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You’ve come to the right place to find your place in the world.

Your college journey is uniquely yours. The four-year residential college experience at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona is an ideal place to challenge yourself, pursue your passions, discover and create innovative ideas, and find your place in a diverse community.

Welcome to Saint Mary's – Where Tradition Meets Transformation.

It’s a big world out there - widen your perspective.

At Saint Mary’s, we use our unique skills and resources to help you make an impact throughout your life.

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At Saint Mary’s, our mission is a reflection of our daily lives.

At Saint Mary’s, we live our mission everyday. Our students embody dedication, facing challenges with unwavering determination. We witness transformative moments as they soar intellectually, spiritually, personally, and professionally. Our graduates, influenced by our Lasallian Catholic mission, become influential, morally-grounded leaders fostering positive global change.

Setting the foundation for success

The world is a complex and dynamic place. To help you make sense of it, and to prepare you to apply your talents and skills to university life, we provide two paths for interdisciplinary learning. Both of them allow you to make connections — between the classroom and the workplace, between your educational experiences and your life situation, between your knowledge and the wider world.

  • The General Education Program at Saint Mary’s University is a comprehensive curriculum designed to provide students with a well-rounded education across various disciplines. It encompasses a range of courses that develop critical thinking, communication skills, cultural awareness, and ethical reasoning. This program aims to foster intellectual growth, promote lifelong learning, and prepare students to be engaged and responsible global citizens. By completing the General Education requirements, students gain a broad academic foundation that complements their chosen majors and prepares them for success in diverse professional fields.

  • For students who are interested in a more rigorous academic experience, you can meet the general education requirements through the Lasallian Honors Program.  This experience is conducted through interdisciplinary, shared inquiry seminars.  Students with eligible academic records are invited to join the program during their university application process.

Explore our undergraduate minors.

Enhance your academic journey with our range of thoughtfully designed minors. These programs provide a unique opportunity to delve deeper into specific fields, complementing your major and broadening your skill set. Whether you’re driven by a passion for numbers, fascinated by the intricacies of the natural world, or intrigued by the dynamics of human behavior, we have a minor to ignite your curiosity and shape your future. Discover the array of minors available at our university and chart your course towards a well-rounded education.

Together we become stronger.

At Saint Mary’s, diversity strengthens our unity. Our culture, rooted in respect and our Lasallian Catholic heritage, unites students from various programs into a vibrant, caring community. With dedicated spaces on campus for study, play, worship, and socializing, lifelong bonds form, enriching your academic journey with intellectual growth, personal development, and cherished memories.

How to apply

Whether you’re a first-time or transfer student, explore tailored resources just for you.

For first-time, fall applicants, the priority decision deadline for admission and scholarships is May 1.  Don’t miss out!

You’ve been accepted. Here’s what to do next.

Welcome to the Cardinal family!  Now that you’ve been admitted, take these important next steps to make sure you are ready to go.

We help make college affordable

With a college degree, you can earn over $1 million more in your lifetime than without one. Best yet, you can take your degree anywhere you go. But the cost of a quality education should not get in the way of reaching your goals. Here at Saint Mary’s we are committed to providing a hands-on, practical quality education that is accessible and affordable, just like our namesake, Saint John Baptist de La Salle. Explore cost breakdowns for tuition, fees, room and board.

  • Your Saint Mary’s education will be impactful and affordable – that’s our promise to you.
    Our promise means that each Saint Mary’s student will be offered up to $120,000 in scholarships.

    But the Cardinal Promise goes further – Pell-eligible Minnesota and Wisconsin students may qualify for 100% tuition coverage at Saint Mary’s.

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  • Saint Mary’s is committed to making college affordable. We strive to keep tuition and fees as low as possible while delivering a quality education.

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  • The net price calculator is designed for undergraduate students to provide an estimate of the financial aid they may receive from Saint Mary’s.

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