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October Counselor Newsletter

October 2, 2020

Admission Newsletter News

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Featured Event: Explore the Nest

We are offering a few different options for students this MEA break (Oct. 15 – 17). Whether you are able to visit in-person or would prefer to learn more virtually, we have an option for you! You can go to our visit website and schedule an individual campus tour or register for information sessions and student panels that will be held virtually. Make the most of your MEA break by signing up to learn more about Saint Mary’s today!

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Virtual Events for Fall Semester

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Explore the Nest

Thursday – Saturday
Oct. 15 – 17

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Outdoor Recreation Webinar

Friday, Oct. 23

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3+2 PA Focus Day

Friday, Nov. 6 

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Student Webinar Wednesdays

Register now!

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Visit Winona

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Generous merit scholarships are awarded to first-year students along with Saint Mary’s offering first-year students a number of scholarships to nurture creativity and artistic talent. Merit scholarships range from $20k-$25k. Students are awarded scholarships for merit, alumni legacy, Catholic high school, and distance. Students who major in Art, Theater, Music and Dance may apply for competitive awards. Music scholarships are awarded to non-majors in addition to music majors. Auditions and portfolio reviews will be done virtually. In addition to all of the above, students will qualify for a Cardinal Visit Scholarship, a renewable, $1,000 per year, scholarship, awarded to incoming first-year students who make an official campus visit or schedule a virtual visit during their senior year of high school and are admitted to Saint Mary’s. www.smumn.edu/visit All scholarships are renewable for 4 years.

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3+2 Physician Assistant

In collaboration with Mayo Clinic, Saint Mary’s offers a 5-year Physician Assistant Program. This fast track program will allow students the opportunity for a meaningful career in the medical field and to ultimately work within the Midwest for the world-renowned Mayo Clinic Health System. Students will spend three years studying at Saint Mary’s new state of the art Science and Learning Center on our Winona Campus.
The following two years, they will learn from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences faculty at Saint Mary’s Rochester Campus and have clinical learning experiences at Mayo Clinic in Rochester and throughout Mayo Clinic Health System. At the conclusion of the fourth year, students will earn a Bachelor of Arts in Biology – Health Science from Saint Mary’s University, and at the end of their fifth year, they will earn a Master of Health Sciences in PA Studies Degree from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.

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  • Online application with three essay questions
  • Transcripts
  • A letter of recommendation and an evaluation from one science teacher
  • A minimum GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Saint Mary’s is test optional but candidates must show they are calculus ready by demonstrating a 26 in math on the ACT or passing the  Saint Mary’s math placement exam
  • Personal interview
  • The ideal candidate will understand the roles and responsibilities associated with a career as a PA.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate leadership, commitment to practice locally, maturity, resilience, compassion, service, and military service.
  • Preparations in mathematics are required with courses that prepare students for college calculus.
  • Applicants should speak with an admission counselor for more information

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Have Questions?

Brenda Jones
Associate Regional Director of Admission

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