College Profile: Saint Mary's College
By Mrs. Alyssa Ginn
As you’re considering steps after high school graduation, I strongly encourage you to consider local private colleges. At first, I had ruled out private schools thinking they were much too expensive. However, I applied anyway because it was close to home and I wanted to keep my options open for when it came time to decide. I was shocked to discover that with a combination of grants and scholarships offered by the school, it was more affordable than me attending a University of California school.
I’m a proud alumnus of Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California. I’m a lifelong Gael now who proudly drives around with a Saint Mary’s license plate frame. I was a transfer student from a local community college, so I only had two years there, but then I returned for another year for my teaching credential. This school becomes another home!
Campus—it’s beautiful! It’s often named as one of America’s most beautiful campuses. Close to SF but also plenty of nature to explore.
Seminar—a specialty of Saint Mary’s. I always thought of it as book club with people who read the book!
January Term—a month long single course where you can choose a class that appeals to you, not major specific! It’s often an excellent travel opportunity.
Class size- you’ll know your professors and they’ll know you! Being anonymous never appealed to me and I wasn’t at all. I still am in contact with a few of my professors.