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St. Mary's University

St. Mary's University is also featured in our ranking 50 Best Value Colleges for a Criminal Justice Degree.

Learning to Control Crime at St. Mary's

In St. Louis Hall, the School of Humanities & Social Sciences grants the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with 75 percent retention of St. Mary's University undergrads fascinated by law enforcement administration to boost public safety. Directed by Dr. Pedro Lopez, the 45-credit major builds atop a Catholic liberal arts core to evaluate policies that prevent law-breaking. The B.A. in Forensic Science similarly has a 64-credit Criminology Option focused more on investigative evidence collection. Expect San Antonio courses like Substantive Law, Police-Community Relations, Victimology, and Violent Crimes with an 11:1 engagement ratio. Three credits are reserved for internships, such as the Attorney General's Office, ATF, National Park Service, Texas Highway Patrol, Harris County Sheriff's Department, Austin Police, and US Marshals. Majors might also pledge Alpha Phi Sigma, join the Pre-Law Society, engage in the LeaderShape Institute, add the Cybersecurity Certificate, travel to Madaba, and serve with the DACA Project.

About St. Mary's University

St. Mary's University originated in May 1852 when four French Marianist missionaries were sent by Indianola stagecoach to San Antonio by Galveston's Bishop John Mary Odin. Three months later, St. Mary's Institute and the San Fernando Cathedral School for K-12 students were open. By 1897, it had been relocated to West Heights and chartered by the Texas Legislature for the College Division. In 1934, the School of Law was incorporated for its first graduate degree. Coed since 1963, St. Mary's University added Garni Hall for life sciences by 1967. During the 1980s, the Sarita Kennedy East Law Library was erected with nearly 200,000 volumes. Worth $347 million total, St. Mary's is Texas' first fair-trade-designated institution teaching 2,393 undergrad Rattlers, including B.A. in Criminal Justice majors, from a Catholic worldview. Its 135-acre "Alamo City" campus has trained AG Tom Corbett, Senator John Cornyn, Justice Alma Lopez, and more.

The U.S. News & World Report ranked St. Mary's University 21st regionally with the 14th best for vets education. On Niche, St. Mary's boasts America's fourth-best criminal justice degree, fifth-best standout academics, 47th best free application process, and 85th top international relations program. Money magazine placed St. Mary's 13th on its "Best Colleges You Can Actually Get Into" feature. The New York Times honored St. Mary's University for the ninth highest value-added teaching. PayScale calculated a 20-year net ROI of $216,000 for St. Mary's alums. College Factual noticed St. Mary's for the nation's second top criminal justice value. The Princeton Review named St. Mary's University the ninth most popular choice of older students. The School of Law earned the #2 spot statewide in Texas Lawyer magazine. WalletHub also positioned St. Mary's 187th for faculty and 430th for career outcomes.

St. Mary's University Accreditation Details

At Level V, St. Mary's University was successfully reaffirmed on January 2014 for decennial institutional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) thanks to its Provost and VP of Academic Affairs, Dr. Aaron Tyler, who earned the 2012 U.S. Institute of Peace Grant. Headquartered 15.5 hours east via Interstate 10 in Decatur, this elite 11-state Gulf Coast accreditor is authorized by the Secretary of Education to judge Federal Title-IV eligibility of St. Mary's 75+ degrees. St. Mary's is an approved member of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and American Association of Higher Education (AAHE). Criminal Justice majors might continue for the Juris Doctorate, which is accredited by Chicago's American Bar Association (ABA) too.

St. Mary's University Application Requirements

Admission to St. Mary's University is classified as "selective" by the U.S. News & World Report since just 78 percent of the 4,346 Fall 2016 candidates were accepted. Rattlers slithering into the B.A. in Criminal Justice must finish an accredited secondary program or the GED. Course prerequisites include four years of English and three years of Math. GPAs of 2.0 to 2.49 only qualify for probation, so a 2.5 average is suggested. Most first-year students meet a minimum 1010 SAT or 20 ACT mark. The School of Humanities & Social Sciences prefers transfers with 30-75 credits, including English Composition 101, graded at least "C." CLEP and DANTES exams for credit must be taken by the sophomore year. Five partners, such as St. Philip's College and Northeast Lakeview College, have transfer articulation agreements. The School of Law guarantees acceptance for bachelor's GPAs over 3.2 and LSAT scores above 152.

St. Mary's University follows a preferred freshmen deadline of March 1st for financial aid. The BA in Criminal Justice transfers can apply until July 1st for Fall and December 1st for Spring. The School of Law only accepts Juris Doctor candidates from September 16th to November 1st. Applications are easily filed to the Office of Admission online using the ApplyTexas portal. Official materials can be postmarked to 1 Camino Santa Maria in San Antonio, TX 78228. The checklist typically includes one transcript, an SAT/ACT score, two references, an original essay, and the background check form. Please contact the Criminal Justice Program at (210) 431-6851 or for further help.

Tuition and Financial Aid

On August 1, 2018, St. Mary's University set full-time undergraduate tuition and fees at $30,650 per year for BA in Criminal Justice majors. This figure includes the $330 campus activity fee, $100 technology fee, and $30 exam fee. Textbooks and supplies cost $1,300 annually. Residing at the Bexar County campus' 12 facilities like Périgueux or Adele Hall adds $10,270. St. Mary's suggests leaving $1,100 for transport and $2,000 for personal expenses. Annual bachelor's study equals around $45,320 on-campus and $38,950 at home. Attending the School of Law currently charges $36,550 full-time or $24,300 part-time each year.

According to the NCES College Navigator, 97 percent of beginning, full-time St. Mary's undergrads share $12.53 million for annual aid packages averaging $22,029 each. Institutional funds include the Army ROTC Scholarship, Brother John Donohoo S.M. Scholarship, Merrill Trust Scholarship, Dorothy Barr Scholarship, Marianist Trust Award, Ewing Halsell Scholarship, Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, and SAHCCF Scholarship. For its 150th year, 10 Sesquicentennial Scholarships were endowed for $100,000 total. Getting the Federal Pell, Supplemental Education Opportunity, or Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant requires FAFSA forms coded 003623. LendEDU recorded Texas' third-highest average debt of $39,883 from Direct, Plus, and alternative loans here. The College Access Loan also seeks Texas residents with Experian Vantage Scores above 350. Alamo residents might claim the Tuition Equalization Grant, Top 10 Percent Scholarship, Marine Corps Scholarship, or Kenneth H. Ashworth Fellowship. The Civic Engagement Office also has community-based work-study jobs for 10-20 weekly hours.

For more information on St. Mary's University, visit the Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology website.

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