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

Accreditation: The Higher Learning Commission

Annual Budget: $88 million

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) – PDF
Study shows Saint Mary’s students receive more from their college experience

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

Money Magazine 
2018 Top 400 "Best Colleges" nationwide in educational quality, affordability, and alumni success

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: 1,171 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: 59 majors; also minors and pre-professional programs

Student : Faculty Ratio: 13 : 1

Tuition and Fees: $33,020 (2017-18)

Room and Board: $8,810 (2017-18)

Scholarships of Note:

  • Academic Scholarships ranging from $10,000–$22,000 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 2016*): 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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