. Mary's University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 4,861 1,832 3,029
Percent admitted 100% 80% 78%
Percent admitted who enrolled 11% 13% 10%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

St. Mary's University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 3,513
Undergraduate enrollment 2,270
Graduate enrollment 1,243

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

St. Mary's University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
    • Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) - Clinical training programs at the master's, doctoral, and postgraduate levels
  • American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
    • Law (LAW) - Professional schools
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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