Our Campuses and Beyond

At SMC, you'll experience the best of all worlds—in a college town like no other. Downtown South Bend is just a quick bike ride away and offers a vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene. You'll fall in love with our corner of northern Indiana and its proximity to anything you need. Great shopping, miles of beaches on Lake Michigan, arts, and entertainment. You can even hop in a nearby train for an easy day trip to Chicago. 

  • 34mile trail borders campus for running and biking
  • 2.5miles to the downtown South Bend cultural and restaurant scene
  • 100%of Saint Mary's students can take classes at Notre Dame
Saint Marys Ring at Notre Dame Football Stadium

Legendary traditions

We take pride in the 178-year partnership between Saint Mary's College and the University of Notre Dame. As an SMC student, you will enjoy the tradiitons of the tri-campus community, from cheering on the Fighting Irish, playing in the marching band, writing for The Observer, taking classes (including the five-year dual degree engineering program and accelerated bachelor's to masters pathways), and attending dances and world-class concerts. You're encouraged to participate in numerous clubs and organizations on each campus, and enjoy a close connection with the Notre Dame alumni global network.

  • 175years of tradition between both schools
  • 61Saint Mary's students in 2022/23 Notre Dame Marching Band
  • 510Saint Mary's & Notre Dame student clubs and organizations

Join the Notre Dame Band

Each year, well over 50 Saint Mary's students join the Notre Dame Marching Band. They perform in halftime shows, pep rally's away games and so much more. For those selected to become members of the oldest university band in continuous existence, all expenses—uniform, travel and lodging—are covered. Auditions are held each fall and if you're wondering what is it like to be a Saint Mary's student in the Notre Dame Band check out this video.