"Student-Athletes Smashing The Stereotypes" by Dr. Joseph P. Urgo, President, St. Mary's College of Maryland. The article was featured in the Utica Observer-Dispatch on March 20, 2010 prior to Dr. Urgo's arrival at St. Mary's.
OpEd: On College Athletics by Dr. Joseph P. Urgo, President, St. Mary's College of Maryland. This OpEd appeared in the Spring 2011 edition of the River Gazette.
St. Mary's College of Maryland is a 2,000-student residential campus that shares grounds and its name with Historic St. Mary's City, site of the first capital of Maryland (1634). Designated Maryland's Public Honors College by statute in 1992, it is the state's commitment to providing a residential, liberal arts education as a public trust - available to students of superior potential regardless of their backgrounds and personal circumstances. Each St. Mary's student is a high-achieving student, living and studying in an environment that fosters independent thinking, social engagement, and environmental stewardship. St. Mary's awards the Bachelor of Arts degree in 22 disciplines, a student-designed major, and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree.
- St. Mary's maintains 4- and 6-year graduation rates of 72 and 77%, respectively. These rates are, on average, 20% higher than other Maryland colleges. First to second year retention rate was 87%.
- The average SAT score of the entering class in 2010 was 1213 (out of 1600), and the average GPA of that same cohort in high school was 3.58.
- U.S. News & World Report 2011 and Forbes 2010 ranked St. Mary's College of Maryland in the top five public liberal arts colleges in the nation.
- Kiplinger's lists St. Mary's in its top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges 2011.
- Bloomberg Businessweek lists St. Mary's as one of the best value colleges in the country: #2 for liberal arts colleges and #12 for return on investment value.
- The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011 scored St. Mary's 4 out of 5 stars in Academics and Quality of Living, and selected St. Mary's as one of a handful of "small colleges and universities strong in music."
The National Collegiate Scouting Association ranked St. Mary's College of Maryland 84th among NCAA Division III colleges/universities in the 8th Annual NCSA Collegiate Power Rankings (October 2010). St. Mary’s was one of two schools to represent the Capital Athletic Conference. NCSA Athletic Recruiting's Collegiate Power Rankings assess the academic and athletics standards of all NCAA athletic programs across the country. The Power Rankings were developed to help prospective student athletes and their families evaluate the particular strengths of the top colleges and universities at the Division I, II and III levels.