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History of Saint Mary's

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota has played a vital role in the arena of higher education since its founding in 1912. Beginning as a local college for young men, Saint Mary's has grown to a university offering education to men and women across the globe.

The Founding Years
Bishop Patrick R. Heffron, the second bishop of Winona, founded Saint Mary's as a college in 1912 to provide higher education for young men in southern Minnesota's Diocese of Winona and surrounding areas.
At Mid-Century
Many Saint Mary's graduates from the 1940s through the 1970s later earned advanced degrees in law, medicine, dentistry, ministry, science, and humanities.
Leading up to 2010
During the 1980s the campus underwent vigorous growth.
Graduate & Professional Education
From 1950 to 1980, the graduate programs offered by Saint Mary’s consisted primarily of summer institute offerings.
The New Millennium
What was a local college providing education for young men in 1912 is today an international university serving women and men of every age, race and nationality.