You Belong Here

Where you are matters. Saint Mary’s four-year residential liberal arts college in Winona proves the point. 

At Saint Mary’s, you’ll belong to a vibrant community that will get to know you—and your potential. It’s a person-centered environment with professors who will mentor you, plenty of real-world experience, and friendships that can last a lifetime. You’ll be challenged. You’ll have fun. And after graduation, you’ll look back at your experience and see the considerable value you received and the significance of the instruction in shaping the person you’ve become. Learn more about our undergraduate experience and apply today.

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Visit Campus ›

When you visit a college campus you can really get an idea of what campus life is all about. There really is no substitute for seeing it with your own eyes.

  • Sit in on a class
  • Try out the dining hall 
  • Meet professors 
  • Talk with Admission and Financial Aid staff 
  • Attend a sporting or cultural event 
  • Stay overnight 

Our Visit Coordinator will help you set up a memorable visit. Call 507-457-1700 or 800-635-5987, ext. 1700 or schedule online.

Winona Campus

Winona ›

Winona is a vibrant college town of about 28,000 in southeastern Minnesota. It’s one of the most beautiful places in the country, nestled between wooded bluffs and the stunning, mighty Mississippi River.

Exploring the possibilities of regenerative medicine

Two weeks ago Bailey O’Hare ’19 didn’t know that much about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and she knew even less about regenerative medicine. As part of a new summer workshop at Saint Mary’s University, O’Hare is getting an in-depth look at how the emerging field of regenerative medicine could one day help patients suffering from […] Read more ›

Graduate scores on the court and in class

Wylie Ferron ’17 may not be dressed in his usual Cardinal red, but he will definitely have the home-court advantage when he dons a cap and gown and hits the gym floor Saturday for Saint Mary’s University’s Winona commencement ceremony. As a three-year captain of the men’s basketball team, Ferron has engineered many successful basketball […] Read more ›

Outdoors provide hands-on lab for science students

For Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota undergraduate college science students, the outdoors is often their laboratory. All environmental courses with labs have multiple outdoor learning experiences: on the Winona Campus, on the Mississippi River, and other unique habitats in Southeastern Minnesota. Many students perform research in the local environment. At the recent college campus Celebration […] Read more ›

Turning data into decisions

Students in Michael Ratajczyk’s data analysis and business modeling course reviewed notes and discussed tactics as they waited for their turn in front of the judges. The students, primarily sophomores and juniors, had been given the task of analyzing data from a fictional business, Cardinal Hardware, which utilizes multiple suppliers and uses their own fleet […] Read more ›

Where you are matters: Winona named most beautiful town in Minnesota

The City of Winona, home to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and its Winona Campus, again received accolades as a top place to live. The well-known Expedia online travel service recently named Winona the most beautiful town in Minnesota, and an earlier ranking by Safewise called Winona the safest college town in the United States. […] Read more ›

Lights, Camera, Action! Walterman accepted into top film school [video]

“Saint Mary’s helped me find my artistic voice, be a leader on campus, and provide me the space to make these videos,” Walterman said. “And I formed close relationships with faculty who helped me get internships and jobs. I’ve grown so much. I wanted to be an individual, not a number. I wanted to be known. It definitely happened here.” Read more ›

Pairing degrees in business and biology

Katie (Leisen) Spring ’15 knows it’s all about finding ways to set yourself apart. As an undergraduate biology student, Spring applied for a summer undergraduate research opportunity, which enabled her to work at Mayo Clinic. That foot in the door led to another. She inquired with a doctor at the Mayo Clinic about volunteering in […] Read more ›

Saint Mary’s University and Mayo Clinic to collaborate for physician assistant program

Collaboration includes expansion of Saint Mary’s University Cascade Meadow facility in Rochester ROCHESTER, Minn.—The Mayo Clinic board of governors recently approved a proposal to initiate development of a new physician assistant master’s degree program through Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences; the proposal is a collaborative effort between Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and Mayo’s School […] Read more ›

Students inspired by DMC’s entrepreneurial opportunities

Jamie Sundsbak, the community manager of Collider Coworking in Rochester, decided to get down to business. “How many of you like entrepreneurship?” he asked a crowd of Saint Mary’s undergraduate entrepreneurial and science students. Appropriately, dozens of hands shot up the air. Sundsbak, along with other key Mayo Clinic and Rochester business and entrepreneurial leaders, […] Read more ›

Exploring the possibilities through Outdoor Leadership

Guided by the beams of their headlamps, Colin Norris ’13 led a dozen hardy students on a night hike through the bluffs surrounding Saint Mary’s University. Carefully, they made their way along the snowy wooded trails, across a stream, and to a clearing far behind the campus lights and activity. The group’s excited chatter quieted […] Read more ›

Top 10 Tips – Are you ready for college?

"Top 10 Tips" from our admission counselors
Each college may have different requirements for admission. Check the school’s website or speak to an admission counselor to make sure you don’t miss something. Make sure you challenge yourself as well. Show the school you are ready.
Many colleges and scholarships have posted deadlines for application, scholarship material submission or auditions. Don’t miss out on any opportunities.

ACT and SAT are the most common college readiness exams. Test sites often fill so schedule early. AND, make sure to send test scores to the schools you are looking at.

Teachers and counselors are happy to write letters of recommendation as long as you give them enough lead time.

Whether you request digitally or send through the mail, don’t delay in getting this done. It could hold up admission to your college of choice.

Determine what is important. You may experience data overload – keep it straight by keeping a notebook. Make sure to compare apples to apples. Does the total cost include room and board? How many credits does tuition cover each semester? Get the facts.

Find out what scholarships, grants, and financial aid are available before you say “it’s too expensive at School X.” Check out the bottom line. You may be very surprised how affordable college can be.

All schools offer tours and a chance to meet with an admission representative. Some schools even offer the chance to sit in on a class or meet with a professor. Staying on campus for an overnight visit is a bonus. You’ll see the school in a different light.

Think out of the box. Be open to apply to in-state, out-of-state, public, and private schools that meet your criteria. Investigate each school thoroughly. Narrow your search to schools that fit YOUR needs - not your friends!

Make note of schools that have an early registration deadline. Some schools have rolling admission. Find out what that means by talking with an admission counselor.


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Academics ›

What area of study interests you most? Learn about all of our academic programs and majors.

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Financial Aid ›

Saint Mary’s is more affordable than you think.

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Learn about what you’ll need to complete the application process. 


Student Life ›

There is so much more to college than classes. Learn more about activities, athletics and outdoor recreation, faith and service, residence life, and more.

Transfer Students ›

Considering a change? Ready to choose Saint Mary’s? Learn more about the benefits of transferring here.

Bachelor’s Completion ›

Are you an adult who needs to finish your degree? Learn more about the generous credit transfer policy at Saint Mary’s. 


87% of students live on campus

13:1 student/faculty ratio

97% of students receive financial aid


Alumni on Saint Mary’s

The quality of education is top notch as are the professors. Saint Mary’s has many alumni who are top in their fields. The lifelong friendships and connections are everlasting.
– Karen Holmes, President at Medius & Associates, Inc.

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