Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures and empowers learners to ethical lives of service and leadership. At Saint Mary’s, students find in every classroom — whether in person or online — a relationship-driven, person-centered education. Through intense inquiry, students discover the truths in the world and the character within. More than 80 percent of students participate in over 50 clubs and organizations. Founded in 1912 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota enrolls more than 5,500 students at its residential undergraduate college in Winona and its Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs, based in Minneapolis but extending worldwide. Saint Mary’s offers respected and affordable programs in a variety of areas leading to bachelor's, bachelor's completion, master's, certificate, specialist and doctoral degrees.

As members of the Saint Mary's community, students are part of the great international Lasallian network. This group of educational institutions distributed around the world is dedicated to quality student-centered education and learning in the Lasallian Catholic tradition. Here, people are compassionate toward others, dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, and appreciative of art and culture. Students choose Saint Mary’s for any number of reasons, among them: Our welcoming community; our commitment to walking alongside each student, every step of the way; our intentional focus on practical, hands-on learning experiences; and our dedication to helping students form connections that will guide them in their post-graduate lives.

Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic

Student body profile

The way we teach and learn at Saint Mary’s has the power to change a student’s life. Our strong degree programs, caring faculty and supportive academic services help students to reach their goals. Students are known by their professors and each other. No matter the program or major, students build a network of professionals to support and contribute to post-graduate success.

Professors at Saint Mary’s are very personable and they really encourage and push you to be sure you are prepared for your career and your future. You’re not just a number here. You get to know everyone at Saint Mary’s and there is a real sense of community on this beautiful campus.

Lillian Braun '20


At Saint Mary’s, we understand there are many paths to earning your degree. Whether searching for the next step after high school or looking to transfer to Saint Mary’s Winona Campus, the Office of Admission is here to support prospective students.

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Cost & financial aid

About 99 percent of all full-time Saint Mary's undergraduates receive more than $60 million in financial aid. About $45 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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Tuition and fees

First-time, full-time students receiving grants and scholarships

Financial aid application deadline
Regular Decision I, Jan. 1
Regular Decision II, Feb. 1

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Student activities

The Winona Campus features a wide variety of student activities, organizations, clubs, fraternities and sororities and student government bodies to offer the opportunity not only for recreation, but also for enormous personal, social and career growth. Students can connect with other students who have similar — or different — views, aspirations and concerns. They’ll work together toward a common goal and have a blast doing it.

Number of student organizations

Types of student organizations
Academic clubs
Community service
Cultural or ethnic
Greek organizations
Honor societies
Student interest/hobbies
Student government

Fine arts offerings

Our vibrant Winona Campus is a hub of artistic activity, bringing together students with common interests engaging with the greater community. With an on campus art gallery and vibrant music, dance and theatre programs, Saint Mary's has an opportunity for you to share your skills or sit back and enjoy the arts.

Athletic programs

Conference membership
NCAA Division III - Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC)

Number of club sports

Students on the Winona Campus looking to stay active and participate in athletics outside of NCAA competition can take part in multiple club sports, which include ballroom dancing, men’s hockey, Nordic skiing, soccer, ultimate frisbee and volleyball.

Number of intramural sports

Intramural sports at Saint Mary’s offer a fun way to stay fit, enjoy friendly (but fierce!) competition and make connections. Options include team sports, individual sports and special events. The goal is an activity for everyone and everyone in an activity.

After graduation

For the class of 2017, 81.8 percent employed, in graduate school, serving in the military or volunteering long term.

Disciplines with largest number of graduates
1. Business, management, marketing and related support services
2. Health professions and related programs
3. Education

Alumni majors
Use LinkedIn’s alumni tool* to explore what Saint Mary's graduates majored in and the types of careers they have and with which companies.

*based only on those who have accounts on LinkedIn

Contact information

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