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Posted at 9:34 AM ET, 04/19/2010

College Tour -- St. Mary's College

By Valerie Strauss

St. Mary’s College
From a student

I liked everything about it, and didn’t expect to.

Online it doesn’t look like the other schools I had visited. I wasn’t expecting it to be so beautiful. There’s lots of green going on, with fields and a lot of open space.

The information session was different than the others I’ve been on. They had a professor talk to us, and a panel of five students who talked to us about grades and activities. You could ask them about grades, social life, anything.

I really liked it when the admissions office person told us that they know that if someone is applying to St. Mary’s, then they have good grades, and that they aren’t obsessed with SAT scores.

Everybody was super helpful. People on campus would direct you to wherever you wanted to go.

I really didn’t think I’d like it as much as I did. I could definitely see myself there for four years.

This is one in a series of reports that parents and students are contributing about their campus tours this spring. If you have visited a school and would like to participate, email me a brief report at You can find out more about College Tour ’10 and how to write about your college visit here.

Go to to see more college posts in the series and a map displaying them all.

By Valerie Strauss  | April 19, 2010; 9:34 AM ET
Categories:  College Tour '10  | Tags:  College Tour '10, St. Mary's College, campus visits, visiting colleges  
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As a college consultant, I have had a number of students look at St. Mary's in Maryland and have been very impressed. I have also heard nothing but good things about the education they provide. I think it is a school that would appeal to a lot more students if they would make a visit and give it a chance. Many times it is schools like this that are the real gems.

Susie Watts
Denver, Colorado

Posted by: collegedirection | April 20, 2010 12:24 AM | Report abuse

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