Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

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School Overview

In 1840, Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and five Sisters of Providence journeyed to Indiana from France to help establish a Catholic academy for women. After enduring many hardships, these sisters opened Saint Mary’s Female Institute (informally known as the Academy) on July 4, 1841. In 1928, the Academy was incorporated as Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. In 2005, SMWC opened access for men to its online undergraduate programs and in 2015, opened its doors for men to attend their on-campus programs.

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is located on 67 acres of rural land in Saint Mary of the Woods, IN. At SMWC, students can participate in 10 collegiate sports, 20 clubs and organizations, and can become part of a worldwide network of almost 8,500 SMWC alumni.

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College empowers students to think critically, engage in lifelong leadership and effect positive change in a spirit of service and social responsibility.
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Mission

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (812) 535-5151
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
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Address: 1 St Mary of Woods Coll, Saint Mary of the Woods, IN 47876-1099
Setting: Rural: Fringe
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 1,094
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 57%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 8 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 747 (68% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $30,500
Out-of-state Tuition: $30,500
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $25,674

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 13
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 241
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Education 2110
English Language and Literature/Letters 3
Health Professions and Related Programs 153
Legal Professions and Studies 112
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 2
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 1
Theology and Religious Vocations 1
Visual and Performing Arts 4
Grand total 45414

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $30,500
Out-of-state $30,500
Books and supplies $1,600

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $12,780
Out-of-state $12,780

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 163 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 163 100% $25,674
Student loan aid 112 69% $5,651

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 658 91% $19,741
Federal student loans 518 72% $8,103

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 714 157 557
Percent admitted 100% 59% 69%
Percent admitted who enrolled 20% 23% 20%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 1,094
Undergraduate enrollment 767
Graduate enrollment 327

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

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