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Saint Mary's College of California

Saint Mary's College of California
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Motto Signum Fidei (Latin)
Motto in English
The Sign of Faith
Type Private
Established 1863
Affiliation Roman Catholic (De La Salle Brothers)
Endowment $170.1 million (2015)
President James A. Donahue
Academic staff
211
Students 4,109
Undergraduates 2,778
Postgraduates 1,331
Location Moraga, California, U.S.
Campus Suburban, 420 acres (1.7 km2)
Colors Red and Blue
         
Athletics NCAA Division IWCC
Nickname Gaels
Mascot Gael
Affiliations ACCU
NAICU
WASC
Website www.stmarys-ca.edu
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University rankings
National
Forbes 232
Regional
U.S. News & World Report 9
Master's University class
Washington Monthly 146

Saint Mary's College of California is a private, coeducational college located in Moraga, California, United States, a small suburban community about 10 miles (16 km) east of Oakland and 20 miles (32 km) east of San Francisco. It has a 420-acre (1.7 km2) campus in the Moraga hills. It is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church and administered by the De La Salle Christian Brothers. The college was ranked No. 9 in the U.S. News & World Report's 'Regional Universities' (West) rankings for 2015.

St. Mary's College began in 1863 as a diocesan college for boys established by the Most Rev. Joseph Alemany, a member of the Order of Preachers and the first archbishop of San Francisco. Unhappy with the archdiocese's operation of the college, Archbishop Alemany applied for assistance from Rome and in 1868 St. Mary's College was handed over to the De La Salle Christian Brothers.

In 1889, the college moved east across San Francisco Bay to Oakland, California. The location on the corner of 30th and Broadway became affectionately known as "The Brickpile" and Saint Mary's College would call Oakland home until 1928, when it moved further eastward to Moraga after a fire severely damaged the Brickpile. The Oakland site is California Historical Landmark #676 and is marked by a commemorative plaque. The former San Francisco site is now the site of the St. Mary's Park neighborhood. The college and high school sections separated not long after the move to Moraga and the high school is currently located in Albany.



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