University of Saint Mary

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The University of Saint Mary was established in 1923 by the Sisters of Charity and is located in Leavenworth, Kansas. While it originally started out as a junior college for women, the school is now a coeducational, 4 year, private, liberal arts college associated with the Catholic Church operating in three locations. The university has over 1300 students enrolled and is known for a personalized approach to learning with an education that is based on the values of community, respect, justice, and excellence.

Degree Programs

Though it is a smaller university, University of Saint Mary offers over 35 degree programs including undergraduate programs, accelerated degree-completion programs, graduate programs, and even a doctoral degree program. University of Saint Mary has also made several of their programs available online and has a student to teacher ratio of 10:1.

While there are many more available, some of most common programs students enroll in at University of Saint Mary are the Registered Nursing program, Sport and Fitness Administration/Management, Psychology, Business Administration and Management, and Elementary Education and Teaching.


University of Saint Mary is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges & Schools (NCA). The university also participates in The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), a quality-based, continuous improvement model of institutional accreditation which is also through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


The sports teams at the University of Saint Mary are called the Spires and compete in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and participates in cross country, track and field, baseball, soccer, football, baseball, cheer and dance, lacrosse, volleyball and softball.

Library System

De Paul library is a resource center for the University of Saint Mary’s students to study and do research. It houses several special collections including the Bernard H. Hall Abraham Lincoln Collection and the John and Mary Craig Scripture Collection, and has made its catalogue available online.


The University of Saint Mary has appeared on The Princeton Review’s “Best Midwestern College” list several times due to the fact that they consistently meet high standards of academic excellence.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

There are a number of academic scholarships that University of Saint Mary awards to high school graduates as well as transfer students who demonstrate high levels of achievement and potential. Some of the scholarships require that students demonstrate leadership and service as well as academic aptitude.

Student Housing

At the University of Saint Mary students will find two residence halls, Maria Hall and Berkel Hall. Both are conveniently located giving students easy access to the classrooms and other on-campus services and events. Amenities include laundry facilities, common kitchens, study and common lounges, cable and high-speed internet access and suite-style rooms.

General Information

Admission Office

4100 South Fourth Street Trafficway

Leavenworth, KS 66048

(913) 758-6118

(800) 752-7043

Fax: (913) 758-6140

[email protected]

Contact: Brandon Johnson

Director of Admissions
Main Address

4100 South Fourth Street Trafficway

Leavenworth, KS 66048-5082

(913) 682-5151

Total undergrads: 651

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 113

Degree-seeking undergrads: 575

Graduate enrollment: 304


Suburban setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $25

Online application fee: $25
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 69%

Percent students who return sophomore year: 71%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
International Business B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Information Technology B


Elementary Education B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Child Development B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Health System Administration C
Nursing (RN) B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences A,B


Mathematics – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Sport/Fitness Administration B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Criminology B
Political Science/Government B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations

Pastoral Counseling B
Theology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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