Saint Michael’s currently enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate and 400 graduate students, representing some 30 states and 39 countries. Eighty-two percent of its students come from outside Vermont; 24 percent come from outside New England. Eleven percent of the students are ALANA; an additional 4 percent are international. Forty-seven percent of first-year students identify themselves as Catholic. Over 34 percent of the graduates have had a study-abroad experience. The average SAT scores for the class of 2020 were 600 verbal; 590 math; 585 writing. The college has a first-year/sophomore retention rate of 89 percent and its six-year graduation rate is 79 percent. Students of Saint Michael’s have been recognized for their work by receiving the most prestigious fellowships available, including the Rhodes Scholarship, the Pickering Undergraduate Fellowship, the Fulbright Scholarship, and the Goldwater Scholarship.
The heart of Saint Michael’s is its commitment to liberal education. Its Liberal Studies Curriculum requires of all students a firm grounding in the liberal arts and sciences and proficiency in a second language. All majors are structured to develop oral and written communication skills as well as ethical decision making. Saint Michael’s offers over 30 academic majors and an Honors Program. In 2003, the College was granted a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, one of only four Catholic colleges and universities in New England to receive this distinction. It also offers graduate degrees in Clinical Psychology, Education, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. The average class size is 19, and the college’s student/faculty ratio of 11:1 allows faculty to be very student centered, setting high academic standards while offering a great deal of support.
A concerted effort to expand experiential learning has given students a way to gain hands-on experience within their academic disciplines and beyond. A prime example includes faculty-mentored student research, which provides opportunities for students to conduct important research and publish and present their findings.