Campus Visit: Saint Michael’s College

Overview:

Saint Michael’s College is a Catholic liberal arts college located in Colchester, VT.  Founded in 1904 by the Society of Saint Edmund, the schools sits on 440 picturesque acres just minutes away from Burlington.  There are a number of ski areas within a half hour of campus and Montreal is just two hours away, Boston just over three.  The school’s 2000 undergraduate students hail from 38 states and 43 different countries.  While SMC has increased its national exposure in recent years, it is still somewhat of a regional school with 78 percent of its students coming from the six New England states.

 

Aerial View of SMC (Source: wikipedia.org)
Aerial View of SMC (Source: wikipedia.org)

Saint Michael’s prides itself on its quality teaching, access to professors and small class size.  The student:faculty ratio is 12:1 and more than half of the school’s classes have fewer than 20 students.  One of the stops on the admissions tour is a classroom in Cheray Hall which, it turns out, is the largest classroom on campus.  Students and their parents accustomed to the massive lecture halls found at many larger schools will be surprised at the size of this room, which holds less than 100 students.

Saint Michael’s College offers 34 different majors, the most popular of which are Biology, Business, Education, Psychology and Media Studies, Journalism & Digital Arts.  The school’s liberal arts core curriculum allows students to explore new subjects and ideas across disciplines, ensuring a strong foundation before the more in-depth study that occurs within a chosen major.

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Saint Edmund’s Hall

SMC President John Neuhauser told the New York Times “I think people change a great deal between 18 and 22.  The intimate environment small liberal arts colleges provide is a great place to grow up.”  This idea of “growing up” intellectually and socially is what drives Saint Michael’s.  Students are provided opportunities to participate in research, improve their problem-solving skills, work with other students on meaningful projects, and increase their self-confidence.  Learning extends beyond campus with a number of internship opportunities available, as well as an extensive study-abroad program.

Admissions:

Saint Michael’s offers Early Action, as well as Regular Decision.  Last year 2,463 of the 2,884 students who applied using Early Action were offered a spot in the freshman class.  This 85 percent success rate makes it worthwhile for students who can begin the application process early to take advantage of the EA option.

SMC uses the Common Application and has a fairly straight-forward supplement.  The only additional writing required is a brief “Why Saint Michael’s?” essay.

Saint Michael’s is completely test-optional and students who do not submit test scores will be evaluated based upon the rigor of their high school program and their GPA/class rank, along with teacher recommendations, their admissions essay, extracurricular activities and any special talents or abilities.  For students who submitted test scores, the scores of the middle 50 percent of the students who were admitted and enrolled in the most recent freshman class were:

Durick Library
Durick Library

SAT Critical Reading:  530 – 630
SAT Math:  520 – 620
SAT Writing:  520 – 620
ACT: 23 – 28

Source:  Big Future.org

Total Applicants:  4430
Admitted:  3300
Enrolled:  520

By The Numbers:

Female: Male   55:45
Student:Faculty Ratio  12: 1
Average Class Size:  18
Students receiving need-based aid:  71 percent
Average scholarship:  $18,618
Average need-based package:  $27,560

For more information about Saint Michael’s College, visit the school’s website at www.smcvt.edu

 

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