St. Mary's College of Maryland, The Public Honors College
About St. Mary's

About St. Mary's: Mission & Values

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St. Mary’s is committed to the ideals of affordability, accessibility, and diversity.


St. Mary’s College of Maryland, designated the state’s Honors College, is an independent public institution in the liberal arts tradition. We promote scholarship and creativity by challenging our students to achieve academic excellence through close relationships with faculty, classroom activities, and experiential learning. Our faculty and staff foster intellectual, social, and ethical development within a community dedicated to diversity and accessibility. We provide students with opportunities to understand and serve local, national, and global communities and to accomplish social change.


St. Mary’s College of Maryland values:

  • Creative and intellectual exploration
  • Diversity in all its forms
  • Social responsibility and civic-mindedness
  • Global engagement
  • Environmental stewardship
  • A spirit of community revolving around our students


St. Mary’s College of Maryland pursues the following goals:

  • Maintaining a high standard of academic excellence
  • Strengthening student-faculty interaction through small classes and close collaborations
  • Enhancing accessibility, affordability, and diversity
  • Providing an integrative curriculum and fostering intellectual autonomy
  • Expanding global engagement opportunities for our students and faculty
  • Promoting and maintaining a community built on respect
  • Offering a variety of educational, cultural, and recreational experiences for the campus and local communities