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Saint Mary’s University recognized nationally for quality, growth

September 9, 2016

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Princeton Review has once again listed Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in its “Best Midwestern” category within the 2017 “Best Colleges: Region by Region” report. Princeton Review evaluates 649 colleges in four regions of the country that they consider academically outstanding as well as worth students’ consideration. Saint Mary’s was among the 156 institutions selected for the “Best Midwestern” category.

This is one of several accolades the university has recently garnered. Here are three more:

    • Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is among the “Fastest-Growing Roman Catholic Colleges” according to a recently published list from The Chronicle of Higher Education. Saint Mary’s ranked No. 6 in the list of 10 schools nationwide using enrollment data from a 10-year span from 2004 to 2014. The list was published in the Washington, D.C., based Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2016-17 Almanac, released Aug. 19, 2016. The Chronicle recognized that Saint Mary’s enrollment in fall of 2004 was 4,861, and by 2014, enrollment had grown to 5,825, showing a 19.8 percent increase. Much of this growth has been fueled by the university’s success in responding to the needs of working adults in a number of ways including online offerings.
    • Saint Mary’s MBA program was selected by Online MBA Today as one of the top 15 online MBA programs in environmental sustainability in 2017. A list of more than 350 online MBA programs were vetted based on tuition cost, accreditation, early career salary, prestige, and graduation rates. Saint Mary’s program was chosen because of its student satisfaction rate and exceptional affordability.
    • Washington Monthly ranked Saint Mary’s University twice in its new 2016 college guide. Saint Mary’s was ranked 183 out of 634 on its “National Universities-Master’s” list and 84th of 367 in its “Best Bang for the Buck Midwest” category. Washington Monthly has released an annual college guide since 2005 to rate schools on social mobility, research, and service. These rankings examine how much students earn within a decade after college; affordability and quality; and the enrollment of first-generation college students to show a commitment to opportunity.

“These rankings verify that we are succeeding in many important areas including student satisfaction, affordability, and successful outcomes,” said Brother William Mann, FSC, President of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. “This validates what we’re hearing from our students and alumni, and we’re proud to be nationally recognized for excellence.”

About Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of leadership and service. At Saint Mary’s, students find in every classroom—whether in person or online—a relationship-driven, person-centered education. Through intense inquiry, students discover the truths in the world and the character within. Founded in 1912 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota enrolls 5,800 students at its residential undergraduate college in Winona and its Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs, based in Minneapolis but extending worldwide. Saint Mary’s offers respected and affordable programs in a variety of areas leading to bachelor’s, bachelor’s completion, master’s, certificate, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Learn more at