Graduate Studies - Find a Community
Earning a graduate degree at Saint Mary’s College means so much more than receiving a diploma or gaining credentials.
It means enjoying experiential learning that feeds your curiosity and imagination. It means participating in service projects to give back to those in need around you while gaining real-world experience in your field. And it means joining a strong community of peers and alumni dedicated to making the world around them a better place for everyone.
In your graduate studies program at Saint Mary’s, it’s easy to find a community of scholars and professionals as passionate as you are.
Your Academic Cohort and Alumni Network
Our graduate studies programs bring students from around the world together to share their unique experiences and create a vibrant community environment. Whether you’re working on a project in class or participating in experiential learning outside the classroom, you’ll work alongside peers from diverse backgrounds and life experiences.
Our close-knit network of Saint Mary’s alumni live and work around the world. Wherever you go, you’ll find a community of professionals who can help you as you enter the job market. Alumni also have access to lifelong career services from our Career Crossings Office.
Community service is an integral part of the Saint Mary’s graduate program experience. You’ll have access to our extensive community partnerships, which combine service with experiential learning — so you can help others while building skills that will benefit you throughout your career.
No matter what graduate degree you’re earning, you can find a community partnership that lets you apply your skills to helping others. Saint Mary’s has approximately 150 affiliation agreements in the Speech Language Pathology graduate degree program alone! Area organizations you can join include LOGAN, Lighthouse Autism Center, and the Readiness Center.
Clubs and Organizations
As a graduate student at Saint Mary’s, you have access to a broad range of opportunities to find a community of like-minded peers and take advantage of all that our campus community has to offer. We have over 510 clubs and organizations between Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame that are available to you.
From the American Sign Language Club and SnowBelles Ski Club to the Yoga Club and the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, there’s something for everyone at Saint Mary’s. Opportunities to participate in theater and music ensembles are also available.
If you’re interested in gaining leadership experience, the Graduate Student Association (GSA) is a great option to supplement your graduate studies. The GSA was formed to provide a voice for the graduate student population here on Saint Mary’s College campus. With a growing number of graduate programs offered, the GSA provides representation for all incoming and current students.
One of the keys to success, both in your graduate studies program and as a professional, is caring for your physical health and staying active. Graduate degree students have full access to the Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex fitness center and all physical education activities at no charge. Some of the features you can enjoy include:
- A three-court field house for varsity team and club sports practices, intramurals, and other student activities
- An elevated track
- Dedicated spaces for yoga, Pilates, spinning, and other fitness classes
- A cafe and social area for meeting with friends
- The Health and Counseling Center
- Purcell Athletic Fields
Show your Saint Mary’s pride by actively participating in or supporting our diverse range of athletic teams and club sports on campus. Throughout your graduate studies program, you’ll receive free access to all regular-season varsity athletic events.
Our student-athletes represent Saint Mary’s in eight NCAA Division III sports as part of the MIAA conference, competing in soccer, lacrosse, volleyball, softball, tennis, golf, basketball, and cross country.
For those seeking more opportunities, we offer various club and intramural sports, providing a chance to stay physically active while fostering a sense of community through friendly competitions.
Additionally, Saint Mary’s graduate students are eligible to purchase season tickets for Notre Dame football. Your student ID also grants you free general admission to most other Notre Dame sporting events.
Find a Community in South Bend
South Bend is a thriving college town with six colleges and universities that attract talented students from every corner of the globe. We are proud to be part of a city that embraces multiculturalism and diversity to create a more inclusive future.
Find your perfect fit at Saint Mary’s
I loved it. I loved the atmosphere. I had toured other graduate programs, and it just didn’t feel like it did when I went to Saint Mary’s.– Sydney Susaraba, MSSLP class of 2022