Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

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Saint Mary's Winona Campus

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Office of Admission
700 Terrace Heights, #2
Winona, MN 55987

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Programs and Degrees Offered



At Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, students find in every classroom a relationship-driven, person-centered education. Professors and staff know students, and challenge and support them as they grow to meet and exceed their expectations. The opportunities for undergraduate, residential students are endless — from participating in a vibrant campus life to real-world experiences through internships, study abroad, labs, service trips, field research and conference presentations. Inside and outside of classrooms, students discover the truths in the world around them and the character within. As a Lasallian Catholic university welcoming all students, Saint Mary's mission is to awaken, nurture and empower students to ethical lives of leadership and service. Saint Mary’s enrolls 1,200 undergraduate students at the residential college in Winona and another 4,500 in the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs based in Minneapolis. Saint Mary's offers respected and affordable programs that lead to bachelor's, bachelor's completion, master's, certificate, specialist and doctoral degrees.

Saint Mary's University at a glance


  • Undergraduate: 1,758 (including 670 in bachelor completion program)
  • Graduate: 4,173

Undergraduate student distribution

  • Domestic students: 79% White, 9% Black, 7% Hispanic, 2% Asian, 1% American Indian/Alaska Native, 1% multiracial, excludes race/ethnicity unknown
  • International students are 4% of total undergraduate enrollment


  • Student/faculty ratio: 16:1
  • Average class size: 17
  • Number undergraduate majors: 57

First-year student profile

  • Average ACT score: The middle 50% of enrolled students had ACT composite scores between 20 and 26; 92% of students presented the ACT as part of their applications.
  • Average SAT score: The middle 50% ranges were 473-573 for math and 448-585 for reading; 10% of students submitted the SAT as part of their applications.
  • High school GPA: 3.34
  • Percentage from Minnesota: 47%
  • Percentage who live on campus: 99%


  • 2015-16 undergraduate tuition and fees: $31,335
  • Room and board: $8,240
  • Percentage first-time undergraduates receiving financial aid: 99%

Religious affiliation

Roman Catholic

Graduate outcomes

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Undergraduate degrees offered

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Education (Nairobi)
  • Bachelor of Science (degree completion program)

View a list of all majors and degrees or Saint Mary's detailed undergraduate program information.

5 largest majors
  • Elementary Education
  • Marketing
  • Biology
  • Accounting
  • Psychology

Student/faculty ratio


Average class size


Graduate programs offered

  • Master of African Studies (Nairobi)
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Science
  • Doctor of Business Administration
  • Doctor of Education
  • Doctor of Psychology
  • Education Specialist

View a list of all programs and degrees or Saint Mary's detailed graduate program information.


101 full time, 420 part time (includes four-year, bachelor completion and graduate programs); 90% of full-time faculty members hold the doctorate or highest degree in their field

Pre-professional programs

  • Dentistry
  • Chemical engineering
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Physical therapy
  • Theology
  • Veterinary science

Teaching licensure programs

  • Elementary Education (K-6 with 5-8 concentration)
  • Secondary Education (5-12 and K-12): Chemistry Science Education, English Education, Life Sciences Education, Mathematics Education, Music Education (either Classroom & Instrumental or Classroom & Vocal Tracks), Physics Science Education, Social Studies Education and Spanish Education
Graduate level
  • English as a Second Language
  • K-12 Reading Teacher
  • Special Education: Emotional Behavioral Disorders
  • Special Education: Learning Disabilities

Non-traditional education programs

Saint Mary's offers more than 60 graduate and professional programs at the Winona, Twin Cities and Nairobi campuses, and Rochester, Apple Valley and Oakdale centers and throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin and Jamaica.

Certificate programs

The Winona campus offers graduate certificates in:

  • Geographic Information Science
  • Instruction
  • English as a Second Language
  • K-12 Reading Teacher

The Twin Cities campus offers undergraduate certificates in Accounting.

