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About The University of Mary

The University of Mary is a private, non-profit Roman Catholic university located in Bismarck, North Dakota. Originally called Mary College, the school was founded in 1959 by the Benedictine Sisters of the Annunciation. In the school's beginning years, it mainly offered degrees in education and nursing. A decade later, the school received full accreditation. In 1983, U-Mary began offering graduate programs, and three years afterward, it reached university status, and was renamed the University of Mary. The school has eight satellite campuses, located in North Dakota, Montana, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas, Arizona and Rome, Italy.

The U-Mary athletics program, whose mascot is the Marauders, has 12 teams: six for men and six for women. The school team colors are orange, blue and white. In 2010-2011, 37 student athletes were granted All-American status and 45 received regional honors. Twice, coach of the year awards went to U-Mary, and the Marauders were awarded 78 Northern Sun all-conference citations.


The University of Mary is comprised of the School of Arts and Sciences, the Gary Tharaldson School of Business, the School of Educational and Behavioral Sciences and the School of Health Sciences. Together, they offer 53 undergraduate degree programs. There are also nine graduate degree programs, including a doctorate degree in physical therapy.

The school has small class sizes, and U-Mary students have a job placement rate after graduation of over 95%. University of Mary students tend to complete their degrees in four years, rather than five or six. U-Mary has established guidelines for entering students to help them achieve their degrees in this time period and has taken steps to ensure their students' success by guaranteeing their fifth year free if they do not complete their studies in four years. Interested students can apply to spend a semester or a five-week program at the school's campus in Rome, Italy, for the same tuition and room and board costs as they would spend at the main campus.


High school students who wish to be accepted to U-Mary should have a GPA of 2.5 or above and a composite ACT score of at least 19; this does not apply to first-time students age 21 and over. Admissions officials will also consider personal recommendations and personal achievements. The college uses a rolling admissions process and notifies students of their acceptance status within two weeks of the completion of the student's admissions file. In 2011, 1,001 students applied for admission to U-Mary, and three quarters of them were accepted. In the same year, 61% of undergraduate students were female and 72% were age 24 and under. 77% of undergraduates attended class full-time.

Tuition and Financial Aid

In the 2011-2012 school year, undergraduate tuition totaled over $13,400, and students paid an additional $1,200 for books and supplies. Room and board for students living on-campus was $5,380, with an additional $2,100 for other living expenses. University of Mary encourages students to fill out the FAFSA for financial assistance. In 2010-2011, U-Mary granted financial aid to 98% of its students, all of whom received institutional scholarships or grants along with other sources.

School Type 4-year, private, not-for-profit**
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctorate, post-master's certificates**
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic*
Academic Calendar Semesters***
School Setting Fringe rural**
Student Body 3,134 (2,129 undergraduate)**
Student Housing On-campus**
Schools and Programs 4 schools and 62 programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 17 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011: bachelor's: business administration and management, general (143), master's: business administration and management, general (117), doctorate: physical therapy (33)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates Overall 52%**
Admission Rate In 2011: 75%**
Entering Class Size In 2011: 374***
First-Year Retention Rates In 2011: 72%**
ACT/SAT Scores of Admitted Students Middle 50%: 20-25 in 2011**
Application Due Date Rolling admissions*
Decision Notification Date Within two weeks of completed admissions file*
Tuition (2011) $13,424**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: federal grants (31%), state and local grants or scholarships (47%), institutional grants or scholarships (98%), student loans (68%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid In 2010-2011: 98%**

Sources: *University of Mary, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***IPEDS Data Center.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 7500 University Dr., Bismarck, ND 58504
  • Phone: (701) 255-7500
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