St Mary’s College of Maryland is an independent public institution in the liberal arts tradition. We promote scholarship by challenging our students to achieve academic excellence through close relationships with faculty, classroom activities, and experiential learning. As Marylands public honors college, St. Marys offers an undergraduate liberal arts education and small-college experience like those found at exceptional private colleges. St. Marys shares the hallmarks of private institutions: an outstanding faculty, talented students, high academic standards, a challenging curriculum, small classes, a sense of community, and a spirit of intellectual inquiry. But as a state institution of higher education, St. Marys is also committed to the ideals of affordability, accessibility, and diversity. By combining these virtues of public and private education, St. Marys provides a unique alternative for students and their families. St. Marys is named for the place it marks: the 17th-century capital of Maryland. The spectacular waterfront setting is in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay region. The campus is 70 miles southeast of Washington, D.C. and 95 miles south of Baltimore.