Founded as a local college for men by Bishop Patrick R. Heffron in 1912, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is today a global and diverse learning community educating students of every age, race, and nationality. The Lasallian Catholic university has been offering on-campus graduate programs since the 1970s and expanded in the mid 1980s to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse adult population, much of which required evening and weekend classes to accommodate full-time work schedules.
"There is a belief here, and it courses through our entire community, the belief that everyone has the chance to make a difference in the world."
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If you listen closely, you can almost hear it. Like the running waters of the mighty Mississippi River, the Spirit of St Mary's University is ever constant. It's a spirit of community, a community secure in the knowledge that educational excellence is the way forward—the path to equality and progress.
There is a belief here, and it courses through our entire community, the belief that everyone has the chance to make a difference in the world. This passion energizes each of us to achieve beyond expectations, to know and be known, to help every student grow their potential, through ethics, service, and leadership, to meet the world's needs. It's in this give and take setting, not bound by time or place, that faculty, staff, and students discover together just how much we may grow.
An education at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota offers a transformative experience. Traversing countryside and urban campuses, through metropolitan centers, international sites, and online, locally, nationally, and around the world, this is who we are. For more than 100 years, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is chosen for its value and values. Enriched by our Lasalleian Catholic heritage, we are committed to a shared vision that unites rather than divides.
At Saint Mary's University, we believe that when people work together, the world gets better. We think those who create knowledge have a responsibility to share it. And the purpose of education is to empower each and every day. We live our mission by dedicating ourselves to awaken, nurture, and empower others through education.
The river's flow is never still. The course is undeterred, widening and deepening, sculpting passage into a future full of promise, a future that is ours together—Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Fulfilling its commitment to accessibility and innovation, the university today offers graduate-level courses on the ground and in blended formats at numerous on- and off-campus locations, as well as entirely online to meet the needs of today’s professional population. The Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs, one of the largest graduate schools in Minnesota, offers online graduate-level courses designed for working adults seeking an affordable, convenient, and practitioner-based education.
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission1,
Saint Mary’s University is also a noted “College of Distinction” for its excellence in key areas of educational quality. Saint Mary’s is also proud to be among U.S. News & World Report’s list of “Best National Universities," Forbes’ list of “America’s Best Colleges,” the Princeton Review’s list of “Best Midwestern Colleges.”