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May 21, 2024

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Find an Outstanding Lasallian Catholic Education at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Students interested in a Catholic education, which is based on the core principles of Lasallian Catholic  education, can find what they are looking for at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. We strive to meet learners where they are and provide them with growth in knowledge, professional preparation, and personal transformation. Here, learn more about Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and what it has to offer its students.

What Is Lasallian Education?

The Lasallian education at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is continuing the work of Saint John Baptist de La Salle. Born in 1651 in France, de La Salle worked to begin a new system of Christian schools. The goal was for teachers to assist parents in the educational, ethical, and religious formation of their children.

Today, Lasallian education is dedicated to quality student-centered education and learning in the Lasallian Catholic tradition. Qualities of the Lasallian Catholic tradition include:

  • Being compassionate in dealings with others
  • Dedication to the advancement of knowledge
  • Appreciation of art and culture

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is proud to be one of six Lasallian colleges and universities in the United States.

Choosing a Catholic Higher Education

The National Catholic College Admission Association says Catholics and non-Catholics alike are drawn to Catholic education. This is because it can offer:

  • Academic excellence
  • Preparation for students to become leaders
  • Exploration into today’s professional responsibilities while incorporating personal responsibility and social justice

Students seeking a Catholic education can also find these qualities at a Catholic university:

  • Long tradition of academic excellence
  • Holistic learning environment
  • Values-oriented education
  • Call to serve
  • Diversity of options

Whether it is your call to the faith or academic excellence that pulls you to Catholic education, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota provides top-notch education. All our programs are designed to prepare you for real-world situations.

The Mission of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is enriched by the Lasallian Catholic heritage. Our mission is to awaken, nurture, and empower learners to ethical lives of leadership. The vision of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is to:

  • Transform individuals and communities through education that emphasizes excellence
  • Align with workforce needs
  • Provide access and flexibility to support student needs
  • Develop ethically guided graduates learning in their communities and succeeding in their careers

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota guarantees academic freedom to pursue the truth, and that includes intellectual openness to the divine, as well as the integration of faith and reason. The Catholic mission and identity are found through:

  • Religious icons and symbols on campus
  • Celebration of Mass
  • Campus Ministry programming

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota strives to be the premier Lasallian Catholic university. We empower students to live lives of ethical service and leadership, all while pursuing an excellent education.

What Programs Does Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Offer?

No matter where you are in your Catholic education journey, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota offers a variety of educational choices, including:

In total, students have over 80 different degree and certificate paths to choose from, including programs like:

The above is just a sampling of the degrees and certificates from which students can choose. Visit the academic program finder to see a complete list of majors and certificates that Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota offers.

Are You Ready to Start Your Journey at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota?

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is a private, nonprofit Lasallian Catholic University with plenty of online and in-person classes for traditional students and adult learners. We have classes available in a traditional on-campus setting, as well as many degrees available for completion online. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota also offers accelerated programs and certificates, which can be completed in as little as 16 weeks.

Many of our students choose our programs for their:

  • Flexibility
  • Faith-based education
  • Academic excellence

See what a Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Catholic education has to offer. For more information, contact us today, or visit us for an in-person or virtual tour.