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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
America’s Best Colleges – 2019 by Forbes’ best colleges are determined by, among other factors, student evaluations, student post-graduate success, and the number of students who receive nationally competitive awards, listed Saint Mary’s among America’s Best Colleges 2019 in “the best public and private colleges and universities from the student’s point of view” category.

U.S. News and World Report

  • Best Online MBA programs – 2021. Saint Mary's ranked best in the State of Minnesota and #170 overall.
  • Best Online Master's in Education programs – 2021. Saint Mary's ranked fourth in the State of Minnesota and #201 overall.
  • #33 in Regional Universities Midwest – 2021 by U.S. News & World Report Ranking colleges and universities based on indicators in seven key categories, U.S. News & World Report placed Saint Mary’s among its first tier of “Best Regional Universities Midwest.”
  • #24 Best Colleges for Veterans – 2021 by U.S. News & World Report  Ranking colleges and universities who offer federal initiatives for veterans and active services members based on indicators such as graduation rate, faculty resources, and other criteria for high academic quality.
  • #18 Best Value Schools – 2021 by U.S. News & World Report  Ranking based on academic quality and net cost of attendance for those receiving an average level of financial aid. Only schools that are considered above average academically are considered to be the best value.
  • #63 Top Performer on Social Mobility – 2021 U.S. News & World Report  Ranking based on graduation rates of Pell Grant recipients (students coming from households where the yearly family income is between $50,000-$20,000 and often less than $20,000).

Princeton Review 
2021 “Best Colleges: Region by Region" report's "Best Midwestern Category"

Washington Monthly 2019 College Guide
"Best Bang for the Buck, Midwest" and "National Universities-Master's"

#2 for Best Master's Nursing Degrees with a medial salary of $186,000
#7 for Best Online Bachelor's Nursing Degrees with a median salary of $88,400

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

#3 for largest MBA programs in Minnesota and Western  Wisconsin - ranked by fall 2020 enrollment

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: 13 : 1 (Winona Undergraduate College only)

Tuition and Fees: $37,650 (2020-21)

Room and Board: $9,630 (2020-21)

Scholarships of Note:

  • Academic Scholarships ranging from $18,000–$28,000 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:

  • 17 NCAA Division III intercollegiate teams
  • Men's baseball, basketball, cross-country, hockey, soccer, tennis, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field
  • Women's basketball, cross-country, hockey, soccer, softball, 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, 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.); Master of Arts (M.A.); Master of Science (M.S.); Master of Education (M.Ed.); Master of Business Administration (MBA); Master of Public Health (MPH); Master of Social Work (MSW); Education Specialist (Ed.S.); Doctor of Education (Ed.D.); Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.); Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

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