In the tradition of courageous women throughout history, the Saint Teresa Institute fosters — within an academic setting — a spiritual, social and cultural environment through which the leadership potential of women is nurtured. It is a community that celebrates personal integrity, excellence, joy and service.
Students in the Saint Teresa Leadership and Service Institute live in a shared community in the heart of Saint Mary’s University. The Institute is a living and learning co-curricular program. The women gain many of the benefits of all-women’s education while nested in the broader co-educational Saint Mary’s community. Select general education courses are offered in women-focused classrooms, and the students in the Institute complete a six-credit course series in leadership and service.
Admission into the Institute
Approximately 20 freshmen and sophomore women are admitted to the Saint Teresa Institute at the beginning of each fall semester. Students are invited to apply for the Institute by completing a brief application form. Interviews are conducted with potential members by phone or in person.
- Apply for admission to Saint Mary's – must be done before or at the same time as application to the Institute
- - PDF ($25 fee)
- Apply for admission to the Saint Teresa Institute
Institute women live intentionally. Some live together in community; all gather regularly. With the director’s guidance, they set and monitor personal and professional goals over their SMU career.
Institute women learn together. They take Lasallian Core Traditions and select courses together in women-focused classrooms and complete a six-credit leadership and service curriculum.
Institute women lead. They design and participate in a variety of co-curricular activities, including life-skills workshops, leadership seminars, service learning, mentoring, and other on- and off-campus opportunities aimed at opening their minds to new ideas, people and experiences.
For more information contact:
Peg Winters, Director
Saint Teresa Leadership and Service Institute for Women
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights #1523
Winona, MN 55987-1399
(800) 635-5987, Ext. 6651
Fax: (507) 457-6993