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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: Brother William Mann, FSC, D.Min.

Total Enrollment: 5,900 (total – undergraduate, bachelor’s completion, master’s, doctoral)

Accreditation: The Higher Learning Commission

Annual Budget: $88 million

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: 1,171 students

Male : Female Ratio: 49% : 51%

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

Demographic Makeup (as reported for 2014–15):

  • Nonresident Alien (International): 4.6%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 8.3%
  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.3%
  • Asian: 1.8%
  • Black/African American: 2.9%
  • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander: 0%
  • White: 60.5%
  • Two or more races: 0.7%
  • Unknown: 20.95%

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

Program Offerings: 58 majors; also minors and pre-professional programs

Student : Faculty Ratio: 13 : 1

Tuition and Fees: $32,650 (2016–17)

Room and Board: $8,560 (2016–17)

Scholarships of Note:

  • Academic Scholarships ranging from $7,000–$20,000 per year
  • Saint Luke Art and Design Scholarship
  • Saint Cecilia Music Scholarship
  • Lillian Davis Hogan Theatre Scholarship


  • Employed, in graduate school, serving in the military, or long-term volunteering (Class of 2014*): 94.3%

*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/diving, tennis, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field
  • Women's basketball, cross-country, golf, hockey, soccer, softball, swimming/diving, 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:
Ballroom dancing, basketball, broomball, cheerleading, dance team, dodgeball, fencing, flag football, handball, hockey, kickball, rugby, scuba diving, skiing, snowboarding, soccer, softball, Ultimate Frisbee®, volleyball (indoor and sand), water polo, wiffleball, Nordic skiing

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

Enrollment: 4,790 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 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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