The Twin Cities campus offers graduate certificates in:

  • Gifted and Talented Instruction
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • Addiction Studies
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Education Administration: K-12 Principals
  • Education Administration: Director of Special Education
  • Education Administration: Superintendent, Instruction
  • Special Education: Learning Disabilities 
  • Special Education: Emotional Behavioral Disorders

Satellite campuses

Twin Cities and Nairobi (Kenya)

Intercampus agreements

Saint Mary's University students may also enroll in courses for credit at nearby Winona State University.

Honors program

Students are invited into the Lasallian Honors Program based on demonstrated academic excellence in high school, scores on college entrance exams, and leadership in extracurricular activities.

Study abroad programs

Saint Mary's offers more than 20 international programs for its students both through its own semester-long program in London and through affiliation and consortial agreements. The International Semester in London is open to all majors and offers primarily theatre arts and humanities courses, with opportunity for independent travel. Students also have the opportunity to student teach abroad.

Internships/career services

Saint Mary's supports field exploration and internship experiences as integral parts of its curriculum, enabling students to participate in structured, supervised learning experiences for academic credit, generally off-campus. The internship and field exploration program strives to provide carefully designed experiences which offer a new arena for applying theories and concepts learned in the classroom, as well as opportunities for professional and personal development.

Career services staff assist students in their career planning by offering guidance and information to those choosing a major, developing career plans, searching for graduate school, or seeking employment opportunities. Programs, activities and individual appointments are offered to assist students in developing a general perspective of life/work planning, as well as evaluating and effectively implementing specific job search strategies.

Accreditation & approval

Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association, 312-263-0456,

Admission & cost


Online application:

Admissions tests required: ACT or SAT

Application deadlines: Rolling

Application fee: None

Advanced placement credit

Saint Mary's grants both college credit and advanced standing for successful testing in the International Baccalaureate Program and in the College Board's Advanced Placement and College Level Examination Program. Generally, AP exam scores of 3,4 or 5 and IB exam scores of 4 or higher will be considered In addition, Saint Mary's sponsors the Program for Advanced College Credit in selected high schools. 

Transfer criteria (credits, GPA)

A minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher is required.

Transfer process (deadlines and materials)

Deadlines - Rolling


2015-16 undergraduate tuition and fees: $31,335

Room and board: $8,240

Percentage of first-time undergraduates receiving financial aid: 99%

Financial aid information

About 97% of all full-time Saint Mary's undergraduates receive more than $32 million in financial aid. About $15.7 million is provided by Saint Mary's as need-based or merit scholarships and grants. The remainder is federal or state aid, loans, and work study.

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Student involvement

Student organizations

Saint Mary's has 85 student organizations including:

  • Student government
  • Environmental groups
  • University ministry volunteer services
  • Special interest and political groups
  • Departmental groups
  • Greek organizations
  • Honor societies
  • Music-related groups
  • Sports and recreation-related groups
  • Numerous clubs

Athletic programs

Conference membership

  • NCAA Division III
  • Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC)

Men's varsity

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross-country
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field (indoor and outdoor)

Women's varsity

  • Basketball
  • Cross-country
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball (fast-pitch)
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field (indoor and outdoor)
  • Volleyball


  • 3 on 3 basketball
  • Basketball
  • Broomball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Hockey
  • Kickball 
  • Soccer (indoor and outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Team handball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball (indoor and sand)
  • Wiffleball

Club sports

  • Ballroom dance
  • Cheerleading
  • Dance team
  • Fencing
  • Lacrosse
  • Paintball
  • Rugby
  • Scuba diving
  • Skiing 
  • Snowboarding
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Water polo

Fine arts offerings

  • Undergraduate Art Show
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Mosaic literary arts magazine
  • Concert Choir
  • Chamber Singers
  • Women's Choir
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Theatre productions
  • Dance Repertory Company
  • Second Page comedy & improv troupe

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Also see Saint Mary's graduate programs.