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Accreditation and Rankings

University Accreditation


The Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. In addition, many of Saint Mary’s programs have been approved by specialized accrediting organizations, professional boards, and state agencies. Additional information regarding Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s accredited and regulatory status may be found at

Specialty Accreditation


Saint Mary’s MSW is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation (CSWE).

Our Master of Science in Project Management degree program is accredited by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs. Learn more about this accreditation at the Global Accreditation Center’s website.

The Baccalaureate Degree Program in Nursing at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Professional Licensure


Saint Mary’s is committed to ensuring prospective and current students are informed of professional programmatic licensure standards. To learn more about program-specific licensure please click here. Before starting a program prospective students should contact the licensing agency in their state of residence to ensure the program is compatible in their state.

Rankings and Honors


Saint Mary’s, known for the quality of its education, has recently received numerous instances of recognition for its efforts.


Niches’ rankings are based on analysis of academic, admissions, financial, and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and alumni.

National Rankings – 2023

  • #35 Safest Colleges Campuses in America – out of 1,310
  • #45 Best College Dorms in America – out of 1,371
  • #47 Best Catholic Colleges in America – out of 166


Minnesota Rankings – 2023

  • #2 Best College Dorms in Minnesota – out of 32
  • #2 Safest College Campuses in Minnesota – out of 31
  • #5 Best Colleges for Accounting and Finance in Minnesota – out of 25
  • #6 Best Colleges for Business in Minnesota – out of 29
  • #8 Best Value Colleges in Minnesota – out of 36
  • #11 Colleges with Best Professors in Minnesota – out of 34
  • #11 Best Small Colleges in Minnesota – out of 28
  • #11 Top Private Universities in Minnesota – out of 23
  • #11 Best Colleges for Education in Minnesota– out of 30
  • #13 Best Colleges in Minnesota – out of 35
  • #13 Best Colleges for Student Athletes in Minnesota – out of 28
  • #14 Colleges with the Best Academics in Minnesota – out of 35
  • #19 Best College Locations in Minnesota – out of 34
  • #20 Most Diverse Colleges in Minnesota – out of 35

Money Magazine

  • ‘Best Colleges in America’ for 2023 by Money Magazine

A full list of university rankings and awards can be found here.