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.

2017-18 Application Timelines

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These are important dates! Mark your calendars and set reminders on all of your devices!

Early Action I

Application and Materials Deadline:
October 15

Decisions Announced:
November 1

Financial Aid Awards Mailed:
December 15

Deposit Deadline:
May 1

*Students who submit and complete their admission file prior to September 15, will be reviewed and will receive their admit decision on October 1. Financial Aid Awards will be sent December 15.


Early Action II

Application and Materials Deadline:
November 15

Decisions Announced:
December 1

Financial Aid Awards Mailed:
December 15

Deposit Deadline:
May 1


Regular Decision I

Application and Materials Deadline:
December 15

Decisions Announced:
January 1

Financial Aid Awards Mailed:
January 15

Deposit Deadline:
May 1


Regular Decision II

Application and Materials Deadline:
January 15

Decisions Announced:
February 1

Financial Aid Awards Mailed:
February 15

Deposit Deadline:
May 1


*Students who submit and complete their admission file after January 16, will be reviewed and receive an admit decision 3-4 weeks after submitting their admission file.


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.

Ground broken on Rochester expansion

Nearly 100 guests joined Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota as it broke ground for a new 10,000-square-foot addition to Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Learning Center in Rochester on Aug. 15. Although the event celebrated a physical expansion, the excitement multiplied as university officials discussed the programming that will take place inside. Once approved by […] Read more ›

Team sets goal to help Haiti

Being part of a team means working together toward a common goal. Sometimes that goal is crossing the finish line first, throwing the hardest, or jumping the farthest. But the Saint Mary’s University track and field team extended their typical team goals this summer to helping bring fresh water to a poor community in Haiti. Eight members of the track and field team, head coach Niels Anderson, and four other members of the Saint Mary’s community recently returned from Haiti, where they took part in a mission trip through Healing Haiti. Read more ›

The sky’s the limit on psychology careers

When psychology Ph.D. students are applying for internship experiences, they may shoot for the moon—but they don’t often think of turning to NASA. As a summer intern with the Office of Naval Research at NASA Ames in Moffett Field, Calif., 2014 Saint Mary’s undergraduate psychology major Ellie Niedbala has been involved with helping astronauts and military personnel learn to deter motion sickness and stress. And, she’s working to both recruit and retain more women to NASA Ames. Read more ›

A career by sophomore year

Mike Mezzano ’17 admits there was only one, very small negative aspect to having a job lined up early in his college career. During his senior year, when Mezzano found himself with a little extra free time, his friends were busy sending out résumés and lining up interviews. A double major in finance and business […] Read more ›

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 ›

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.

Source: LinkedIn