Saint Mary’s College of Maryland is a public, state-funded, coeducational college located in Historic St. Mary’s City, Maryland. It was founded in 1840 by an act of the Maryland legislature which sponsored a lottery to raise funds for the establishment of a female boarding school in St. Mary’s City. This school was incorporated by an act of legislation in 1846 and in 1927 became a junior college – the first in the state of Maryland. In 1964, the school changed its name to Saint Mary’s College of Maryland to reflect the school’s shift in status to a four-year baccalaureate college. In 1992, the state General Assembly designated the school as a Public Honors College – the only one in the state of Maryland. In the same year, the state also granted the college the status that would assure it of public funding.
Today, the college offers Bachelor’s degrees in 22 disciplines and a postgraduate degree – the Masters of Arts in Teaching. The most popular majors are psychology, biology and economics. There are approximately 1,994 fulltime students enrolled in the college today mentored by fulltime faculty members. With a student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1, students enjoy a close, one-on-one interaction with their professors.
Cost of attendance for academic year 2010-2011 is US$23,880 for Maryland residents living on-campus and US$13,360 for Maryland residents who are commuter students. For non-Maryland residents, the cost of attendance is US$35,273. These costs include full-year tuition, required fees, and room and board. Financial aid is extended in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work-study programs to insure that students are able to pay for their cost of attendance.
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