St. Mary's University of Minnesota

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Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is a private, nonprofit university. Our students’ success is the core of our concern.

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Founded in 1912, Saint Mary's is home to 1,350 undergraduates and 4,600 post-graduate and adult learner students.  Students choose Saint Mary's for any number of reasons, among them: our welcoming community; our commitment to walking alongside each student, every step of the way; our intentional focus on practical, hands-on learning experiences; and our dedication to helping students form connections that will guide them in their post-graduate lives.

We are mission-driven, committed to abandoning elitism, embracing respect, and being dedicated to every person. We are the university for students who are ready to grow and who know that with the right opportunities they can build the future they want.

On average, 83% of undergraduates live on campus. We have 96 full time faculty with a 12:1 student/faculty ratio.  At the heart of Saint Mary’s are the people who get to know you. Faculty, staff, and your fellow students—all become allies on your educational journey. Here, in an intense give-and-take setting, each of us discovers just how much we can grow. You’ll find, in every one of our classrooms, a relationship-driven, person-centered education. Because we believe that everyone deserves the chance to make an impact. To achieve beyond expectations. To be known.

Our 400 acre campus is situated on bluffs overlooking the mighty Mississippi River and contains 46 buildings (16 residence halls). Saint Mary's offers 57 undergraduate majors including unusual and popular programs in cytotechnology, E-business technology, electronic publishing, engineering physics, journalism, nuclear medicine technology. All courses in the English Language Bridge Program are credit bearing. We offer post-graduate programs in International Business and Geographic Information Systems (used in fossil fuel exploration, mapping etc.) of one year + duration.  

What's special?

US News & World Report has listed SMUMN in the Top Tier of 'Regional Universities in the West' and listed the University at #23 among 'Best Value Schools.' Safewise's '30 Safest College in America' cites Winona as #1.

Saint Mary’s offers a transformational education. Whether our students are in Winona or Minneapolis or any location in the world, the experience is the same—through intense inquiry, we help students discover the truths in the world around us and the character within us. 

Some popular programs include cytotechnology, E-business technology, electronic publishing, engineering physics, journalism, nuclear medicine technology

Fast facts

Temperate - 4 seasons
20, Student/faculty ratio: 13:1
Yes 2 levels
631 , 50% with advanced degrees
Rochester, MN (RST)


Programs of study add

58 undergraduate programs

  • ESL
  • Actuarial Science
  • Art
    • Art
    • Art: Digital Arts and Design
    • Art: Graphic Design
    • Art: Management
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
    • Biology
    • Biology: Clinical Laboratory Science
    • Biology: Environmental
  • Cytotechnology
  • Business Administration
    • Business Administration
    • Business Administration: Accounting
    • Business Administration: Entrepreneurship
    • Business Administration: Finance
    • Business Administration: International Business
    • Business Administration: Management
    • Business Administration: Marketing
    • Business Administration: Sports Management
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Studies
    • Communication Studies
    • Communication Studies: Digital Communications
    • Communication Studies: Electronic Publishing
    • Communication Studies: Journalism
    • Communication Studies: Public Relations and Advertising
  • Computer
    • Computer
    • Computer: Data Analytics
    • Computer: Geographic Info
    • Computer: Info Systems/Tech Management
    • Computer: Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
    • Education
    • Education: Chemistry
    • Education: Elementary School Emphasis
    • Education: English
    • Education: History
    • Education: Life Sciences
    • Education: Mathematics
    • Education: Secondary Emphasis
    • Education: Social Studies/Science
    • Education: Spanish
  • Educational Studies
    • Educational Studies: Adult
    • Educational Studies: Religious
  • Engineering
    • Engineering: Chemical
    • Engineering: Environmental
    • Engineering: Physics
  • English
  • Environmental Science/Studies
  • Forensics
    • Forensics: Chemistry
    • Forensics: Science
  • Global Studies
  • Health
    • Health: Public Health
    • Health: Sciences
  • History
  • Human Resource Management/Services
  • Human Services
  • Languages and Cultures
    • Languages and Cultures
    • Languages and Cultures: English
    • Languages and Cultures: Spanish
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Leadership
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Laboratory Science/Technology
  • Ministry
  • Music
    • Music
    • Music: Instrumental
    • Music: Music Education
    • Music: Music Industry Studies
    • Music: Performance
    • Music: Vocal
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Echocardiography
  • Pre-Medical Laboratory Science
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  • Psychology
  • Sociology/Social Justice
  • Theatre Arts
    • Theatre Arts
    • Theatre Arts: Acting
    • Theatre Arts: Dance
    • Theatre Arts: Directing
    • Theatre Arts: Performance
  • Theology

Accommodations add

On campus residence required through sophomore year. Only available at Winona campus Not available at the Minneapolis campus


19 Meal plan is exclusive to all-you-care-to-eat Toner Dining Hall

Admissions criteria add

Yes 2 levels

Direct Admission:
79 iBT or IELTS: 6.5
Conditional Acceptance:
32 iBT IEP 59 iBT Bridge program or IELTS: 3.5 IEP 5.0 Bridge program
0 - Intensive program 30 - Bridge program
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Arts add

Studio Arts, Band, Chorus, Dance, Design, Digital Media, Music, Musical Theater, Orchestra, Percussion, Theater
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Programs of study add

Master's Degree Programs: Teaching/K-8, Teaching/5-12

  • ESL
  • Administration
  • Education
  • Geographic Information Science
  • International Business

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Admissions criteria add

Not Required

Required for all programs

Yes with a course-by-course evaluation confirming their degree is equivalent to a 4-year Bachelor's degree, from NAAC 'A' rated school

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  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross-Country
  • Figure Skating
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Ice Hockey
  • Nordic Ski
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Campus features

Recreational and Athletic Center with indoor running track, courts for basketball, tennis, volleyball and racquetball; aerobic equipment, weight room and dance studio; an ice arena and an eight lane swimming pool.

Toner Student Center with bookstore, art gallery, wellness center, and game room with pool tables, ping-pong and large-screen TV's.

Performance Center with 455 seat theatre, 120 seat recital hall, and a black box studio theatre.

Extracurricular activities

  • Accounting Club
  • Art Club
  • Ballroom Dance Club
  • Biology Club
  • Challenge Ropes Course
  • Chemistry Club
  • Figure Skating Club
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • History Club
  • KSMR-Radio
  • Inter-Cultural Awareness Club (ICCA)
  • Math/Computer Science Club
  • Psychology Club
  • Saint Mary's Trails
  • Video Game Club
  • Volunteering
  • Woods Disc Golf Course
  • Yoga Club

Estimated costs


$610 Fees

$11,465 Intensive English Program Includes tuition, room, board, health insurance

$21,250 ESL Bridge ESL credit-bearing courses integrated within the first year curriculum


Contact us for program specific post-graduate cost estimates.

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