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By the Numbers: Profile of the Class of 2018

August 28, 2014
Press Release #14-062


St. Mary’s College of Maryland has been educating high-caliber students who achieve and succeed for over a century. The students of the college’s newest class, the Class of 2018, are no exception.

This 2014-2015 academic year, St. Mary’s welcomes 387 first-year students and 100 transfer students for a total of 487 new students. The academically talented and socially diverse class is 56% female and 44% male. First-generation students make up about 22% of the total population.

"The Class of 2018 is one of our more diverse and academically successful classes,” said Michael Cummings, director of admissions. “We are excited to have a group of students representing so many backgrounds, interests, schools, and states.”

Over the past 20 years, the college has increased enrollment of Maryland residents by nearly 50%— contributing significantly to the state’s college completion goal. Gains continue on this front with Maryland residents making up 94% of the class. Majorities hail from Montgomery County, Baltimore City/County and St. Mary’s County.

St. Mary’s total population of out-of-state students continues to grow with additions from Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, California, and Oklahoma.

For their admission essays, the newest flock of Seahawks wrote about topics including their families and travels, modern medicine, the science-fiction television program “Doctor Who,” and the pop boy band “One Direction.”

As the college proudly welcomes the Class of 2018, the Office of Admissions is poised for its next recruitment cycle. Beginning its outreach with a riverside crab feast for high school guidance counselors in August, the admissions team will hit the road for high school tours and college fairs starting Sept. 8. Fall open houses on campus are scheduled for Sept. 6 and Oct. 25.

“We believe the future of St. Mary's is very bright as we continue to enroll students who have educational goals and aspirations that we can help fulfill,” said Cummings. “As we visit every high school in the state of Maryland this fall, we hope to continue to spread the message of the impact a St. Mary's education can have on a student's future goals and plans."

*Information supplied by the Office of Admissions on August 22. 

Category: Student Body