University of Saint Mary has a strong academic history as a leader in liberal arts education dating back to 1923, when the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas established Saint Mary College, a two-year institution for young women. The college was an outgrowth of the need to expand educational offerings beyond the high school level at St. Mary's Female Academy, which the sisters established in 1859. Today, USM offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs both at its campus locations in Kansas and online, and is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).*
Our programs are grounded in the liberal arts tradition of providing students with the strong decision-making and critical skills required to thrive in the workplace, while coursework and curricula also emphasize the practical applications of skills and knowledge. The University of Saint Mary is known for creating graduates with the ability to lead organizations and contribute to their communities in ways that benefit society as a whole—an essential element of our mission. We have received national recognition from The Princeton Review, which has named the University of Saint Mary a "Best Midwestern College" for the past five consecutive years.
Admission Requirements & Details
The admission details below may provide a better idea of the applicants University of Saint Mary accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred.
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- Life Experience Credits
- AP Course Credits
University of Saint Mary has a total student population of about 1,400. The enrollment breakdown by academic level is 9% enrolling as graduate students and 61% as undergraduate students.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- The estimated tuition range is around $25,000-$30,000 per year
- The estimated tuition for part time students is around $490 to $580 per unit
Financial Aid Details
The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||99%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||98%||$17,501|
|Receiving Student Loans||86%||$6,138|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo help students and recent graduates, University of Saint Mary may offer student services like those listed below:
- Online classes
- Classes offered on nights and weekends
- Remedial courses
- Career path counseling
- Student employment
- Assisting students to find work
The overall graduation rate of University of St. Mary is close to 53%.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||44%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||9%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
- Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program
- Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
University of Saint Mary is a Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), with many of the sports belonging to the NAIA Division II classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:
- Baseball (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conf)
- Basketball (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conf)
- Football (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conf)
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by University of Saint Mary by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Family and Consumer Sciences
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Theology and Religious Vocations
Visual and Performing Arts
Other 4-Year Private Colleges
The list of schools below have been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to University of Saint Mary.
- Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, KS (26 miles away)
- Emporia State University in Emporia, KS (87 miles away)
- Peru State College in Peru, NE (92 miles away)
- Truman State University in Kirksville, MO (143 miles away)
- Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, MO (153 miles away)
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Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2010-2016. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact University of Saint Mary for official up-to-date information.