Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

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

phone: 507.457.1700
toll-free: 800.635.5987
fax: 507.457.1722
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Programs and Degrees Offered



Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is a private, Lasallian Catholic institution offering comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs. About 1,300 students are enrolled in the residential undergraduate College at the Winona campus, established in 1912. Approximately 4,300 students are enrolled in the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs, which offers certificate, bachelor's degree completion, master's degree, specialist and doctoral programs. The university delivers education to its adult learners through campuses in Minneapolis and Winona; centers in Apple Valley, Oakdale and Rochester; at numerous other locations throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin, and in Jamaica and Nairobi, Kenya.

Saint Mary's University at a Glance


  • Undergraduate: 1,904
  • Graduate: 3,921

Undergraduate student distribution

  • Domestic students: 84% White, 7% Black, 5% Hispanic, 3% Asian, 1% American Indian/Alaska Native, 1% multiracial, excludes race/ethnicity unknown
  • International students are 3% of total undergraduate enrollment


  • Student/faculty ratio: 16:1
  • Average class size: 17
  • Number undergraduate majors: 66

First-Year Student Profile

  • Average ACT score: The middle 50% of enrolled students had ACT composite scores between 19 and 25. 94% of students presented the ACT as part of their applications.
  • Average SAT score: Middle 50% ranges for SAT Math: 490-560, SAT Reading: 420-510. 6% of students submitted the SAT as part of their applications.
  • High school GPA: 3.21
  • Percentage from Minnesota: 52%
  • Percentage who live on campus: 99%


  • 2014-15 undergraduate tuition and fees: $30,315
  • Room and board: $7,695
  • Percentage first-time undergraduates receiving financial aid: 99%

Religious affiliation

  • Roman Catholic


Degrees offered

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science (degree completion program), Bachelor of Education (Nairobi), Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of African Studies (Nairobi), Master of Education, Doctor of Education, Education Specialist, Master of Business Administration, Doctor of Psychology, Doctor of Business Administration

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5 largest majors

Elementary Education, Marketing, Biology, Accounting, Psychology


105 full-time, 473 part-time (includes four-year, bachelor completion and graduate programs); 84% of full-time faculty members hold the doctorate or highest degree in their field

Student/faculty ratio


Average class size


Accreditation & approval

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

Pre-professional programs

Dentistry, Chemical Engineering, Law, Medicine, Physical Therapy, Theology and Veterinary Science

Teaching licensure programs

Elementary Education (Grades K-6 with 5-8 Concentration); Secondary Education (Grades 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: K-12 Reading Teacher, Special Education: Emotional Behavioral Disorders, Special Education: Learning Disabilities, English as a Second Language

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 and K-12 Reading Teacher. The Twin Cities campus offers undergraduate certificates in Surgical Technology and Accounting. The Twin Cities campus offers graduate certificates in Gifted and Talented Instruction, Marriage and Family Therapy, Project Management, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Addiction Studies, Geographic Information Science, and Education Administration: K-12 Principals, Education Administration: Director of Special Education, Education Administration: Superintendent, Instruction, Special Education: Learning Disabilities and 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.

Admission & cost


Online application:

Admissions tests required: ACT or SAT

Application deadlines: Rolling

Application fee: Free online, $25 for paper application

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


2014-15 undergraduate tuition and fees: $30,315

Room and board: $7,965

Percentage of first-time undergraduates receiving financial aid: 96%

Financial aid information

About 95% 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

85: in 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 and numerous clubs.

Athletic programs

Conference membership

NCAA Division III, Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC)

Men's varsity

Baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, hockey, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis

Women's varsity

Basketball, cross-country, golf, hockey, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, volleyball


Flag football, sand volleyball, indoor volleyball, ultimate Frisbee, basketball, 3 on 3 basketball, wiffleball, dodgeball, soccer, indoor soccer, broomball, hockey, softball, kickball and team handball

Club sports

Dance team, rugby, scuba diving, water polo, skiing and snowboarding, paintball, ballroom dance, cheerleading, ultimate frisbee, lacrosse, fencing

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