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About the Institute

Learning • Living • Leading

An Outstanding Co-curricular Program that incorporates a women’s leadership and service perspective into Saint Mary's already exceptional general education courses. In combination with their major fields of study, Saint Teresa Institute students learn about women and their roles in the world and build a solid foundation in critical thinking, problem solving, ethical decision-making, and effective communication.

An Innovative Living/Learning Environment that provides enhanced opportunities for personal and professional growth. Because college students spend an average of only 15 hours a week in the classroom, where they live and spend most of their time is a significant component of their learning process. As they begin college, Institute students live together in the residence halls; this provides opportunities to develop friendships with women who have similar interests and offers extra support and resources. Throughout their four college years, students actively participate in education, service opportunities, discussions, seminars, projects, and events designed to prepare and encourage them to assume leadership roles—both in and out of college. The women of the Saint Teresa Institute graduate not only with a college degree from a prestigious university but also with a leadership and service portfolio—a toolbox of practical skills and hands-on experiences that empower them in their professional lives as they pursue careers or further education and in their personal lives as they seek to live meaningfully and make a difference in the world.

A Vibrant Community of Women who inspire each other to be courageous and confident. A remarkable group of women—including Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota faculty, staff, and alumnae; College of Saint Teresa alumnae; civic and business leaders; and Institute sponsors, members, and friends—serve as role models, mentors, and partners for Saint Teresa Institute students helping them explore their talents, develop their skills, reach their leadership potentials, and create possibilities in their lives. Most important, these women affirm students with their encouragement, support, and prayers. Together, these extraordinary women and Saint Teresa Institute students prove that everything is possible as they serve as dynamic leaders and powerful agents for change in their professional, civic, educational, and spiritual communities.