St. Mary’s University offers a world-class education to students while preparing them to become ethical leaders for the common good. St. Mary’s students graduate with humble hearts, viewing their careers as vocational journeys, not simply jobs.

St. Mary’s strives to make college affordable. Nearly 100% of incoming undergraduate students receive scholarships and/or institutional grants.

“The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal,” as U.S. News & World Report put it. St. Mary’s was ranked fourth in the West region in the Best Value Schools rankings.


2021-2022 Academic Merit Scholarships

First-time freshmen who apply to the St. Mary’s University Class of 2025 by February 1, 2021, and enroll as full-time students are automatically considered for scholarship opportunities ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 annually.

St. Mary’s University has a test-optional admissions policy, meaning students are not required to submit standardized test scores (SAT/ACT) to be considered for freshmen admission. Additionally, students who apply test-optional are also fully considered for freshmen scholarships.

The Office of Undergraduate Admission is committed to providing pathways to admissions and scholarship opportunities whether or not a student chose to take a standardized test.


Additional Scholarship Opportunities

These scholarships are awarded based on specific criteria and have unique requirements. Learn more by visiting the Program pages.

Other awards are available based on achievement or specific talents. For example, St. Mary’s University competes in NCAA Division II athletics and scholarships are available in 11 sports.

You’re encouraged to research and apply for additional scholarships outside those offered by St. Mary’s. Check with your hometown, church, school or other private funding sources to find additional funds.


2021-2022 Transfer Academic Merit Scholarships

Transfer students who apply by our June 1 priority date, are admitted to St. Mary’s University, and enroll as full-time students are automatically considered for the scholarship offerings listed below based on their complete application for admission. No additional applications are required for these awards.

2021-2022 Transfer Academic Merit Scholarships
College Grade Point AverageAnnual Scholarship Amount and Name
3.70 to 4.0$12,000 Transfer President’s Scholarship
3.40 to 3.69$10,000 Transfer Madeleine Scholarship
3.0 to 3.39$8,000 Transfer Bordeaux Scholarship
2.70 to 2.99$5,000 Transfer Santa Maria Scholarship

Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Scholarship

St. Mary’s is pleased to offer accepted transfer students who are confirmed members of the Phi Theta Kappa honors society with 30+credit hours of transferable credit or an associate’s degree an annual award of $5,000 in addition to any Transfer Academic Merit Scholarship they may also be awarded.

Please alert the Office of Admission to your membership in this prestigious organization.

St. Mary’s reserves the right to replace your scholarship with other gift aid sources in the same amount. If you are eligible for more than one St. Mary’s University academic scholarship, only the scholarship of the highest value may be awarded. 

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