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Facts About Saint Mary's

Founded: 1912, by Bishop Patrick R. Heffron

Affiliation: De La Salle Christian Brothers, Roman Catholic

Institution Type: Private, national university offering undergraduate, bachelor’s completion, master’s, and doctoral degrees

President: Rev. James P. Burns, IVD, Ph.D.

Total Enrollment: 5,548 (total – undergraduate, bachelor’s completion, master’s, doctoral)

Accreditation: The Higher Learning Commission

Annual Budget: $93.8 million

Forbes Magazine 
“2018 America’s Top Colleges” top 100 among colleges in the Midwest

U.S. News and World Report 
2017 "Best Regional Universities, Midwest" and "Best Value"

Princeton Review 
2019 “Best Colleges: Region by Region" report's "Best Midwestern Category"

Washington Monthly 2016 College Guide 
"Best Bang for the Buck, Midwest" and "National Universities-Master's"

SafeWise’s 2016 “30 Safest College Towns in America” 
Winona ranked #1

Location: Winona, MN (population 28,000)

Distance From:

  • La Crosse, WI: 25 minutes
  • Rochester, MN: 50 minutes
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul: 2 hours
  • Milwaukee: 3.5 hours
  • Chicago: 4.5 hours

Enrollment: 1,089 students

Male : Female Ratio: 46% : 54%

Geographic Makeup: Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Midwest, and many other states and countries

Demographic Makeup (as reported for fall 2019):

  • Nonresident Alien (International): 4.9%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 8.9%
  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.4%
  • Asian: 2.7%
  • Black/African American: 3.7%
  • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander: 0.1%
  • White: 76.2%
  • Two or more races: 0.8%
  • Unknown: 2.4%

Degree Offered: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Program Offerings: majors, minors, and pre-professional programs

Student : Faculty Ratio: 11 : 1 (Winona Undergraduate College only)

Tuition and Fees: $36,670 (2019-20)

Room and Board: $9,350 (2019-20)

Scholarships of Note:

  • Academic Scholarships ranging from $14,000–$24,000 per year
  • Alumni Legacy Scholarship
  • Catholic High School Scholarship
  • Saint Luke Art and Design Scholarship
  • Saint Cecilia Music Scholarship
  • Lillian Davis Hogan Theatre Scholarship
  • Distance Award
  • Official Visit
  • Transfer Phi Theta Kappa
  • Transfer Community & Technical College


  • Employed, in graduate school, serving in the military, or long-term volunteering (Class of 2017*): 81.8%

*Based on survey responses

Student Activities:
Student government, campus ministry, committees, publications, volunteering, special interest groups, political groups, performing and visual arts, departmental clubs, sports and recreation

Varsity Athletics:

  • 21 NCAA Division III intercollegiate teams
  • Men's baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, hockey, soccer, swimming, tennis, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field
  • Women's basketball, cross-country, golf, hockey, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, volleyball

Conference: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC)

Team Name/Mascot: Cardinals–"Big Red Cardinal"

Intramural and Club Sports:
Archery, ballroom dancing, basketball, broomball, cheerleading, dance team, disc golf, dodgeball, figure skating, flag football, handball, hockey, kickball, kickboxing, Nordic skiing, ping pong, rugby, soccer, softball, spikeball, Ultimate Frisbee®, volleyball (indoor and sand), water polo, wiffleball, yoga

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Locations: Minneapolis, Winona, Rochester, Nairobi in Kenya, Jamaica, communities throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin, and online

Enrollment: 4,459 students

Faculty: Mainly working professionals

Tuition: Varies by program: Graduate programs | Bachelor’s Completion programs

Degrees/Awards Offered: Bachelor of Science (B.S.); Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.-Nairobi only); Master of Arts (M.A.); Master of Science (M.S.); Master of Education (M.Ed.); Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.); Master of Public Health (MPH); Master of Social Work (MSW); Master of African Studies (M.A.S.-Nairobi only); Education Specialist (Ed.S.); Doctor of Education (Ed.D.); Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.); Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)

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